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Wylie Bernard (Ber) Pieper, who earned a B.A. and an M.S. in civil engineering in 1953 and 1954, respectively, is among the eight alumni of the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University honored for their “accomplishments and incredible impact,” in the words of Reginald DesRoches, the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Engineering.

“We are here tonight to honor women and men who, after leaving Rice, have taken their intellectual curiosity, creativity and critical thinking and made significant contributions to the profession and society at large,” DesRoches told the 120 guests who attended the dinner and awards induction ceremony held April 27 in the Houston Club. The event was sponsored by the School of Engineering and the Rice Engineering Alumni Board.

Pieper received the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award in recognition of “a lifetime of professional achievements, leadership and contributions made professionally and to society at large.” After graduation, he joined Brown & Root Inc., an engineering, procurement and construction company based in Houston and owned by brothers Herman and George R. Brown. Halliburton Co. acquired Brown and Root in 1962.

Pieper moved to Halliburton’s corporate office in 1992 and was named vice chairman and COO in 1994. He retired from Halliburton in 1996, and now operates a private office, Pieper Interests. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees at Rice from 1996 to 2000.