Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering Names Five Distinguished Engineers
April 3, 2009
43rd annual awards luncheon honors outstanding alumni.
The Texas Tech University Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering named Blake
W. Augsburger, Chi-Ming Chang, James A. Edmiston, Shelby Johnson and J. G. "Greg"
Soules as recipients of the 2009 Distinguished Engineer Award on April 3 at a luncheon
on the Texas Tech campus.
The Distinguished Engineer Award was established during the 1966-67 academic year
to recognize the most outstanding alumni of the college. Since that time, 194 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
"The Distinguished Engineer award is an excellent opportunity for the Whitacre College
of Engineering to recognize our exceptional alumni," said Pamela Eibeck, dean of the
Whitacre College of Engineering, "Our faculty and staff are proud of the accomplishments
of our alumni, especially those that earn the title of 'Distinguished Engineer.' These
five individuals are members of an elite group that have coupled outstanding career
success with significant contributions to society."
Augsburger, of Mishawaka, Ind., is president and CEO of Harman Professional Group,
the professional audio division of Harman International Inc. Harman International
is a Fortune 500 company that designs and manufactures branded audio and infotainment
products and systems for the automotive, consumer and professional customer. Augsberger
earned a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from
Texas Tech in 1989 and 1987, respectively.
Chang, of Hu-Kou, Taiwan is the president of Ardentec Corporation, a wafer/IC testing
company that he co-founded in 1999. Chang earned a doctoral degree and a Master of
Science in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech in 1986 and 1983, respectively.
He received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Tunghai University
Edmiston was elected president and CEO of Harvest Natural Resources Inc., based in
Houston, in 2005. Edmiston received a Master of Business Administration from the Duke
University Fuqua School of Business in 2004 and a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum
Engineering from Texas Tech in 1982.
Johnson is the 70 percent-majority owner and president of the Theodore Williams Construction
Company Inc. (TWCC), a New York City firm that specializes in projects associated
with corporate interiors, including many Fortune 500 clients. Johnson holds a Bachelor
of Science in Construction Engineering Technology from Texas Tech that she earned
Soules is principal engineer for Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (CB&I) in The Woodlands.
Soules earned a Master of Business Administration from The University of Houston in
1991, and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech in 1979. He currently
is working on a Master of Science in Civil Engineering at Texas Tech.
For more detailed information on each of the Distinguished Engineers, visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/coe/alumni/de/index.phpCONTACT: Jeff Sammons, senior editor, Whitacre College of Engineering,
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