Endowed Professorship in STEM Education established in College of Engineering and Science

Feb 18, 2021 | Engineering and Science, General News, Giving

Louisiana Tech University’s College of Engineering and Science has received an anonymous gift to endow a professorship in memory of 1951 Tech graduate Charles G. Tullis. Pending approval of matching funds from the University of Louisiana System Foundation, the professorship will support STEM education within the College of Engineering and Science.

“Charles Tullis’ life was marked by hard work, generosity, and loyalty to Louisiana Tech and the College of Engineering and Science,” said Dr. Hisham Hegab, Dean of the College. “We are grateful to the friend of the University for making such a generous gift in Charles’ honor and to the UL System Foundation for their investment in STEM education.”

Tullis remained a committed and generous supporter of Louisiana Tech until his death in March 2020. After earning a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, he began a successful career including assisting with the formation of Southwest Industries, where he served as vice president and chief engineer. He went on to acquire KingTool Co. in Longview, Texas, which designed and marketed oil and gas separation equipment. During Tullis’ 55 years as president, the company enjoyed great success with its line of innovative oil and gas separation equipment they supplied to the rapidly expanding off-shore oil and gas industry.

“This award will serve to further empower future recipients to continue to provide outstanding educational opportunities for the engineers and scientists who are following in Charles’ footsteps through their studies at Louisiana Tech,” Hegab said.

Tullis served on the Tech Engineering Foundation Board in its early years and helped to recruit aspiring engineering and science students. He was the 2008 Distinguished Alumnus in Mechanical Engineering, the 2010 COES Alumnus of the Year, and a 2015 Tower Medallion recipient.  As his obituary noted, “His greatest passion was creating opportunities for future generations to learn. Grow. And make positive contributions to our society.”