Distinguished Engineering Graduates 2007

Harry A. Trueblood, Jr.

Harry Trueblood

B.S.P.E., 1948
Owner and Managing Member
HAT Resources, LLC

During his 59 years in the energy industry, Harry Trueblood Jr. has been the president and/or chairman and chief executive officer of eight publicly-traded companies, founding seven of them. For about 30 of those years, his principal operating company was Consolidated Oil & Gas, Inc., (CGS) which made significant crude oil and natural gas discoveries as well as numerous acquisitions in the Rocky Mountains and Texas. His public real estate firm was one of the founders of Vail and developed Princeville Resort on the north shore of Kauai, Hawaii.

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Steve L. Poizner

Steve Poizner

B.S.E.E., 1978
Insurance Commissioner
State of California

Steve Poizner has had a successful career as a business consultant, an inventor of life-saving technology, a volunteer public school teacher, the founder of several non-profit organizations designed to provide better education to disadvantaged students and as a public servant. Today, Poizner is one of California’s highest-ranking elected officials.

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H. Chik M. Erzurumlu

H. chik M. Erzurumlu

M.S.C.E., 1962, Ph.D.C.E. 1970
Dean Emeritus and Professor, Retired
Portland State University

Dr. Chik Erzurumlu is Emeritus Dean and Professor of Civil Engineering at Portland State University (PSU). As the founding dean of the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, he has provided the guiding influence in transforming a pre-engineering program into a comprehensive college of engineering that now has over 1900 majors enrolled in BS, MS, and PhD degree programs in five engineering fields and computer science.

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Katherine Metcalfe Pearsall

Katherine Metcalfe Pearsall

M.S.M.E., 1979, Ph.D.M.E. 1983
Distinguished Engineer

Kitty Metcalfe Pearsall received a BS in Metallurgical Engineering in 1971 from the University of Texas at El Paso.  In 1972 she joined IBM as a Materials Engineer, but took an educational leave of absence in 1976. She received her MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Option from The University of Texas at Austin in 1979 and 1983 respectively.  Since returning to IBM in 1983, she has been a technical resource in materials/package engineering in manufacturing, procurement and development environments with twelve years spent in technical management focusing on the qualification of various commodities. 

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OYEG Honorees

An "Outstanding Young Engineering Graduate" (OYEG) is a graduate who is under the age of 40 at the time of selection. Learn more about OYEG honorees.