Civil Engineering – 1974
Joseph E. Minor, a native of Corpus Christi, Texas received the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1959 and 1960, and his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1974. While a student, he was a member of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering student honorary society; Phi Kappa Phi, a scholastic honorary; and Phi Eta Sigma, a freshman scholastic honorary.
Currently he is a Thomas Reese Professor and Chairman of the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Missouri–Rolla.
Minor is internationally recognized in wind engineering, window glass design practice and natural hazards research. From 1969 to 1988. he was a Texas Tech Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Institute for Disaster Research. In 1984, he was awarded the Paul Whitfield Horn Professorship.
He has supervised investigations into more than 50 damaging windstorm events and has additional expertise in wind–structure, effects of tornadoes and hurricanes on buildings and the economics of wind–resistant construction.
In 1978, Minor served as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Queensland, Australia where he assessed research and practice of Australian natural hazards management. In 1983, he received the Halliburton Excellence in Research Award.
Minor has directed more than 20 research projects, published more than 90 formal papers and many reports. He is also a member of numerous professional organizations and societies.
For his advancement of window glass and disaster research, and for his research into the history of engineering and technology, Texas Tech nominates Joseph E. Minor: DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.