Distinguished Engineering Graduates 2013

Thomas L. Baker

thomas baker

B.S. ME 1968
Chairman Emeritus, Energy Future Holdings Corp.

Tom Baker is chairman emeritus of Energy Future Holdings Corp., formerly TXU Corp. He was previously vice chairman of TXU Corp., and prior to that he served as chairman and CEO of Oncor Electric Delivery, TXU’s regulated transmission and distribution business.

Baker has a distinguished 36-year track record at TXU, having held leadership positions in generation, utility operations, finance, customer service, rates, and regulatory affairs and public policy. Except for a three-year period when he served as a nuclear missile launch officer in the U.S. Air Force, he has spent his entire career in the energy industry with TXU, culminating in key high-level roles.

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Forrest E. “Eddie” Harrell

eddie harrell

B.S. PE 1958
Non-Executive Chairman, Citation Oil & Gas Corp.

After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin in 1958 with a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering, Eddie Harrell joined Humble Oil & Refining Co. (Exxon) as a reservoir engineer. He left Exxon in 1964 to accept a position with Tenneco Oil Company. While at Tenneco he held a number of engineering and management positions, ending as manager of the Economics and Planning Department. He then joined TransOcean Oil, Inc. as financial vice president and, after a three-year tour with TransOcean's parent, Vickers Energy, was named president and CEO. TransOcean was sold to Mobil in late 1980 and, rather than continue with an established company, he elected to form Citation Oil & Gas Corp. in 1981.

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Robert L. Mansfield

bob mansfield

B.S. EE 1982
Senior Vice President of Technologies, Apple Inc.

Bob Mansfield, senior vice president of technologies at Apple Inc., has spent three decades as a leader in the computer and consumer electronics industry.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 1982, Mansfield launched his career at IBM. He held a number of silicon design and design management positions at IBM, leading the design of several parts of the original IBM RS-6000 processor chipset, which became the foundation of PowerPC, an architecture created by IBM and Motorola. Shortly after the formation of PowerPC, Mansfield took over the management of IBM's Somerset Design Center in Austin. After more than 11 years at IBM, Mansfield moved with his family to the San Francisco Bay Area to join Silicon Graphics Inc. In 1997, after three years at SGI, Mansfield joined a small startup called Raycer Graphics. Apple acquired Raycer in 1999.

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Dana Davis Sellers

dana davis sellers

B.S. ChE 1975
CEO, Encore Health Resources

Dana Sellers is the CEO of Encore Health Resources, one of the fastest-growing consulting firms in the health care technology industry and one of Modern Healthcare magazine’s “Best Places to Work in Healthcare” for three years running.

Sellers, who earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1975, has more than 25 years of experience in health care, technology and consulting. Under her leadership, Encore's annual revenue growth has averaged more than 200 percent since the company’s founding.

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DEG Honorees

A "Distinguished Engineering Graduate" (DEG) is a graduate who has presented him or herself to the world as a consummate professional and dedicated engineer. Learn more about past DEG honorees.

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.