Mechanical Engineering – 1957
After his graduation from Texas Tech in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science degree In Mechanical Engineering, Ben Rutledge Stuart joined the Clark Equipment Division of Dresser Industries as an application engineer. Today, he is president of the Industrial Equipment Group, a position that reflects appreciation of his engineering accomplishments and marks him as a leader in international industry.
A lively sense of humor and a marked ability to effectively combine a depth of technical understanding with a practical approach to industrial requirements have been valuable assets in his rise through several engineering, marketing, and management positions with the Machinery Group of Dresser Industries, including a six–year assignment in Europe, where he was general manager of European Operations, located in Brussels, from 1969 to 1972. This group had responsibility for four manufacturing plants located in France, Germany, and Italy and for engineering, sales, and services in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In 1972, he returned to Houston as director of Planning and Development; in 1973, he was appointed vice president of the Industrial Products Division. Then, in 1975, upon the formation of the Industrial Equipment Group, he assumed his present position as its president.
Dresser’s Industrial Equipment Group has revenues of more than $300 million per year and manufactures and markets processing equipment and bulk materials handling equipment for the mining industry, power transmission products, cranes, electric hoists, rotary blowers, and centrifugal compressors, which are marketed worldwide. The Group operates twelve plants in the United States and four in foreign countries and employs 4,500 persons.
Mr. Stuart’s professional affiliations include membership in the Compressed Air & Gas Institute, the American Gear Association, and the Machinery & Allied Products Institute.
Believing a well–rounded life is important, he takes time to be with has family, which includes an occasional ski trip with his wife, Marion, who also attended Tech, his daughter, Leslie, and his son, John. He finds time, as well, to serve as a member of the Administrative Board of Houston’s Memorial Drive United Methodist Church.
Recognizing Mr. Stuart’s remarkable achievements to date and predicting even greater ones in the future, it is a distinct pleasure for Texas Tech University to designate Ben R. Stuart a DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.