Top 10 Highlights of 2016

As 2016 winds down, let’s celebrate this year’s top 10 highlights…

10. Celebrated prestigious alumni awards and honors

Stephanie Watts Butler received the highest Society of Women Engineers award, Jim Rawlings was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and Haiqing Lin received an NSF CAREER Award. More >>
First Senior Class Gift Recipient Kyle Dalal head shot

9. First Senior Class Gift Award recipient named

Kyle Dalal received the first Senior Class Gift Award. The endowment was created in 2013 by students for students to support top TAs and undergraduate research. More >> 
Headshot of George Georgiou

8. Georgiou and Maynard received FDA approval for anthrax treatment

The FDA recently approved the treatment called Anthim to treat inhalation anthrax in combination with antibacterial drugs. More >>
Tom Edgar stands in front of the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering building for winning the Bellmann Award.

7. Texas ChE provided key leadership for a new smart manufacturing institute

Dr. Tom Edgar’s leadership in clean energy research helped secure $140 million for UT Austin’s new Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute. More >>
 Professor and Alumnus Michael Piana poses at the front of his ChE 379 Entrepreneurship class.

6. New entrepreneurship course established

Alumnus Michael Piana established ChE 379 Entrepreneurship, an elective to introduce students to the basic concepts of entrepreneurship and practical approaches to monetizing business ideas. More >>

5. Alper named Emerging Inventor of the Year

Dr. Hal Alper was named Emerging Inventor of the Year by UT Austin’s Office of Technology Commercialization. More >> 

4. New Energy Engineering Building announced

The UT System Board of Regents committed $100 million to support the construction of the Energy Engineering Building, a critical step in securing UT Austin’s continued leadership in energy education and research. More >> 

3. Brennecke and Rosales to join faculty

Renowned energy expert Joan Brennecke and alumna Adrianne Rosales will join the Texas ChE faculty fall 2017. More >> 

2. $28 million raised for Challenge for McKetta

Alumni, corporate partners and Texas ChE friends exceeded the campaign’s $25 million goal— marking the most successful department fundraiser in Cockrell School history. More >>

1. Undergraduate program ranked No. 3 in the country

U.S. News & World Report ranked Texas ChE as the No. 3 best undergrad chemical engineering program—our highest ranking yet. More >> 


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