Whitaker establishes graduate fellowship awards at Texas A&M

Delbert A. Whitaker of Dallas has teamed with Texas Instruments to provide an annual graduate student fellowship award in electrical and computer engineering for Texas A&M University.

Whitaker has donated $350,000 to establish theDelbert A. Whitaker ’65 Analog Fellowship, which will be funded through the Texas A&M Foundation. An additional $20,000 annual gift ($10,000 of which will be an annual gift matching from Texas Instruments) is pledged for 10 years beginning in January 2013. 

Each award recipient will be a U.S. resident who graduated from a U.S. high school, finished their B.S. degree with a 3.5 GPA or above, and is pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in electrical or computer engineering. Fellowship recipients will continue to receive the award as long as eligibility requirements are met and they stay within electrical and computer engineering.

“Del Whitaker and Texas Instruments have made a substantial positive impact on our department through their many generous donations over the years,” said Dr. Costas N. Georghiades, former head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and current associate dean for research. “Graduate fellowships encourage more U.S. undergraduates to pursue advanced degrees at Texas A&M."

Whitaker said, “With a shortage of graduate engineers in the United States today and with an increasing shortage in the future, I hope a deserving student is encouraged to further their education through this graduate student fellowship award.”

Whitaker received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M in 1965. Four years later, he began a 31-year career with Texas Instruments where his position of increasing responsibility encompassed semiconductors product areas, marketing and sales. He retired in 2000 as senior vice president of TI’s Worldwide Analog and Standard Logic business.

Texas Instruments is the world leader in analog and digital signal processing technologies. The semiconductor and education technology company is headquartered in Dallas with manufacturing, design or sales operations in more than 25 countries. 

Whitaker was named an Outstanding Alumnus of the Dwight Look College of Engineering in 1999. He is a member of the Engineering Advisory Council and served as chair of the electrical and computer engineering campaign committee for the One Spirit One Vision campaign.

He and his wife, Linda, a volunteer teacher and tutor, previously endowed a faculty chair and scholarship in the Bolton Scholars program, both in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

“The Whitakers are helping meet a crucial need in providing this type of support for some of our most deserving graduate students,” said Erin Gage, assistant director of development for engineering with the Texas A&M Foundation. 

The department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is home to more than 350 graduate students. The Dwight Look College of Engineering, is home to more than 11,000 students, is ranked ninth in undergraduate and seventh in graduate studies among public universities in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The Texas A&M Foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises major gifts and manages endowments for the sole benefit of Texas A&M University.