Young Distinguished Engineer 2014
James Baumgartner, originally from San Antonio, Texas, graduated from Texas Tech University in 2009. He received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering with honors. Currently, Baumgartner is an execution engineer in St. Johns, Canada for ExxonMobil Development Company (EMDC).
Upon graduation, he started with ExxonMobil and has worked a number of jobs for the company in various locations. Baumgartner has made a living in Brisbane, Australia; Houston, Texas; Basra, Iraq; and St. Jones, Canada. Along with the different locations, he has been responsible for a number of different engineering jobs for EMDC at which he has excelled in. Starting out as a training and travel safety coordinator for the EMDC Safety Advocacy Team, he is now directly responsible for a construction contract to install two offshore loading systems in support of the multi-billion dollar Hebron Project offshore St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada.
Before landing a job with ExxonMobil, Baumgartner showed his love for Texas Tech University by his involvement in campus organizations. From April 2008 into 2009, he was the Student Government Association Internal vice president. He also taught and mentored students weekly in engineering software application as an Honors College teaching assistant.
Baumgartner continues to commit himself to the Texas Tech community with his membership in the Young Guns organization. Previously, he was the event chairman for the organization and also established the Texas Tech Young Engineering Leader's Endowment Fund. Additionally, he is on the ExxonMobil Texas Tech Recruiting Team to encourage engineering students to work for ExxonMobil.
Outside of work and Texas Tech involvement, Baumgartner is a sponsor for an 8-year-old girl in Kenya and sponsors annual trips to Malawi/Kenya to build and repair water wells for local communities. In his spare time, he is a marathon runner, completing 2 marathons, 13 half-marathons and 1 triathlon.