Civil Engineering – 1950
Arthur Winston Busch, a native of Houston, Texas, graduated from Texas Tech in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and, later, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1952 where he received an M.S. degree in Sanitary Engineering.
Long before environmental problems became a popular issue, Mr. Busch gave them his attention, both in his teaching and his studies. He founded the Department of Environmental Engineering at Rice University and, from 1967 to 1970 was chairman of the department. He began his teaching at Rice in 1955 following a three year period during which he was director of research and development for Infilco, Incorporated, of Tucson, Arizona.
A member of Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi, Mr. Busch is listed in American Men of Science and Who’s Who. In 1952, he received the Certificate of Merit from the American Chemical Society and in 1961 the Harrison Prescott Eddy Medal from the Water Pollution Control Federation for noteworthy research.
In 1970–71 he was national director and member of the executive committee of the environmental division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers; and in 1971 was appointed to the President’s Air Quality Advisory Board. Long a consultant to industry and government on environmental problems, he is presently regional administrator of the Federal Environmental Protection Agency, with which he is responsible for all programs for the control of air and water pollution, noise abatement, and solid waste disposal, and regulations on pesticides and radiation in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.
Arthur Winston Busch is declared to be a DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.