List of University of Texas at Dallas people
The University of Texas at Dallas (also referred to as UT Dallas or UTD) is a public research university in the University of Texas System. The main campus is in the heart of the Richardson, Texas, Telecom Corridor, 18 miles north of downtown Dallas. UT Dallas people includes an Antarctic explorer, an astronaut, members of the National Academies, two Nobel laureates, a writer and folklorist, a member of India’s Parliament, the founder of the world’s first molecular nanotechnology company and others who have achieved prominent careers in business, government, engineering, science, medicine, the arts and education.
Distinguished faculty include but are not limited to the following:
|Ray Baughman||The Robert A. Welch Professor of Chemistry and Director of NanoTech Institute at UTD. A materials scientist known for work on carbon nanotubes and artificial muscles, received a B.S. in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University and a Ph.D. in the Materials Science area from Harvard University. He has over 60 US patents and over 300 publications with over 18,100 citations. Ray is a member of the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas; a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry; an academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences; and recognized by his peers through election to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). In 2010 Ray Baughman received the Nankai University highest honorary title. The university lauded Baughman’s achievements in the field of nanotechnology, including the development of artificial muscles based on carbon nanotubes, by making him a Yang Shixian Professor. Ray Baughman was ranked number 30 on the March 2, 2011, Thomson Reuters list of the top 100 materials scientists.|
|Brian Berry||The former Dean of the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas. He graduated from University College, London, with a B.Sc. (Economics) degree in 1955. He went on to the University of Washington, where he completed an M.A. in 1956, and a Ph.D. in 1958, studying under noted geographer and leader of the "quantitative revolution" William Garrison. From 1976 to 1981 Berry was chaired professor at Harvard, and following that was appointed dean of the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University for a period of 5 years. In 1986 he joined the University of Texas at Dallas, and has remained there since. Brian Berry was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1975, is a fellow of the British Academy, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and University College, London. He also received the Royal Geographic Society's highest honor, the Victoria Medal, in 1988.|
|Richard Brettell||UTD's Margaret McDermott Distinguished Chair of Art and Aesthetics. He received his PhD from Yale University in 1977. From 1988-1992, Brettell served as The Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art. Richard Brettell is among the foremost authorities in the world on Impressionism and French Painting of the period 1830-1930. He is Senior Advisor for International Art for the National Gallery of Australia and is working with Professor Stephen Eisenman of Northwestern University to catalogue the collection of 19th and 20th century French Paintings at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California. In 2010 Brettell received a Commandeur (commander) certificate from the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters). In 2011 he was awarded the 2011 Humanitas Visiting Professorship in the History of Art at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. In 2002, he founded the Southside Artist Residency, which later became CentralTrak: The UTD Artist Residency.|
|James L. Carter||Geosciences Professor Emeritus. Carter earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mining and geological engineering from Texas Western University, now the University of Texas at El Paso, and his Ph.D in Geochemistry from Rice University. In 1964 he came to the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest (now U. T. Dallas) as a Postdoc. In 2004, he received the Distinguished Educator Award, Southwest Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. He helped discover the most complete and well-preserved articulated neck of the largest sauropod dinosaur yet found in Texas or in the Late Cretaceous anywhere in the world in Big Bend National Park. After 43 years of geosciences researching and teaching at UT Dallas James Carter retired in 2008. In honor of his quality and length of service, the School of Natural Science and Mathematics created the James L. Carter Scholarship Fund. He is a world-renowned expert in simulated lunar regolith and developed a process to simulate moon dirt, which he routinely supplies to NASA.|
|Yves Chabal||The Department Head, Materials Science & Engineering and Texas Instruments Distinguished University Chair in Nanoelectronics. In 1974 he received an A.B. Physics degree from Princeton University, in 1980 a Ph.D. Physics, Cornell University and was a Postdoc, Surface Physics Department, Bell Labs during 1980-81. Chabal was previously director of the Laboratory for Surface Modification at Rutgers University. He joined UT Dallas in 2008 and his areas of research include manipulating DNA scaffolding to develop nano-scale integrated circuits. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and received the IBM Faculty Award in 2004 and the Rutgers Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research in 2006. He is a recipient of the 2009 Davisson-Germer Prize in Atomic or Surface Physics.|
