Texas Engineering Undergraduates Recognized for Exceptional Leadership

March 15, 2017

In recognition of their leadership skills and commitment to activities both on and off campus, two students in the Cockrell School of Engineering received the 2017 President’s Leadership Award

The award, given to six students each year by the Texas Exes alumni association, recognizes undergraduates who have demonstrated outstanding leadership within UT Austin’s student community.

Chemical engineering senior Jade Jackson has worked extensively within the engineering community and has focused her time on campus to create a broader, more inclusive network for black women in STEM. She was elected the president of the UT chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers and also served as director of operations for the Black Women in Science and Engineering UT Austin branch. After graduating this May, Jackson plans to use her love of problem-solving to excel in the business consulting field.

Electrical engineering senior Garrett Maples has become a recognized leader in UT Austin organizations outside of his engineering studies. In addition to being part of the Longhorn Band drumline, Maples has made an effort to give back through the Texas Blazers, an honor society and service organization. Maples, who served as the fundraising chair for the Blazers, helped raise nearly $15,000 for a disc golf tournament called Frisbee Fling that awards scholarships to future Longhorns who graduate from East Austin high schools.