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Texas NRCS Engineer Named Distinguished Texas A&M Graduate

by Quenna Terry

NRCS Public Affairs Specialist

We would all like to think our coworkers have the utmost respect for us and the work we do. While many people strive to be respected by their peers, some people come by it naturally. USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Engineer Greg Sokora is one of those people who humbly excels in the work he does and is well respected.

Nominated by his colleagues, Sokora, NRCS zone engineer in Lubbock, was recently named as a 2020 inductee in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Academy of Distinguished Graduates of Texas A&M University.

“His ability to connect with people has truly made him a distinguished graduate of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineers of Texas A&M University,” said Tim Dybala, retired NRCS water resources engineer.

This prestigious honor is given to recognize outstanding performance by alumni of the Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAEN) department who demonstrate significant achievement in their profession.

Sokora is well-deserved of this honor after the countless contributions he made to the engineering discipline in the NRCS over the past 41 years. He is admired and trusted by agricultural industry leaders and colleagues for his work in providing superior assistance in resource conservation. 

“His professionalism and knowledge of conservation engineering practices and principles are exemplary. He has a practical approach in conserving our natural resources, and I believe is an outstanding example of what an agricultural engineer should be,” said Troy Headings, NRCS field engineer in Amarillo.  

Sokora has led a team of NRCS engineers in a 51-county area in the South Plains and Panhandle regions since 1983. He also works extensively with his engineering counterparts across Texas, neighboring states and at the national level. He makes it point to invest time in employees who want to learn from him, and he is genuinely concerned about the well-being of each one of his coworkers.

“I know of no engineer with such strong technical and people skills with a servant leader heart,” said Kevin LaStrapes, NRCS zone engineer in Bryan.

The BAEN department at Texas A&M University normally holds an induction ceremony in the spring but was unable to this year due to the pandemic. The department hopes to hold the induction ceremony and recognize Sokora in the spring of 2021.

 

Two guys standing outside leaning over the hood of a white truck looking at a pamphlet that has information in it.Texas Zone Engineer Greg Sokora and NRCS Resource Team Leader Mike White review irrigation plans at a Texas farm.