Electrical Engineering – 1943
Byron J. Bennett, a West Texas native, was born in 1920 at Loraine in Mitchell County. He graduated from Texas Tech in 1943 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and, later, continued his formal education at Stanford University where, in 1949, he was awarded a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, and, in 1952, a Doctor of Philosophy degree. He is now Professor of Electrical Engineering and Dean of Engineering at Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana.
Dr. Bennett has built an impressive record of achievement in the fields of data processing and automated machinery development. He designed and developed the first computerized check handling system, the one which is now used in the largest banks in the United States. His contributions to the broad field of engineering education and the more specialized field of electrical engineering education have been especially noteworthy. Through his engineering leadership, he has exerted significant influence on those he has been associated with as professor and lecturer and as manager of a computer laboratory and of a product development center. He has specialized in the areas of network synthesis, electromagnetic theory, and device development. He has been active in a wide range of professional and honorary organizations, including Tau Beta Pi. He is also involved in supporting the broader activities of his university and civic programs within his community.
It is with a sense of reflected honor that Texas Tech University confers on Byron J. Bennett, one of her most accomplished graduates, the distinction of DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.