Distinguished Engineering Graduates 2002

Arnold Oliver

Arnold Oliver

B.S. C.E., 1960
Executive Director, Texas Department of Transportation (Retired), HNTB Corporation, Transportation Services Director, Wichita Falls, Texas

Arnold Oliver’s 33 years of distinguished public service at the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT, formerly State Department of Highways and Public Transportation)—culminating in four years at the helm—began with a hard-won engineering education at UT Austin.

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Ralph Tillman Ferrell

Ralph Ferrell

B.S. Ch.E. 1961, Ph.D. Ch.E. 1966
Vista Chemical Company (Retired), Houston, TX

Dr. Ralph T. Ferrell’s success in chemical engineering is matched by a passion for sharing the fruits of that success through the furtherance of education.  Indeed, he calls education a “priority one” issue.

Ralph began his career in the chemical industry as an engineer with Conoco Research and Development, Ponca City, OK, shortly after receiving his doctorate.  Over the next eight years, he received several patents related to detergent processing and high-purity catalytic alumina production.  He switched his focus from research and development to manufacturing in 1974, taking the post of plant manager of Conoco”s chemical plant in Oklahoma City.  Four years there was followed by stints as manager of Conoco’s chemical plants in Baltimore, MD and Lake Charles, LA; and later as manager of Conoco’s chemical operations Louisiana-wide.

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J. C. Anderson

J. C. Anderson

B.S. P.E., 1954
Anderson Energy, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

James Carl Anderson personifies the entrepreneurial spirit.  It’s a spirit that has carried him from the plains of his native Nebraska to the pinnacles of success in the international oil and natural gas industry.

Mr. Anderson’s remarkable career—initially as an Amoco Petroleum Corporation engineer executive in the United States and Canada, and ultimately as founder, chairman and Chief Executive Officer of two energy exploration and development firms in his adopted home of Alberta, Canada—builds on his petroleum engineering education at The University of Texas at Austin.

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David E. Daniel

David Daniel

B.S. C.E., 1972;  M.S. C.E., 1974;  Ph.D. C.E., 1980
Gutsgell Professor of Civil Engineering and Dean of the College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Before moving to Illinois six years ago, Dr. David E. Daniel enjoyed a long, productive career at UT as both a student and a faculty member.  A geotechnical engineer specializing in waste disposal containment systems and the cleanup of contaminated sites, Dr. Daniel received his entire engineering education at UT Austin – with only a three-year break between the M.S. and Ph.D. degree spent working for Woodward-Clyde Consultants in California.

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OYEG Honorees

An "Outstanding Young Engineering Graduate" (OYEG) is a graduate who is under the age of 40 at the time of selection. Learn more about OYEG honorees.