UT Black engineering student chapter selected best nationally

     The National Society of Black Engineers selected the UT Austin chapter as the 1998 National Distinguished Chapter of the Year. Judged by faculty advisors from throughout the nation, the award is based on academic excellence, technical excellence, financial vitality, membership development, career access, cultural awareness, leadership and communications. The UT-Austin chapter competed against 170 other student chapters from across the country, advancing after winning the regional distinguished chapter award. This is the first time the UT chapter has won this award which included an IBM Beta Computer system, as well as a commemorative plaque.

     “This recognition was extremely gratifying in light of our small freshman class and other effects of the Hopwood decision,” noted Michael Malone, the UT chapter's vice chair who authored the chapter's winning proposal.

     “As high school seniors are making decisions about where to attend college, this award demonstrates there are minorities here making a positive difference in the UT community and the nation,” added Brandy Johnson, a junior in chemical engineering and current president who served as program chair and chapter president during the period the award was judged. “This is a great institution to prepare you for the global workplace.”

     The award was presented to the UT chapter at the National Society of Black Engineers national conference in Anaheim, Calif., March 28. With 10,000 members, the group is the nation's largest student-managed organization. Their mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers to excel academically, succeed professionally and to positively impact the community.