STEM + SPORTS
soccer skills acquired playing street soccer in Jamaica, made him a targeted soccer recruit for his high school team. This led to an opportunity to play D2 soccer in college, but Damiane opted to play intramurals instead as it was less demanding and supported his academic endeavors. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science., Damiane accepted a position with Dow Inc. in Freeport, TX as a Capital Projects Engineer. Four years later he pursued a role that would provide more interaction with field equipment and ultimately accepted a position with Sunoco Inc. in Pennsylvania as a Refinery Reliability Engineer. After five years in this purely technical role, he transitioned into leadership as Superintendent of the Electrical and Instrumentation Department of the refinery. In 2011, he returned to Missouri S&T to further his academic pursuits by attaining a Master of Science Degree in Engineering Management. In 2011, he returned to Missouri S&T to further his academic pursuits by attaining a Master of Science Degree in Engineering Management. In 2012, Damiane transferred back to the Greater Houston area as a manager with Sunoco Logistics, LP. In 2017, the company merged with Energy Transfer Partners where Damiane now supports several major projects across the US and overseas in his current role. While living in the northeast with his wife, Kendra, and two sons, Darrius and Myles, Damiane’s interest in soccer was renewed but this time it was more from the coaching perspective as Darrius had begun gravitating towards the sport. Myles took an interest in soccer as well and by the time his family relocated back to Texas, Damiane became extremely active with a newly formed soccer program where he now serves as vice president. Under his leadership, Pearland Soccer Club now reaches over 1,400 players at the recreational and competitive levels. He is also the Vice President of the Houston Youth Soccer Association. In addition, he recently expanded the club’s reach through a joint acquisition of additional soccer fields and the formation of PowerFC, a new club to service the southwest Harris County area. As a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Damiane still manages to find time to support his community through multiple efforts including robotics coaching and the “Pass It Back” initiative to provide under privileged youth with proper soccer attire to help advance their love of the game. He continues to be involved in the development of his sons as well. Darrius plays varsity soccer for his high school and Myles plays for the MLS Houston Dynamo Academy.
Damiane Gardner, current Director of Engineering and Construction at Energy Transfer Partners, immigrated to the US from Jamaica by way of St. Louis, MO at the age of 16. His original career goal was to become a pilot. However, exposure to computing and automation at Gateway Institute of Technology towards the end of his high school years altered his career path trajectory. Damiane received a full academic scholarship to the University of Missouri. He chose the 2+2 option which allowed him to begin his studies at St. Louis Community College for two years before transitioning to the University of Missouri- Rolla, now known as Missouri S&T. While at Missouri S&T he was fortunate to secure internships and co-ops at notable companies like IBM, General Motors, and United Electric. Outside of his academic and professional accomplishments, Damiane has always had a passion for athletics and comes from a family of sprinters. While growing up in Jamaica he excelled in the 100m and 200m races. His speed coupled with necessary basic
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