Alumni News

Inspiring the Next Generation of STEM Leaders

Alumnus Rudy Treviño’s (B.S. ME 1977) history of community service goes all the way back to when he was a mechanical engineering student at The University of Texas at Austin. Here he learned firsthand that even the simplest act could make a difference in someone’s future, especially when it comes to his or her education.

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Alumnus Leads Mission to Unravel Pluto’s Mysteries

Astronomers, engineers, scientists and those who dream of space eagerly watched as a NASA spacecraft flew 3 billion miles from Earth near the edges of our solar system. When New Horizons reached its closest approach to Pluto, one Texas Engineering alumnus had particular cause to celebrate the historic accomplishment: Alan Stern, the mission’s leader.

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Mechanical Engineering Wit Behind Austin Craft Brewery

While a student at UT Austin, Kevin Brand (B.S. ME 1996) brewed his first batch of beer in between studying for his mechanical engineering classes. He never thought he’d apply his engineering skills to brewing beer professionally.

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Creating a Better, More Cost-Effective Health Care Industry

Dana Sellers (B.S. ChE 1975) is passionate about using data to improve patient care. In the early 1980s, she noticed that major hospital departments couldn’t afford the expensive computer systems for health care data collection. So, she partnered with a fellow Longhorn and embarked on her first entrepreneurial venture to develop health care applications for personal computers, setting the course for her successful career.

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Texas Engineering Alumnus and Advisory Board Member Appointed to Dallas Fed

Richard D. Folger, Cockrell School alumnus and member of The University of Texas at Austin’s Engineering Advisory Board, has been appointed by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ El Paso Branch board of directors. He will serve a three-year term ending Dec. 31, 2017.

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Alumna Combines Engineering and Business to Provide Creative Solutions to Companies

Martha Montemayor-Rapier is a problem-solver. Her creative energy and ability to find solutions helped her thrive as a chemical engineering student at the Cockrell School, and it fueled her early career success in the chemical and semiconductor industries. Today, she runs her own engineering and consulting firm, where she leverages her technical skills and business savvy to create innovative management systems for her clients.

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A Conversation with Alumnus Joe Parsley, an Oil Industry Entrepreneur and Patriarch

Joe Parsley entered the 1950s oil and gas frontier armed with an engineering degree from The University of Texas at Austin and a network of smart friends. When he retired 30 years later, he left behind a legacy of independent Texas oil companies that are now dominating the industry.

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Alumnus Scott Sheffield: An Independent Leader

In the 1990s, most of the major oil and gas companies in this country divested domestic assets and moved resources to the international arena, believing that oil fields in the United States were all drilled up. Cockrell School of Engineering alumnus Scott Sheffield was not so sure.

Sheffield (B.S. PGE 1975), now CEO and chairman of Pioneer Natural Resources, instead decided to raise capital and invest heavily in the Spraberry/Wolfcamp field in the West Texas Permian Basin. And, due to his prudent foresight, Pioneer is now one of the most active drillers and largest acreage holders in what is considered the most productive domestic oil field.

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A Maker at Heart, Alumnus Uses Hands-On Learning Experiences to Launch Startup

For as long as he can remember, Cockrell School of Engineering alumnus Albert Swantner (M.S. ME 2009; B.S. ME 2007) has been a maker. When he was a child, he made model ships, airplanes and cars, and in high school, he took apart his own car to make modifications. It was clear that, especially coming from a family of Longhorns, the engineering program at The University of Texas at Austin was the perfect fit.

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Alumnus Returns to Austin, Continues to Work With Cancer-Fighting Nonprofit He Founded

Cockrell School of Engineering alumnus Chris Condit (M.S. BME 2011; B.S. EE 2004) has approached his professional life with the same cross-disciplinary focus that he took with his education. Over the past decade, he has created medical devices, developed patented intellectual property and started a cancer-fighting nonprofit organization.

Condit is the founder of the longest charity bicycle ride in the world — Texas 4000, an annual ride that begins in Austin and ends in Anchorage, Alaska. Cyclists raise money to participate in the ride, which supports cancer research. And year after year, Texas 4000 provides seed grants for cancer researchers at the Cockrell School. The 2014 team is currently on the road.

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