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Distinguished Engineers Nominations

The measure of a college's distinction and influence depends greatly upon the achievement of its former students and the positions they earn for themselves in their respective communities and fields of endeavor. To recognize some of the most outstanding former students of Texas Tech University, the Whitacre College of Engineering has established the Distinguished Engineer Award.

Purpose and Philosophy

The purpose of this program is to recognize and honor former engineering students who have made significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments and careers have brought credit to the Whitacre College of Engineering at Texas Tech, and to the engineering profession as a whole. This program does more than honor these former students. It spotlights the accomplishments of the Whitacre College of Engineering, and thereby increases the pride of former students, current students, faculty, and staff. It likewise presents to the people of Texas and the nation tangible evidence of the effectiveness of the progress of engineering at Texas Tech.

In establishing this program, it was recognized that these awards were to be given for outstanding achievement both inside as well as outside the profession and that no compromises diminishing the significance of the awards would be made.

To be eligible for the Distinguished Engineer Award, an individual must:

Number of Awards

The number of awards may vary from year-to-year but generally will not exceed eight during one year.

General Policies

Method of Selection


Frequency of Awards

Awards will be made annually.

Announcement, Time, and Place of Presentation

The award will be presented on the campus of Texas Tech University in the spring, traditionally the second Friday in April.

The Office of the Dean of Engineering shall announce the names of the recipients after they have been contacted and have agreed to be present to receive the award.