Honorary Degrees
1918 - Present

Thomas Lyle Martin, Jr.
Doctor of Science  2004
Status: conferred

Thomas Lyle Martin, Jr., university president, engineer, and educator, played a pivotal role in transforming the SMU School of Engineering and leading it to national prominence. During his tenure as Dean of the SMU Institute of Technology, engineering education and research funding increased significantly. A pioneer in distance education, he was responsible for creating The Association for Graduate Education and Research in North Texas, known as TAGER, which provided live telecasts of courses to Dallas-Fort Worth industries and corporations. He has served as president of the Illinois Institute of Technology, on the Board of Directors of many corporations, and chaired the National Research Council's Committee on Minorities in Engineering. An expert on radioactive ionizers, he has authored seven books and holds three patents. Martin is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and a Hall of Fame member of the American Society for Engineering Education, and his civic achievements include serving as one of the founders of the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. For his contributions to SMU, to the growth of engineering and scientific education in North Texas, and to the advancement of higher education nationally, Southern Methodist University is honored to confer upon Thomas Lyle Martin, Jr. the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa.