Southfield, Michigan – Paul Tucker Jr. is this year’s recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award at Lawrence Technological University. Tucker earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1971 from the Detroit Institute of Technology (DIT), an affiliate of Lawrence Tech that closed in 1981.
He retired in December 2005 as chairman of the board and CEO of the Detroit-based Tucker, Young, Jackson, Tull Inc., which he founded in 1984. The firm, which has satellite offices in Cleveland and Baltimore, provides full engineering services in four major practice areas: water systems, waste water systems, infrastructure systems, and environmental management.
Tucker was a civil engineering student at the University of Michigan before serving in the U.S. Army as an artillery officer for three years, including a tour in Vietnam. He earned an MBA from Eastern Michigan University (EMU) in 1975.
He holds professional registration as an engineer in Michigan and Wisconsin. He is or was active in numerous engineering organizations as a member or director, and has won numerous awards. He has been extremely active in community and educational advancement.
Tucker and his wife, Evelyn, who is also a DIT graduate, have endowed a scholarship at Lawrence Tech for engineering and architecture students, with secondary preference to life sciences students. Their $100,000 gift is augmented with a $50,000 match from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.
The couple’s three children are all college graduates. With that goal accomplished, the Tuckers have established the Tucker Family Education Fund to cover the first year of college for all of their nieces and nephews.
Lawrence Technological University, ltu.edu, offers more than 100 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus is in Southfield, and programs are also offered in Detroit, Lansing, Petoskey and Traverse City. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.