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Source: Mary Rankin, 785-532-6715,

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Warren Kent Wray, the provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs and professor of civil engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology at Rolla, Mo., will be the newest member of the Kansas State University College of Engineering Hall of Fame.

Induction to the hall is the highest honor the K-State College of Engineering bestows on its alumni. Induction ceremonies will be May 2 at the K-State Alumni Center. Wray will be recognized for his professional success and accomplishment, active involvement with and support of the College of Engineering, dedication to K-State, and professional and public service.

A 1968 civil engineering graduate from K-State, Wray has two other degrees in that discipline, a master's from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a doctorate from Texas A&M University. He also has a bachelor's in physics from Washburn University.

Prior to his current position he served as provost and senior vice president for academic and student affairs at Michigan Technological University; dean of the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology and the Cruse Moss Professor of Engineering Education at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio; and chair of the department of civil engineering at Texas Tech University. He is a registered professional engineer in three states, a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a diplomate in the Academy of Geo-Professionals of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He retired from the U.S. Air Force Active Reserves with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Wray has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator of more than 20 geotechnical and transportation engineering research projects, and served as a senior investigator in additional research projects. During this period, he has published more than 50 technical articles or significant research reports and one textbook. He has made more than 30 invited technical presentations and has served as an instructor in 10 short courses on design and construction of slabs-on-ground sponsored by the American Concrete Institute, Post-Tensioning Institute, U.S. Army Engineers Waterways Experiment Station and the World of Concrete. Highly active in professional and technical affairs, he has been recognized with seven college and university-wide outstanding classroom teaching and research awards.