Lamar University’s

College of Engineering will host John Via III for its annual All

College of Engineering Lecture Oct. 28. The lecture will be at 4 p.m.

in the John Gray Center Auditorium on the LU campus.


is vice president of manufacturing for global pharmaceutical operations

for Alcon Laboratories, Inc., in Fort Worth. He has been an adjunct

assistant professor in the Department of Engineering Management, Information and Systems, School of Engineering, Southern Methodist University for four years.


A registered professional engineer
in Texas and Delaware, Via holds a Doctor of Engineering in engineering management (2002), master’s in manufacturing systems management (2003) and master of liberal arts (2007) all from SMU.

He also holds two master’s degrees, in engineering management (1994) and chemical engineering (1991) from Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa., and a master of engineering science

from Lamar University (1986). He began studies at the University of

Virginia, Charlottesville, earning a bachelor’s in chemical engineering

in 1984.


Via has 24 years of engineering and management experience including pharmaceuticals for Alcon, Merck and Parke-Davis; chemical engineering for Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Rohm & Hass

and automation manufacturing for Fischer & Porter.  His specialties

include manufacturing, operations management, engineering management,

automation and robotics, supply chain management and technology transfer.  His teaching experience includes courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels.



received Control magazine’s Engineer of the Year award in 1996.  He is

a member of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering,

the Parenteral Drug Association, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.


He contributes from his experience to Lamar University by serving on the College of Engineering Advisory Council, Chemical Engineering Advisory Council
and the Chemical Engineering Ph.D. Advisory Board. He also serves on the SMU Distinguished Advisory Board and is on the board of directors for several organizations, including the Alcon Foundation, as well as Prevent Blindness, SafeHaven, and the Arts Council of Fort Worth. He and his wife, Julie, make their home in Fort Worth.