Mayra A. Flores
Inspector of Completed Works Program, New Orleans District
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Mayra A. Flores bears an enormous amount of responsibility in her role as a Civil Engineer and Operations Manager in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The safety of everyone in the flood zone of the Mississippi River in the New Orleans area depends on her work as part of the Inspection of Completed Works Project team. A critical part of her job involves participating in annual inspections of completed flood control and hurricane protection projects for proper operation and maintenance. This is an increasingly important role given the number and severity of storms in recent hurricane seasons.
Ms. Flores’ work with the Corps has encompassed managing major projects worth over $84 million, including the Calcasieu Lock Replacement Study, the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Lock Replacement Study, and the Mississippi River Levee Flowline Establishment, to name only a few.
As a native-born New Orleanian of Nicaraguan heritage, Ms. Flores attended the Edna Karr Magnet High School and went on to the University of New Orleans, where she earned a spot on the Dean’s List. While still an undergraduate, she joined Engineers Without Borders USA, with which she worked on water supply and sewerage improvement projects in Nicaragua, affecting thousands of people in the region. She also began working with the US Army Corps of Engineers as a student intern and began training in her career in Construction Management.
-By Vinnie Longobardo