2014 Texas Tech Distinguished Engineer

2014 Texas Tech Distinguished Engineer

2014 Texas Tech Distinguished Engineer Award

The Texas Tech University Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering named Victoria Richards Harkins, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE., as a recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Engineer Award.  The Distinguished Engineer Award was established during the 1966–1967 academic year to recognize the most outstanding former students of the College of Engineering.  Recipients of the award must be distinguished in their profession, an inspiration to their peers, and have demonstrated a continuing interest in areas outside the field of engineering.


Hamilton Pool and its Receiving Watershed Restoration Project Awards

The Hamilton Pool and its Receiving Watershed Restoration Project was awarded the ACEC Texas Gold Medal/Eminent Conceptor Award and an ACEC National Recognition Award.  The project was also awarded the American Society of Civil Engineers, Texas, Outstanding Civil Engineering Award for 2012.

The recipient of this award is determined after all First Place Winners in the Engineering Excellence Awards are selected in each category, and the project with the highest overall score is awarded the Eminent Conceptor Award.

As Project Manager, Dr. Harkins designed and recommended the restoration plan for the direct removal of silt and invasive plant vegetation from six miles of Davis and Hamilton Creeks. Over 6,500 cubic yards of silt were removed. Dr. Harkins then designed a pump and treat on-site system to remove over nine feet of silt from HP. Awards were presented in Austin, TX and Washington, DC.