Distinguished Engineer Citations
Norman M. Jasper
Industrial Engineering – 1960
At Time of Nomination in 1979
Norman Martin Jasper was born in Silverton, Texas and graduated from Texas Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering in 1960.
Since that time, he has remained a staunch supporter of this institution through service as a former member and chairman of the Industrial Engineering Department’s Industrial Advisory Board. Today, he continues his support through representing the College of Engineering to top executives within the government agencies of the State of Texas.
An individual of strong character, discipline, and integrity, Mr. Jasper has led a professional life marked with success. His initial position, taken in 1960, was with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, for whom he performed a number of design and construction duties as a civil engineer.
In 1962, he became manager of Quality Engineering for Mason and Hanger, a division of the Silas Mason Company. Here, his leadership in the establishment of a total quality control program for the Pantex Plant led to his appointment as senior process engineer of Process Development at the Mason and Hanger Company in 1965.
Joining the IBM Corporation in 1967, Mr. Jasper advanced through a number of leadership positions to become account executive for the State of Texas in 1976. Of his career at IBM, it has been said that this man "has accomplished ... objectives in ten years that most never achieve, and only a few accomplish in a greater timeframe."
In addition to his continued affiliation with the College of Engineering, Mr. Jasper is a former member of the Data Processing Management Association. He is also a past vice president of the American Ordnance Association and a former officer of the American Society of Quality Control. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas.
As a religious and civic leader, Mr. Jasper’s list of past associations is quite long. Presently, serving his community’s youth, he is a membership captain for the Boy Scouts of America and a member of YMCA Youth Activities. Additionally. he remains active in the Texas Association of Taxpayers, the Texas Research League, the American Diabetes Association, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
A former deacon of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Austin, Mr. Jasper is now a church elder and an avid Sunday School teacher.
Over the past twelve years, this engineer has received approximately twenty formal and informal awards for his professional and civic contributions to society. Eight of these have been consecutive annual awards for exceeding professional objectives. The College of Engineering at Texas Tech University is honored to present him with one more professional award. Mr. Norman Martin Jasper is hereby designated a DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.