Senior Julie Fogarty Earns President’s Leadership Award

Picture of undergraduate President's Leadsership Award recipients, from the left: James Salazar, Julie Fogarty and Rosaura Estrada

From left: James Salazar, Julie Fogarty and Rosaura Estrada

Senior Julie Fogarty was recognized April 26 by Texas Exes for her leadership at The University of Texas at Austin.

The President’s Leadership Awards recognize students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership within the student community at UT Austin. Each year, one sophomore, two juniors and three seniors receive the honor. This year, all three seniors were from the Cockrell School of Engineering.

Fogarty joined civil engineering major Rosaura Estrada and biomedical engineering and computational biology major James Salazar. Students are nominated by UT faculty and staff and are selected by alumni in Texas Exes. These three seniors are mentors, researchers and leaders in the Cockrell School.

Fogarty is passionate about recruiting young women into chemical engineering (ChE) and hopes to one day work in academia to continue teaching what she loves. She has served as service chair and vice president of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers student chapter and service chair, vice president and president of the chemical engineering honor society Omega Chi Epsilon.  She has worked as a tutor, peer adviser and TA in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering. This fall, Fogarty will attend Stanford to pursue her Ph.D. in chemical engineering.

On a mission to increase the number of minority students in civil engineering, Estrada has served as a tutor for Student Engineers Educating Kids and the Equal Opportunity in Engineering Program. She is president of Pi Sigma Pi Minority Academic Engineering Society, as well as both a Terry Scholar and a Gates Millennium Scholar. She will work for Teach for America after graduating this spring.

Salazar has made an impact in getting kids excited about engineering education. He has served on the Biomedical Outreach and Leadership Team as well as in the Student Engineers Educating Kids Program. Salazar does research in the lab of Mia Markey and has already co-authored a scientific paper.

The President’s Leadership Awards were created in 1985 with an endowment from past Texas Exes president Frank Denius.

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