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    School of Engineering and Computer Science
    University of the Pacific
    3601 Pacific Avenue
    Stockton, CA 95211

    Gary Martin, providing guidance to Pacific engineering students for more than 30 years

    Since coming to Pacific in 1983, Gary Martin has been providing guidance to Pacific's engineering students. He says his primary goal was to help each individual recognize and reach their capacity as a student and as a person.

    Martin says he has learned as much about mentoring from his students as he did in the classroom. He enjoys listening to the students' stories and challenges and finds joy and satisfaction in helping them find solutions. More often than not it is a simple solution, and the student is able to find a path and follow it to success. More importantly, the student has found a mentor who will continue to provide personal attention and support whenever needed.  In his nomination letter, Luis Torres '97 credits Martin as a key factor in his development and career aspirations.  

    "His motivation, constant communication, and long hours of checking on my progress helped me complete my degree," said Torres. "He knows me as student, person, parent and professional. He becomes part of your family and you always know that he is just a phone call away."

    "Gary Martin has the ability to spend a little time with a student, see their potential, believe in what they can accomplish, and transmit that belief to the student. I saw this happen over and over and I experienced it myself." - Keith Walker '05, Pacific Alumni Association 2014 Outstanding Young Alumni Award recipient.

    Welcome to the Professonal WorldMartin is recognized as the backbone of the School's Co-op Program, having served as its coordinator and director for more than 25 years. He enjoyed connecting alumni to students through the program and is excited that alumni are hiring Pacific graduates in record numbers. His book Welcome to the Professional World is in its third edition and is used in classes that prepare students for their co-op experience.

    He also founded the Pacific's MESA program and served as the Delta College Pipeline Coordinator, two programs that cultivate the next generation of engineers. Today, as an assistant dean, he continues to teach the engineers of tomorrow.  

    "I have the privilege of reaching out to alumni, and a significant number of them talk about people at Pacific who have changed their lives," said Steven Howell, dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science. "Gary Martin is always at the top of the list." Howell spoke of one such alumnus from the 1980s who claims he would have dropped out of school and gone nowhere if Martin had not spent time mentoring him and redirecting him through his international co-op. "That alumnus is now a CEO of a major international civil engineering firm," says Howell,"and he gratefully acknowledges Gary as being responsible for his success."