Commissioner Ryan Sitton To Be Honored with Texas A&M Outstanding Alumni Award

03/26/2015

COLLEGE STATION – Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton is being honored tonight with the Outstanding Alumni Honor Award at Texas A&M University’s Dwight Look College of Engineering. This award recognizes former A&M engineering students who have brought honor to their profession through outstanding leadership in engineering activities, enhancing the professional development of engineers, and ingenuity in the field of engineering. Commissioner Sitton is the first engineer to serve on the Railroad Commission in more than 50 years.

“I am honored to receive the Outstanding Alumni Honor Award from an engineering department I’m so proud to be a part of,” said Commissioner Sitton. “To be recognized in this way and to join the distinguished group of past recipients is incredibly humbling.  The Texas A&M engineering program is one of the premier engineering programs in the world, and I’m pleased to put the skills I learned there to use every day serving the people of Texas as a Railroad Commissioner.  Texas energy producers are paving a path toward U.S. dominance of global energy markets, and using my engineering expertise to encourage that growth is incredibly rewarding.”

Commissioner Sitton earned his degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University in 1998. He is the youngest-ever recipient of The Dwight Look College of Engineering Outstanding Alumni Honor Award, which has been given to fewer than 120 of Texas A&M’s engineering alums since 1981.  Last October, Sitton was recognized in the Houston Business Journal’s 2014 40 under 40.

Prior to being sworn into office as a Railroad Commissioner in January 2015, Sitton was the CEO of PinnacleAIS. In 2006, Ryan and his wife Jennifer founded PinnacleAIS, an engineering and technology company focused on reliability and integrity programs for the oil, gas and petrochemical industries. PinnacleAIS is focused on helping its customers ensure their equipment operates safely and reliably. Since 2006 PinnacleAIS has grown substantially, today employing more than 400 people. In 2012 and 2013, Inc. Magazine recognized PinnacleAIS as one of the top 1,500 fastest growing, privately held companies in the world. For four consecutive years, PinnacleAIS was one of the coveted Aggie 100 recipients, which celebrates and recognizes the fastest growing Aggie-owned businesses.

The award ceremony and dinner is taking place tonight at 7pm at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center of the George Bush Presidential Library on the Texas A&M campus. To learn more about the Texas A&M Dwight Look College of Engineering, visit: engineering.tamu.edu

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Elected to the Railroad Commission Nov. 4, 2014 to a six-year term, Commissioner Ryan Sitton won the general election with over 58 percent of the vote.  Sitton is a native Texan who grew up in the Irving area.