Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award Recipient
William F. Troxler — 1985
A 1952 graduate in Electrical Engineering, this outstanding alumnus began a one-man electronics operation in 1956 that today has grown into a more than $6 million international business — the Troxler Electronic Laboratories, Inc., of which he is Chairman and President. Following graduation, he was a research engineer with the U.S. Army Research Laboratories at Fort Belvoir. In his one-man operation he designed and fabricated complex test equipment for leading manufacturers and special devices for NASA for use in the early satellites.
In 1959, he began designing and building portable equipment for measuring the moisture content and density of engineering materials with radioactive materials. In 1962, his operation became a corporation, which is now a world leader in the development, manufacture and marketing of nuclear gauges for construction, roofing, and agriculture. Increasing international demand for its products has led to the formation of two wholly owned subsidiaries, Troxler International, Ltd., and Troxler World Trade Corporation.
He is honored for his dedicated service to his alma mater as a member of the Board of Directors of the Engineering Foundation, as Chairman of the Engineering School Advisory Council, and for his contributions to the industrial growth of North Carolina.
William F. Troxler