Brimming with breakthrough research, awards and honors, student innovations and tons more, every year in the Cockrell School of Engineering is one to remember. And — even as the coronavirus pandemic turned the world on its head — 2020 has certainly been no different.


Our Girl Day event yet again drew thousands of young kids and their families to learn all about engineering and other STEM disciplines


New Department Chairs Named

Clint Dawson portrait
Clint Dawson, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Portrait of Delia Milliron
Delia Milliron, McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering

The entire Cockrell School community swiftly shifted to a new normal — from pivoting research projects to COVID-related solutions to transitioning courses entirely online. Read in this issue:

Michael Webber sits in an interview

Michael Webber launches his newest energy-focused PBS series, “Power Trip: The Story of Energy”

Aerospace engineering students design a rover that can write your name on the moon

Example of LEGACI moon rover writing

Texas Engineers Honored by National Academy of Engineering

New Academy Members

  • Bob Gilbert, professor and chair of the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
  • Robert O. Ambrose, alumnus, Ph.D. ME 1991
  • Sara Ortwein, alumna, B.S. CE 1980
  • Amarpreet Singh Sawhney, alumnus, M.S. ChE 1989, Ph.D. ChE 1992

Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering

  • Grant Willson, chemical engineering professor, for his pioneering work enabling the extreme miniaturization of microelectronic devices
Commencement 2020 backround

2020 Commencement Celebration goes virtual, featuring congratulatory messages from people throughout the Texas Engineering community

Alumna Lauren Gardner was named to TIME’s 100 Most Influential People list for her creation of the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, which she launched on January 22

Computational engineering student Henry Rossiter builds UT’s Protect Texas Together app for Longhorns to track COVID-19 symptoms and record results, find resources and aid in the safe return to campus this fall

Protect Texas Together logo
Aerial image of land for Project Astra

David Allen’s Project Astra

kicks off and will establish a sensor network for monitoring emissions across an oil and gas production region

The Cockrell School and Texas Engineering Executive Education start new graduate certificate programs in Mechanical Engineering Controls and Petroleum Engineering Data Analytics