Distinguished Engineering Graduates 2006

Rex W. Tillerson

Rex W. Tillerson

B.S.C.E. 1975
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Exxon Mobil Corporation

As Chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corp., Rex Tillerson oversees the global operations of the world’s largest non-government energy company.  A civil engineer by background, he has been influential in many of the world’s major oil and gas exploration and development projects.

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Don L. Sparks

Don L. Sparks

B.S.P.E., 1962
Chairman, Discovery Operating Inc.

Don Sparks founded a small, successful independent oil company that operates 280 wells in the Midland, Texas, area.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 1962. After briefly working for Shell Oil Co. in Midland, he entered the U.S. Navy that year. He rejoined Shell Oil in 1965 as an exploitation engineer for oil fields in West Texas, eventually becoming a reservoir engineer there.

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Robert A. Hermes

Robert A. Hermes

B.S.Ch.E., 1962
Director, Murphy Oil Corp.

Dr. Robert “Bob” Hermes has had a major impact on the global refining industry as a leading consultant for the downstream petroleum industry for more than 30 years.

The accolades started as an undergraduate at The University of Texas at Austin, where Hermes received a chemical engineering degree in 1962. He was a member of several honor societies on campus, and received an outstanding student award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He completed a chemical engineering doctorate at the University of Minnesota in 1965, and spent several years at Mobil Oil Corp. before entering the consulting field.

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Hector Ruiz

Hector Ruiz

B.S.E.E. 1968, M.S.E.E. 1969
Chairman and CEO
AMD

Dr. Hector Ruiz has successfully directed one of the world’s leading semiconductor companies while promoting interest in understanding technology’s ability to address social issues.

His career began at The University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in electrical engineering in 1968 and 1969, respectively. Ruiz then completed a doctoral degree at Rice University in 1973.

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Joseph W. Blandford

Joseph W. Blandford

B.S.C.E., 1972
Blandford Partnership, Ltd.

Joe Blandford improved oil and gas recovery efforts through innovative technology that he developed while leading Atlantia Offshore in Houston for more than two decades. His offshore technology focus began while earning a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering with an Ocean Option from UT in 1972.

After graduation, he designed and constructed tanker terminals for Fluor Ocean Services and completed his master’s degree in Civil Engineering in 1977.  In 1979, Blandford founded Atlantia Offshore and now has more than 60 patents to his credit for creating and advancing offshore technology in shallow and deepwater marginal fields.

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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.