The College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT) at Oklahoma State University
has announced the 2020 Hall of Fame inductees and Lohmann Medal recipients. CEAT Hall
of Fame nominees must be a distinguished engineer, architect or technologist who has
made an outstanding contribution to their profession or OSU and has served their community,
state and nation with distinction. They should represent some of the most distinguished
alumni and industry leaders associated with CEAT. The following candidates meet and
exceed all criteria for the hall of fame recognition.
The Melvin R. Lohmann Medal was established in 1991 to honor alumni of CEAT for contributions
to the profession or education of engineers, architects or technologists that merits
the highest recognition. These honorees are also inducted into the CEAT Hall of Fame.
Rear Admiral Huan T. Nguyen graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical
engineering. He also holds master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Southern
Methodist University, engineering from Purdue University and information technology
from Carnegie Mellon University, where he graduated with highest distinction. Nguyen
has stated that he appreciates his time spent at OSU.
Nguyen was born in Hue, Vietnam. During the Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War, Nguyen’s
mother, father and five brothers and sisters were killed by Viet Cong Communist guerillas
in their family home outside of Saigon. Nguyen’s uncle took him in, and in 1975 Colonel
Edward Veiluva and his wife Dorothy sponsored their family to come to the United States
as political refugees. Col. Veiluva was a family friend who was stationed at Tinker
Air Force Base, so Nguyen’s family moved to Midwest City, Okla. where Nguyen would
spend the rest of his childhood.
Nguyen was inspired to serve his adopted country by the Sailors and Marines who helped
the thousands of Vietnamese refugees like himself. He received a direct commission
in the Reserve Engineering Duty Officer program in 1993.
While serving active duty in the military, Nguyen’s operational tours include multiple
waterfront maintenance assignments, including being the testing officer on the USS
Kitty Hawk during restricted availability at the Ship Repair Facility in Yokosuka,
Japan as well as the officer-in-charge of Detachment 113 at the Ship Repair Facility
in Yokosuka. He served as executive officer and chief engineer for the Joint Counter
Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (CREW) field office
at Camp Victory in Iraq, and was instrumental in the stand-up of Joint CREW Composite
Squadron One in Iraq.
Some of his staff assignments include being the director of military programs at the
Naval Sea System Command (NAVSEA); being the executive officer for NAVSEA enlisted
personnel; being the Engineering Duty Officer community manager and most recently,
he has served as deputy chief information officer for NAVSEA. Reserve assignments
included command of five units within NAVSEA, the U.S. Pacific Fleet and the Office
of Naval Research.
Nguyen has also worked in industry where he has obtained several patents in automotive
electronics. In August of 1994, Nguyen began work as a staff electrical engineer for
General Motors (GM) where he eventually managed a cross-functional team of over 30
engineers in the design and integration of the Powertrain Control Module to all GM
platforms. In 2006, he took a position as the senior vice president of Bank of America,
where he established the strategic framework and governance for Bank of America computing
on cybersecurity, which included firewalls, streamlined demilitarized zones (DMZ),
and the optimization and consolidation of data centers. In 2009, he began working
with Exelis, Inc. as a senior technical advisor and director of business development
where he managed a multi-million-dollar portfolio of independent research and development
projects on ground electronic warfare countermeasures, counter-remote improvised explosive
device systems and interference mitigation systems.
Nguyen is the first Vietnamese-American to be promoted to the rank of rear admiral.
He has received a Legion of Merit and a Bronze Star Medal, which he is particularly
proud of, for his work in the Middle East. He has received the Meritorious Service
Medal and the Navy Commendation Medal. He has also had the honor of serving on teams
that have been awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Navy Unit Commendation
and the Navy Meritorious Commendation.
“OSU had a profound impact on both my life and career,” Nguyen said. “Later in life,
particularly on deployments to Iraq when in the middle of the desert, I would think
of home. I would think of Midwest City and Oklahoma State.”
Nguyen and his wife Kim have three children, two daughters and a son. His oldest daughter
is expecting a baby boy early next year and will soon make him a grandpa.
