Distinguished Engineering Graduates 1999

Byron D. Tapley

Byron Tapley

B.S. E.M. 1956; M.S. E.M. 1958; Ph.D. 1960;
Professor, Aerospace Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

After earning three degrees at UT Austin, Dr. Tapley joined UT's aerospace engineering faculty in 1960, establishing the orbit mechanics program in the department in 1961. He served as the chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics from 1966 to 1977. In 1981, he established the Center for Space Research. During the next decade, he developed the orbit mechanics program and the Center for Space Research into internationally respected centers for study and research.

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J. Winston Porter

Winston Porter

 B.S. Ch.E. 1960
President, Waste Policy Center

After receiving his bachelor degree from UT Austin, Dr. Porter went on to earn his Ph.D. in chemical engineering in 1965 from the University at California at Berkeley. After chairing the Chemistry Department during 1965-66 at the University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Dr. Porter worked the next 10 years for the Bechtel organization. He managed Bechtel's environmental department and later served as project manager for the master plan of the $20 billion Jubail Industrial City in Saudi Arabia. He also served as a vice president of several Bechtel affiliates in the Middle East.

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John L. Gidley

John Gidley

B.S.Ch.E. 1950; M.S.Ch.E. 1955; Ph.D. 1955;
President, John L. Gidley & Associates, Inc.

After earning three chemical engineering degrees from UT Austin, Dr. Gidley joined Humble Oil and Refining Company's Production Research Division in 1954. His 31-year career with Exxon was highlighted by many professional publications and the awarding of eight patents.

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Charles A. Machemehl Jr.

Charles Machemehl

B.S. C.E. 1957; M.S. C.E. 1964
Executive Director, Georgia Crushed Stone

Mr. Machemehl received his bachelor's and master's degrees at UT Austin, where he played varsity football and completed ROTC. Upon graduation, he spent three years of active duty as a civil engineering officer with the U.S. Air Force at Bergstrom Air Force Base in Austin and at Thule Air Force Base in Greenland.

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Kenneth Eickmann

B.S. M.E. 1969
Director, Construction Industry Institute

After earning his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, General Eickmann began a distinguished and highly decorated 31-year career in the U.S. Air Force.

He entered the Air Force in 1967 as a distinguished graduate of The University of Texas' Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He earned his master's degree in systems engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, in 1968.

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OYEG Honorees

An "Outstanding Young Engineering Graduate" (OYEG) is a graduate who is under the age of 40 at the time of selection. Learn more about OYEG honorees.