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Mack Atcheson

Distinguished Engineer: 1975

Degree: Chemical Engineering – 1942

Citation at Time of Nomination in 1975

Mack Atcheson, born July 28, 1920, in Graham, Texas, received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Texas Tech in 1942. After four years service in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he became an engineer with the research and development department of Elliott Company, Jeanette, Pennsylvania, where his assignment was the design mid–construction of a demonstration scale oxygen plant using a new process, of equipment performance tests of compressors and centrifugal expanders, the erection of test facilities for gas turbines, and the creating process design of cryogenic plants.

In 1949, Mr. Atcheson became a process engineer for El Paso Natural Gas Company, El Paso, Texas. In 1953 he became the company’s chief design engineer and in 1956 chief engineer. After two years as assistant operating manager, he became manager in 1961, executive engineer in 1964 and vice president of engineering and construction in 1965, with responsibility for planning, designing and engineering, construction and technical service of all plants.

In 1966, he became a member of the El Paso Products Company’s board of directors and in 1972 Director of Engineering and Constructing, Synfuels Division of El Paso Natural Gas Company.

In 1972, he became vice president of Fuel Conversion Company, an affiliate of El Paso Natural Gas Company, organized to own and operate coal gasification plants.

For his creative sense as expressed in engineering design,
For his versatility in the world of applied engineering.
For his administrative leadership in top engineering operation, and
For his civic involvement of engineering which has had significant sociological implications,

Mack Atcheson receives the award of DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.

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