Date: April 15, 2005
CONTACT: Scott Slemmons,

LUBBOCK – Phillip Nathan Beverly, a senior majoring in electrical engineering at Texas Tech University, is the recipient of the 2005 James A. "Jim" McAuley Distinguished Engineering Student Award.

The McAuley Award recognizes the most outstanding graduating Texas Tech engineering student. The award is made in the memory of Jim McAuley, a Distinguished Engineer and member of the Dean's Council. McAuley died in September 2000.

Beverly was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and grew up in Arlington. He is the son of Laureen and Robert Beverly. While at Texas Tech, he has received the Horn Professor of Engineering and the Clytus L. and Margaret Parris Endowment Scholarships. He was recognized by the College of Engineering for Exceptional Engineering Scholastic Achievement and has been on the President’s List every semester.

Beverly has conducted nanotechnology and semiconductor research at Texas Tech and currently is the lead designer for the university's student team entered in a Microelectromechanical System design competition sponsored by Sandia National Laboratory's University Alliance Program.

Beverly also participated in summer internships at both National Instruments in Austin and ChevronTexaco in New Orleans, La. He implemented data acquisition and automation control systems for the automotive industry and on oil production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.

He is the president of the student branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, an active member in Eta Kappa Nu, the honors society of Electrical Engineering, and Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society. He helped host the West Texas Best (Boosting Engineering Science and Technology) competition promoting engineering and communication to middle and high school students through robotics.

The McAuley Award is open to all undergraduate Texas Tech engineering students. Students must have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0, and they are judged on academic achievement, university extracurricular activities, work experience and leadership activities. The amount of the award is $5,000.


SOURCE: Claudia Thornton, assistant development officer, College of Engineering, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-3451 or