Clockwise from top left: Thomas Edgar, Greg Fenves,
Bob Schutz, and Yale Patt
The National Academy of Engineering announced Thursday that four professors from UT’s Cockrell School of Engineering have been elected to its ranks. The academy inducted 67 new members and 11 foreign associates; UT Austin had the most new members of any university this year. I’m especially proud that the inductees include our executive vice president and provost, Greg Fenves. The inductees are:
- Thomas Edgar, director of the Energy Institute at UT Austin and the George T. and Gladys H. Abell Chair in Engineering, who is recognized for contributions to mathematical modeling, optimization and automatic control of chemical and microelectronics processes, and for professional leadership.
- Greg Fenves, executive vice president and provost of UT Austin, who is recognized for contributions to computational modeling, creation of open-source software for earthquake engineering analysis, and for academic leadership. Prior to becoming provost, Fenves served as the eighth dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering.
- Yale Patt, the Ernest Cockrell Jr. Centennial Chair in Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, who was elected for contributions to high-performance microprocessor architecture.
- Bob Schutz, the Joe J. King Chair of Engineering in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, who was elected for his contribution to the use of satellite laser ranging and GPS tracking to study Earth system dynamics.
Provost Fenves and Professors Edgar, Patt, and Schutz are exactly the type of UT Austin faculty who change the world every day. Their research and their distinguished careers as teachers have shaped generations of engineering students and enhanced our understanding of the world.