Hudson, Bartlett and Smith honored as Engineers, Technologist of Distinction

A construction company president, a pioneer in aircraft testing techniques and an environmental director received recognition from Tennessee Tech University’s College of Engineering during this year’s awards banquet.

Thomas M. Hudson Jr., president and chief executive officer of Matteson-Hudson Construction, and Charles Scott Bartlett, Sverdrup Technology chief engineer, were honored as 2009 Engineers of Distinction, and Spurgeon J. “Jason” Smith, corporate environmental director at Tecumseh Products Co., received the 2009 Technologist of Distinction Award during Engineering Week.

The Engineers of Distinction program recognizes alumni and others whose careers have contributed to or reflected credit on the College of Engineering’s academic program. The awards banquet serves as the culmination of Engineering Week, a national week celebrated at TTU by highlighting engineering student and faculty activities.

David L. Vickers, a cement and concrete industry consultant who received the 2008 Technologist of Distinction Award, was also honored at the banquet.

Spurgeon J. “Jason” Smith

Smith serves as corporate environmental director and site environmental manager at Tecumseh Products Co. in Paris, Tenn. His accomplishments include a variety of cost reductions: automating motor identification, recycling, converting 95 percent of disposable packaging into returnable containers, reducing hazardous waste generation by 94 percent and increasing machinery secondary containment by 100 percent.

Smith received two Tennessee Association of Business Awards in 1993¬—one for solid waste management and one for overall environmental excellence.

Prior to joining Tecumseh, Smith worked as an industrial engineer at Magnatek Century Electric in McMinnville. Smith also worked as a manufacturing engineer at Powermatic Inc. in McMinnville and at Delta International Machinery Corp. in Tupelo, Miss., as an industrial engineer. He began his career at Heil Co. in Fort Payne, Ala.

Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from Tennessee Tech in 1983. He went on to earn a master’s degree in engineering technology at Murray State University and continued his education at several institutions.

In service to his alma mater, he is a member of the TTU Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Department Advisory Board.

In his community, Smith works with Henry County 4-H and serves as a deacon at Eastwood Church of Christ in Paris. He also serves on the West Tennessee Regional Blood Center Board of Directors. He and his wife, Sandi (TTU grad, 1983, 1991), have two children, Katherine and Jonathan.

Thomas M. Hudson Jr.

Hudson cofounded Matteson-Hudson Construction Co. in 1980. He’s served as president and chief executive officer of the Nashville company since 1985.

As a general contractor, Hudson oversees the construction of a diversity of businesses in Middle Tennessee. The company also developed four manufacturing facilities in the Clarksville-Montgomery County Corporate Business Park.

Hudson began his career as an assistant engineer with R.C. Matthews Contractors in Nashville. Later he worked as a project engineer and estimator-planner for Joe M. Rodgers and Associates and Rodgers International in Saudi Arabia, Greece and Netherlands. In this role, his team developed housing for seven air force bases.

Before co-founding his current company, he worked as project manager at the Holder Construction Co. in Atlanta.

Hudson established three endowments with TTU’s College of Engineering, one of which honors his father, Thomas M. Hudson Sr., for his commitment to philanthropy.

Hudson and his wife, Lili, have two children, Elise and McLean.

Charles Scott Bartlett

At Sverdrup Technology, Bartlett first worked in the aerospace ground test facility business, leading studies in development and application of new test techniques, diagnostics and modeling. During this time, he gained a national reputation in aircraft icing testing techniques.

After a promotion to branch manager and deputy director in Space and Missile Testing and Evaluation, Bartlett was named test operations manager for Aerospace Testing Alliance in 2004. He investigated and solved difficulties concerning ground testing and its infrastructure.

Since 2005, Bartlett has served as chief engineer, responsible for technical advice to the ATA general manager’s office. He serves as a mentor for cooperative education and intern students within ATA and encourages high school and college students to pursue careers in science and engineering.

Bartlett earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tennessee Tech in 1982. He earned membership in Pi Tau Sigma and Tau Beta Pi and received his master’s degree from the University of Tennessee Space Institute in 1992.

Bartlett and his wife, Ginger, live in Winchester, Tenn.