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Distinguished Engineer Photo: William M. Marcy, Ph.D.
William M. Marcy, Ph.D.

William M. Marcy, Ph.D.

Distinguished Engineer



Electrical Engineering, B.S. – 1964


Electrical Engineering, M.S. – 1966


Interdisciplinary Engineering, Ph.D. – 1972



At Time of Nomination in 2003

William M. Marcy earned his first degree from Texas Tech in 1964 with a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering. He then went on to earn a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1966 and received the first ever Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in 1972 from Texas Tech.

His experience with the U.S Government includes employment by the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C. from 1965 to 1974, eventually becoming the Chief of the Engineering and Planning Branch, Office of Security, Directorate for Administration. While an employee of the CIA he met and married Ms. Beverly Richardson also employed with the CIA. Dr. Marcy served as Deputy Directory of the Interagency Training Center, which provided technical security training for all U.S. Government agencies, with security responsibilities for U.S. Government facilities outside the United States.

From 1975 to 1980 he served as Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering at Texas Tech. During the oil boom of the late 1970’s he left Texas Tech to join Armco National Supply Company in Houston, Texas as special assistant to the president for business planning and development. Following the oil bust of the early 1980’s he left NSC to form a startup company, Information Planning Corporation in Dallas, Texas with his doctoral student and close friend Gary B. Wood. Gary has the distinction of holding the second Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Engineering awarded by Texas Tech. Gary is also a Distinguished Engineer.

Once again academia called and in 1983 Bill returned to Texas Tech as Associate Dean of Engineering and Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering being promoted to full professor in 1986. In 1987, he was selected as the director and later chair of the Computer Science Program as it became an independent department. He served in that position until 1995 when he became the Senior Associate Dean of Engineering. During the period 1984 to 1997, Bill also served as an outside director of the FSI International, a public corporation manufacturing semiconductor–processing equipment. In 1998 he became the acting Dean of Engineering then Interim Dean of Engineering. He was selected as the permanent Dean of Engineering in April of 1998 and served in that position until being selected as Provost in June of 2002.

Dr. Marcy is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Texas (84408), one of the first in the discipline of software engineering. He has more than 35 years of experience as a management consultant, engineering educator, software developer and licensed software engineer. His research interests are real–time systems, robotics, automated reasoning, high–reliability software and computer security. For many years he was an avid competitive skeet shooter. He learned to ski at the ripe old age of 45 and still loves being in the mountains whenever there is snow. His personal love of photography is widely known on campus and you may see him wandering around on a beautiful West Texas day taking pictures of the campus.

He and Beverly live in Lubbock, Texas. They have one son, Geoffrey, also a Texas Tech graduate.

Texas Tech University is honored and proud to name William M. Marcy as DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.

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