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LETU Inducts Alumni Into New Engineering Academy



Over 30 LeTourneau University engineering alumni from all over the country were inducted as inaugural members of the new Academy of Engineering and Engineering Technology at a special ceremony and banquet on Thursday, April 5, 2018 in the Allen Family Student Center at the university's main campus, 2100 South Mobberly Avenue in Longview.

"LETU is proud of the many exceptional career achievements of its engineering alumni who have clearly used their God-given gifts in an exemplary fashion since graduating from LeTourneau," said LETU Dean of Engineering Dr. Steven K. Starrett. "We are honoring these distinguished alumni from all over the country for their noteworthy professional accomplishments."

Starrett said all of the alumni inducted into the Academy have been out of college for at least 20 years and have become leaders in their respective disciplines and industries. LETU has more than 2700 engineering alumni with 20 years of experience in their professions.

"The purpose of the Academy of Engineering and Engineering Technology is to recognize outstanding alumni who bring honor to the School of Engineering and Engineering Technology as engineering practitioners, researchers, missionaries, educators and leaders," Starrett said. "We give God glory for their tremendous talents and abilities, and we hope their lives and accomplishments will inspire future generations of LETU engineers. We also believe this new engineering academy will promote involvement in current LETU engineering activities by these outstanding inductees."

Founded in 1946 by R.G. and Evelyn LeTourneau, LETU has previously been known as LeTourneau Technical Institute and LeTourneau College. Approximately 500 students currently study engineering at LETU in mechanical, electrical, computer, civil, biomedical, welding/materials joining engineering and engineering technology.

The 2018 LETU Engineering Academy Inductees include:

Donald Bell of Wichita Falls, Texas
Douglas Britton of Roswell, Georgia
Phil Burks of Tyler, Texas
Dr. Richard Campbell of Monument, Colorado
Titus Crabb of Phoenix, Arizona
William Garfield of Emmaus, Pennsylvania
Stanley Gingrich of Larkspur, Colorado
Dr. R. William "Bill" Graff of Longview, Texas
Dale Hill of New Braunfels, Texas
Joel Huegel of Guadalajara, Mexico
Femi Ibitayo of Longview, Texas
Dr. Michael Kessler of Pullman, Washington
David Landon of Pella, Iowa
Thomas Landon of Plainfield, Illinois (in absentia)
Dr. Paul Leiffer of Longview, Texas
L.V. "Bud" McGuire of Montgomery, Texas
Wayne Meece of Monroe, Louisiana
Duane Miller of Chesterland, Ohio
Joe Nowiczewski of Montgomery, Texas
Dean Phillips of Troy, Ohio
Dr. Jeffrey Piepmeier of Millersville, Maryland
Dr. Jenelle Piepmeier of Millersville, Maryland
David Russell of Elkhart, Indiana
Nathanael Saint of Morgantown, Pennsylvania
Dr. F. Stan Settles of Tempe, Arizona
Kerry Speicher of Longview, Texas
Wayne Steege of Corcoran, New Hampshire
Dr. Kenneth Stephens of Sun City Center, Florida
Phillip Temple of Canton, Michigan
Birne Wiley of Longview, Texas
Stanley Young of Highlands Ranch, Colorado

LeTourneau University is the premier Christian polytechnic university in the nation where educators engage students to nurture Christian virtue, develop competency and ingenuity in their professional fields, integrate faith and work, and serve the local and global community. LETU offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs across a range of disciplines and delivery models at LETU's residential campus in Longview, Texas, and in hybrid and fully online options at centers in the Dallas and Houston areas. For additional information, visit

Categories: Alumni, Engineering