Texas Tech University

Distinguished Engineers Nominations


The measure of a college's distinction and influence depends greatly upon the achievement of its former students and the positions they earn for themselves in their respective communities and fields of endeavor. To recognize some of the most outstanding former students of Texas Tech University, the Whitacre College of Engineering has established the Distinguished Engineer Award.

Purpose and Philosophy

The purpose of this program is to recognize and honor former engineering students who have made significant contributions to society, and whose accomplishments and careers have brought credit to the Whitacre College of Engineering at Texas Tech and to the engineering profession as a whole. This program does more than honor these former students. It spotlights the accomplishments of the Whitacre College of Engineering, and thereby increases the pride of former students, current students, faculty, and staff. It likewise presents to the people of Texas and the nation tangible evidence of the effectiveness of the progress of engineering at Texas Tech.

In establishing this program, it was recognized that these awards were to be given for outstanding achievement, both inside as well as outside the profession, and that no compromises diminishing the significance of the awards would be made.

To be eligible for the Distinguished Engineer Award, an individual must:

  • Be distinguished in his/her profession, life work, or other worthy endeavors, and have received recognition from contemporaries.
  • Be a person of such integrity, stature, and demonstrated ability that the faculty, staff, students, and alumni will take pride in and be inspired by his/her recognition.
  • Have demonstrated a continuing interest in areas outside of the fields of engineering such as to bring honor and prestige to the profession.
  • Have been a student in the Whitacre College of Engineering of Texas Tech University.

General Policies

  • Each individual selected as a Distinguished Engineer must be present at the conferring of the award.
  • No member of the University Board of Regents shall be eligible for the award while serving on the board, nor may a current member of the faculty or staff of the Whitacre College of Engineering be selected to receive the award. Individuals may not be considered for this award based on their Texas Tech faculty record.
  • A nomination of an individual for the award shall be kept on file and brought before the Selection Committee for a period of three years from the date of original nomination.

Method of Selection

  • Nominations may be made for the award by any individual and should contain sufficient information to pass an initial screening.
  • Nomination forms may be obtained here:
    Distinguished Engineer Nomination Form.
  • Nomination form, current curriculum vitae, and a letter of recommendation must be received by the first Monday of December to ensure your nomination will be considered.
  • Submit these documents by email to engineeringdean.coe@ttu.edu, or mail the package to:

    Office of the Dean of Engineering
    ATTN: Distinguished Engineer Nomination
    Box 43103
    Lubbock, Texas 79409-3103


  • A committee of Whitacre College of Engineering faculty members appointed by the Dean of Engineering makes judgment in the selection of the recipients of the Distinguished Engineer Award.
  • At all stages of the selection procedure, the discussion of possible recipients shall be deemed a confidential matter.

Frequency of Awards

Awards will be made annually.

Announcement, Time, and Place of Presentation

The award will be presented on the campus of Texas Tech University in the spring, traditionally the second Friday in April.

The Office of the Dean of Engineering shall announce the names of the recipients after they have been contacted and have agreed to be present to receive the award.