The Massachusetts Water Works Association (MWWA), jointly with Tata & Howard, Inc., (TH) announced Joseph Diaz (JD) as the first recipient of the co-sponsored Patrick S. O’Neale P.E. Scholarship.
In May 2022, Joseph Diaz will graduate from Merrimack College, embark on a full-time job, and after graduation, pursue his Master of Science in Engineering Management degree in the evening. His favorite person in the Engineering field, Arthur Casagrande (1902 – 1981); per Joseph, “without him, our understanding of the liquid limit test of knowing the soil’s strength, consistency, and behavior would be limited.” We asked Joseph to share his “Greatest of All Time” experience, sparking his interest in engineering. His response was “a 7th-grade city-wide challenge to repurpose open spaces. My assignment; was to create a self-watering community garden. With a flip of a switch, the garden was self-watered, and so was my curiosity about how things work.” Our interview wouldn’t be complete without asking this last question, “What would you like to accomplish in the next ten years?” His answer: to complete my master’s degree; become a mentor to youth interested in S.T.E.M., and fulfill my dream of returning to my homeland, the Dominican Republic, to assist provinces with my engineering skills.
Joseph, the Tata & Howard and MWWA teams congratulate you and wish you much success!