|R. David Edmunds||Anne Stark and Chester Watson History Professor received his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma, 1972. Edmunds is the recipient of one of the most distinguished awards in history, the Francis Parkman Prize, given for the best nonfiction historical writing as literature. Edmunds has received prestigious fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Newberry Library, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.|
|Harsh Gupta||Indian earth scientist and seismologist, known for his pioneering work on estimation of reservoir-induced earthquakes. He is a former adjunct professor at UTD, former vice chancellor of the Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) and a Raja Ramanna Fellow at the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI), Hyderabad. A recipient of the 1983 Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology, the highest Indian award in the science and technology category, and the 2008 Waldo E. Smith Award, Gupta was awarded the fourth highest Indian civilian honour of the Padma Shri in 2006.|
|John H.L. Hansen||Department Head and Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, also Professor in School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (Speech & Hearing), and Distinguished University Endowed Chair in Telecommunications Engineering. He received the B.S.E.E. degree with highest honors from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. in 1982. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, in 1983 and 1988, respectively. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and has been elected as one of the 6 International Speech Communication Association (ISCA) Fellows for 2010. He is internationally known for his contributions to "Robust Speech & Speaker Recognition under Stress and Noise". Hansen is the author/coauthor of over 340 journal and conference papers, books, and book chapters in speech processing, and is coauthor of the textbook Discrete-Time Processing of Speech Signals.|
|John H. Hoffman||The Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics. He received his bachelor's degree from St. Mary's College in Winona Minnesota and continued his education at the University of Minnesota under the mentorship of Professor A. O. C. Nier who pioneered the field of mass spectroscopy. His PhD dissertation was on the helium isotopic distribution in large iron meteorite. A physics professor and member of UT Dallas’ William B. Hanson Center for Space Sciences, Hoffman is part of a group led by Peter Smith of the University of Arizona in Tucson who were selected in 2003 by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to charter an unmanned mission to Mars. He has designed and built scientific instruments that have flown on numerous exploration missions — both manned and unmanned — into space and to other planetary bodies and objects, including the moon, Venus and Halley’s Comet. He has worked at UT Dallas and its predecessor research institution since 1966.|
|Russell A. Hulse||The Associate vice president for research and economic development at The University of Texas at Dallas. He is the discoverer of the first binary pulsar and co-recipient of the 1993 Nobel Prize in physics and joined The University of Texas at Dallas as a visiting professor of physics and of science and math education in January 2004. Hulse earned a B.S. degree in physics in 1970 from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in Manhattan. He received a Ph.D. degree in physics in 1975 from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. After earning his Ph.D. degree, he was awarded a postdoctoral appointment at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Charlottesville, Va.|
|Luis Martin||Clinical Professor in the Humanities and Literary Studies group in the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas. He received his PhD in Latin American History, Columbia University in 1966, an MA in philosophy, Recuerdo College, Madrid, Spain, and a BA in Classical Studies, San Luis College, Puerto de Santa Maria, Cadiz, Spain. Luis Martín taught at Sophia University in Tokyo and the University of Puerto Rico. He was the first holder of the Edmond and Louise Kahn Endowed Chair in History at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He was selected as an Outstanding Educator of America in 1988 and was appointed to the Royal Order of Civic Merit by King Juan Carlos of Spain. Luis Martín is the author of five books on the history of Latin America, including Daughters of the Conquistadores: Women of the Viceroyalty of Peru, Southern Methodist University Press, Dallas, TX 1989. Two of his books have been translated and published in Spain.|
|Mihai Nadin||UTD Ashbel Smith Professorship in Interactive Arts, Technology, and Computer Science, has a Ph.D. degree in aesthetics from the University of Bucharest and a post-doctoral degree in philosophy, logic and theory of science from Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, West Germany. He earned an M.S. degree in electronics and computer science from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest and an M.A. degree in philosophy from the University of Bucharest. The author of 23 books and countless articles, Nadin has lectured and written extensively on the mind, anticipation and dynamic systems, visualization, ubiquitous computing and various aspects of human-computer and human-technology interaction. He is credited with introducing various terms and phrases that have found wide usage throughout society, including "semiotic machine," "post-industrial society," "the civilization of illiteracy" and "anticipatory computing."|
