Charles Kenneth Watt of Kennesaw receives Clemson alumni Distinguished Service Award
CLEMSON, S.C. — The Clemson University Alumni Association has recognized Charles Kenneth Watt of Kennesaw as one of five 2011 Distinguished Service Award winners, the association’s highest honor.
Distinguished Service Award honorees demonstrate a dedication to enhancing the value of the university for future generations; service to community, profession and public service; and personal accomplishments that serve as a model for present and future Clemson students.
Watt earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Clemson in 1959. He graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1972 and was awarded a Master of Science and Doctor of Science from George Washington University in 1973 and 1986, respectively.
Watt is chairman and founder of Scientific Research Corporation (SRC), an advanced-technology company headquartered in Atlanta that provides a wide variety of national defense and global security electronic products and related services. The company grew in its first 10 years from five employees to more than 300 employees with revenues of approximately $60 million.
Today, Michael and Steven Watt own and operate the company, which has more than 1,500 employees and revenues of more than $300 million. The company was recognized in 1995 by The Atlanta Business Chronicle with its Gazelle Award and in 2010 it was featured as one of Atlanta’s 50 fastest-growing private companies. Since 2007, the company has been recognized as one of the top 100 federal contractors.
Watt has held leadership positions in industry, government and academics. He has been chairman of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Industrial Advisory Board at Clemson, as well as a member of the President’s Advisory Board, the Clemson University Research Foundation Board, the Advanced Research Development Institute Board and the leadership committee for Clemson’s Will to Lead capital campaign. He now serves on the Clemson University Foundation Board and is a trustee on the South Carolina Research Authority Board. He and his wife, Linda, are major donors to the university and are members of the Benjamin Ryan Tillman Society.
As a faculty member at Clemson, Watt established international agreements between Clemson and the Hong Kong University for Science and Technology, East China University, the Technical University of Budapest and the Moscow Aviation Institute. He was instrumental in Clemson’s securing Congressional and Department of Commerce support to establish the National Textile Center. He has been a longstanding supporter of advanced material and computational research projects at Clemson.
As an executive in the Office of Secretary of Defense, Watt was awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Service. Prior to this award, he was recognized with a commendation for special service to the United States Congress. In 2002, he was inducted into the Thomas Green Clemson Academy of Engineers and Scientists and was named a Clemson Alumni Fellow in 2006. He also was inducted into the Engineering Hall of Fame and presented with the Alumni Achievement Award at George Washington University.
The Watts are members of the Mount Paran North Church in Kennesaw. Watt has served as an elder, teacher and volunteer for his church and community in the various areas where his family has lived during his 50 years of professional and public service.