Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Dr. David Mazurek

Written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory Mendenhall

Dr. David Mazurek, a civil engineering professor at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, has been named the Coast Guard Engineer of the Year for 2015. Dr. Mazurek was selected from a strong and diverse pool of nominees based on his educational, professional, and personal achievements. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Dr. David Mazurek, a civil engineering professor at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, has been named the Coast Guard Engineer of the Year for 2015. Dr. Mazurek was selected from a strong and diverse pool of nominees based on his educational, professional, and personal achievements. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

In a sea of uniform-clad cadets and military staff at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the 2015 winner of the Coast Guard Engineer of the Year Award is not a difficult man to spot. He’s probably the only person on campus who favors a bowtie and regularly commutes by bicycle.

With a resume including achievements of the highest order, Dr. David Mazurek is a man who could be teaching just about anywhere in the world. Yet after 24 years, the civil engineering professor still proudly calls the Academy home.

Mazurek was selected from a strong and diverse pool of exceptional nominees based on his educational, professional, and personal achievements. An expert in structural analysis and design, he has taught mechanics and structural engineering to an entire generation of Coast Guard civil engineers.

In addition to serving on the Academy faculty, Mazurek authored two of the bestselling engineering textbooks in the world. The sole author of Beer & Johnston Statics and co-author of Beer & Johnston Mechanics of Materials, his textbooks have been translated into several languages and are sold throughout the world.

Mazurek was pleased and humbled to learn he had been selected as the 2015 Coast Guard Engineer of the Year.

U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory Mendenhall.

U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory Mendenhall.

“It has been a distinct privilege to serve as a faculty member at the Coast Guard Academy these past 24 years,” said Mazurek. “Working together with a most talented, dedicated, and collegial faculty and staff to deliver an undergraduate engineering program of the highest quality to cadets of exceptional ability, there is nothing else I would rather be doing. I am deeply honored and most grateful to receive this award, as it represents in a very special way the Coast Guard’s endorsement and recognition of my service.”

In addition to being a registered professional engineer in Connecticut and Pennsylvania and a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Mazurek also holds a key leadership role in the American Railway Engineering & Maintenance of Way Association, leading efforts to keep railroad bridges structurally safe and maintained.

Mazurek stands as an example of the highly-qualified men and women of the Academy faculty, who are dedicated to instilling a solid academic foundation in the future leadership of the Coast Guard.

“I am immensely proud of Professor Mazurek for being chosen as the Coast Guard’s Engineer of the Year,” said Ret. Capt. Kurt Colella, Dean of Academics at the Academy. “This honor is very heartily deserved and illustrative of the world-class faculty and programs that we have here at the U. S. Coast Guard Academy. He is an outstanding example of the teacher-scholar-leaders interacting with our cadets each and every day.”

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