Island University Honors Community Members During ‘Friends of Engineering’ Awards Luncheon

Published: April 11, 2017

Island University Honors Community Members During ‘Friends of Engineering’ Awards Luncheon

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – To show gratitude for many years of support from the community, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi honored two Corpus Christi community members and a local business during the 2017 Friends of Engineering Luncheon on April 7.

The mechanical and electrical engineering programs at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi boast 605 enrolled students with 457 students majoring in mechanical engineering alone. Of the engineering graduates, 50 percent are employed in the Coastal Bend and provide a boost to local economic development. Overall, 85 percent of Island University engineering graduates are employed in Texas.

“Since the inception of our engineering program, A&M-Corpus Christi has received an investment of more than $6 million dollars from individual supporters, local industry, the City of Corpus Christi, and the Corpus Christi Business and Job Development Corporation. In 2016, we received an additional $2 million dollars in match funding from the Type A Board” said Dr. Kelly Quintanilla, Interim President and CEO of A&M-Corpus Christi. “These investments have indeed paid off. The growth and success of our engineering program is directly related to the support the University receives.”

The engineering program, which was established in 2009, is a relatively new offering. The first degree offered was a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, which was made possible thanks to the overwhelming level of community support, both at the Texas A&M University System level and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). In 2015, a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering was approved. Both programs help to create a pipeline of Island University graduates that are prepared to transfer from the classroom to the workforce.

“As we keep the momentum moving with our growing engineering programs, we acknowledge that we could not have gotten this far without the support from each of our honorees,” said Dr. Frank Pezold, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering.

The 2017 Friends of Engineering Award honorees included:

  • Fulton*Coastcon General Contractors;
  • Dr. Flavius C. Killebrew, A&M-Corpus Christi President Emeritus;
  • Mr. Govind Nadkarni, CEO of Govind Development, LLC.

The honorees were chosen for their significant impact on the development and continued excellence of engineering facilities, faculty, students and scholarships. A plaque with the honoree's photo and name was placed on Friends of Engineering wall located in the Engineering Building.

“When I was the chairman of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers, it was one of my goals to get an engineering program at A&M-Corpus Christi because that helps stimulate more growth for the community, the students, the company and everyone else,” said Govind Nadkarni, CEO of Govind Development, LLC. “I am gratified and humbled that I am getting honored for being an engineer and a mentor to young engineering professionals.”

Codey Massey, a 2016 magna cum laude Island University graduate and Associate Reliability Engineer at CITGO Petroleum, thanked the honorees for the many scholarships he received and the positive experience he had while in the program.

“I was awarded the presidential scholarship as well as a mechanical engineering scholarship multiple times and because of these scholarships I was able to complete the engineering program in four years,” said Massey. “I owe special thanks to the College of Science and Engineering, to the entire faculty and staff, and to the amazing donors who contributed to student scholarships. I would also like to give special thanks to Dr. Chen for his mentorship.”

A&M-Corpus Christi is currently seeking approval for a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Industrial Engineering from A&M System and the THECB. For more information on the Department of Engineering, visit