The inaugural class of Academy honorees includes 70 Texas ChE alumni, all of whom have been recognized as Distinguished Engineering Graduates by the Cockrell School of Engineering. Honorees are organized by decade of their earliest graduation year, then alphabetically by last name. (*deceased)
Earl N. Brasfield* (B.S. ’57)
Curt G. Engelhorn (B.S. ’51)
Dr. James R. Fair* (Ph.D. ’55)
John L. Gidley* (B.S. ’50)
M. E. Gillis* (B.S. ’51)
Joe D. Ligon* (B.S. ’51)
Dr. Carl E. Locke (B.S. ’58)
Pal D. Meek* (B.S. ’53)
Dr. Thomas K. Perkins (Ph.D. ’57)
Bob G. Perry (B.S. ’56)
C. A. Rundell Jr. (B.S. ’54)
Clarence Ainsworth Rundell Jr. was the president, chief executive officer and director of Cronus Industries, Inc. He held that position for eight years. Prior to the Cronus presidency, Rundell was the executive vice president and director of the Tyler Corporation. He also served as executive vice president and director of United States Brass Corporation and management associate of Electro-Science Investors, Inc. He was in manufacturing management at Texas Instruments, Inc.
Rundell was a senior active member of the Engineering Foundation Advisory Council, a member of the board and treasurer of The Isthmus Institute, and a member of UTAS 20/10 Club at The University of Texas at Austin.
He was a director of several corporations including Tyler Corporation, Communications Industries, Inc., and Capital Wire and Cable Corporation. In addition, he served as a director of Energy Incorporated and Electronic Monitors.
Glenn E. Taylor (B.S. ’58)
Glenn E. Taylor’s career began after graduation at Diamond Shamrock, now Industrial Chemicals, headquartered in Richmond, Va. During 20 years with the corporation, he served in process engineering and development, as an operations supervisor, a technical manager, a plant manager, and eventually a division operations manager.
In the late 1970s, Taylor applied his diverse expertise to establishing a privately owned instrumentation company, where he served as president for four years. He then joined Engelhard Corp. in New Jersey as director of manufacturing in the Pigments Division, eventually assuming overall responsibility for that business unit. Taylor became the corporation’s vice president of joint ventures and manufacturing services. He was responsible for purchasing, environmental, health, and safety aspects of manufacturing, and for joint ventures the company pursued in Japan and Korea. His leadership skills were also tapped when he oversaw a team that developed a corporate-wide strategy for the company’s business in Asia and the Pacific.
Taylor retired from Engelhard in 1996, but soon after assumed the position of executive director of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). As director for five years, Taylor implemented a new strategic plan that involved the first major governance change in 30 years.
Taylor now helps operate a school for underprivileged children in Honduras, and volunteers with the AIChE and his church. He also maintains an active interest in Texas ChE and in Longhorn sports.