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Billie J. Whitworth

Distinguished Engineer: 1976

Degree: Industrial Engineering – 1949

Citation at Time of Nomination in 1976

Steady progress upward within a single major company from initial assignment as engineer–in–training to his present position as chief engineer of that same organization, while ever expanding his professional and civic activities capsules the impressive accomplishments of Billie J. Whitworth.

Mr Whitworth graduated from Lubbock High School in 1939. His higher education was delayed by military service with the United States Navy in World War II, during which experience he achieved the Navy’s highest non–commissioned rank, Chief Petty Officer. Later he enrolled at Texas Tech and, in 1949, graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering. At that time he began his career with Hughes Tool Company and moved upward through positions of project engineer, supervisor of product design, manager of the Design and Drafting Division, and, in 1968, was elevated to the position of chief engineer. This career rise was boosted by his receipt of a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University in 1956.

Mr. Whitworth considers his most satisfying activities to be those which are related to recruiting and training young engineers and technicians. He has represented his company as a member of industrial advisory boards for a number of educational programs and was instrumental in organizing the Houston Engineers Council Technical Careers Committee which provides counseling to junior high and high school students. He has also been selected to be a member of the Educational Advisory Committee for the Windham School District, which is an educational adjunct to the Texas Department of Corrections. He has served in departmental activities at schools of engineering and engineering technology and has been a frequent participant in engineering and engineering technology curriculum task group studies. Other civic activities include roles of church and scout leadership. His professional memberships are: American Petroleum Institute, American Society for Engineering Education, American Society of Mechanical Engineering, Tau Beta Pi, Texas Society of Professional Engineers and the Industrial Advisory Board for Texas Tech’s Department of Industrial Engineering.

Truly, this record fully justifies for Billie J. Whitworth the designation DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.

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