Nguyen will be inducted into CEAT’s Hall of Fame and recieve the Lohmann Medal, the
college’s highest honor.
Dr. Stephen W. Searcy began his education in Missouri, graduating from the University of Missouri with
bachelor’s degrees in agricultural mechanization and agricultural engineering and
a master’s degree in agricultural mechanization. He received his doctoral degree in
agricultural engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1980.
While at OSU, his dissertation research focused on microprocessors. He was interested
in applications of microprocessors, which were a new technology at the time. He developed
a microprocessor-controlled metering device for pre-germinated seeds that were carried
in a highly viscous fluid. The dissertation work gave Searcy the marketable skills
needed to be accepted into an assistant professor position at Texas A&M. He advanced
through the academic ranks, and served as a senior professor and head of the Department
of Biological and Agricultural Engineering until his recent retirement, and is now
a professor emeritus.
Searcy has a long and dedicated history of service to his profession. He has been
a longtime member of the American Society of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
(ASABE), where he has served as director of their information and electronic technologies
(IET) division for two years. From 1998-2000, Searcy lead the IET-354 Computers committee,
and was a member of several other technical committees including Power and Machinery
(PM)-54 Precision Agriculture, PM-58 Agricultural Equipment Automation and IET-07
Forward Planning and Structure. These technical committees set research directions
for the profession and wrote standards related to their technical areas. He served
ASABE on the Board of Directors, as treasurer, and in 2016 was elected president.
Searcy is an internationally recognized leader in research on intelligent machine
systems for agriculture, and has been a pioneering contributor to the rapidly evolving
field of precision agriculture. Recently, he has applied his expertise and insight
to the emerging opportunities in bioenergy, with his particular interest related to
the challenging logistics related to the production, harvest and transport of energy
crops. Searcy’s prominence in this area of research led to him being selected to serve
a three-year term on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Biomass Research and Development
Technical Advisory Committee.
Outside of research, Searcy has been a major contributor to undergraduate and graduate
education. He has either developed or modified more than a dozen different courses
on electronic and machine systems, information systems, design and research during
his teaching career. Searcy has proactively sought and procured about $250,000 in
resources for the teaching program at Texas A&M and has mentored graduate and undergraduate
students, coordinated academic programs, advised student clubs, and done a host of
other things to support students and advance engineering education.
Under Searcy’s leadership the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering
at Texas A&M has been consistently ranked as a top 5 program for Biological/Agricultural
Engineering programs by U.S. News & World Report. He has received many honors and
awards throughout his career, including the Distinguished Service Award in Engineering
from the University of Missouri’s College of Engineering, the IET Division Chair Distinguished
Service Award from ASABE, where he has also been awarded multiple Superior Paper Awards,
multiple Blue Ribbon Awards in Educational Aids and was elected the rank of Fellow.
Searcy and his wife Nancy reside in College Station, Texas, where in his spare time,
he enjoys hiking, woodworking, growing and canning vegetables, and reading. Another
one of his passions has been documenting the impact of the agricultural engineering
departmental faculty at Texas A&M University, where he co-authored a book entitled
Engineering Agriculture at Texas A&M: The First Hundred Years for the centennial celebration of the department.
Searcy will be inducted into CEAT’s Hall of Fame and recieve the Lohmann Medal, the
college’s highest honor.
Thomas W. Britton Jr. graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering
in 1966 and completed his master’s degree in industrial engineering and management
in 1968. Britton chose a career path that included work for two consulting firms,
Arthur Young & Company and PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he rose through the ranks
and held many different titles over his 35-year career.
While at Arthur Young & Company, Britton served as the partner in charge of the West
Region Energy Consulting Practice and moved up to managing partner of the Orange County
Office Consulting Practice. During this time, he interacted with clients from around
the world including Florida Power and Light, Alexandria Egypt Sanitation Treatment
Department and Northrop’s Aircraft Division.
