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Alvin D. Williams

Alvin D. Williams

Distinguished Engineer



Engineering Technology – 1975



At Time of Nomination in 2005

Dale Williams is originally from White Deer, Texas. He received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology from Texas Tech in 1975, and later earned a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Colorado in 1990.

After leaving Texas Tech, Mr. Williams joined Southwestern Public Service Company and began a 30–year career with them. Starting in the production department in Hobbs, New Mexico as plant engineer, he then moved to Lubbock, Texas as assistant plant manager in 1979, and then to Amarillo, Texas as senior engineer in 1982. In 1987 he oversaw the rebuilding of the Celanese Co–generation Power Project. In 1989, he became project manager for the Department Of Energy Clean Coal Technology project involving retrofitting a gas–fired power plant using Circulating Fluidized Bed technology. In 1990, he was named project manager for the Superconducting Supercollider Land Acquisition project. In 1991, he was promoted to Principal Engineer and Manager of Special Projects. In 1993, he was one of the principals who formed QUIXX Corporation, a non–regulated power company and in 1996 became VP and Chief Operating Officer of its operating subsidiary, Quixx Power Services. In 1998 he was promoted to Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer of Quixx Power Services. In 1999, he returned to SPS, now a twice–merged company, to become Director of Coal and Gas Operations for a complex of plants at Xcel Energy.

Mr. Williams has served on various industrial boards, including the EPRI Steering Committee for clean coal technology development, the Texas Tech Engineering Technology Department advisory council, the Texas Tech Engineering Deans Council, the Texas Tech Mentor Program, and the National Science Foundation Education Advisory Council. He has also served on various community boards, including The Amarillo Theatre, Camp Alphie, the Children’s Miracle Network, The Lone Star Ballet, Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation, KACV TV, Rotary Club, and the Tri State Fair.

Mr. Williams and his wife Linda live in Amarillo. Their two daughters, Amanda and Dana, also graduates of Texas Tech, live in Amarillo.

It is a privilege and a pleasure for Texas Tech University’s College of Engineering to select this outstanding alumnus for honor and recognition. Alvin Dale Williams is declared a DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.

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