Decker Dawson

Decker Dawson

There's rarely been a time in Decker Dawson's career when he wasn't thinking about the oil industry, even as the 91-year-old executive arrives at his company headquarters in downtown Midland, Texas, every morning.

Dawson Geophysical is the undisputed leader in the continental United States when it comes to seismic surveys and geophysical data gathering critical in the preliminary stages of petroleum exploration.

A Tulsa native who graduated from Oklahoma State University, Dawson attended TU from 1937 to 1939 and fondly remembers his time on campus where, among other things, he was a proud member of the Sound of the Golden Hurricane marching band. He credits the university with being a catalyst to his long-term success.

To prepare the next generation of scientists in the oil and gas industry, he has created the Decker Dawson Endowed Chair in Geophysics. He hopes this, and the faculty member who holds that distinguished position, will inspire students to excel globally in a competitive profession.