Dr. Thomas F. Edgar Endowed Graduate Fellowship Reaches Funding Goal

A group of alumni and faculty gather for a group photo with their horns up in front of a vineyard while they celebrate reaching the endowment goal.We’re pleased to announce that the Dr. Thomas F. Edgar Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Chemical Engineering has reached and exceeded its $350,000 goal.

The fund, supported by former students, colleagues, and friends and family of Professor Tom Edgar, will recruit and support outstanding chemical engineering graduate students and boost the department’s competitive advantage in attracting exceptional talent.

As part of the department’s Honor A Professor initiative, this fund recognizes Dr. Edgar’s impact on the university, our department and the lives of thousands of students throughout his 44-year career. It also honors his profound professional achievements, including numerous awards, leadership positions and election to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering.

Dr. Edgar was most recently honored for outstanding educational and professional leadership with the 2015 Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award from the American Automatic Control Council, which has been won by only three other chemical engineers. His research in the field of control system monitoring and diagnosis in plant performance and model-based control has forever changed the chemical engineering industry, and his process control book continues to be used by thousands of students every year.

To date, we’ve raised more than $400,000 for this fund, and to thank donors the department hosted a golf outing this weekend where Dr. Edgar’s first shot was documented by our very own Professor Michael Poehl to share with you via this video. Photos and more have been shared on our Facebook page.

A sincere thanks to everyone for their support. If you haven’t yet supported this fund, or any of our other Honor A Professor funds, consider making a gift today—all gifts count towards our Challenge for McKetta campaign.  If you’re interested in establishing your own endowment contact Associate Director of Development Michael Barasch at michael.barasch@austin.utexas.edu.

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