Alumna Stephanie Watts Butler Receives Society of Women Engineers’ Highest Award

Alumna Stephanie Watts Butler receives 2016 SWE Achievement Award

Alumna Stephanie Watts Butler (M.S. ’89, Ph.D. ’91) is the recipient of the 2016 Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Achievement Award for her outstanding technical contributions for more than 20 years in the field of engineering.

The Achievement Award is the highest award given by SWE and is a part of the organization’s annual awards program, an honorable acknowledgment of achievers and leaders within various fields of engineering. The annual initiative aims to recognize the successes of SWE members and individuals who enhance the engineering profession through contributions to industry, education and the community.

“In the rapidly evolving semiconductor industry, Stephanie has excelled at solving complex problems that result in innovative initiatives with far reaching economic and business model impact,” said Professor Thomas Edgar, Dr. Butler’s former Texas ChE research supervisor. “Her professional accomplishments are outstanding and indicate she has achieved great productivity in research and service.”

Dr. Butler, technology innovation architect at Texas Instruments, currently holds 16 U.S. patents, three of which have been formally recognized as having high and sustained value in the tech industry. She has previously been recognized by SWE for her accomplishments as a tech innovator and was awarded a 2015 Women in Technology Award from the Dallas Business Journal.

“While this award recognizes my technical achievements, it also reflects upon the many who have contributed to my success,” Butler said. “UT, the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, and especially my co-advisors Dr. Edgar and Dr. Trachtenberg, gave me a strong foundation on which to lay my career.”

Dr. Butler will be recognized at WE16, the world’s largest conference for women engineers, Oct. 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Penn.

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