Distinguished Engineering Graduates 2003

Peyton Yates, Jr.

Peyton Yates

B.S.P.E. 1965, M.S.P.E. 1966
Former President, Yates Drilling Company, Former Executive Vice President, Yates Petroleum Corporation

Peyton Yates has played a crucial role in his family’s business for more than 30 years, and made valuable contributions to the petroleum industry, his community and country.

After earning his bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering in 1965 and his master’s degree in 1966, Mr. Yates served in the United States Army as a 1st Lieutenant with a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1966 to 1968. After returning home, he joined the Chevron Oil Company as a petroleum engineer.

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Joe M. Parsley

Joe Parsley

B.S.P.E. 1951
Co-Founder, Parker and Parsley Petroleum Company
Midland, TX

Joe Parsley and Howard Parker formed Parker and Parsley in 1962 with a simple handshake. From this humble beginning, the company Parsley co-founded grew into a multi-million dollar enterprise, merging with Mesa Inc. in 1997 to form Pioneer Natural Resources Co., the nation’s third largest independent oil and gas company.

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Clay W.G. Fulcher

Clay Fulcher

B.S.M.E. 1955, M.S.M.E. 1959
Consultant, The Boeing Company

After an active student life at UT Austin, Clay Fulcher continued making key contributions in two fields, space exploration through his high level positions in the aerospace industry and technically superior military advancements, through his career positions in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

While at the University, Dr. Fulcher led a lively student career as a member of the Silver Spurs, and one of the original “gophers,” a group of students who dug out the basement of old Taylor Hall at night for the Taylor T-Room.

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Ronald Hudson

Ron Hudson

Ph.D.C.E. 1965
Dewitt C. Greer Centennial Professor Emeritus in Transportation Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

For his contributions to improving transportation systems in Texas and around the globe through teaching, research and professional leadership, Dr. Ron Hudson has been described as an “engineering role model.” The benefits of his research in pavement engineering span the globe, with more than 20 countries tapping his expertise to develop reliable transportation systems.

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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.