Marvin Applewhite, Ph.D. (BS EE '64)
Senior Vice President (retired)
Distinguished Alumni Service Award, University of Texas at Arlington, 1991
Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Oklahoma State University, 1969
M.S. Electrical Engineering, Oklahoma State University, 1966
B.S. Electrical Engineering, Arlington State College (now University of Texas at Arlington), 1964
Dr. Applewhite has more than 30 years of experience in the field of computer science and engineering. In 1969, Dr. Applewhite began what was to become a 28-year career at Texas Instruments (TI). The primary thrusts of his efforts were the development and management of software and computer systems. The first 20 years of his employment were in TI’s Defense Group, where he gained significant experience in working with various government agencies. During this time, he served on several company and government-related committees, including the US Army Science Board.
In 1990, Dr. Applewhite moved into the commercial side of TI, becoming vice president and general manager of the Computer Systems Division in Austin. He returned to Dallas in 1992 to become the development manager for the Information Engineering Facility (IEF), a commercial software development tool. In 1994, Dr. Applewhite moved to London, England, to become Senior Vice President and group managing director of TI’s software business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In 1995, his management responsibilities were expanded to include the Asia Pacific region – he thus managed all of TI’s international software business outside of North America.
In 1997, Sterling Software bought TI’s software business, and Dr. Applewhite retired from Texas Instruments to become president of Sterling Software’s Applications International Division. He served in this role until he retired in late 1998.
Following retirement, Dr. Applewhite served for a year as the Industry Liaison for UTA’s Computer Science and Engineering Department. He also served on the board of trustees of the Alliance for Higher Education for North Texas. Dr. Applewhite is currently serving as a member of the following UTA boards: (1) the UTA President’s Advisory Board, (2) the UTA College of Engineering Board of Advisors, and (3) the Maverick Club Advisory Committee.
In his spare time, Dr. Applewhite is the Business and Information Manager for the Applewhite-Clark Collection which includes numerous collections of 19th century artifacts associated with various famous Texans, Mexicans, and Americans. Items from these collections have been on exhibit at museums throughout the United States.