Texas A&M engineering fellowship honors memory of Marina Q. Smith

Photo of Marina Q. SmithThe legacy of civil engineer Marina Q. Smith will continue to shine through a Texas A&M University graduate fellowship honoring her memory.

The Marina Q. Smith '90 Memorial Fellowship in Pipeline Research, endowed through the Texas A&M Foundation, benefits civil, chemical, mechanical or petroleum engineering students pursuing a master's degree with a pipeline engineering focus.

"This fellowship honors Marina Smith and her significant contributions to the safety and reliability of energy pipelines worldwide. She was a remarkable woman and professional, viewed as an expert in the pipeline industry. PRCI knew her as both a valued employee and expert consultant, and our member companies are pleased to sponsor this endowment in her memory," said George W. Tenley Jr., president of Pipeline Research Council International Inc. (PRCI), which contributed the $25,000 lead gift.

Significant contributions to the $33,375 endowment also came from Panhandle Energy and CC Technologies, a DNV Company based in Dublin, Ohio, where Smith was employed at the time of her death in 2007. Other gifts came from friends and industry-related organizations.

"It's especially fitting that this fellowship in Marina Smith's memory will contribute to the future success of an industry to which she dedicated her professional life. In this way, her work and vision will be carried forward by future generations of talented engineers," said Dr. Robin Autenrieth, associate dean for graduate programs in the Dwight Look College of Engineering.

Smith graduated from Eastwood High School in El Paso, Texas. She attended El Paso Community College and earned two degrees civil engineering: a bachelor's from Texas A&M University in 1990 and a master's from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002.

She joined Southwest Research Institute in 1991 and later worked six years for PRCI as an employee and technical consultant. Her projects over the years included numerous oil and gas infrastructures, including analysis and improvement of the Tran-Alaska Pipeline.

Smith's talents and contributions were recognized broadly throughout the industry, including several awards from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

PRCI is a not-for-profit corporation comprised of leading energy pipelines in North American, Europe, Brazil and Saudi Arabia focused on research to assure the safe, reliable, environmentally sound and cost-effective operation of pipelines worldwide.

The Texas A&M Foundation is a private nonprofit organization that encourages and manages investments in Texas A&M academics and leadership programs.