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Distinguished Engineer Photo: Randy Howard, P.E.
Randy Howard, P.E.

Randy Howard, P.E.

Distinguished Engineer



B.S. Mechanical Engineering – 1976



At Time of Nomination in 2010

Randy Howard is a project executive for ExxonMobil Development Company in Houston, Texas where he has worked for 33 years.

Howard was born in Dallas, where he lived until graduating from Lake Highlands High School in 1972. He knew from an early age that he wanted to be an engineer because he enjoyed “taking apart” electrical items brought home by his dad who was an electrical engineer and vice president of Texas Power and Light Company. His favorite classes were always math and science which fueled his desire to learn “how things work.”

He enrolled at Texas Tech in the fall of 1972 in mechanical engineering. He was a member of Pi Tau Sigma and Tau Beta Pi and graduated with honors in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Howard went to work for ExxonMobil immediately after graduation. He held a variety of engineering and supervisory assignments focused on U.S. business including acquisitions, divestments, operations, planning, and management.

In 1996, he was named general manager, Middle East with responsibility for Exxon’s interests in Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. In 1998, he was named acting vice president of Exxon International; with responsibility for all of Exxon’s international business.

In 1999, he was a part of the team planning the merger of Exxon and Mobil. After the merger, he was named vice president of engineering for ExxonMobil Production Company, responsible for worldwide production engineering including hiring, training, and development of about 2,000 engineers. In 2005, he was named vice president of ExxonMobil Development Company with responsibility for building large upstream projects for the countries of Chad, Nigeria, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.

In 2007, Howard was named project executive responsible for commercializing and qualifying new upstream technologies for worldwide application.

Howard is a Professional Engineer in the state of Texas, a member of the Petroleum Advisory Board at Texas Tech, a member of the Dallas Theological Seminary Board of Incorporate members, and a member the LifePoint Board of Directors.

He and his wife, Betty, have been married for 34 years, reside in The Woodlands, Texas, and attend Faith Bible Church where he teaches Sunday school. They have two grown children, Jennifer and Conley, and two grandsons, Blane and Gavin.

It is a privilege and an honor for Texas Tech University’s Whitacre College of Engineering to select this outstanding alumnus for recognition.

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