Texas Tech University

Whitacre College of Engineering Names Distinguished Engineering Student

Rachel Dolle

May 10, 2016


Bailey Scarborough is a graduate of Lubbock Christian Schools.

Bailey Scarborough
Bailey Scarborough

The Texas Tech University Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering has selected Bailey Scarborough as the recipient of the 2016 McAuley Distinguished Engineering Student Award.

This award, provided by members of the Whitacre College of Engineering Dean's Council, is named in memory of James A. McAuley, an active member of the Dean's Council and a Texas Tech distinguished engineer.

Scarborough was selected because of her outstanding academic achievements, honors, activities, interests and aspirations. She has earned an undergraduate 3.6 GPA and a graduate 4.0 GPA and is graduating in May with a master's degree in environmental engineering. She also is receiving a bachelor's degree in environmental engineering, graduating cum laude with honors.

As a Lubbock native, Scarborough did her first internship in the Lubbock office of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality during summer 2013. The opportunity provided her with real world knowledge of state and federal regulations that affect environmental engineers.

Her second internship with Valero was at the McKee Refinery in Dumas, where she learned the fast-paced environment of the oil and gas industry. She returned for a second summer internship at the refinery and remained there through the fall. After graduation, Scarborough will start her career at the refinery as an associate environmental engineer.

At Texas Tech, Scarborough has been involved in many organizations including Sigma Phi Lambda, Chi Epsilon, Tau Beta Pi, American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Environmental Professionals and the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. She also has also been an engineering ambassador for three years and said it has been her favorite experience as a student.

She credits her parents as being the top influence for her success.
“They have always told me my whole life that I'm capable of doing things, I'm smart and I can accomplish what I want to accomplish if I work for it,” Scarborough said.

She also thanked God, saying she has been blessed beyond what she will ever deserve.

A medical mission trip to Peru in high school opened Scarborough's eyes to the world of civil and environmental engineering. Seeing poor water conditions made her question where our water comes from, where wastewater goes, how do we know it's safe, and what kind of biological and chemical steps do we take to ensure it's safe? She discovered she wanted to treat the source of problems instead of treating symptoms of diseases.

She attributed choosing Texas Tech to the professors, students and staff who made her feel like she was wanted and belonged, and that the college wanted to help her become the best engineer possible. She credited Ken Rainwater, a professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, for playing a huge part in her decision.

“I can't even put into words how honored I feel, and I'm thankful to the Dean's Council for seeing potential in me,” Scarborough said.