TTU's 1999 "Engineers of Distinction" Influence Global Marketplace

Two engineers who have achieved national and global influence in their industries will be honored as Engineers of Distinction by Tennessee Technological University's College of Engineering on Thursday, Feb. 25, at a reception and banquet.

The university will honor Terry Warren, Willis Corroon Americas' vice president for strategic planning, and J. Phil Wilbourn, Texaco's International Offshore Engineering Department general manager, as alumni whose careers have contributed to or reflected on the college's academic program.


Responsible for providing advice, analysis and change leadership for strategic corporate initiatives in the United States and Canada at Willis Corroon, the world's largest privately held insurance broker, Warren works from an extensive background in managed care services.

On both domestic and international assignments, Warren began with Columbia/HCA as a management consultant on the original concept development for managed care services. Later as president and chief executive officer of MedTrac, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Willis Corroon, he was responsible for overall management for nationwide operations.

After earning his bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Tennessee Tech in 1973, he received his master's in industrial management from Georgia Institute of Technology. Warren is listed in the Who's Who Directory of Global Business Leaders for 1993-94.

He serves on Tennessee Tech's Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Industrial Advisory Board and is chairman of Willis Corroon's 1999 United Way Campaign. Warren and his wife, Beverly, live in Brentwood and have three children, Stephanie, Scott and Chris.


Wilbourn led high profile projects in the 1990s that garnered some of his most impressive career successes. Responsible for the design, construction and project management of offshore facilities in the Gulf of Mexico, he was part of the Texaco Petronius project installed in the gulf in 1,800 feet of water, a world record for fixed platform facilities.

As executive sponsor for DeepStar, a consortia set up by Texaco in 1991 to combine the human and financial resources of 20 major oil companies and more than 60 service companies to evolve the technology needed to drill and produce oil and gas in up to 5,000 feet of water, Wilbourn saw his project receive the 1999 Industries Distinguished Achievement award.

A native of Memphis, Wilbourn received his bachelor's in civil engineering in 1966 from Tennessee Tech where he was a four-year letterman in baseball. He began his career as a design engineer at Lockheed Aircraft Co., but joined Texaco in 1968 in New Orleans, La.

After transferring to Houston, Wilbourn was selected as the project manager for the design and model testing of the nation's first deepwater superport. Eventually, he became responsible for offshore facilities in areas including the North Sea, Australia, South China Sea and the Arabia Gulf. In 1998 he served as a Visiting Scholar to Texas A&M's Offshore Technology Research Center.

Wilbourn recently retired from Texaco and plans to return to Cookeville and work closely with his alma mater. His wife, JoAnn, received her bachelor's in education from Tennessee Tech. He has two children, Kathy and Phillip, who is also a Tennessee Tech civil engineering graduate.

The reception honoring Warren and Wilbourn will begin at 6 p.m. in the Roaden University Center's Executive Lounge. The banquet, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room, be followed by presentations of student awards and scholarships plus faculty and staff awards including the Brown-Henderson Outstanding Engineering Faculty Award, the Kinslow Research Paper Award and the Sissom Innovation and Creativity Award.

Banquet tickets for the public are $10 and can be reserved or picked up at the door. For more information, call Una Lafever at 372-3172.