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Energy Executive Dennis Smith to Receive Honorary Degree

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
1971 Alumnus Dennis A Smith

Honorary doctorate: Dennis Smith, 1971 mechanical engineering alumnus, will receive an honorary doctorate of engineering.

Dennis A. Smith, vice president for the global oil exploration firm Nabors Industries, will receive an honorary doctorate of engineering degree from his alma mater during Rose-Hulman's 138th commencement on May 28.

Smith is involved in all financial and operational aspects of the Houston-based company. In this role, he oversees the capital markets and directs the company's corporate development. He previously had positions as president and executive vice president of the company's international subsidiaries.

Nabors Industries owns and operates the world's largest land-based drilling rig fleet and is a leading provider of offshore drilling rigs in the United States and multiple international markets.

Prior to joining Nabors, Smith was an officer and group vice president of Pool Energy Services Company, a public company acquired by Nabors, and was chief executive of the company's independently financed Alaskan joint venture. He also previously held sales and operational management positions with the Oilwell Division of U.S. Steel, and managed manufacturing and production engineering projects for General Motors Corporation's Packard Electric Division.

Smith currently serves on the board of directors of Energy Alloys and is a director of the International Association of Drilling Contractors.

A 1971 mechanical engineering alumnus from Rose-Hulman, Smith was awarded the Alumni Association's Career Achievement Award in 1988. The former football captain and four-year varsity letterman also is a member of the institute's Athletic Hall of Fame.