|Istvan Ozsvath||Professor in the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, received his Ph.D., Hamburg, 1960. Ozsvath's research involves two major fields, Exact Solutions of Einstein's Field Equations and Embedding Problems of Compact 3-Manifolds. Istvan Ozsvath who, along with Engelbert L. Schucking, discovered the Ozváth-Schücking metric in 1962 during the Golden Age of General Relativity.|
|Zsuzsanna Ozsváth||Holds the Leah and Paul Lewis Chair in Holocaust Studies. She received her Ph.D. in German Language and Literature, University of Texas, 1968. Author of a number of books and articles she has received the Milan Füst Prize of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, one of Hungary's most prestigious literary awards.|
|Wolfgang Rindler||Professor of Physics, received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Liverpool University and his Ph.D. from the Imperial College, London. Professor Rindler focuses his research on theoretical relativistic cosmology and on basic problems in general relativity. He is a leading physicist working in General Relativity where he is well known for introducing the term "event horizon", Rindler coordinates, and (in collaboration with Roger Penrose) for popularizing the use of spinors in general relativity.|
|Robert Xavier Rodriguez||A professor in the School of Arts and Humanities, earned a Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) in composition from the University of Southern California. He has served as composer in residence for the Dallas Symphony and, most recently, the San Antonio Symphony. He holds the endowed chair of University Professor of Music and is director of the Musica Nova ensemble at The University of Texas at Dallas. He is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.|
|Rainer Schulte||Holds the Katherine R. Cecil Professorship in Foreign Languages and founded The Center for Translation Studies in 1980. Schulte authored The Geography of Translation and Interpretation: Traveling Between Languages (2002), which proposes using translation as a means of revitalizing the study of literature and the humanities. He is the author of more than 80 critical articles; translations of poetry and fiction from German, French, Spanish and Italian; four volumes of poetry and a play. He has been honored with the Linda Gaboriau Translation Award for his contributions to the field of translation studies.|
|Don Shaw||Emeritus professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry in 1965. Don Shaw is notable for research in crystal growth and dissolution, kinetics of vapor phase epitaxial growth, materials for solid state microwave devices, and preparation and properties of gallium arsenide. He has received the Electrochemical Society's Electronics Division Award; the Wilfred T. Doherty Award and the Salute to Excellence Award given by the DFW Section of the American Chemical Society; MIT's Harry C. Gatos Prize; the International Gallium Arsenide Symposium Award; and the Heinrich Welker Gold Medal. Shaw was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1988.|
|A. Dean Sherry||Holds the Cecil H. and Ida Green Distinguished Chair in Systems Biology #1. He received his B.S. from Wisconsin State University; Ph.D from Kansas State University; and was a New Mexico State University, National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow. He is a Notable Chemist best known for his contribution to MRI contrast agents and founder of Macrocyclics. Sherry has a joint appointment at U. T. Southwestern Medical School as a professor of radiology. Currently, Sherry's lab is developing an agent to help identify and perhaps treat oxidative stress.|
|Daryush Shokof||Artist, filmmaker. He founded the art movement Maximalism in Germany and presented the manifest of maximalism alongside his art works with many notable artists taking part in group exhibitions under maximalism between 1990 and 1996. He further introduced the thoughts of Yekishim where his philosophy about life and creation were presented extensively. His first feature film Seven Servants was an original movie starring the legendary Anthony Quinn in his final lead role and gained Shokof much recognition as an original filmmaker. His film Iran Zendan shocked the world where for the first time a picture showed the reality of how political prisoners were being treated under the Islamic Republic government of Iran in 2009.|
|Mark W. Spong||The Dean of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering & Computer Science, also the Lars Magnus Ericsson Chair in Electrical Engineering, and Excellence in Education Chair. He received his D.Sc. in systems science and mathematics, Washington University, St. Louis, 1981; M.S. in systems science and mathematics, Washington University, St. Louis, 1979; M.S. in mathematics, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, 1977; B.S. in mathematics and physics, Hiram college, Hiram, OH, 1975. Among his many awards are the IROS Fumio Harashima Award for Innovative Technologies, 2007, John R. Ragazzini Award, American Automatic Control Council, 2004 and Distinguished Member Award, IEEE Control Systems Society, 2002.|
|Frederick Turner (poet)||The Founders Professor of Arts and Humanities. He received his B.Litt, English Language and Literature, Oxford University, 1967 and MA, English Language and Literature, Oxford University. He is known for his poetry and his literary criticism. He is a poet, a cultural critic, a playwright, a philosopher of science, an interdisciplinary scholar, an aesthetician, an essayist, and a translator. He is the author of twenty-eight books and winner of the Milan Fust Prize (Hungary's highest literary honor), the Levinson Poetry Prize (awarded by Poetry), the PEN Dallas Chapter Golden Pen Award, the Missouri Review essay prize, the David Robert Poetry prize, and the Gjenima Prize. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2008.|
|Mathukumalli Vidyasagar||Holds the Cecil H. and Ida Green Chair in Systems Biology Science at UT Dallas and leads the bioengineering department in the Jonsson School. Vidyasagar earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering by age 17 from the University of Wisconsin. He spent his early career as a professor at Concordia University in Montreal and the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Canada. Then directed the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics within the Indian government's Ministry of Defense. Vidyasagar was given an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers fellowship for "contributions to the stability analysis of linear and nonlinear distributed systems" and has been elected a Fellow of The Royal Society.|
|Anvar Zakhidov||Is one of the co-founders and Associate Director of the UTD Nanotech institute. He graduated from Tashkent Technical University Uzbekistan, USSR in 1975, obtained his M.S. in 1977 and Ph.D. in Physics (Optics) from Institute of Spectroscopy of USSR Academy of Sciences in Moscow in 1981. He was actively involved in scientific research in various places, including the Nuclear Institute of Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences, (1983–1988) and 5 years in Japan as a Monbusho Visiting Professor in IMS, Okazaki and Kyoto and Osaka Universities. Also a year in Italy (Bologna) at the Institute of Molecular Spectroscopy. From March 1996 until July 2000 he was a Senior Principal Scientist working with advanced materials at Honeywell Inc. (formerly AlliedSignal). Zakhidov has been awarded internationally recognized awards and fellowships for excellence in Physics and Material Science (Monbusho and NEDO (Japan), and INTAS (Europe)).|
|Francis S. Johnson||1969–1971||Head of the Southwest Center for Advanced Studies (SCAS), formerly the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest, served as interim president of UTD after SCAS was turned over to the state on June 13, 1969, and officially became The University of Texas at Dallas on September 1, 1969.|
|Bryce Jordan||1971–1981||The University’s first president in July, 1971. He went on to serve as president of UT Dallas for 10 years before being appointed as executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at The University of Texas System, and was a president of Penn State University.|
|Alexander L. Clark||1981–1982||Joined UT Dallas as the University's first vice president for academic affairs on September 1, 1974, a post he held for 17 years. His leadership was instrumental in designing the strategy, organization and policies of the University's academic programs and provided the foundation for UT Dallas' prominence in visionary research programs. Clark served as acting president for more than eight months between the Jordan and Rutford administrations|
|Robert Hoxie Rutford||1982–1994||Robert H. Rutford was an Antarctic explorer and scientist of international acclaim, having been recognized with the naming of the Rutford Ice Stream and Mount Rutford, in Antarctica. He served as president of UT Dallas throughout a formative period during the University’s 40-year-history. During his tenure as president, the university secured approval for a school of engineering, added freshmen and sophomores to its student body and built the first on-campus housing. He was named president emeritus of UTD on July 12, 2007 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents. Rutford received the 2010 Medal for International Scientific Coordination by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR).|
|Franklyn Jenifer||1994–2005||Joined U. T. Dallas as president in 1994. UTD's enrollment has increased more than 61 percent during his tenure - from less than 8,500 students to nearly 14,000—and the campus has undergone a dramatic physical transformation as major new facilities have been constructed - including buildings for the School of Management, the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and the Callier Center for Communication Disorders as well as a Student Activity Center, athletic facilities and hundreds of student apartments.|
|David Daniel||2005–2015||Under President Daniel's leadership, the University has opened an $85 million Natural Science and Engineering Research Laboratory and started work on $220 million in additional construction. Projects include a Math, Science and Engineering Teaching-Learning Center, a complete renovation of Founders Hall, and a Student Services Building that will house many of the primary departments serving students' administrative needs. UT Dallas has also launched a $30 million campus enhancement program, raised the academic rankings of its programs, introduced living-learning communities to residential housing and raised more than $200 million in private funds. Dr. Daniel left UTD to become the deputy chancellor and chief operating officer of the University of Texas System.|
|Richard Benson||2016-present||The former dean of the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech assumed the role of university president on July 15, 2016.|
Distinguished alumni include but are not limited to the following:
