University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering


Alum Named IEEE Young Engineer of the Year


Toby Weber
Cary Gallaway

Cullen College of Engineering alumnus Cary Gallaway (BSEE 2006) has been named the 2012 Young Engineer of the Year by the Houston Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

Gallaway is currently a project manager working out of the Houston offices of Burns & McDonnell, a privately held firm offering engineering, architecture, construction, consulting and environmental services. He began working with Burns & McDonnell in 2004, when a cold call he made to their offices yielded an internship. Upon his graduation in 2006 he accepted a full-time position with the company.

Gallaway’s involvement with the IEEE began during his time as an undergraduate at the Cullen College, as well, when he served as secretary, vice chairman then chairman of the UH chapter. Today, he is chairman of the Houston Section’s Power and Energy Society, a post he has held for the past three years.

"Most of our efforts involve the professional development of our members and helping them satisfy their professional continuing education hour requirements. We hold five to six technical meetings per year. The first is usually on ethics and then we reach out to members to give presentations on different technical topics," he said.

Gallaway said he hopes to build upon his early career successes by returning to school to earn an advanced degree. He plans to begin taking courses towards a Master’s in electrical engineering at the Cullen College this fall.


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