Distinguished Engineering Graduates 2009

C. Ronald Platt

Ronnie Platt

B.S.P.E., 1962
Chairman, Platt, Sparks & Associates Consulting Petroleum Engineers, Inc.

A native of Austin, C. Ronald (“Ronny”) Platt became a petroleum engineer in 1962, when he earned his bachelor of science degree from The University of Texas at Austin. He was employed by Chevron Oil Company for more than 13 years before he opened a private petroleum engineering consulting office in 1976. In 1980, with fellow petroleum engineering alumnus Don Sparks he co-founded a petroleum engineering firm and currently serves as chairman of Platt, Sparks and Associates Consulting Petroleum Engineers, Inc. The company provides professional consulting petroleum engineering services to operators and owners of petroleum properties, mineral interest owners, attorneys, courts, government agencies, banks and financial counselors.

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Sara N. Ortwein

Sara Ortwein

B.S.C.E., 1980
Vice President of Engineering, ExxonMobil Development Company

Sara Ortwein became a drilling engineer for Exxon after earning a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 1980. Over the span of her career, she has held numerous technical, operations and planning assignments within the upstream oil and gas sector.

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Larry E. Farmer

Larry Farmer

M.S.C.E., 1964; Ph.D.C.E., 1965
(Retired) Chief Executive. Halliburton Brown & Root Limited

Larry Farmer has been a teacher, researcher, entrepreneur, designer, project manager and engineering/construction executive. After earning his doctorate at The University of Texas at Austin in 1965, he returned to the University of Missouri-Rolla, where he had earned his bachelor’s degree, to serve as an assistant professor of civil engineering.

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Robert C. Leibrock

Robert Leibrock

B.S.M.E., 1970;  M.B.A., 1972
General Partner, Amerind Oil Company

Robert (“Bob”) Leibrock earned both his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and his M.B.A. degree from The University of Texas at Austin. His career has focused primarily on oil and gas exploration and production, although he began as a construction engineer in the downstream part of the business. As general partner of Amerind Oil Company, Ltd., Bob planned and managed exploration and production operations in numerous fields in the Permian Basin and in other areas. He directed a major extension of the Northeast Lovington oil field, which resulted in Amerind ranking among the top 25 oil producers in New Mexico for several years.

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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.