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Make Your Colleagues Your Friends

Advice from Walter C. Vodrazka Jr., Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering Alumnus of the Year

Campus News  |  May 10, 2016  |  By UNLV News Center
Walter C. Vodrazka Jr.

Walter C. Vodrazka Jr., Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering Alumnus of the Year (R. Marsh Starks/UNLV Photo Services)

Walter C. Vodrazka, ’95 BS Civil Engineering, is an arterial signal engineer and project engineer for the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, which is the official administrator of the Freeway and Arterial System of Transportation, one of the country’s first intelligent transportation system organizations. He also serves as a practitioner advisor to the UNLV American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter. In 2015, he was awarded the “Engineer of the Year-Private Sector” distinction by the ASCE Southern Nevada branch. 


The advice I’d give myself as a new graduate … is the same advice that I give today's students. Stay connected with your classmates and make friends with as many good peers and colleagues as you can. You are going to be working with these people for the next 30-plus years and dealing with a friend is better than dealing with a stranger or an adversary.

The Alumni Advice series is part of our special 2016 commencement week celebrations, which include the annual Alumni Association Awards Program May 12, and the spring graduation ceremonies on May 13 and 14. Join us in congratulating our newest alumni on social media with #UNLVGrad.