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W. Lyle Donaldson

Distinguished Engineer: 1969

Degree: Electrical Engineering – 1938

Citation at Time of Nomination in 1969

W. Lyle Donaldson, born in 1915 in Cleburne, Texas, received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1938. He entered the U.S. Naval Service in 1942 and served in the Korean emergency with characteristic impetus as he moved up to his present status of captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

He has served with distinction in three distinct realms: in industry; in education; in research. In industry he moved from the position of distribution engineer to that of distribution supervisor with Texas Electric Service Company; in education, from an Assistant Professorship in Electrical Engineering to that of Associate Professorship in Electrical Engineering, at Lehigh University; and in research, through the successive posts of senior research engineer, director of the department of electronics and electrical engineering to that of vice president of the Southwest Research Institute.

Mr. Donaldson’s versatility is evidenced in the types of research he has performed and directed: radio direction finding, communications, systems engineering, electronic instrumentation and control, sonics, military physics, bioengineering, and nondestructive testing of materials. He holds three patents and has had 10 technical papers published.

Mr. Donaldson is listed in American Men of Science, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and World Who’s Who in Commerce and Industry. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the states of Pennsylvania and Texas and is a Fellow in the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. Other memberships include American Society of Professional Engineers, Research Society of America, Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association, Society of America, Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association, Society of Nondestructive Testing, American Optical Society, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, and Alpha Chi.

Texas Tech University feels it is a privilege to confer on W. Lyle Donaldson the designation: DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.

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