Therm-Omega-Tech donates $25 million to Sam Houston State University


By Plant Services Staff

Feb 08, 2012

Sam Houston State University ( has received a $25 million pledge from Pennsylvania-based Therm-Omega-Tech ( to support the university’s engineering technology components within the current industrial technology program and to establish a new engineering technology program.

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The founder of Therm-Omega-Tech is alumnus Frederick Pirkle, who graduated from SHSU with a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial arts in 1970 and a master’s degree in industrial technology in 1974.

The pledge is the largest gift in the university’s history.

The gift will provide funding for three areas. A portion will be applied toward the construction of a state-of-the-art academic facility and associated laboratories, including advanced equipment and technology, to house engineering technology and related academic programs. The building will be named The Fred Pirkle Technology Center.

In addition, the gift will support a permanent endowment fund, known as The Frederick L. Pirkle Scholarship Fund, to provide financial assistance for SHSU students enrolled in the engineering technology program.

The donation will also be used to establish The Frederick L. Pirkle Enrichment Fund to provide resources for an academic chair or professorship in the engineering technology program and to support internships for students majoring in engineering technology at SHSU.