Distinguished Engineering Graduates 2000

Glen P. Wilson, Jr.

B.S. AS.E. 1943
Consultant; Washington, D.C.

A native Texan with three degrees from The University, Dr. Glen P. Wilson, Jr. now lives in Washington, D.C., where he’s been a professional and personal advocate of the nation’s space program since its creation.

With a Ph.D. in psychology, Dr. Wilson traveled to Washington in 1955 to become an assistant to then-Senator Lyndon B. Johnson. Dr. Wilson’s bachelor’s of science degree in aeronautical engineering made him an ideal staff member on several space committees chaired by Senator Johnson. He served the Special Committee on Space and Astronautics, which wrote the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958, and created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Dr. Wilson was a key staff member of the Standing Committee on Aeronautical and Space Sciences, which led support for NASA’s Apollo program and later, the space shuttle program.

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William J. Koros

William Koros

B.S. Ch.E., 1969, M.S. Ch.E., 1975, Ph.D., 1977
B.F. Goodrich Professor in Materials Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

While he began his career as a chemical engineer for the DuPont Company, Dr. William J. Koros has spent the major portion of his professional life in higher education.

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Kenneth D. Cockrell

B.S. M.E., 1972
Astronaut, NASA, Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center; Houston

As a naval aviator, pilot, and astronaut, Mr. Kenneth D. Cockrell has logged over 8,000 flight hours, over 1,200 of those hours in space. A native Texan, Mr. Cockrell earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from The University in 1972. He then entered the University of Florida and received an M.S. in aeronautical systems in 1974.

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Otto R. Harrison

B.S. P.E, 1959
Retired President, Exxon Pipeline Company

Following his graduation from The University with a B.S. in petroleum engineering, Mr. Otto R. Harrison enjoyed a long career with the various divisions of Exxon. He began in 1959, as a junior engineer for Exxon Production, and continued until 1996, when he retired as President of Exxon Pipeline Company.

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Kermit E. Brown

M.S. P.E., 1959, Ph.D., 1962
President, International Training and Consulting, Inc.; Georgetown

In a career that spans over 50 years, Dr. Kermit E. Brown has contributed to the petroleum industry as an educator, researcher, and consultant. He double-majored in mechanical and petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University, receiving a B.S. in both fields in 1948. Following graduation, he was a petroleum engineer for Amoco Production Company. He came to The University in 1955 and taught for 10 years, and earned an M.S. and a Ph.D. in petroleum engineering from The University in 1959 and 1962, respectively.

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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.