The Cockrell School has had an exciting year. From award-winning faculty to state-of-the-art facilities to continuously impressive students, we have a lot to celebrate. Browse a sampling of some of our best moments.
As aerospace engineer Karen Willcox departs MIT to become the new director of UT’s Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, she inherits a world-renowned organization that has grown into one of the STEM gems on the Forty Acres.
For over a decade, Moriba Jah has been on a crusade to inform the public, along with legislators and U.S. STEM leaders, about the growth and consequences of free-floating space debris that continues to pollute our galaxy.
Civil engineering senior Savanna Smith has a particular interest in biomimicry, or how to solve problems by emulating nature’s patterns and processes.
When walking in a crowded place, chances are you aren’t thinking about how to avoid bumping into the person next to you. Our bodies and minds are designed to apply numerous complex skills that, when combined, allow us to execute seemingly simple motions and keep our bodies upright and under control. Now, thanks to Luis Sentis and the amazing work happening in his Human Centered Robotics Laboratory, the same type of balance and “natural” control may soon be experienced by robots.
Uber is betting that one day — however soon or far away that is — we all will be ride-sharing in the skies. So much so that the company recently enlisted UT engineers and a team from the Army Research Labs on a major R&D project aimed at launching the world’s first flying taxi.
This year marked the Cockrell School’s first-ever study abroad Maymester course on the island of Ireland. A group of 14 adventurous students spent four weeks in the Irish capital, where they not only completed ME 302: Engineering Design and Graphics at the University College Dublin but also packed in as many cultural tours and field trips as possible.
From alumni outreach to student life programming, staff members dedicate themselves to improving and advancing the Cockrell School. Read about two of our many “unsung heroes,” and find out what inspires them to build a better Texas Engineering experience for the next generation.
As the inaugural speaker of the new Cockrell School of Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series, Rex W. Tillerson discussed the topic of leadership and ethics in a global society. He talked about his ascension at ExxonMobil, emphasized the importance of energy innovation, especially in Texas, and reminisced on his time as a Texas Engineering student.
Over the past year, two extraordinary Cockrell School alumni have made transformative gifts in support of two engineering departments — Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering and Mechanical Engineering — boosting their respective resources and positioning them for success well into the future. And in recognition of the investments, both departments were officially named in their honor, in perpetuity.
More so than any other generation, Gen Z students are eager to get out of the classroom and learn in the real world. And perhaps above all, they feel that their careers should have a true purpose — that they should be engaged in a collaborative effort to make the world a better place.
Sam Dawson began his career at Pape-Dawson Engineers—the prominent San Antonio-based civil engineering firm co-founded by his father, Gene—after receiving his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from UT Austin in 1983. Since then, the company has undergone tremendous growth, all while remaining true to the founding principles established by his father over 50 years ago.
After graduating from the Cockrell School in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, Adrianne Rosales knew that research was her passion. The next step was finding the right way to make it a fulfilling career.
By building a truly world-class energy engineering facility, Texas Engineering is positioned like no other to cultivate a multidisciplinary approach to research and development and generate new ideas to meet the current and future demand for energy
Texas Engineering alumni lead industries, launch companies and help develop solutions that improve lives around the world. We’re proud to share just a few of their accomplishments from the past year.
Thanks to the vision and generosity of medical animation pioneer Bruce Blausen, the Cockrell School is now the sole custodian of one of the world’s most comprehensive and visual learning resources for students.
Just 10 miles up the road from UT’s main campus sits the J.J. Pickle Research Campus (PRC), one of the nation’s leading research hubs that is known to many but still somehow steeped in mystery.
One year after Hurricane Harvey dumped 60 inches of rain on Houston and Southeast Texas and shook the Lone Star State to its core, some coastal towns may never be the same again. Through it all — even well after it was gone — Texas Engineers were there searching for solutions.