Industrial Engineering – 1970
Dr. G. Kemble (Kem) Bennett was born in Jacksonville, FL and received a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in 1962, a master’s of science degree from San Jose State University in 1968, and his doctor of philosophy in industrial engineering from Texas Tech University in 1970.
Kem joined the Texas A&M engineering program in 1986 as head of the Department of Industrial Engineering and today serves as the chief administrator for engineering programs throughout the Texas A&M University System. As dean of the Dwight Look College of Engineering, he leads one of the largest and highest ranked engineering programs in the nation with 400 faculty members and an enrollment of 9,200 students. As vice chancellor of engineering, he administers the research programs and extension services of three state agencies: the Texas Engineering Experiment Station, the Texas Engineering Extension Service, and the Texas Transportation Institute, and provides coordination for the academic and research programs of the ten universities in the A&M System.
In addition to his role as chief administrator of the Texas A&M engineering program, Kem is a recognized leader in engineering education and a national authority on homeland security. He is the founding chairman of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium, served as founder and executive director of the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center, and is the founder of Texas Task Force–1, the elite federal urban search and rescue team which led in the recovery effort at the World Trade Center following the 9–11 attacks.
Kem, a noted author and researcher in logistics, quality, and reliability engineering, has served on the faculties of Virginia Tech and the University of South Florida. He is a registered professional engineer and was recently appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve on the Texas Board of Professional Engineers. He has industrial experience at NASA, Lockheed, Inc., Martin Co., and Honeywell Avionics. He has been recognized with several distinguished educator awards and medals and is an elected Fellow of the Society of Logistics Engineers and the Institute of Industrial Engineers.
It is a privilege and an honor for Texas Tech University’s College of Engineering to select this outstanding alumnus for recognition. G. Kemble "Kem" Bennett is declared a DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.