Distinguished Engineer Citations
Woodrow W. Hitchcock, Ph.D.
Mechanical Engineering, B.S. – 1966
Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D. – 1969
At Time of Nomination in 1997
Woodrow W. Hitchcock received his bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1966, and his doctoral degree from Texas Tech in 1969.
Dr. Hitchcock currently serves as the Executive Vice President and Director of International Operations for Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. He has oversight responsibility for all of Parsons Brinckerhoff’s international companies and projects, and also serves in a management role for several major projects, including the Cairo metro, where Parsons Brinckerhoff is the General Engineering Consultant, and London’s jubilee Line where Parsons Brinckerhoff is providing design services for ventilation and environmental control. For eight years, Dr. Hitchcock served as the President of Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Hong Kong company, Parsons Brinckerhoff (Asia) Ltd., and as Asia regional manager.
His technical accomplishments include managing the development and verification of the Subway Environment Simulation (SES) computer program which has been widely used in the analysis of the thermal environment of underground transport facilities. He also introduced the concept of "impulse" fans as an effective means of ventilating the tunnels of Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway and sponsored the application of platform screen doors to segregate the tunnels and public areas of Singapore’s underground metro.
Ranked the number one United States transportation engineering enterprise by Engineering News–Record, the Parsons Brinckerhoff group of companies provides multi–disciplinary planning, engineering, and construction management services in transit systems, tunnels, bridges, highways, airports, and marine facilities, as well as water and environmental engineering, energy systems and industrial power, and urban planning. The group employs 5,000 professionals and support staff in more than 100 offices worldwide.
Dr. Hitchcock’s service activities include membership in the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air conditioning Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Chartered Institute of Building Services.
He is married to the former Linda K. Reed, also a graduate of Texas Tech University. They have three children, Lori, Reed, and Toni.
Texas Tech recognizes Dr. Hitchcock’s achievements and with pride, designates him DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.