University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering

Engineering Alumni Association

Alumni Awards Gala

The Engineering Alumni Awards program was established in 1987 to recognize alumni, faculty and friends of the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering and the Engineering Alumni Association for significant contributions to society and the profession. The recipients are honored at the annual engineering alumni awards gala, held each year in June.


2020 Cullen College of Engineering Alumni Awards Gala 

The 2020 Cullen College of Engineering Alumni Awards Gala will be held on June 11, 2020.


2020 EAA Gala Nominations

Nominate a Cullen College of Engineering alumni for a 2020 EAA Gala award! Click here to download the nomination packet.


2019 Honorees

Lifetime Achievement Award

William A. Brookshire, Ph.D. (BSChE ’57) †

Co-Founder & Chairman
S&B Engineers & Constructors


Distinguished Engineering Alumni Awards

Charles N. Grichar, P.E. (BSChE ’73)

Corporate Legal Liaison
National Oilwell Varco, Inc.


The Honorable Dennis R. Paul, P.E. (BSCE ’86, MSCE ’91)

Texas State Representative for House District 129 in Harris County


Entrepreneur/Innovation Award

Ryan J. Baird (BSEE ’01)

Founder & President of Johnson Street Partners


Distinguished Young Engineering Alumni Award

Carol K. Schmidt, P.E. (BSChE ’07)

Project Engineer, Wood



Heidi Alderman

Senior Vice President, Chemical Intermediates, North America
BASF Corporation



Debora Rodrigues, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
UH Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering


A Special Thank You to Our 2018 Sponsors!

Premier Platinum Sponsor
  • Paula & Benton Baugh, Ph.D., P.E. (’67)
Signature Silver Sponsors
  • Sushila & The Honorable Durga D. Agrawal, Ph.D., P.E. (M.S. ’69, Ph.D.,’74)
  • Schlumberger
  • Jim L. Culpepper & Associates, P.C.
Distinguished Sponsors
  • Cynthia Oliver Coleman, P.E. (’71)
  • Schlumberger
Supporting Sponsors
  • Fluor Corporation
  • Centerpoint Energy
  • PRD Land Development Services, LLC
  • Cynthia Oliver Coleman, P.E. (’71), National Society of Black Engineers & Society of Women Engineers
  • Ryder Scott Company, L.P.
  • Costello Engineering & Surveying
  • Cobb, Fendley & Associates, Inc.
  • Electrical Engineering Department
  • Petroleum Engineering Department
  • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department
  • Biomedical Engineering Department
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering Department
  • Mechanical Engineering Department
  • Industrial Engineering Department
  • University of Houston Alumni Association
  • PROMES Program
Patron Sponsors
  • Cynthia Oliver Coleman, P.E. (’71), UH Women In Engineering
  • