Excellence in Engineering: On Campus, June 2014

The University of Texas at Austin (UT) has announced that Sharon L. Wood, Ph.D. (VA A ’82), has been named the ninth dean of the UT Cockrell School of Engineering. Dr. Wood has been the interim dean since October 2013 and will assume the post permanently beginning on September 1.

Dr. Wood received her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Virginia and her master’s degree and Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she also served on the faculty for 10 years. She joined the UT faculty in 1996 and is nationally recognized for her research on the earthquake response of reinforced concrete structures. Dr. Wood currently serves as vice president of the American Concrete Institute and in 2013, she was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Read the news release


Kyle E. Croes, MI K 2014, is a recent graduate of Western Michigan University with a degree in industrial and entrepreneurial engineering. This week he will be honored as the “nation’s top industrial engineering student” by the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IEE) in Montreal, Quebec. He is the 2014 first-place winner of the IEE’s James W. Barany Student Award for Excellence. “The top award is made to just one undergraduate in the nation who has provided distinguished service to industrial engineering through excellence in scholarship and campus leadership.”

Croes is currently working at Eaton Corporation as a supply chain program manager. Click here for the article with more biographical information


As part of the Profiles in Excellence blog published by the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA), Edna R. Garcia, TX N 2015, was profiled and answered questions about her future plans. Garcia is currently a manufacturing engineering senior at UTPA minoring in dance. She has worked as a TA for the engineering economics class, is active in SME & SHPE, and owns a dance studio. Read more about Garcia and her goals of earning a master’s degree and pursuing a career in engineering.


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