The Dean's Award for engineering achievement is given this year to Mr. Ray W. Judson, President of The Parsons Corporation, Pasadena, California for his career-long contributions to the practice of engineering.
Ray Judson was brought up in Tarrytown, New York. He graduated from high school in 1944 and, having joined the Army Air Corp during his senior year, was immediately sent to the University of Buffalo. There he began his collegiate career before being activated and assigned to Kessler Field, Mississippi. After leaving the service, Mr. Judson attended the University of Michigan. In 1951, he graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering.
Mr. Judson's professional career began as a Structural Engineer with the M.W. Kellogg Company in New York City. During the 15 years he spent with the company, he had numerous field assignments constructing refineries and chemical plants. In 1956, he received a Professional Engineering license from the State of New York. He rose through the engineering ranks and became a Project Manager; his last assignment was a Division Manager responsible for all piping activities.
Mr. Judson joined The Ralph M. Parsons Company as Chief Engineer of their London office in 1966 and rose to the position of Operations Manager of the office. In 1972, he was promoted to Chief Engineer of the entire Ralph M. Parsons Company located in Los Angeles and, in 1973, he became Vice President. His contributions include introducing and implementing computer-aided-design and computerizing pipe drawings in three-dimensional format. He also managed such other projects as the engineering of oil production facilities on Alaska's North Slope and a complex gas facility in Saudi Arabia.
He was promoted to Senior Vice President in 1978 with responsibility as Division Manager for the company's Petroleum and Chemical Division. During this time he put together a successful bid to build a 250,000 barrel per day Saudi Arabian refiner, one of the largest refineries constructed in recent years. This $1.5 billion lump sum contract was managed by the Ralph M. Parsons Company in venture with a Japanese firm and a French firm.
In 1981 he became Senior Vice President of the Systems Division and directed all architectural and engineering work performed for government and industrial clients. Projects under his direction in this capacity included: building Yanbu, Saudi Arabia, one of the largest industrial cities in the world; a $5 billion airport in Jeddah; the $2 billion Northeast Corridor transportation modernization, the largest railroad rehabilitation project in U.S. history; and the U.S. strategic petroleum reserve project.
Mr. Judson was promoted in 1983 to President of the Ralph M. Parsons Company which is involved in transportation, aviation, petroleum, chemical, and governmental activities. During this time he was responsible for the construction management of the Los Angeles subway and for designing sever plants for the incineration of U.S. Army chemical agent weapons.
Mr. Judson became President of The Parsons Corporation in 1989 where he is responsible for 12 subsidiaries consisting of more than 8,000 people located in 70 offices throughout the world. Parsons is an international engineering and construction group serving the energy, natural resources, transportation, environmental, space, and defense industries.