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ABOUT »

As a way of recognizing the accomplishments and careers of our outstanding alumni, the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering established the Academy of Distinguished Alumni in 2004. The Academy’s purpose is to:

  • Recognize high-achieving mechanical engineers from among the UT Austin community and from the engineering community at large
  • Champion the mechanical engineering profession
  • Build a strong community and facilitate interactions among our students, faculty, alumni and corporate partners

The Academy recognizes alumni in four categories:

Outstanding Young Mechanical Engineer

These members must be 40 years old or younger and have shown outstanding work in their field, plus be promising leaders for the future. They must have a strong commitment and interest in the University and the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Distinguished Mechanical Engineer

These members must be over the age 40 and have proven superior professional achievement, community service, and service to the University. These alumni are role models for all to follow and their example of distinguished professional practice deserves recognition.

Mechanical Engineering Hall Of Fame

Members in this category are alumni who are retired or near-retirement with outstanding career records. This award recognizes sustained and meritorious contributions of distinguished professional practice.

Honorary Mechanical Engineer

Recipients of this award are non-UT ME alumni who have made major contributions to the engineering profession and whose support of the Department of Mechanical Engineering merits recognition.

Charter Members of the Academy

These are individuals who have been honored by The University of Texas at Austin or Cockrell School of Engineering as Distinguished Alumni are automatically inducted into the Mechanical Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni. These individuals have served the profession of engineering, The University of Texas, the Cockrell School of Engineering, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering with great distinction.

LEADERSHIP »

Glenn Gilkey - President

Dr. Richard R. Neptune, Walker Department of Engineering Chair - Secretary/Treasurer

Bliss Angerman - Communications/Endowment

Warren Waggoner - Membership Committee

Elliott Short - Membership Committee

Mike McShane - Membership Committee

Keller Towns - Membership Committee

Kim Ess - Membership Committee

Dr. Joe Beaman - Membership Committee - Academic Advisor

Board of Directors

Kenneth D. Cockrell

Dr. Harovel G. Wheat

Art C. Ratzel

Sam Y. Zamrik

EVENTS + INFORMATION »

On a daily basis, we are all dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, we have decided to cancel our annual Academy of Distinguished Alumni banquet this year, which was scheduled for November 6, 2020.  With the safety of our community as our top priority, it became clear that canceling our banquet in 2020 was the right thing to do. It was a difficult decision for the Leadership Team and the Walker Department, but one we felt was necessary. 

Each year, the induction of our new members is the primary focus for the annual Academy of Distinguished Alumni banquet, so we plan to recognize you in 2021, when it is safe for us to get together again. Details for the 2021 banquet will be made available when we have selected a time and location.

2020 HONOREES »

Albert W. Swantner Outstanding Young Mechanical Engineer
BSME, 2007, The University of Texas at Austin
MSME, 2009, The University of Texas at Austin

Scott D. Arnold Distinguished Mechanical Engineer
BSME 1982, Texas Tech University
MSME, 1984, The University of Texas at Austin

Matthew D. Chasen Distinguished Mechanical Engineer
BSME, 1998, The University of Texas at Austin
MBA, 2004, The University of Texas at Austin

Amanda Dodd Distinguished Mechanical Engineer
BSME, 2001, The University of Texas at Austin
MSME, 2003, The University of Texas at Austin
PhD, 2009, The University of California, Berkeley

Jill Engel-Cox Distinguished Mechanical Engineer
BSME & BA Plan II, 1989, The University of Texas at Austin
MS Mechanical/Environmental Engineering, 1993, Colorado State University
PhD, 2004, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Matt Ralls Distinguished Mechanical Engineer
BSME, 1971, The University of Texas at Austin
MBA, 1973, The University of Texas at Austin

Greg Smith Distinguished Mechanical Engineer
BSME, 1985, The University of Texas at Austin
MS Industrial Engineering, 1999, University of Houston
McCombs School of Business Executive Education Program, 2010, The University of Texas at Austin

Steven Nichols Distinguished Mechanical Engineer
BSME, 1972, The University of Texas at Austin
MSME, 1973, The University of Texas at Austin
PhD, 1975, The University of Texas at Austin
JD, 1983, The University of Texas at Austin

William A. Zartler Distinguished Mechanical Engineer
BSME, 1987, The University of Texas at Austin
MBA, 1989, Texas A&M University

Richard R. Neptune Honorary Mechanical Engineer
BSME, 1991, University of California, Davis
MSME, 1993, University of California, Davis
PhD, 1996, University of California, Davis

Robert L. Bass Mechanical Engineering Hall of Fame
BSME, 1964, The University of Texas at Austin
MSME, 1986, The University of Texas at Austin
PhD, 1988, The University of Texas at Austin

Jack Howe Mechanical Engineering Hall of Fame
BSME, 1967, The University of Texas at Austin
MSME, 1968, The University of Texas at Austin

H. Lee Norris Mechanical Engineering Hall of Fame
BSME, 1970, The University of Texas at Austin
MSME, 1971, Stanford University
Ph.D., 1975, Stanford University

ALL MEMBERS »

These are individuals who have been honored by The University of Texas at Austin or Cockrell School of Engineering as Distinguished Alumni are automatically inducted into the Mechanical Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni. These individuals have served the profession of engineering, The University of Texas, the Cockrell School of Engineering, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering with great distinction.

Distinguished Alumni Awards Recipients

Outstanding Young Mechanical Engineer

Distinguished Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical Engineering Hall of Fame

Honorary Mechanical Engineer

Charter Members of the Academy

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