The Senate has confirmed Rex W. Tillerson, alumnus of the Cockrell School of Engineering and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, as the 69th U.S. Secretary of State. In this cabinet position, Tillerson will serve as the top foreign policy advisor to President Trump and the leader of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Foreign Service.

Tillerson was previously CEO and chairman of ExxonMobil Corp. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from UT Austin in 1975 and joined Exxon Co., U.S.A. as a production engineer that same year. He spent his entire professional career with ExxonMobil.

“For decades, Rex has been an outstanding leader, a loyal friend of the university and a source of inspiration for our community,” said Sharon L. Wood, dean of the Cockrell School. “I congratulate him on his confirmation, and I wish him much success as our new Secretary of State.”

Tillerson serves as a member of the Cockrell School’s Engineering Advisory Board, the UT Development Board and the UT System Chancellor’s Council. He was named a Distinguished Engineering Graduate of the Cockrell School in 2006 and a UT Austin Distinguished Alumnus in 2007. In 2013, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

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Beloved Longhorn and Chemical Engineering Legend John J. McKetta Jr. Dies at 103

John J. McKetta Jr., professor emeritus and dean emeritus at The University of Texas at Austin and namesake to the chemical engineering department in the Cockrell School of Engineering, died Tuesday, Jan. 15 at age 103. Calling UT Austin ... Keep Reading

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Remembering Former Texas Engineering Dean Earnest F. Gloyna (1921-2019)

Earnest F. Gloyna, former dean of The University of Texas at Austin’s College of Engineering (now the Cockrell School of Engineering), died on Jan. 9 at the age of 97, leaving behind a legacy marked by exceptional leadership and ... Keep Reading

January 03, 2019

Two UT Engineers Elected to National Academy of Inventors

Hal Alper, professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, and Alex Huang, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, have been selected as fellows in the prestigious National Academy of Inventors (NAI) for 2018. They are the ... Keep Reading

cover of Texas Engineering magazine with group of students
cover of Texas Engineering magazine with group of students