Five Outstanding Engineering Alumni Recognized
The alumni will receive the 2010 Distinguished Engineer Award for their career success and contributions to society.
Written by Jeff Sammons
The Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering named Jeff Bayer, Mica Endsley, Thomas A. Harper, Allen D. Howard and Randy Howard as recipients of the 2010 Distinguished Engineer Award on April 9.
The Distinguished Engineer Award was established during the 1966-67 academic year to recognize the most outstanding alumni of the college. Since that time, 199 graduates have received this honor.
Recipients of the award must be distinguished in their profession, an inspiration to their peers and have demonstrated a continuing interest in areas outside the field of engineering.
“The Distinguished Engineer Award recognizes engineering alumni who combine exceptional career success with important contributions to society,” said Jon C. Strauss, interim dean of the college. “We are privileged to have these successful individuals serving as ambassadors of the Whitacre College of Engineering and Texas Tech.”
Bayer, of Dallas, is owner of Curtain Wall Design and Consulting Inc. He earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1979. Bayer is a registered professional engineer in 17 states and the District of Columbia and has served as engineer-of-record for the exterior veneer on hundreds of projects. Bayer recently completed six years as a Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Advisory Council member at Texas Tech and is a past chair. He also is a member of the Texas Tech Civil Engineering Academy
Endsley, of Marietta, Ga. and Midway, Utah, is president of SA Technologies. She earned her bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering Cum Laude in 1982. SA Technologies is a cognitive engineering firm specializing in the development of operator interfaces for advanced systems, including the next generation of systems for aviation, air traffic control, medical, power and military operations. From 1990 to 1997, Endsley was part of the industrial engineering faculty at Texas Tech. She serves on the editorial board for four major journals and is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making. She is co-author of a book titled “Designing for Situation Awareness.”
Thomas A. Harper
Harper, of Los Alamos, N.M., earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in computer science in 1988 and 1995 respectively. He is the CIO of Los Alamos National Laboratory, a multidiscipline U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratory focused on national security science. Los Alamos National Laboratory is known for its role at the center of the top-secret Manhattan project that developed the first atomic weapons during World War II.
Harper’s career path has included several DOE laboratories including Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., and Idaho National Engineering Laboratory in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Harper has been recognized for his contribution in the information technology and security arenas by the cabinet-level Secretary of Energy Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration. In 2009, he received the Charlene Douglas award, the highest honor bestowed by the Department of Energy for lifetime contribution to the field of cyber security. Harper is a former member of Whitacre College of Engineering Dean’s Council.
Allen D. Howard
Allen D. Howard, of Humble, earned his bachelor of science in electrical engineering in 1978. He is president and CEO of NuTech Energy Alliance Ltd., which provides advanced petrophysical, geological and engineering solutions to oil and gas companies worldwide. After graduation from Texas Tech, Howard signed on as a field engineer with Schlumberger. Howard started NuTech Energy Alliance Ltd. in 1998. Today, NuTech employs nearly a hundred people in applying technical models to domestic exploration and production operations. Howard is a member of the Whitacre College of Engineering Dean’s Council.
Randy Howard, of The Woodlands, graduated with honors in 1976 with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering. He is a project executive for ExxonMobil Development Company in Houston, where he has worked for 33 years. Howard went to work for ExxonMobil immediately after graduation, and has held a variety of engineering and supervisory assignments focused on U.S. business including acquisitions, divestments, operations, planning and management. Howard is a registered professional engineer in Texas and a member of the Petroleum Industry Advisory Board at Texas Tech.
Whitacre College of Engineering
The Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering has educated engineers to meet the technological needs of Texas, the nation and the world since 1925.
Approximately 4,300 undergraduate and 725 graduate students pursue bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees offered through eight academic departments: civil and environmental, chemical, computer science, electrical and computer, engineering technology, industrial, mechanical and petroleum.