Cockrell School of Engineering Honors Six Alumni

Dressed in cap and gown with family from across the country present, most Longhorns are just happy to make it out of the Forty Acres alive. Six alumni of the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin were invited back to the University for Commencement Day because they took their journey a leap further and thrived.

The Cockrell School recognized five alumni with its highest honor, the Distinguished Engineering Graduate Award:

  • Shahid Ullah, BS ’82, Life Member
  • Kenneth C. “K.C.” Williams, BS ’72, Life Member
  • W. Matt Ralls, BS ’71, MBA ’73
  • Christine Schmidt, BS ’88
  • Hernán de Solminihac, MS ’86, PhD ’92

Oleg Shchekin, BS ’97, MS ’99, PhD ’03, was honored with the Outstanding Young Engineering Graduate Award.

These honorees have distinguished themselves professionally and personally as government officials, CEOs, and even UT professors. The awards are credits to their professionalism, success, and commitment to engineering education.

“These graduates have brought great distinction to The University of Texas at Austin and to the Cockrell School of Engineering,” says Cockrell School of Engineering Dean Gregory L. Fenves. “To receive this honor means that these graduates are not only incredibly accomplished in their careers, but they also demonstrate a commitment to engineering education and to engineering as a profession.”

To learn more about this year’s Distinguished Engineering Alumni, visit the Cockrell School’s Engineers of Distinction website.

Front row from left: Hernán de Solminihac, Christine Schmidt, and Shahid Ullah. Back row from left: Matt Ralls, Oleg Shchekin and K.C. Williams.

Photo courtesy Melissa Mixon.


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