Texas A&M Engineering honors two outstanding alumni

The Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University has honored two former students with the 2011 Outstanding Alumni Honor Awards.

Photo of Timothy A. Leach and S. Shariq YosufzaiDr. G. Kemble Bennett, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, presented the awards to Timothy A. Leach '82 (at right in photo) and S. Shariq Yosufzai '74 at a banquet April 14 at the Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas.

Leach is chairman, CEO and president of Concho Resources Inc. in Midland, Texas. A native of Houston, Leach earned a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M before joining the Midland National Bank as a bank engineer. He was then senior vice president and manager of energy lending for First City Bank of Midland before moving to the Parker & Parsley Petroleum Co. in 1989.  Leach was executive vice president at Parker & Parsley at the time of its merger with Mesa Inc. in April 1997, resulting in the creation of Pioneer Natural Resources.

Leach was a founder of Concho in 1997, serving as chairman and CEO until the company's sale in 2001.  He then served in the same capacity for Concho Oil & Gas Corp. from its formation in 2001 until its sale in 2004.  He led the current Concho Resources Inc. through its evolution into a public company in 2007. Since that time, the company has been one of the fastest-growing oil and gas producers in the public sector.

Leach is a supporter of Texas A&M University and the Look College, funding the Tim and Amy Leach Professorship in Engineering and endowments in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering including the Tim and Amy Leach Scholarship in the Von Gonten Scholars Program and part of the Petroleum Engineering Department Award for Excellence in Teaching. He also supports the Texas A&M Foundation and The 12th Man Foundation, and is a Century Club member of the Association of Former Students. He is a member of the college's Engineering Advisory Council and a supporter of the college's Engineers for Tomorrow program.

Leach was recognized for "outstanding leadership in the oil and gas industry as an executive and founder of major corporations, both public and private; for visionary business acumen and strategic development skills; for dedication to his community and unwavering support of education; for generous contributions of time and resources to advance Texas A&M University; and for demonstrating integrity and the highest standards of Aggie character."

Yosufzai is vice president of Global Downstream LLC for the Chevron Corp. A native of Bangladesh, he earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Texas A&M in 1974 before joining Texaco as a process engineer in Port Arthur, Texas. After assignments of increasing responsibility, he was named president of Texas Lubricants Co. in 1994. In 1998 he joined Caltex Petroleum as corporate vice president and in 1999 was named president of lubricants and new business developments for Caltex Corp. In 2001 Yosufzai was named president of ChevronTexaco Global Lubricants and in 2003 was appointed co-president of Chevron Products Co. He was president of Chevron Global Marketing from 2004 to 2010 before assuming his current position.

His significant contributions to the profession have been recognized by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Yosufzai is an elected Fellow, recipient of its 1995 Robert L. Jacks Memorial Award for contributions to the management of engineers and inaugural recipient in 2010 of its Industry Leadership Award.  Lubricants World magazine named him "Person of the Year" in 1996 for outstanding leadership as president of Texaco Lubricants Co.

Yosufzai also strongly supports Texas A&M, currently serving as chair of the Association of Former Students' board of directors. He is a charter member of the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering's Distinguished Alumni and Honorary Aggies Association and the only person to be named both Outstanding International Alumnus and Distinguished Alumnus of Texas A&M in the same year. In 2010 he was a Distinguished Executive Professor in the Mays Business School and was a member of the College of Science Advisory Council from 1995 to 2002. He is an Endowed Diamond Century Member of the Association of Former Students.

Yosufzai was recognized for "superlative management in the global energy arena; for selfless service to his profession, community and alma mater through high-level, and often inaugural, leadership roles; for commitment to higher education as a visiting executive at multiple schools and as a corporate liaison, facilitating significant support for Texas A&M University; and for embodying each of the core values to which true Aggies aspire."