R. Richard Rothwell

R. Richard Rothwell

B.S.Ch.E. 1962
President, Horizon Resources

After an active student life at The University of Texas at Austin, Dick Rothwell went on to become a leader in the petroleum industry as head of Horizon Resources.

Upon graduating from UT Austin, he spent a year in Indonesia working for Roy Huffington, Inc., where he successfully negotiated with Japanese Utilities for the financing of a liquefied natural gas plant. His other professional experience includes five years as vice president at APCO Oil Company, where he served as chairman of the Refining/Marketing/Supply Operating Committee; four years at Northern Natural Gas/Northern Petrochemical, where he was project manager for the design and construction of an ethylene oxide/glycol plant; and four years as a plant engineer for Humble Oil and Refining Company.

In 1976, Rothwell took on the role of entrepreneur and founded Horizon Resources, a company located in Houston, Texas that specializes in oil and gas exploration, futures trading and ranching.

Under his direction, Horizon Resources has discovered more than 285 billion cubic feet of natural gas and more than 20 million barrels of crude oil. Rothwell also spends much of his time trading petroleum products, equity indexes, financial instruments and currencies.

Rothwell received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from UT Austin in 1962. While at the university, he was president of the student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and a member of Tau Beta Pi, Phi Lambda Upsilon, Omega Chi Epsilon, and Alpha Chi Sigma.

Always a friend of the College of Engineering, he has remained actively involved with the chemical engineering department over the years, spearheading the McKetta Challenge, a fundraising effort that netted more than $1.25 million for the department. He also served on the chemical engineering external advisory committee and endowed a chair in the department.

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