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Sunday Speaker Series Online: Rio Grande Valley Infrastructure

June 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Museum of South Texas History will host the Sunday Speaker Series Online presentation, “Rio Grande Valley Infrastructure,” on Facebook Live.

Panelists include Hidalgo County Precinct 4 Commissioner Ellie Torres, Pharr District Engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation Pedro R. Alvarez and Professional Engineer and Land Surveyor, Joseph. B. Winston Jr., P.E., RPLS.

The long history of infrastructure development in the Rio Grande Valley directly affects the daily life of its residents and visitors. Transportation, flood safety, the way food is grown and received, trade and economic development are all directly affected by the health of a local infrastructure.

Torres is the first woman to serve as Hidalgo County Precinct 4 Commissioner. Her role as Precinct 4 County Commissioner includes managing major drainage infrastructure projects in a historically flood prone area. Torres earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Education in Counseling and Guidance in 2000 from the University of Texas-Pan American. Torres previously served in the education sector for 24 years including seven years at Region One Education Service Center and 17 years teaching at Edinburg CISD.

Alvarez earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1994 and received a professional engineer’s license in 1999. A TxDOT veteran, Alvarez began his career with the department in 1995 as an engineering assistant at the Pharr District. During his career, Alvarez has served as the design, construction and assistant area engineer. Alvarez also served as the director of maintenance, deputy district engineer in Pharr, then Laredo district engineer from August 2015 through August 2017.

Winston earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University and is a Texas Registered Professional Engineer and Texas Registered Professional Land Surveyor. Winston has more than 54 years of experience working on projects ranging from civil site work to transportation and paving design, to drainage design, to largescale utility designs in the Rio Grande Valley. Winston used his civil engineering and surveying experience when he served as city engineer consultant for various entities such as City of Alamo, City of San Juan, City of Mercedes and City of La Feria.

The presentation will broadcast at facebook.com/MOSTHistory/live. Viewers are encouraged to interact with panelists by posting comments and questions on the live feed. The presentation will also be recorded and posted for public access on the museum’s website at mosthistory.org.

This program is made possible by the generous support from the Carmen C. Guerra Endowment. Mrs. Guerra was committed to educational causes in the Rio Grande Valley. This named endowment was created by her family to honor her memory and to continue providing educational opportunities for the community.


June 13
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm