Petroleum Engineering – 1943
Kenneth W. Robbins was born in Coleman, Oklahoma, and graduated from Sunset High School in Dallas, Texas, in 1939. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1943. While at Tech, Mr. Robbins was elected president of both his junior and senior classes. He lettered in football in 1941 and 1942 and was selected as captain of the team in 1942.
Upon graduation from Tech, Mr. Robbins joined the U.S. Navy as a communications officer. He was the commanding officer of an LST when the war ended in 1946.
Mr. Robbins joined the Otis Engineering Corporation in Dallas in 1946 as an engineering trainee and has steadily moved up through positions of increasing responsibility to his present position as manager of international sales. He has made many contributions to the way in which the petroleum industry currently completes oil and gas wells. Mr. Robbins has also had a direct impact on the safety systems used in well completions and in their use worldwide for controlling the production of offshore oil wells.
Mr. Robbins has been a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) since 1951. He has held many different offices in SPE since that time. At present he is president of this 55,000 member organization. He has also been active in the American Petroleum Institute and the National Association of Corrosion Engineers.
Mr. Robbins has been a consistent and long–term supporter of Texas Tech University. For thirty years he has promoted, arranged, hosted, and emceed the Texas Tech breakfast at SPE meetings. He was also active in PTA during the period that his children were in school.
Mr. Robbins is married to the former Wanda Lee Casebier. They have four daughters, Linda, Beverly, Janice, and Karen, all graduates of Texas Tech.
Kenneth W. Robbins is an effective world–wide ambassador for Otis Engineering Corporation, the Petroleum Engineering profession and Texas Tech University. It is with great pleasure that we confer on him the title DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.