April 3, 2009
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.
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. Past Distinguished Engineers.
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 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 who 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.”
Blake W. 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.
Chi-Ming 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 in 1980.
James A. 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.
Shelby 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 in 1986.
J. G. 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 the Whitacre College of Engineering Web site.