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Melanie and Joe Gregory stand together with hills and trees in the background.
Melanie and Joe E. Gregory establish the Melanie ’82 and Joe Gregory ’82 iGRAD Fellowship in the Zachry Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. | Image: Courtesy of Melanie and Joe E. Gregory.

Joe E. Gregory ’82 began his journey in 1978 as a civil engineering student. When he arrived in College Station, he knew Texas A&M University could offer him a top-notch education and experiences matched by no other university. However, going into his sophomore year, he did not expect to meet classmate and physical education major Melanie Fattig ’82, who would later become his wife.

Since meeting, Melanie and Joe have lived their lives by the Aggie core values of excellence, respect and most importantly, selfless service. These values inspired them to establish the Melanie ’82 and Joe Gregory ’82 iGRAD Fellowship in the Zachry Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

We have been blessed in so many ways. It is our desire to give back to Texas A&M University to help students, faculty and the school as a whole.

Joe E. Gregory ’82

The department’s new Investing in Aggie Doctorates (iGRAD) program focuses on developing and funding domestic students pursuing a doctoral degree in civil engineering. Not only is the iGRAD program important to the Gregorys, but also to civil and environmental engineering department head, Dr. Zachary Grasley.

“We fully support Dr. Grasley's priority to increase the number of domestic Ph.D. students,” Joe said. “It is our hope that the civil engineering department will be successful in attracting high-quality Ph.D. candidates. This will not only enhance Texas A&M's reputation but contribute to academia and industry.”

Joe currently serves on the department’s advisory council, where he and other members strive to enhance the department for students of all degree levels. His commitment to students has been integral to the department’s success.

“I have always encouraged students to focus on developing their technical skills and competency,” Joe said. “Having a solid technical foundation, coupled with strong character and leadership capabilities, will serve former students well.”

The Gregorys hope this fellowship furthers the development of civil engineering doctoral students for years to come and allows them the opportunity to study at a university that holds its core values in the highest esteem.

“I believe our Aggie culture and values leave an indelible imprint on all Texas A&M former students,” Joe said. “Values and culture are so vital to any company or organization, and Aggies make a positive contribution wherever they work and live.”

How to Give

Fellowships encourage collaboration between the faculty, students and industry mentors while allowing graduate students to further their education and thus having a greater impact on the industry. If you are interested in supporting the College of Engineering and its departments or would like more information on how you can give, please contact one of our development officers.