Top 10 List

TOP 10 HIGHLIGHTS: A holiday tradition, we invite you to celebrate our top achievements and highlights from the 2010s.

  1. Celebrated 100 Years Of Texas ChE
Our centennial year was 2015, which culminated with a UT tower lighting and a gala where we debuted the documentary film “A Grand Scale” showcasing the department’s history.  
  2. Maintained A Top 10 Ranking
Our undergraduate program has been ranked Top 5 for 8 of the last 10 years. Both programs are currently No.4 in the nation—the highest ranking to date for our graduate program.
  3. Department Named After John McKetta
We named the department in honor of late Prof. Emeritus John McKetta in 2012. The associated Challenge for McKetta campaign exceeded its goal and raised more than $28 million thanks to alumni, corporate partners, faculty and friends.
  4. Honored Six Faculty Elected To The National Academy of Engineering
Since 2010, Professors David Allen, Keith Johnston, Tom Edgar, Brian Korgel, Joan Brennecke and Mukul Sharma have been inducted to the National Academy of Engineering. We now have a total of 12 faculty members in the NAE.
  5. Helped Launch Six Research Centers
Our faculty helped launch research centers: NASCENT (nanomanufacturing systems), NGPV (photovoltaics), MRSEC (dynamics of materials), C-MEDS (design of dispersants), SMLC (smart-manufacturing technology), CISTAR (conversion of light hydrocarbons) and M-WET (membranes for water and energy systems). 
  6. Hired Nine Faculty Members
Lydia Contreras, Lea Hildebrandt Ruiz, Michael Baldea, Delia Milliron, Nate Lynd, Keith Keitz, Adrianne Rosales and Joan Brennecke have all joined our ranks this decade.
  7. Graduated Nearly 1,600 Engineers
We’ve seen 1,315 B.S. and 278 Ph.D. chemical engineering graduates walk the stage this decade—part of the next generation of Longhorns going out to change the world.
  8. Raised $200 Million In Sponsored Research Funding
We’re continuing a longstanding growth trend for sponsored research, which is indicative of the increasing impact of our faculty. Our innovative research spans a wide variety of disciplines, and has forged advancements aimed at improving lives throughout the world.
  9. Fundraising Surpassed $40 Million
Gifts and commitments from generous alumni, friends, corporate partners and beyond grew to more than $40 million, making the 2010s the best decade of fundraising in our history.
  10. Formed The Academy Of Distinguished Chemical Engineers
So far we’ve recognized 79 alumni for their leadership and technical contributions that have transformed economies, improved quality of life and benefited society.
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