|Aziz Sancar||Received his Ph.D. on molecular biology in 1977. Aziz Sancar was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2015 along with Tomas Lindahl and Paul L. Modrich for their mechanistic studies of DNA repair. He is the Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UNC School of Medicine and member of the National Academy of Sciences.|
|Christian Belady||Received his MA in 1990 and stated that getting his business degree at UT Dallas — paired with his engineering experience — was the "inflection point" in his career, especially as it relates to his current position as a partner in the company and Microsoft’s director of hardware architecture. "Ironically, my career didn’t really start until I finished my degree in business from UT Dallas. Mixing disciplines is one of the most valuable things you do in your career." He holds 77 U.S. patents in computer and data center design and has dozens more pending.|
|Albert Black||Earned his degree in general studies from UTD in 1982 and that year successfully started his own business, On-Target Supplies & Logistics, which provides major corporations with outsourced supply chain management services. Black sits on the boards of several prominent organizations, including the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce, JPMorgan Chase of Texas, Rees Associates and PrimeSource Food Equipment Company. Additionally, Black is on the board of directors for SMU's Cox School of Business and Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business. He also is on the advisory board for Oncor Energy, the board of governors for the Dallas Foundation and is a trustee of Baylor University Medical Center.|
|Angie Chen Button||Holds a Master of Science in Public Finance and Management Services from UTD. She has represented District 112 in Dallas County in the Texas House of Representatives since 2009. She is a native of Taipei, Taiwan and a marketing manager of Texas Instruments. She has resided in Richardson and now Garland.|
|Charles Davidson||Holds a UTD master’s degree in management and administrative sciences. He serves as president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Noble Energy and is a member of The University of Texas System’s Chancellor’s Council, where Charles serves on the executive committee.|
|Gary A. Frazier||Though it was 25 years ago that Gary Frazier earned his PhD in physics from the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the lure of UT Dallas still keeps him coming back to campus. In addition to being a Raytheon Senior Engineering Fellow in the Advanced Products Center in Dallas, Frazier is a longtime adjunct professor, teaching a variety of physics courses in mechanics, electronics and electromagnetism. At Raytheon, he works on advanced optical displays, counter-explosives technology and applications for high-speed signal processors.|
|Sam Gilliland||Received his M.B.A. in 1994 and is director, chairman and CEO for Sabre Holdings Corporation. He has served as group president of the company’s Airline Solutions business and senior vice president and general manager of product marketing, where he managed the company's global product and service portfolio for the travel industry, and as executive vice president of Sabre Holdings and president and CEO of Travelocity.|
|Alan Govenar||Govenar is a writer, folklorist, photographer and filmmaker. He has a PhD in Arts and Humanities from UT Dallas. He is the author of more than 20 books, including Texas Blues: The Rise of a Contemporary Sound, and Stompin’ at the Savoy: The Story of Norma Miller. His book Osceola: Memories of a Sharecropper’s Daughter won first place in the New York Book Festival (Children’s Non-Fiction), a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, and an Orbis Pictus Honor from the National Council of Teachers of English. The off-Broadway premiere of his musical Blind Lemon Blues, co-created with fellow UT Dallas graduate Akin Babatunde. He received a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to support research for his "The Folk Art of Community Photography".|
|Alan Halliburton||Received an M.A in 1990 in international management. Halliburton is president of his own company, Halliburton Investor Relations. The firm has grown serving numerous public companies with comprehensive, full-service investor relations programs.|
|David Hanson||David Franklin Hanson, Jr., develops human-like robots with realistic facial expressions and conversational abilities [Hanson et al., 2006]. He received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in film/animation/video, while developing robots as art. Hanson later worked as a sculptor and a technical consultant at Walt Disney Imagineering. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Dallas in spring of 2007. Hanson serves as president and founder of Hanson Robotics.|
|David L. Holmberg||MBA from UT Dallas School of Management EMBA program in 2000. He is the CEO and chairman of the board of Eye Care Centers of America in San Antonio and serves as president and CEO of Pennsylvania-based HVHC Inc. Before his role at Eye Care Centers of America, Holmberg served as the executive vice president of Zale U.S. and president of Zale Canada.|
|Dipak C. Jain||1987 Ph.D. in marketing, School of Management. Jain is the Sandy and Morton Goldman Professor in Entrepreneurial Studies and a professor of marketing at the Kellogg School of Management.|
|Naveen Jindal||Received his MBA in 1992 and is an elected member of India’s Parliament. Also as vice chairman and managing director of Jindal Steel & Power Limited, he leads a business that Forbes magazine ranks among Asia’s Fab 50 Companies. Moved by the common sight of both the American and Texas flags during his time in Dallas, Jindal successfully campaigned for the right of all citizens of India to fly their nation’s flag. To recognize alumni gifts from Mr. Jindal, on October 7, 2011 the School of Management was renamed the Naveen Jindal School of Management.|
