Texas A&M ocean engineering endowment honors Randalls

Coastal and ocean engineering professor Robert E. "Bob" Randall and his wife, Barbara, have been honored with a student support fund endowed in their names by former students honoring his decades of commitment to the Texas A&M University program and its graduates.The Barbara and Bob Randall Student Support Fund in Ocean Engineering was established by lead donor, Bill Kinney, Class of 1976, and will be funded through the Texas A&M Foundation with an initial goal of $50,000. Other main contributors to the endowment include Frank Harrison, Class of 1978; and Evan Zimmerman, Class of 1998. All former ocean engineering students are encouraged to donate.Former students recognize Bob and Barbara Randall"Barbara and I are very humbled and honored by the  Texas A&M Ocean Engineering former students' decision to name this endowed student support fund in our name," said Bob Randall, holder of the W. H. Bauer Professorship in Dredging Engineering."I have had the fortunate opportunity in my three-decade academic career to be involved with hundreds of dedicated students who chose to study in the relatively new discipline of ocean engineering-and then to graduate and work in the development of the ocean and shoreline frontiers. This endowment provides the Ocean Engineering Program with permanent funds to continue supporting our students," he said.Randall is director of the Reta and Bill Haynes '46 Coastal Engineering Laboratory and the Center for Dredging Studies. He has been a guiding force for the ocean engineering program since its beginning at Texas A&M in 1975, the same year he joined the university's civil engineering faculty.He graduated with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University in 1963 and served four years as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy. Randall later earned a master's degree and doctorate in ocean engineering from the University of Rhode and worked as a civilian at the Naval Underwater Systems Center and subsequently with the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute before his academic career at Texas A&M.The Texas A&M Foundation is a non-profit organization that receives major gifts and manages endowments for the sole benefit of Texas A&M University.