The college has tapped William Terry Boston of Chattanooga, senior manager of pricing for the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Hal O. Jones of Kingsport, director of engineering and construction for the Tennessee Eastman Division of Eastman Chemical Company, as its 1997 Engineers of Distinction.
The two Tennessee Tech alumni join a succession of distinguished individuals honored by the college for their contributions to the engineering profession and to the university's engineering programs. The two will be recognized at a public reception at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20, in the University Center Executive Lounge at Tennessee Tech and at the 17th annual Engineers' Week Banquet, which follows at 7 p.m.
The Engineer's Week Banquet also will feature the announcement of the 1997 recipient of the Brown-Henderson Outstanding Engineering Faculty Award and the winner of the eighth Kinslow Research Paper Award. Both events are hosted by the Engineering Joint Council and presented in connection with National Engineer's Week activities at the university. For more information, call 372-3172.
When ice storms blanketed 60,000 square miles of the Tennessee Valley Authority's service region in 1994, Boston was one of the team leaders who coordinated service restoration to over one million customers cut off by the winter storm. Responding to the challenges posed by nature in times of floods, tornadoes, ice and lightning has been a theme of Boston's career, which is dedicated to improving the transmission and delivery of electric power.
In his present capacity at TVA, Boston follows the restructuring of the electric industry and strives to keep TVA and its distributors competitive now and in the future, as new energy markets evolve and deregulation policies are implemented.
Boston began his career at TVA in 1972, the same year he graduated from Tennessee Tech with a degree in civil engineering. He first served the utility as a power supply engineer, later rising steadily through management-level responsibilities for regional and divisional operations related to transmission planning and operational support. Along the way, he earned a master's degree in engineering administration and made time for professional service to the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Southeastern and national-levels of the Electric Reliability Council, among others. As testament to his expertise, the Department of Energy and TVA recently selected him as the U.S. transmission expert for missions to China and India. His service to Tennessee Tech includes wide-ranging research affiliations with the Center for Electric Power.
Boston and his wife, Brenda Billingsley Boston, are active in an array of civic and service organizations in Chattanooga. The couple has three children.
In 1991, when Eastman and Rhone-Poulenc entered into a joint venture to create a pioneering cellulose acetate production facility, Jones was appointed director of the multimillion-dollar project. The aim was to create a world-class facility that combined process technologies from both companies. Under Jones' direction, a team comprised of professionals from three different companies completed its work ahead of schedule and under budget, creating a successful facility in the process.
The design savvy and leadership skill evident in that effort have typified Jones's career, which has led him through work in pilot plant design, management of energy conservation, research and materials handling, as well as a stint as an officer in the Ordnance Corps for the U.S. Army.
Now as director of the Engineering and Construction Division for Tennessee Eastman, Jones oversees a unit with about 500 employees and provides leadership for six departments responsible for capital planning, capital project execution, technology development and technical support for facilities worldwide. In addition, his division serves as an entry point for new engineers and as a source of technical and managerial talent for other parts of the company.
Jones' professional service includes involvement with the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He has also served on the board of advisors for the Construction Industry Institute and the Board of Engineering Advisors at Tennessee Tech, and is active in a range of service organizations in the Kingsport area.
Jones earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Tennessee Tech in 1965, later earning his MBA at TTU and a master's in mechanical engineering from Clemson. He and his wife, Anita Davis Jones, live in Kingsport. Their two daughters and one son-in-law are also Tennessee Tech graduates.