The Cockrell School of Engineering has yet again had an incredible year, pushing forward in the midst of the continued COVID-19 pandemic. From breakthrough research, awards and honors, student innovations and much more, 2021 is another one for the books.

Research by UT engineers and scientists played a major role in the development of multiple COVID-19 vaccines based on several previous years of work on coronaviruses.

Associate professor Moriba Jah, one of the nation’s go-to space environmentalists, added a new title to his resume: Chief Scientific Advisor for Privateer, a company led by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak

2021 Leadership Changes

Sharon L. Wood, who served as Cockrell School Dean for eight years, was named UT Executive Vice President and Provost.
Roger T. Bonnecaze, who previously served as chair of the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering and has been on UT faculty since 1993, is serving as Interim Dean of the Cockrell School.
Donald Siegel is the new chair of the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering, joining UT this fall from the University of Michigan.

After a year and a half working and learning remotely, Longhorns returned to campus this fall. In this issue, see the sights and hear the sounds of back-to-campus life.

UT was named among the biggest “rising stars” in materials science by Nature Index, with the Cockrell School at the center of materials excellence.

When the now infamous winter storm hit Texas in February, knocking out electricity, heat and water to millions in the state, top Cockrell School energy experts Joshua Rhodes and Michael Webber were tapped by major media outlets for their insight into what could have happened:

First-year student Siddharth Thakur created a firefighting robot.

Commencement looked a little different, as spring 2021 graduates walked across the stage in the atrium of the Engineering Education and Research Center during the school’s Graduate Recognition Moments.

Students walking across stage in the EER at the 2021 Graduation Recognition Moment

Faculty members continue to be recognized for their contributions and leadership. Here are just a few:

Over a hundred people tuned in to the Cockrell School’s Black alumni panel,

held in celebration of Black History Month and featuring alumni Tejuana Edmond, Milton Lee and Dr. Chad Wilson.

Led by professor Janet Ellzey, the Cockrell School’s humanitarian engineering program for students will expand in new partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Opening in spring 2022, construction on the Gary L. Thomas Energy Engineering Building made significant progress.