Larry and Gerri Snider Reward $1M for First Industrial Engineering Endowed Chair


Larry and Gerlene (Gerri) Snider

College of Houston alumnus Larry Snider achieved nice success all through his profession as an engineer, main firms and optimizing methods world wide. Now having fun with retirement, the Snider legacy will stay on for generations with a $1 million reward to the UH Cullen School of Engineering to ascertain the R. Larry and Gerlene (Gerri) R. Snider Endowed Chair in Industrial Engineering – the primary absolutely funded endowed chair within the division’s historical past.

The UH Industrial Engineering program provides glorious academic coaching to roughly 300 undergraduate and graduate college students thinking about careers that apply arithmetic to bettering system efficiency in an array of industries together with well being, power, manufacturing, human elements, logistics, and provide chains.

“We stay up for embracing a excessive caliber industrial engineering chair to construct this system and preserve excessive affect educational analysis, whereas additionally enhancing an already exemplary scholar expertise. The Sniders’ generosity offers this system with stability and imaginative and prescient for a few years to return,” stated Paula Myrick Quick, UH senior vp for educational affairs and provost.

Working full-time to place himself by way of faculty, in 1955 Larry earned his bachelor’s diploma in course of engineering, a mixture of business and chemical engineering. Gerri additionally labored full-time and managed their family. For many years, the Sniders have been passionate supporters of the College and steadfast proponents of arduous working college students, at present funding three scholarships at Cullen School; one for Native Individuals, in honor of Larry’s membership within the Cherokee Nation, and two scholarships for girls in honor of their daughters Melody Kathryn and Rebecca Lee.

Larry’s distinguished profession took him and his household to many main cities in america and world wide. His profession started at Sheffield Metal & Kaiser Metal the place he held senior engineering positions and later joined Booz Allen Hamilton as a guide, earlier than progressing to vp in command of the Manufacturing Stock Management Division. Larry then joined Peat Marwick Mitchell as Houston associate in command of business consulting earlier than leaving to turn out to be president/COO of Sterling Electronics. Snider labored because the president/CEO of RAPACO Power, establishing it as an energetic coal mining firm. Upon the sale of the corporate, Larry returned to his old flame of consulting as managing consulting associate for Coopers Lybrand within the southwest area, the place from which he retired. Larry established RLS Skilled Companies LLC to proceed consulting for firms he had beforehand served.

“We’re very happy to donate a few of the monetary assets God has offered us to create the endowed chair in Industrial Engineering since my diploma in course of engineering from the Cullen School Industrial Engineering Division offered me a really stable basis for my profession and our profitable lives,” stated Larry. “We pray this donation considerably enhances Industrial Engineering’s success in coaching future engineering leaders and makes a terrific affect on the world.”

Starting March 1, 2022, the chair of the UH Division of Industrial Engineering, at present Gino Lim, shall be appointed and generally known as the R. Larry and Gerlene (Gerri) R. Snider Endowed Chair in Industrial Engineering. Joseph Tedesco, dean of the Cullen School of Engineering, referred to as the reward a “important milestone” for the division.

“That is the primary ever absolutely funded endowed chair for the Division of Industrial Engineering and to have such distinguished supporters proceed to offer again to the College is really particular. This reward will allow this system to develop to satisfy the evolving wants of business. We’re grateful for the Sniders’ unimaginable assist,” stated Tedesco.

Lim has been the division chair since 2011, and calls industrial engineers the “most versatile” engineers on the planet due to their means to collaborate throughout a variety of sectors to seek out options. From writing algorithms to enhance the effectivity of well being care methods to working with municipalities to realize sooner restoration occasions from hurricanes and blackouts, IE professionals are drawback solvers.

“We make the most of information and utilized arithmetic to combine machines with people that finally improve the standard of services. By means of the Sniders’ reward, our means to arrange college students for future societal world challenges has been strengthened, and to that we are saying ‘thanks.’”

In 2015, the Sniders established a $4.2 million testamentary charitable reward annuity supporting the longer term success of the UH Cullen School of Engineering. Their newest reward permits the College to speculate the funds to provide curiosity earnings whereas leaving the endowment’s principal untouched, thus guaranteeing sustainable monetary assist.

“The Sniders have elevated the Industrial Engineering Division with their considerate and beneficiant assist,” stated Eloise Brice, vp for college development. “This reward ensures we will proceed to retain the expertise wanted to advance the College and obtain our objective of turning into a Prime 50 public college.”

Larry served because the UH Alumni Affiliation President from 1991-1992, obtained the UH Engineering Alumni Affiliation’s Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award in 1991 and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. He and Gerri are additionally members of the Cullen School Bridge Builder Society.

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