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David G. Wight

Distinguished Engineer: 1995

Degree: Petroleum Engineering – 1964

Citation at Time of Nomination in 1995

David George Wight was born in Great Bend, Kansas. While pursuing his bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering at Texas Tech University, he lettered in varsity swimming and was a member of the student council, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Double "T" Association and Saddle Tramps. He graduated in 1964. His other educational experience included the Columbia University Executive Management Program in 1981 and the University of Michigan Graduate Business School Global Leadership Program in 1992.

As his father was a geological engineer with Amoco, it is no surprise that Mr. Wight has chosen that company for his highly successful engineering career. Mr. David Wight currently is president and general manager of Amoco Trinidad Oil Company, which is the largest petroleum producer in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, producing more than 350 million cubic feet of natural gas and 60,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

After graduating from Texas Tech, Mr. Wight began work as a junior petroleum engineer with Amoco in Levelland, Texas. From there, he was promoted consistently through the positions of petroleum engineer in Lubbock, Texas; petroleum engineer (SG) in Fort Worth, Texas; senior engineer in Midland, Texas; staff engineer in Fort Worth; and area engineer in Liberal, Kansas.

Mr. Wight then became a staff engineer (SG) in the general office of Amoco Production Company in Chicago, moving quickly through a series of engineering supervisory and management positions in the Denver, Colorado region. From division production manager in Denver, he became general manager of purchasing for Amoco Corporation in Chicago. Next, he advanced to vice president of production for the Africa and Middle East Region in Houston, Texas. Mr. Wight served as managing director and general manager of GUPCO, a joint venture company with the government of Egypt before moving to his current position.

His professional affiliations include membership in the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the American Petroleum Institute. In addition to his professional interest, he is a FIFA referee with the United States Soccer Federation and is vice president of the American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago.

Mr. Wight’s three children are Rebecca Leigh, David Andrew, and Matthew Scott.

It is with great pride and pleasure that we designate David George Wight a DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER of Texas Tech University.

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