W.E. Findley

W.E. Findley

B.S.P.E., 1947

After taking a 2-year break from college to serve in World War II as an engineering officer in the navy, W.E. Findley returned in 1947 to The University of Texas at Austin to earn a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering. He began his career as a sales and equipment engineer for oilfield processing equipment, working for two years in Alice, Texas.

In 1949 he founded the Findley Engineering Service Company in Alice, starting with a portable laboratory in a truck that traveled to gas-condensate well sites and helped determine the best separation conditions for the wells. Findley promised to stick to ethical business practices while providing service, equipment and personnel at reasonable prices. In 1962 the company changed names to FESCO, Inc.

Today, as FESCO prepares to celebrate its 56th anniversary with Findley still leading it, the company employs 470 people in 12 Texas offices, one Louisiana office and one Oklahoma office. FESCO offers a variety of petroleum engineering services focused on oil and gas well testing. The company helps oil and gas companies determine the best test designs, testing equipment, and the economic feasibility and safety of testing projects. FESCO has over 1,300 clients, including both small independent gas and oil companies as well as multinational corporations. Clients in Texas include Exxon, Chevron and Shell.

Findley has been a registered professional engineer in Texas for 50 years, and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. In his community, Findley currently serves as president of the Alice Water Authority, which changed the name of Lake Alice to Lake Findley in his honor.

Findley has done his part to keep the Longhorn tradition alive and well. He is a life member of Friends of Alec, an alumni group that supports Engineering scholarships and programming. In addition, his three children from his first marriage all attended the university, as well as four step children from his second marriage.

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