Established in 1957, the Distinguished Engineering Graduate Award is the highest honor that the Cockrell School bestows on its alumni. The five distinguished engineering graduates for 2017 are innovators, entrepreneurs and highly respected leaders in their industries and communities. We honor them for their dedication and generosity, and we are proud to call them Cockrell School alumni.

Learn more about this year's inductees:

Eugene H. Dawson
B.S. CE 1957
Co-Founder, Pape-Dawson Engineers Inc.

Eugene H. Dawson co-founded Pape-Dawson Engineers lnc. in 1965. The firm is now one of the largest in Texas, with more than 450 employees in Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Fort Worth.

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Samuel G. Dawson
B.S. CE 1983
Chief Executive Officer, Pape-Dawson Engineers Inc.

Samuel G. Dawson is chief executive officer of Pape-Dawson Engineers Inc. Under Dawson’s guidance, the San Antonio-based civil engineering firm has grown into one of the most respected firms in Texas.

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Edward S. Hyman
B.S. ME 1967
Chairman, Evercore ISI Group Inc.

Ed Hyman is chairman of Evercore ISI Group Inc., a global independent investment banking advisory firm. He also leads Evercore ISI’s economic research team.

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Justine E. Johannes
M.S. ChE 1990, Ph.D. ChE 1994
Director of the Stockpile and Weapon Product Realization Center, Sandia National Laboratories

Justine Johannes serves as director of the Stockpile and Weapon Product Realization Center at Sandia National Laboratories.

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Eugene B. Shepherd
B.S. PE 1981
Chief Executive Officer, ATX Energy Partners

Gene Shepherd is a founder and the chief executive officer of ATX Energy Partners LLC. Prior to that, Shepherd was a founder and chief executive officer of Brigham Resources LLC from 2013 to 2017.

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January 17, 2019

Beloved Longhorn and Chemical Engineering Legend John J. McKetta Jr. Dies at 103

John J. McKetta Jr., professor emeritus and dean emeritus at The University of Texas at Austin and namesake to the chemical engineering department in the Cockrell School of Engineering, died Tuesday, Jan. 15 at age 103. Calling UT Austin ... Keep Reading

January 14, 2019

Remembering Former Texas Engineering Dean Earnest F. Gloyna (1921-2019)

Earnest F. Gloyna, former dean of The University of Texas at Austin’s College of Engineering (now the Cockrell School of Engineering), died on Jan. 9 at the age of 97, leaving behind a legacy marked by exceptional leadership and ... Keep Reading

January 03, 2019

Two UT Engineers Elected to National Academy of Inventors

Hal Alper, professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, and Alex Huang, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, have been selected as fellows in the prestigious National Academy of Inventors (NAI) for 2018. They are the ... Keep Reading

cover of Texas Engineering magazine with group of students
cover of Texas Engineering magazine with group of students