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Paul C. Nail

Paul C. Nail

Distinguished Engineer



Mechanical Engineering – 1947



At Time of Nomination in 1973

Paul C. Nail, a native of Lubbock, Texas, was born in 1923, and in 1947 received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University. He received his M.S. from the University of Houstonian in Mechanical Engineering in 1954. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and now holds a reserve commission as major in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Mr. Nail, with two decades of practice as a consulting engineer, joined Bernard Johnson, Incorporated, Houston, Texas architectural engineering firm, in 1959. He now serves it as executive vice president.

He has directed large teams of architects, engineers, planners, and economists in major projects, such as the first revenue–supported, municipally–owned central cooling and heating plant, designated to serve the forty–three buildings of San Antonio’s 1968 "HemisFair" and buildings in the adjoining business district. This project, which incorporated the first computerized monitoring and surveillance network for a metropolitan water system, won his firm the Consulting Engineers Council’s "Award for Engineering Excellence."

Mr. Nail directed the engineering assignment in the mechanical design of the entire original complex of buildings and central plant for the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston. He directed a delineation of conceptual plans of a statewide network for police and fire department radio communications.

He has participated in the preparation of standard fee manuals for the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, and in the activities of the Houston Chamber of Commerce and of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He has been a member of the steering and finance committees of his church, and is past president of the Consulting Engineers Council.

Texas Tech University has the honor to designate Paul C. Nail: DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.

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