The College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at Oklahoma State University inducted Ali Fazel, Brian Price and Edward Shreve into the CEAT Hall of Fame. Price and Shreve also received the Lohmann Medal. The ceremony was held on Oct. 20 at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center.
Fazel is the president and director of Accurate Environmental LLC. He grew up in Iran and earned his bachelor’s degree from Arak College of Science. He then moved to the United States, where he received a master’s degree in environmental science from the University of Oklahoma. In 1983, he earned his doctorate from OSU’s school of civil and environmental engineering.
Fazel established Accurate Environmental in December 1990 in Stillwater as a water and wastewater process consulting company. The company soon became the largest nationally certified environmental laboratory in the region. It has become a vital engineering resource for Stillwater, OSU and surrounding states.
Price grew up in Duncan, Okla. and more than 25 members of his family have attended OSU. He received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering in 1972 and his Master of Science in Chemical Engineering in 1973, both from OSU. Price has more than 43 years of industry experience, has worked on more than 40 NGL and LNG projects, holds five U.S. patents and five international patents, and has authored 65 technical papers.
He has served on the editorial review board of the Gas Processors Association for the past 30 years and has served as the board chair for the past 20 years. He serves as editor of three sections of the Gas Processors Suppliers Association Engineering Data Book, volunteering his time and efforts to ensure that engineers have the most up-to-date and accurate information about the measurement, storage and refrigeration, and processing of gases.
Shreve was born and raised in Oklahoma City. After graduating from high school, Shreve joined the U.S. Navy in 1953. He served as an electronics technician, discovering he had a strong interest and aptitude for electronics and deciding to pursue a degree in electrical engineering.
After his military service, Shreve earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1962, master’s degree in electrical engineering from New Mexico State University in 1964 and doctorate from OSU in 1969. He accepted a faculty position at OSU in 1970 and served as an associate professor in OSU’s College of Engineering until 1979.
While a professor, Shreve noticed that a large number of engineering graduates would leave Oklahoma for other states. This inspired him to create a model for a Stillwater-based engineering business that would provide OSU engineering graduates opportunities for challenging and rewarding careers in Oklahoma. Shreve co-founded Frontier Engineering Inc. in October 1973.
Today, the business Shreve co-founded, now named Frontier Electronics Systems Corp., is a thriving engineering business that designs and manufactures world-class electronic products for the aerospace and defense industry. Shreve, who died in 2015, is being honored posthumously.
The CEAT Hall of Fame honors distinguished engineers, architects or technologists who have made a substantial impact and outstanding contributions to their profession.
The Melvin R. Lohmann Medal was established in 1991 to honor alumni of CEAT for contributions to the profession or education of engineers, architects or technologists that merit the highest recognition. These honorees are also inducted into the CEAT Hall of Fame.