Distinguished Engineering Graduates 2008

Michael T. Suffredini

Michael Suffredini

B.S.AS.E., 1983
Manager of NASA's International Space Station Program

Michael Suffredini earned his bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from The University of Texas in 1983 and today is manager of NASA's International Space Station Program. In this role, he is responsible for the overall management, development, integration, and operation of NASA's International Space Station Program, a $2.5 billion per year, 16-nation program. He also leads policy development, international partner negotiations, and the overall safety and health of the crew and on-orbit vehicle of the International Space Station Program.

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Richard W. Moncrief

Richard Moncrief

B.S.P.E., 1965
Moncrief Oil International

Dick Moncrief is a third-generation principal in Moncrief Oil, a family-owned oil and gas exploration and production company with headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. He earned his bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering from The University of Texas in 1965.

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Catherine P. Foerster

Catherine Foerster

B.S.M.E., 1977
Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

Cathy (Paciotti) Foerster grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas and graduated as valedictorian of W. B. Ray High School in 1973. She earned a mechanical engineering bachelor's degree with highest honors from The University of Texas in 1977 and then joined Exxon Company USA. She left Exxon in 1979 to work for ARCO, where she held a variety of positions in engineering, operations, and management until ARCO was acquired by BP in 2000. Cathy left BP in 2002 to work as an engineering consultant for various clients, including BP and the State of Alaska. In 2005, the Governor of Alaska appointed her to serve as the engineering commissioner for the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which is similar to the Oil and Gas Division of the Texas Railroad Commission.

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Satoshi Kashima

Satoshi Kashima

M.S.C.E. 1971, Ph.D. C.E., 1974
Executive Director
Japan Bridge Engineering Center

Satoshi Kashima earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, where he was a Fulbright student from 1968 to 1973. While at the university, he built and tested to destruction a highly realistic model of the first post-tensioned concrete segmental bridge built in the United States — the JFK Causeway Bridge in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Peter R. Buenz

Peter Buenz

B.S.Ch.E., 1960
Chairman of the Board
Creekside Industries

Peter Buenz earned his bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from The University of Texas in 1960. After three years as an officer in the U.S. Navy and seven years with ARCO Chemical Company, he joined a non-engineer fraternity brother in 1970 to establish Chemical Exchange Industries, the forerunner of Creekside Industries. Their business model was to purchase processing facilities no longer needed by major chemical companies and adapt them to produce specialty and commodity products using innovative processes. Peter amicably split the business with his partner in 1993, and his share became Creekside.

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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.