The University of Texas at Austin College of Engineering was established in 1894. Since then, the College, now named the Cockrell School of Engineering, has graduated more than 60,000 alumni, all of whom have made significant contributions to the theory and practice of engineering in Texas and around the globe.

Our alumni are what make the Cockrell School of Engineering one of the top schools in the nation. We invite you to get involved.

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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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 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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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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