Three local honorees whose support has made the Mechanical Engineering program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi a success were honored at the “Friends of Engineering” Awards Luncheon held Tuesday, March 3, at the University Center, Anchor Ballroom. This year’s honorees were Sam Beecroft, Jim Barnette, and Dan Leyendecker.
“Today’s honorees have every reason to celebrate,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President and CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “Their generosity funds scholarships that help bring in strong students who otherwise may not have been able to become the next generation of engineers.”
During the luncheon, Killebrew also mentioned that Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s first class of students pursuing an electrical engineering will begin in fall 2015. The new Bachelor of Science in Engineering was approved in January by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.
“As soon as the new degree was approved in January, prospective students were inquiring through social media about degree plans and course work,” he said. “And we don’t plan to stop there. The proposals for civil and industrial engineering are already being developed.”
The “Friends of Engineering” Award at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi honors the outstanding achievements of supporters for the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences. Honorees are chosen for their significant impact on the development and continued excellence of the facilities, faculty, and students.
Sam Beecroft is President of B. E. Beeroft Co., Inc., a Corpus Christi-based general contractor. The Beecroft family has devoted time, energy, and resources to the growth of higher education in the Coastal Bend. Along with his father, B. E. Beecroft, Sam has been a loyal advocate for the creation and growth of the engineering program at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Jim Barnette is a Licensed Professional Consultant Engineer at Lockwood, Andrews, & Newman. He graduated from University of Mississippi in 1959 with a degree in civil engineering. Barnette served as an Officer in the U.S. Army and has contributed his experience and services to the City of Corpus Christi.
Dan Leyendecker is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Texas and eight other states. He graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Leyendecker is President/Principal of LNV, an engineering, architectural, and construction company headquartered in Corpus Christi.