By Nat Levy

Another year is off and running, and the Cockrell School is buzzing with activity once again. Faculty and student researchers have been hard at work confronting big problems, alumni are making a difference and the world is taking notice. Read on for just some of the many highlights so far this year.

We kicked off another great school year — see some of the sights and sounds.

Bob Metcalfe, winner of the ACM A.M. Turing Award for his work on developing Ethernet technology, was part of a Distinguished Lecture Series put on by the Chandra Family Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Change the world

Members of the Portuguese government visited the Forty Acres as part of the UT Austin Portugal program, a joint venture between UT and Portugal to support global research and education activities. Check out one of the program’s recent collaborations, SENTINEL.

In September, the Fariborz Maseeh Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering was established.

Learn more about the man behind this historic investment and the department’s plan to reimagine the discipline.

Amidst a record heatwave, media from NPR, KXAN, The New York Times and more turned to Cockrell School experts to talk about the power grid.

The Cockrell School is once again among the top undergraduate engineering programs in the latest edition of the U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Our faculty continued to rack up honors this year:

The Cockrell School is joining the Kay Bailey Hutchison Energy Center, a collaborative organization that focuses on energy issues at the intersection of business, law, policy, and now engineering.

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, we sat down with catalysis expert and winner of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers' Young Investigator Award Joaquin Resasco.

Our talented and courageous engineering students made waves this year. Some highlights:

Texas Engineers will play a critical role in the new HyVelocity Hydrogen Hub.

The regional hub will deliver clean hydrogen innovation and good-paying jobs to local communities in Texas and southwest Louisiana.

– a PBS show based on mechanical engineer Michael Webber’s 2019 book of the same name – premiered this fall. Fellow Texas Engineer Moriba Jah joined Webber at a screening and discussion about the show at the Paramount Theater.

UT mourned the loss of two engineering giants: John Goodenough and J. Tinsley Oden.

2023 Leadership Changes

Fernanda Leite, a civil engineering faculty member and expert in construction engineering, succeeded John Ekerdt as associate dean for research. Read more about Ekerdt’s legacy and what’s next for Leite.

Amy Henson joined the Cockrell School as the new executive director of marketing and communications, a.k.a. our new boss.

Aerospace engineering alumnus Andreas Mogensen embarked on his second trip to the International Space Station where he is serving as the mission pilot and space station crew commander for the Huginn Mission.

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