Roy W. Hann Jr., PhD

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Title: Professor Emeritus, Ranch Owner
Company: Texas A&M University
Location: Gause, Texas, United States

Roy Hann, Professor Emeritus at Texas A&M University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in engineering education.

A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Hann first earned a Bachelor of Science in 1956, further receiving a Master of Chemical Engineering the following year. He concluded his academic efforts with a Doctor of Philosophy in 1963 and became a registered professional engineer in Oklahoma and Texas. Dr. Hann is also a certified general environmental engineer and a licensed real estate broker in the state of Texas. Inspired by his father who was an architect, he decided to focus more on the strength of building rather than the aesthetic design.

An expert in civil and environmental engineering, Dr. Hann began his career with C.H. Guernsey and Associates in Oklahoma City from 1959 to 1960, later joining the University of South Carolina as an assistant professor of civil engineering for two years. Soon thereafter, he commenced his tenure with Texas A&M University as an assistant professor of civil engineering for the department of the environmental engineering division in 1965. As he progressed with the university, he served the roles of an associate professor, head of the environmental engineering division, a full professor and research engineer, as well as the director of the Sea Grant Program from 1967 to 2010. Dr. Hann also excelled as the director of the Institute for Oil Spill Technology at the Texas Engineering Experiment Station between 1991 and 2010. Since 2010, Dr. Hann has proudly held the title of Professor Emeritus at Texas A&M University.

In addition to his primary endeavors, Dr. Hann served as an owner and operator of Spring Valley Ranches since 1987. In the past, he contributed as president of Civil Engineering Systems Inc., and International Spill Technical Corp. He was also the owner of Hann Investments and a consultant in the field. Civically, Dr. Hann was involved with the Bryan-College Station Apartment Association and the United States Public Health Service. A veteran of public service, he served as the first lieutenant and commission officer for the United States Public Health Service from 1957 to 1987.

Achievements to Dr. Hann’s credit include research in computer methods, oil pollution control, water supply, and water pollution. The highlight of his career was during the early 1980s when the Audubon Society decided to create an honor for people for engineers that work in the environmental field. The society created what is called the Palladium Medal because they wanted something different from the Olympic gold, silver and bronze medal. This was an award in environmental conservation for an engineer that dealt with the problems in the environment. It was given jointly by the Audubon Society and the Association of All Engineering Societies. Dr. Hann was honored to be the first recipient of that reward.

In the coming years, Dr. Hann would like to focus primarily on his ranch. Through the ranch, he raises 100-200 Charolais cattle. While his future will include a few occasional activities in the engineering area, the majority of his activities include him being a rancher and a helper to his son.

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