Fall 2016 Media & Communication Hall of Fame Recipient
Dr. William Marcy retired in August 2008 from his position as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs after 34 years of service to Texas Tech University. Before becoming provost in 2002, he served as dean of the Whitacre College of Engineering at Texas Tech for five years. Prior to being dean, he served as senior associate dean of engineering and earlier as chair of the Department of Computer Science for 10 years.
He holds three degrees in engineering from Texas Tech. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1964 and his master’s degree in electrical engineering in 1966. Marcy was the first person to receive an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in engineering from Texas Tech when he earned his degree in 1972.
He was selected as a Distinguished Engineer of the Whitacre College of Engineering in 2003. In 2007 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Tech Alumni Association.
Marcy has more than 45 years of experience as a management consultant, engineering educator, software developer and a practicing engineer. His industrial and business experience includes serving as chief operating officer of Information Planning Corporation in Dallas, as manager of business planning and development for the National Supply Company in Houston, and as an outside director of FSI International, in Chaska, Minn. Marcy continues to serve as an outside director for Concorde Value Fund in Dallas and is a licensed professional engineer in Texas.
His experience with the U.S. government includes employment by the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C. from 1965 to 1974. He served as a technical security officer and CIA branch chief during this period. He gained wide international experience and perspectives while serving with the CIA.
Marcy’s research interests are real-time systems, robotics, automated reasoning, high-reliability software and computer security. He has directed numerous funded research projects including solar energy and software development for learning management systems. He served as the principle investigator for the Texas Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) Center grant from the Texas Education Agency for seven years.
Marcy returned to Texas Tech in October 2008 on a part-time basis to serve as the executive director of the Murdough Center for Engineering Professionalism and the National Institute for Engineering Ethics. He continues to teach engineering ethics online at both the undergraduate and graduate level. His engineering ethics courses are open to all students at Texas Tech as a humanities elective as well as to students from other universities. Over the last eight years more than 2,300 students have completed his online engineering ethics courses.