Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

Brian James Jennings

In the spring of 2012, UT PGE lost a remarkable alumnus, Brian Jennings (BSPE ’84), at the young age of 52. He made quite an impact on the Forty Acres as a petroleum engineering student and alumnus - he stayed involved with the department as an industry advisor through the external advisory committee to ensure UT PGE students were well-prepared for the energy sector.

Bud and Mitchell Newton

The oil and gas industry recently added another new company to its family: Newton Energy Partners. Founded by two UT PGE alumni—Bud Newton (BSPE '83) and son Mitchell Newton (BSPE '07)—Newton Energy Partners launched in October 2010 after receiving a $75 million equity commitment from Kayne Anderson Energy Funds.

Sue Park

Sue Park has only been out of college for three years, but already she’s an operations engineer for Chevron overseeing 20 offshore wells and, in 2008, she was named a “Face of the Future,” by Fortune 500 Magazine—an honor given to only 48 young professionals across the U.S.

Autry Stevens

The University of Texas at Austin Petroleum Engineering alumnus and legendary Midland oilman Autry Stephens is showing the world that success comes from following your passion and knowing your strengths, even if by accident.

S.P. Yates

Saint Clair Peyton Yates’s introduction to independent oil and gas exploration occurred in 1924 when he was just 10 years old and living in Artesia, New Mexico where his father — with the help of a Model T Ford and his intuitive wife — drilled and discovered the first commercial oil well on New Mexico state-owned lands, thus starting the state’s $7.6 billion permanent royalty fund that finances public schools.


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