Hall of Fame 2015

Larry Nixon

In 1969, Larry Nixon was a founder of the engineering firm of BASS, NIXON & KENNEDY, Inc. from which he has retired as President. While serving as Chair of the NC Board of Engineering Examiners he was appointed as the NCEES member of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. After completing his service to NCEES, he served as NSPE Southern Vice-President and was appointed to the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission to represent NSPE where he served as Vice-Chair. He is a senior member of IEEE and served as a Program Evaluator for IEEE and ABET for accrediting engineering programs throughout the country. Representing NSPE, he was appointed to the ABET Board of Directors where he served on the Executive Committee and as national President of ABET in 2002. He has served as President of PENC and was designated as NC Engineer of the Year for 1991. He has received both the NCEES Distinguished Service Award and the NSPE Distinguished Service Award and is a charter Fellow of NSPE and PENC and in 2005, a Fellow of ABET.

Nixon has served NC State University as a member of the Athletics Council, a member of the NC State Alumni Association Board of Directors, as President of the Engineering Foundation, as President of the Wolfpack Club and Chair of the Building Committee for the Wolfpack Club for the recently completed $128 million dollar expansion of athletic facilities. He is a member of the Riddick Lifetime Giving Societies and the Dean’s Circle.

Summer intern work may become the best advancement of your engineering career and your best job interview. Seek out a good summer job. Both my daughter (BSEE ’85) and I subsequently worked for our intern employer after graduation.