Texas Tech University

2008 Inductees

Barry S. Allen, P.E.

--earned his Bachelor of Architecture in Structures in 1980 and his M.S.C.E. in 1981 both from Texas Tech University. While working on his M.S.C.E. at Texas Tech, Barry was a research assistant in the wind engineering program. He performed research on tornado hazard probability and tornado design wind speeds providing design bases criteria for federal nuclear facilities. After graduating from Texas Tech, Barry began his career as a structural engineer with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, an Architecture/Engineering Firm in Denver, Colorado. He performed structural analysis and design on high-rise office, hotel and retail projects. In 1983, Barry moved to Little Rock, Arkansas to begin working for Cromwell Firm as a Project Engineer. In 1985 Barry became a design engineer for nuclear and fossil fuel plants at Arkansas Power and Light. At several other nuclear plants he has been responsible for emergency preparedness, turbine and generator upgrade, site engineering and various maintenance operations making steady progress to Vice President-Nuclear, Perry Nuclear Power Plant, First Energy Nuclear Operating Company in Perry, Ohio. He is now responsible for the operation of the Perry Plant, including offsite relationships. Barry was awarded a 1997 Peak Performer Award for leading cultural change within the maintenance organization at Arkansas Nuclear One Unit 2, and awarded a 2000 Premier Award for the successful turbine/generator project completion. Barry is a member of the Wind Engineering Research Council, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Nuclear Society, Honorary Mayor-President of the City of Baton Rouge, the Parish of East Baton Rouge, and Ottawa County Improvement Corporation. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Arkansas. Barry and his wife, Cindy, make their home in Concord, Ohio. They have a son, Cory, who recently graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Cory is planning to follow in his father's footsteps with a career in the nuclear power industry.

Sean P. Cochran, P.E.

--earned his B.S.C.E. from Texas Tech University in 1991 and his MCE from The University of Houston in 1996. He is a Senior Engineer in Chicago, Bridge and Iron (CB&I) Woodlands, Texas office. Before attending Texas Tech Sean was an ironworker. Greg Soules states, "He has used the practical experience gained as an ironworker combined with the fine engineering education received at Texas Tech to become one of my best design engineers and a respected member of the CB&I engineering team." Sean's responsibilities include providing oversight and technical guidance to design engineers and drafting personnel, providing technical support and developing cost effective and efficient engineering solutions for CB&I's business acquisition units, preparing designs and specifications for storage tanks and vessels to meet specific codes and standards, preparing the designs and specifications of steel structures and reinforced concrete foundations for the petrochemical and mining industries in accordance with a variety of United States and International Codes. He has designed projects all over the world for CB&I. Sean is a member of the American Institute of Steel Construction. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the States of Texas and Arkansas. Sean has a very active life outside of CB&I, participating in a number of widely varied hobbies and activities. He has participated in Civil War reenacting since the mid- 1990s and frequently travels as far away as Pennsylvania and Tennessee to attend battle reenactments. In conjunction with this hobby, he frequently delivers living history presentations at schools and historical sites. Sean serves as a volunteer with a group that stages a yearly weekend encampment for the local high school 11th and 12th grade American History classes. During the week, Sean plays pocket billiards competitively in several leagues in the Houston area. Having played several times a week for well over two decades, Sean has earned a reputation as a top flight amateur player. Every spring, he can be found traveling to Las Vegas to compete against other cueists from around the world in National and International Level tournaments. Sean recently joined a running club. His future goal is to train for and complete a full marathon. Sean and his wife, Petra, have a daughter, Anna, who turned one year old in February. They make their home in Spring, Texas.

Lawrence L. Jester Jr.

--earned his B.S.C.E. from Texas Tech University in 1949. He was the first Texas Tech graduate appointed to be District Engineer by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). Upon graduation from Texas Tech, he began working for TxDOT in Marshall, Texas. From 1950-1952 Lawrence served in the Philippines during the Korean War as a member of the 29th Engineer Topographic Battalion mapping the islands. Upon returning to the Atlanta District in 1952 as an engineering assistant, he was assigned to various projects with an increasing degree of responsibility. In 1958 he established the new Texarkana residency, supervising the design and construction of Interstate 30 through Bowie County, including the state line interchange with Arkansas; worked on the design and construction phases of the US 59/71 Red River Bridge between Texas and Arkansas in coordination with the State of Arkansas; provided coordination of bridge development and construction project with the State of Oklahoma on the US 259 Red River Bridge between Texas and Oklahoma. Lawrence was involved with the installation of the first high rise illumination of an Interstate interchange at the Texas/Arkansas/I-30 state line interchange. In 1972 he was appointed District Engineer of the Atlanta District, continuing in this position until his retirement from TxDOT in 1993. During this period Lawrence was responsible for design, construction, maintenance and operation of all highways in the Atlanta District. The district borders Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. He was responsible for coordination at all points of highway interface in the district into these states, more states than any other TxDOT district. After retiring from TxDOT, Lawrence entered private engineering practice as a Senior Transportation Engineer for Jacobs Carter Burgess Engineers Inc. at the Atlanta, Texas project office. He performed environmental and location studies for relocation and reconstruction of the freeway from US 71 & Loop 245/151 interchange in Texarkana to the Louisiana state line, and was technical advisor on the I-30 widening and construction project. Lawrence was recognized by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers for outstanding service to the State of Texas as a Professional Engineer for over 50 years. He received his license in April 1954. He served as president of the Sulphur River Chapter of Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE). He has memberships in the Atlanta Rotary Club, having served as president and a Paul Harris Fellow, and the Executive Board of the Caddo Area Council of Boy Scouts of America. He was a member of the Atlanta Memorial Hospital Board of Directors for ten years and is now a member of the Atlanta Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Directors. Lawrence and his wife, Martha, reside in Atlanta, Texas.

Brian Manning, P.E.

--earned his B.S.C.E. from Texas Tech University in 1990. He is the Executive Vice President for Texas Sterling Construction, a heavy civil construction company in Houston, Texas. Brian began his career in airport design and has over 14 years of experience in the design, maintenance and construction of highway, street, bridge and utility projects involving freeway, urban and rural facilities. He is responsible for the development of the company and its employees. During his tenure at Texas Sterling, Brian served as estimator, project manager, vice president and is now executive vice president. He currently oversees approximately $300 million in construction, consisting of more than 45 projects. Specifically, Brian was the project manager for the Metro Light Rail Line Section 5 (Downtown Houston) for the Metropolitan Transit Authority, a $41.9 million project. As executive vice president, he also manages over 1,000 employees in Houston, Dallas and San Antonio areas. Brian is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas. In addition to his professional success, Brian has been very active with American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) at the local, state and national level. He currently serves as the ASCE National Construction Institute Treasurer and serves on the ASCE National Institute Peer Review Committee. Brian has served as the ASCE Houston Branch President and as the ASCE Texas Section Vice President Professional Elect. He will be chair of the Texas Section meeting in the fall of 2009. For his contributions to the Houston Branch, Brian was the recipient of the ASCE Houston Branch, Edmund Friedman Young Engineer of the Year in 2000, and the Award of Honor in 2007. In addition to his ASCE activities, Brian has served on committees for the Houston Contractors Association and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). He will serve as President of the National Construction Institute in 2011. Brian is currently the Chief for the Y.M.C.A. Indian Princess Program, a member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Martha Catholic Church and Membership Director for the Deerwood Toastmasters. Brian, and his wife Kristen, have three daughters (Peyton - 10, Paige - 8, and Parker - 4). They make their home in Kingwood, Texas.

Department of Civil, Environmental, & Construction Engineering