Celebrating ACE Mentors: Kyle Dunning
The ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc. (ACE) helps mentor high school students and inspires them to pursue careers in design and construction. As one of the build industry's fastest-growing high school mentoring programs, ACE engages volunteer mentors currently in the architecture-engineering-construction industry to influence a new generation of professionals. Walter P Moore's Kyle Dunning, an associate engineer in our Austin office, is not only shaping the structural landscape, but aspiring students as well. He has been a member of ACE Mentor Program of Austin for three seasons, receiving the Exemplary Mentor Award his first season, and was recently profiled by the organization as well.
B.S. Civil Engineering from University of Missouri - Kansas City
M.S. Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin
What is your typical day like as a structural engineer?
On a typical day, I design and analyze structural systems while also collaborating with architects, contractors, and other engineers.
What interested you in your profession?
Cities. I have always been fascinated with the incredible structures found in cities. With a seemingly endless range of styles, shapes, and functions, every building — whether a tower or a stadium — piqued my interest and inspired me to enter the profession.
What is the value you see in the ACE Mentor Program?
ACE is a wonderful program that connects students with professionals who strive to inspire the next generation of designers and builders. The students gain an in-depth look at the industry with the hope that they can connect and identify with an aspect about which they are truly passionate.
What's your favorite memory as a mentor?
It’s not anything specific, but I am always amazed by the unique and innovative ideas that the students come up with. I really enjoy watching them recognize their potential and start to utilize their talents."