NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 9, 2013) – Robert Baulsir, a senior mechanical engineer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Nashville District Electrical Mechanical Section since 2002, is the District Employee of the Month for June 2013.
Baulsir is recognized for his accomplishments for leading the Nashville District team as the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Coordinator to support the STEM initiatives in the local community.
“It is a great opportunity to participate and see kids learn from the jobs that we do all over this district,” said Baulsir.
The Nashville District is supportive of the general’s STEM initiatives and has a rich history of supporting the mentorship of students in local schools.
Baulsir said his focus for helping educate STEM students has been to promote the district’s existing STEM activities, and initiate new partnerships with K-12 schools and universities.
“It is important that we mostly educate high school students about STEM subjects early because this is where youth decide their profession and concentration for college,” he said.
Baulsir has also been instrumental in developing a partnership with the Middle Tennessee STEM Innovations Hub, which produced a highly successful summer externship program with three area high schools in the summer of 2013. Through Hub contacts, the district entered a partnership agreement with Metro Nashville’s Stratford Magnet High School, and partnered with school systems and organizations throughout the geographic area.
Through Baulsir’s efforts, the Nashville District has been recognized by Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick USACE commander, as leading the pack in STEM initiatives among districts.
Bostick, promotes supporting STEM initiatives and encourages the entire organization to be involved with schools and colleges in communities across the nation.
“Rob is an excellent representative of our Nashville District STEM team,” said Mark Kuhlo, chief of the Nashville District’s Electrical and Mechanical Design Section. “He takes a proactive approach to everything he does, and is a take charge kind-of-guy who likes working with young people and making them smarter.”
“We’ve always heard that they really like the programs and the different topics. And it really gets the kids interested in the environment, so that’s great,” Kuhlo added.
Baulsir said district employees have given much time over the years volunteering their time helping school children with class projects, competitions, and finding fulfillment in seeing their faces when they understand a problem.
“When we work close with students in the classroom and schools it helps them understand a practical approach in solving problems and eventually helps determine what profession they pursue in college,” said Baulsir.
Lt. Col, John Hudson, Nashville District, commander, said Baulsir’s outreach efforts have increased awareness of the Corps' mission and its opportunities for helping young people decide to follow STEM careers that could potentially lead them to complete college and work for the Corps one day.
Baulsir earned a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tennessee Technical University. He is married to Jess and they have three children.
“Baulsir’s professionalism, dedication to mission execution and superior performance is a credit to the Nashville District, the region and the Corps of Engineers,” said Hudson.
For more information about the district’s STEM program, please visit http://www.lrn.usace.army.mil/Missions/EngineeringandConstruction/STEMSupport.aspx.
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