After 20 years at Arthur Young & Company, Britton spent the next 15 years as partner
at PricewaterhouseCoopers during which time he served in many different areas and
on many different committees for the firm. At the time of his retirement he was the
global chairman of the firm’s High Technology Consulting Practice and chief operating
officer for the West Region Consulting Practice. His time at PricewaterhouseCoopers
afforded him the opportunity to work with some of the most well-known companies in
the world, including IBM, Allergan, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and Western
During his career, Britton received many honors including being listed on Who’s Who
in America, Who’s Who in the West, and Who’s Who in Industry lists. He has been involved
in writing several pieces of industry literature and was inducted into the OSU Cowboy
Academy of Industrial Engineering and Management in recognition of his distinguished
career. He currently serves on the Academy’s Board of Directors. Britton was also
recognized as the 2018 Outstanding Alumni for OSU Industrial Engineering and Management.
Britton retired in 2003 which has given he and his wife, Deborah, the opportunity
to enjoy their passions which include sailing, golfing and traveling. They also spend
time attending events for their five grandchildren.
Britton fondly remembers his time at OSU as times that taught him life lessons that
have been invaluable to him throughout his life and career, “in all that I do, I owe
a debt of gratitude to OSU for the ‘Cowboy Brand’ it made on me.”
Britton will be inducted into CEAT’s Hall of Fame for his outstanding contributions
to his profession and OSU.
Mark Sutton graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering
in 1980 and began his career with Mid America Pipeline Company where he worked until
1982. Shortly after, he joined GPA Midstream, then called the Gas Processors Association,
as director of technical services and worked his way up through the association where,
in 2013, he was elected president and CEO.
The GPA Midstream Association is comprised of more than 80 operating companies in
the midstream industry. The association’s research and technical efforts include setting
and adopting standards for natural gas liquids; developing simple and reproducible
test methods to define the industry’s raw materials and products; managing a cooperative
research program that is used worldwide; and being a go-to resource for a multitude
of technical reports and publications.
Under Sutton’s leadership, GPA Midstream established an office of federal affairs
in Washington, D.C., and has grown to be an international organization with associations
in Europe, Venezuela, Canada and the Middle East.
Sutton also served as the leader of GPA’s sister organization, GPSA Midstream Suppliers
Association (GPSA). GPSA has grown to an organization of over 400 companies engaged
in meeting the supply and demand service needs of the midstream gas industry. The
cooperative producer-supplier relationship demonstrated by GPA Midstream and GPSA
allows for the GPA Midstream Association to conduct numerous research and technical
evaluation programs through the cooperation and direction of GPA Midstream and GPSA
member companies. Additionally, GPSA assists the GPA Midstream Association Research
Program and contributes to the future of the industry by providing funds for undergraduate
engineering scholarships, as well as professorships at colleges with natural gas programs,
contributing more than $1 million to the future of the industry to date.
During Sutton’s tenure with GPA Midstream Association and GPSA, a combined team managed
the editing and redeployment of each of the five revisions of the GPSA Engineering
Data Book in order to provide the industry with the most up-to-date technical information.
The GPSA Engineering Data Book is recognized as a valuable resource around the world
and more than 50,000 copies of the book have been distributed through these team efforts.
Sutton has received the Award of Merit from the American Society for Testing Materials
(ASTM) for serving as secretary of the ASTM D-2, Subcommittee H, a committee responsible
for liquified petroleum (LP)-Gas. He has served on the board and as president of the
Tulsa, Okla., Petroleum Club.
Sutton retired from the GPA Midstream Association and GPSA in 2019, having served
both associations for nearly 37 years. Since retirement, he has been appointed by
GPA Midstream to serve as a public member of the Propane Education and Research Council
(PERC), a group he has been involved with since its inception.
Sutton and his wife Patty live off of lake Fort Gibson where he enjoys taking his
family and friends boating and, since retirement, has plans to improve his fishing
Sutton reflects on his time at OSU, “my time in Stillwater was one of the best times
I have ever had and my advice to students would be to study hard but also make sure
you enjoy your time at OSU to the fullest.”
Sutton will be inducted into CEAT’s Hall of Fame for his outstanding contributions
to his profession and OSU.
The College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology would like to congratulate
all of its Hall of Fame inductees and Lohmann Medal recipients.
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