LUBBOCK, Texas — The South Plains Chapter of the Texas Society for Professional Engineers recently honored Edwin E. “Butch” Davis, PE,  as the chapter’s 2020 Visioneer of the Year. Davis was Parkhill Smith & Cooper’s Engineering Operations Director, Principal, Vice President and officer on PSC’s Board of Directors.

As a visioneer, Davis is someone who has advanced the engineering profession by supporting a vision for the future of engineering, educating tomorrow’s engineers and fostering an environment in which engineers can thrive.

Davis recently retired with almost 40 years at PSC and has numerous projects credited to him throughout the state.  One of the most memorable was the Lubbock to I-10 and Amarillo North route study in the 1990s that gave birth to the Ports to Plains Alliance, the champion for extending I-27 from Mexico to Canada.

He has mentored countless young engineers in his 44-plus years of varied and progressive experience in professional services after graduating from the American Council of Engineering Companies Senior Leadership Academy.

Davis received his professional engineering license in the State of Texas in 1979. Before joining PSC, Davis worked with the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District No. 1 and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service.

Among his varied community activities were serving on the Hopi Utility Board of Directors, LP&L Electric Utility Board, and United Way of Lubbock’s management and leadership training programs.

His peers have recognized his leadership skills by naming him Young Engineer of the Year in 1985 as well as 2007 Engineer of the Year of the South Plains Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. The Texas Public Works Association named him Transportation Manager of the Year in 2005.


Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc. was established in 1945 in Lubbock, Texas, and now has more than 400 employees in multiple offices across Texas and New Mexico. PSC is a multidisciplinary firm that provides comprehensive architectural and engineering design services for a multitude of projects in government, commercial and institutional sectors – including aviation, community, construction phase services/construction management/surveying, environmental, healthcare, K-12 and higher education, landscape architecture and planning, MEP engineering, operations support, site development and planning, transportation, water treatment and water resources. PSC’s professional design services include architecture, civil engineering, interior design, structural engineering and more.