Industrial Engineering – 1960
Robert B. Dyer, a native of Tulia, Texas earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering in 1960. He later attended the Wharton Graduate School of the University of Pennsylvania, receiving the Master of Business Administration degree in 1965.
After graduating from Texas Tech he spent three years In the U.S. Air Force, where he attained the rank of Captain.
Mr. Dyer was employed by Exxon Company, USA as a planning analyst in the Marketing Department, before coming to Cooper Industries in 1967 as controller for CBl Southern.
Cooper Industries is a multi–billion dollar company, operating in 44 states and 29 foreign countries, with over 40,000 employees. It is a diversified manufacturing company engaged in three primary areas of business: compression and drilling equipment, tools and hardware, and electrical and electronic products. The company has shown a consistent growth for the last forty quarters. However, last year, it honored it civic responsibilities by contributing over $2 million to institutions of higher education, as well as health and welfare, youth civic, social. cultural and art organizations. Employees are encouraged to contribute both time and money to their communities.
In 1970, Mr. Dyer was moved to the corporate staff as senior coordinator, operational planning and analysis. He was named assistant controller, operations in 1972. and subsequently held various planning and analysis assignments. He was elected vice president for planning and analysis in 1975 and to his present position as Senior Vice President, Planning and Development in 1980. In this position, Mr. Dyer has responsibility for corporate strategy and business plans development, capital investments, acquisitions. manufacturing services, information services, economics, and flight operations.
Mr. Dyer is a director of MESBIC Financial Corporation of Houston and a member of the Financial Executives Institute, the Association for Corporate Planning, and the North American Society for Corporate Planning.
In spite of his many responsibilities, Bob Dyer still finds time to participate in civic activities, He is director of the Greater Houston/Harris County Chapter of the American fled Cross; a director 01 the Wharton School Club of Houston; the Texas Opera Theater; and in the Houston Chamber of Commerce, he is the immediate past chairman of the Crime Control Committee, He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Tech Ex-Students Association.
When he has some rare free time he enjoys a game of golf. He and his family attend the Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church where he has served as deacon.
It is a distinct pleasure for Texas Tech University to recognize the professional and civic achievements of Robert B. Dyer and to bestow upon him the designation of DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.