|Linda Koop||Received M.S. degree from School of Management, member of Dallas City Council 2005-2013, incoming 2015 Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 102 in Dallas County, businesswoman and government official|
|Melendy E. Lovett||1982 M.S. accounting, School of Management. President of Texas Instruments (TI) Educational & Productivity Solutions and senior vice president of TI. Lovett has worldwide responsibility for TI’s leadership position in math and science educational technology and professional development.|
|Jerry Madden||Received his Master of Science degree in management and administration sciences from UT Dallas School of Management in 1978. First elected to the Texas House of Representatives in November 1992, the Republican served in the position from 1993 to 2013. He was the vice chair of the House Corrections Committee and a member of the House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee.|
|John McCaa||2015 Ph.D, School of Arts and Humanities. News Anchor working for WFAA-TV in Dallas, Texas, since 1984.|
|Brian McCall||Received his Ph.D. in Humanities-Aesthetic Studies from The University of Texas at Dallas in 2006. McCall was a member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1991 to 2010. He was named chancellor of the Texas State University System in March 2010 to succeed Charles R. Matthews. McCall received a bachelor's degree from Baylor University and a master's degree from Southern Methodist University. He is the author of The Power of the Texas Governor: Connally to Bush released in March 2009.|
|Hasan Bülent Paksoy||Earned M.A. in 1976 from what became the UTD School of Management, in International Management, the precursor of the current MBA program. During 1976, he donated the Oak Tree which graces the quad in front of the Green Building. At the time, that tree, dedicated to his son, Selim Paksoy, was the only greenery on campus. The dedication ceremony was detailed in Dallas Morning News on June 2, 1976. Paksoy went on to earn a D. Phil. from University of Oxford (England) and has become a prominent Historian.|
|James F. Reilly, II||Earned three degrees (B.S., M.S. and Ph.D) in Geosciences. An astronaut, Reilly has logged more than 500 hours in space on two Space Shuttle missions.|
|Cynthia Sherry||Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, 1978. Earned a medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in 1983, and a master's degree in medical management from Carnegie Mellon University in 1999. She is the chairman of the department of radiology at Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.|
|Robert Bogdan Staszewski||B.S.E.E., M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Texas at Dallas. He co-started and was appointed the CTO of Digital RF Processor (DRP) group within Texas Instruments with a mission to invent new digitally-intensive approaches to traditional RF functions for integrated radios in deep-submicron CMOS processes. He has co-authored two books, four book chapters, 130 journal and conference publications, and holds 100 issued 50 pending US patents. Since July 2009 he is Associate Professor at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.|
|Ross William Ulbricht||Ulbricht, who graduated in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in physics, later established the Silk Road, a hidden online marketplace for illegal drugs, while using the name "Dread Pirate Roberts."|
|Nicolas Antony Valcik||A.A. in Political Science degree from Collin County Community College 1994, and three degrees from the University of Texas at Dallas; B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies 1994, M.P.A. in 1996 and Ph.D. in Public Affairs 1996. As of 2013 he is the Director of Institutional Research at West Virginia University. Formerly he was the Associate Director of the Office of Strategic Planning and Analysis for the University of Texas at Dallas where he worked since 1997. As of 2015 Dr. Valcik is Editor-in-Chief for two book series: Taylor and Francis/CRC Press – 2015 - Public Health Series and Taylor and Francis/CRC Press – 2015 – Emergency Management Series. Author or co-author of 8 books, editor or co-editor of 4 books and 17 journal articles and chapters. (refer to WVU posted online CV).|
|James R. Von Ehr II||M.S. in Mathematical Sciences (Computer Science) from the University of Texas at Dallas. Founder and CEO of Zyvex Corporation, the world’s first molecular nanotechnology company. He also endowed the James Von Ehr Distinguished Chair of Science and Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas, held by the late Alan G. MacDiarmid 2000 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry and founded the Texas Nanotechnology Initiative in December, 2000.|
|Barbara Vance||Barbara Vance is an award-winning author and illustrator, story consultant, and instructor at the University of Texas at Dallas where she teaches on narrative, new media, and communication. She has also taught at Southern Methodist University and Collin College. Her children’s poetry collection, Suzie Bitner Was Afraid of the Drain, is a Moonbeam Children’s Book winner, an Indie Book Award Finalist winner, and has received multiple other nominations. It is now also sold in France, having been identified as a book that will help French children learn English in a fun way.|
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