Innovation award

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The Engineering Alumni Awards program was established in 1987 to recognize alumni, faculty and friends of the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering and the Engineering Alumni Association for significant contributions to society and the profession. The recipients are honored at the annual engineering alumni awards gala, held each year in June.

Jay Mehta, Mehta Family Foundation director, was awarded the Entrepreneur Innovation Award from the University of Houston’s Cullen College of Engineering.  Here he discusses his views and ideas at the time of the award. Jay Mehta (BSME ’83) is a graduate of the University of Houston with a degree in mechanical engineering. He also has a Master of Business Administration from Rice University.

After graduating from the Cullen College, Mehta began his career in the oil and gas service industry and founded Case Services. Under his leadership, Case Services became an industry leader in the petroleum production and automation sector. Today, the company’s products monitor the operation of the majority of producing onshore oil wells in the United States. Case Services was acquired by Weatherford International and Mehta subsequently served as product line vice president for four years.

As a director of the Mehta Family Foundation, Mehta oversees the Foundation’s giving in the areas of education and healthcare in Houston and India. In Houston, the foundation supports Depelchin, Ronald McDonald House, Bo’s Place, Methodist Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Kinkaid School, among others. The Foundation also supports several educational organizations in India, such as the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) system and Manav Sadhna, a Mahatama Gandhi Ashram institution in Ahmadabad, India. The Manav Sadhna institute addresses the educational, spiritual, lodging and boarding needs of orphaned and underprivileged children in the surrounding communities.

Mehta also serves on the Engineering Leadership Board at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering and on the Board of the Kinkaid School. In addition to his work with the foundation, you may find him teaching Sunday school at the Jain Center of Houston. There, he is the founder of and teacher for an adult Jain educational program.

Mehta lives in Houston with his wife, Mamta, and two daughters, Jinal and Jeel.

Mehta Family Foundation Projects with the University of Houston

Pathway to social work
Pathway to social work

The Mehta Family Foundation has supported the renovation of the Graduate School of Social Work building. On October 3rd 2019, a ground-breaking event was held to mark the start of the renovation. Main feature of the renovated building will be the grand entrance of the...

Home of interdisciplinary research
Home of interdisciplinary research

Established in 1927, the University of Houston empowers students in their pursuit of learning, discovery, leadership and engagement. Located in a sprawling Houston metropolis, the campus provides students with cutting edge programs including undergraduate, graduate,...

Inspiring graduates
Inspiring graduates

Established in 1927, the University of Houston empowers students in their pursuit of learning, discovery, leadership and engagement. Located in a sprawling Houston metropolis, the campus provides students with cutting edge programs including undergraduate, graduate,...

Supporting talent
Supporting talent

Above picture is of the scuplture at the M.D. Anderson library at the University of Houston. Designed by Jim Sanborn, the sculpture is made mostly of copper and bronze, the sculpture is comprised of snippets of poems, novels and prose from languages from all over the...