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The Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering has a history of graduates who have been successful. Here are some examples:

Barber, Paul D.
1957 B. S. civil engineering, retired Chief of Engineering, Directorate of Civil Works, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, recipient of KU’s DESA in 1998
Becker, Frank J.
1958 B.S. civil engineering, President of Becker Investments, retired Chairman of the Board and C.E.O. of Becker Corporation, recipient of KU’s DESA in 1991
Benz, J. Robert.
1964 B.S. civil engineering, retired Vice President of International Business Development for Chemicals at Phillips Petroleum Co., recipient of KU’s DESA in 2009
Black, E.B.
1906 B.S. civil engineering, led Kansas City-based international engineering firm Black & Veatch
Bowman, Waldo.
1923 B.S. civil engineering, Editor of the Engineering News Record, author of "Bulldozers Come First: The Story Of U.S. War Construction In Foreign Lands"
Boyd, Jack
1952 B.S. civil engineering, 1961 M.S. civil engineering, Founder and retired Chair of Boyd, Brown, Stude and Cambern, Chartered, recipient of KU’s DESA in 1998
Burt, Clarence L.
1908 B.S. civil engineering, had a building on Lawrence campus named after him: Burt Hall
Cambern Jr., Theodore J.
1958 B.S. civil engineering, 1965 M.S. civil engineering, 1974 Ph.D civil engineering, Vice President and Principal of TranSystems Corporation, recipient of KU’s DESA in 2001
Chun, Michael
1966 B.S. civil engineering, 1970 Ph.D. environmental engineering, Retired top administrator at Hawaii’s prestigious Kamehameha Schools, was a member of the KU football team in 1965, where he played alongside Jayhawk great Gale Sayers, recipient of KU’s DESA in 2010
Corman, Warren
1950 B.S. architectural engineering, retired University Architect and Special Assistant to the Chancellor at KU, recipient of KU’s DESA in 2004, see a video and read an article about his retirement here: www.oread.ku.edu/2010/december/6/stories/corman.shtml
Coulter, James B.
1950 B.S. civil engineering, member of the National Academy of Engineering, retired Engineering Director of Public Health Service
Daily, Jack F.
1948 B.S. civil engineering, Partner of Lutz, Daily & Brain Consulting Engineers, recipient of KU’s DESA in 1995
Endacott, Paul
1923 B.S. civil engineering, President and CEO of Phillips Petroleum Co., All-American basketball player, honored by Helms Foundation as 1923 National Player of the Year, recipient of KU's DESA in 1991
Grinter, Linton E.
1923 B.S. civil engineering, Dean Emeritus of Engineering at University of Florida, president of the American Society of Engineering Education, author of “Elementary structural analysis and design, steel, timber, and reinforced concrete” and “Theory of Modern Steel Structures,” established "The Grinter Report," recipient of KU's DESA in 1984
Hall, William J.
Ph. D., 1948 B.S. civil engineering, Professor Emeritus and Chair of Civil Engineering at University of Illinois, member of the National Academy of Engineering, recipient of KU's DESA in 1985
Learned, Stanley
1924 B.S. civil engineering, retired President and CEO of Phillips Petroleum Co., has building on Lawrence campus named for him: Learned Hall, recipient of KU's DESA in 1980
Loose, Michael K.
Vice Admiral, 1975 B.S. civil engineering, Deputy chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics, recipient of KU’s DESA in 2006
Lucas, Max
1956 and 1962 civil engineering, retired Dean of the KU School of Architecture and Urban Planning (now known as the School of Architecture, Design and Planning)
McNown, John S.
Ph. D., 1936 B.S. civil engineering, Professor Emeritus and Former Dean of KU School of Engineering, leader in advancing engineering education in Africa, member of the National Academy of Engineering, recipient of KU's DESA in 1988
Metzler, Dwight F.
1940 B.S. civil engineering, retired Chief of Water Supply and Development at Kansas Department of Health and Environment, former professor of civil engineering, member of the National Academy of Engineering, recipient of KU's DESA in 1984
Murray, Thomas M.
1970 Ph. D. engineering mechanics, Professor Emeritus of Structural Steel Design of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, member of the National Academy of Engineering, recipient of KU's DESA in 2004
Nettels Jr., George E.
1950 B. S. civil engineering, CEO and Board Chairman of Midwest Minerals, Inc., recipient of KU’s DESA in 1985
Kipp, Robert
1952 B.S. civil engineering, chairman of Crown Center and retired Vice President of Hallmark, recipient of KU’s DESA in 2005
Patton, Jim
1964 B.S. civil engineering, 1969 M.S. environmental health engineering, retired president of the Americas Division of Black & Veatch, involved with American Water Works Association, American Society of Civil Engineers and American Consulting Engineers Academy, recipient of KU’s DESA in 2003
Robinson, John H. "Jack"
1949 B. S. civil engineering, retired Board Chairman of Black & Veatch
Robinson, Thomas B.
1939 B. S. civil engineering, retired Board Chairman and Managing Partner of Black & Veatch, served in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineering Corps during World War II, member of the National Academy of Engineering, recipient of KU's DESA in 1982
Ruf, Jay
B.S. civil engineering, recognized as one of Ingram's magazine's "40 Under Forty" in 2010 - a group of young professionals to watch in the coming years, Current President at Ruf Commercial, LLC
Ruf Jr., Dave G.
1960 B. S. civil engineering, Retired Chairman, President and C.E.O. of Burns & McDonnell, recipient of KU’s DESA in 1996
Smith, Scott
1981 M.S. civil engineering, HNTB’s director of strategic initiatives, overseeing infrastructure business for highways, bridges, rail, aviation and transit, recipient of KU’s DESA in 2011
Spahr, Charles E.
1965 B.S. civil engineering, President and CEO of The Stanley Group, recipient of KU’s DESA in 2002
Tolaney, Murli
1969 B.S. civil engineering, 1971 M.S. environmental engineering,Board Director at exp, POWER Engineers, and Methodist Hospital of Southern California, Board of Trustees at Keck Graduate Institute, and Chiarman Emeritus at MWH Global, recipient of KU’s DESA in 2000
Vaughn, Kenneth J.
1957 B.S. civil engineering, 1963 M.S. civil engineering, retired principal and president of Larkin and Associates (now known as the Larkin Group), recipient of KU’s DESA in 2007
Veatch Jr., Nathan Thomas "Tom"
1909 B.S. civil engineering, 1924 M.S. civil engineering, co-founder of Black & Veatch

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