February 25, 2016 — The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) and the Tower Family Foundation announced the establishment of a scholarship honoring the life of the late Ernie Jones this week during the annual NATE UNITE 2016 Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The Ernie Jones Memorial Civil Engineering Scholarship will be a $2,500 scholarship awarded annually to a junior or senior civil engineering student at the University of Evansville’s College of Engineering and Computer Science.
Ernie Jones passed away tragically in October of 2015 while inspecting a tower in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Ernie was a structural engineer who worked in the broadcast tower industry for 30 years, he serving as a professional engineer and president of Consolidated Engineering and a vice-president of Structural Engineering at Electronics Research. Ernie was also a participating member of the TR-14.7 Committee of the Telecommunications Industry Association and Electronics Industry Association since 1986 where he assisted with writing and approving the ANSI-TIA/EIA 222 standard, which is the American National Standard for Steel Antenna Towers and Antenna Supporting Structures.
Consolidated Engineers, whose CEO Ernie Jones passed away last October, has merged with Hodge Structural Engineers to continue offering service to tower owners and operators. Dave Davies and Keith Barnett will remain on board through the transition. Hodge Structural has been in business for more than 20 years and offers three core structural engineering services: building engineering, tower engineering, and tank engineering with professional engineers licensed in 48 states.
Ernie Jones, a tower specialist with Consolidated Engineering, died in an elevator accident while inspecting a tower in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, last October. Jones, who was a leading tower industry safety advocate, died from asphyxiation when his back lanyard remained attached to the tower as he descended in an elevator.