Tower Family Foundation and NATE announce 2019’s scholarship recipient

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The Tower Family Foundation and National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today jointly announced that Austin Uhr, a junior civil engineering student from Evansville, Indiana has been named as the 2019 recipient of the Ernie Jones Memorial Civil Engineering Scholarship at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana. The official announcement was made at the NATE Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, February 6 during the annual NATE UNITE 2019 Conference in Grapevine, Texas.

Austin Uhr

Austin Uhr

During his time as a student at the University of Evansville, Austin Uhr has distinguished himself in the engineering with interests in the areas of construction and structures. This past summer Uhr, served as a construction intern for a local consulting company and is actively seeking a summer 2019 internship in the field of structural design.

“Austin is a dedicated student who submits projects and classwork of the highest degree,” stated Dr. James Allen, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Evansville. “In his structural design projects, he strives for creative designs that serve their intended function, while maintaining a keen eye on constructability issues. He is not afraid of any challenge placed before him and is always willing to work with his classmates. Austin is at the top of his class academically, but especially excels in courses related to construction and UE’s structural analysis and design sequences. We think his work ethic and diligence best embody the spirit of Ernie Jones as the recipient of this memorial scholarship,” added Dr. Allen.

Ernie was a structural engineer who worked in the broadcast tower industry for 30 years. During his career, Mr. Jones served as a Professional Engineer and President of Consolidated Engineering, Inc. and a Vice-President of Structural Engineering at Electronics Research, Inc. Ernie was also a participating member of the TR-14.7 Committee of the Telecommunications Industry Association and Electronics Industry Association since 1986 where he assisted with writing and approving the ANSI-TIA/EIA 222 standard which is the American National Standard for Steel Antenna Towers and Antenna Supporting Structures.

The Ernie Jones Memorial Civil Engineering Scholarship awards a $2,500 scholarship annually to a junior or senior level civil engineering student at the University of Evansville’s College of Engineering and Computer Science.

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