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Julie Spicer England

Distinguished Engineer: 1999

Degree: Chemical Engineering – 1979

Citation at Time of Nomination in 1999

Julie Spicer England received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering in 1979, and joined Texas Instruments as a first line engineer in the semiconductor fabrication plant. Ten years, live patents, three cities, and several positions later, Ms. England was named Senior Member of TI’s Technical Staff. In 1994, she was named the Quality Manager for the company’s largest division, the Semiconductor Group, and was named vice president. In 1998, she was promoted to her current position as business manager, ASP Worldwide Computer Products. In high school, Ms England remembers assuming that there were women in management. In 1988, she realized that in the business she was in, she would be one of the first upper–level women managers. "A light bulb went off and I decided I was going to stay and make it happen."

Technically, Ms. England is most proud of helping TI change the way the company makes products. Her position as quality manager, which impacted the 30,000 people who work for the Semiconductor Group was challenging and rewarding. Now, as the product line manager for ASP Worldwide Computer Products, Ms. England has the opportunity and challenge of taking charge of a $300 million business, which includes a high growth, start–up business based on digital signal processor printing applications and a custom microprocessor product line using leading–edge technology.

Ms. England has been a member of several women’s programs at TI and co–chaired the TI Systems Group Women’s initiative. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. In 1996–97 she served as director for the Women’s Center of Dallas. She is a member of the Dallas Women’s Foundation, the International Women’s Forum and the Greater Dallas Chamber Executive Women’s Roundtable. She is involved in the Society of Women Engineers and the Institute for Electronic and Electrical Engineers.

In 1998, Ms. England was inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame. She has received the "Women of Achievement Award" from the Richardson YWCA, the "You Make a Difference Award" from the TI Semiconductor Group’s Women’s Initiative, the Dallas Women’s Foundation "Circle of Honor" award, and the Dallas Urban League Guild’s 2P Century "Most Promising Leader" award. Virginia O’Brien has also featured her in a book called Success on Our Own Terms: Tales of Extraordinary, Ordinary Women, which examines women who hold top leadership positions in organizations.

Due to her many accomplishments, Texas Tech University is proud to confer upon Julie Spicer England, the title of DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.

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