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Posted 9/9/2013

Release no. 13-100

Kavanaugh Breazeale

Vicksburg, Miss….The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Vicksburg District hydraulics branch recently selected Devon Gijsbers as a Department of the Army intern for the position of hydraulic engineer.

Gijsbers’ responsibilities include inundation mapping, execution of dam breach analyses on Corps dams by developing hydraulic models and developing preliminary consequence models to estimate damages in the event of a dam failure. She is also responsible for developing detailed hydraulic watershed models for the Corps’ Modeling, Mapping, and Consequences Production Center.

Her previous employment was with the United States Congress, Washington, D.C., serving for a New Mexico senator and a congresswoman. She is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

A native of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, she is a graduate of Rio Rancho High School, and earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in civil engineering from New Mexico State University.

Gijsbers stated that she began her college studies as a dance student at the University of New Mexico.  Later, her plans changed. “When I entered New Mexico State University and met Dr. Phil King, associate department head of engineering, I changed my major to engineering with a focus in water resources. Dr. King greatly influenced my decision to become an engineer.  I’m excited to be employed with the Corps and experience the difference that I can make working here,” she stated.

She is the daughter of Gary and Candi Gijsbers of Rio Rancho, New Mexico.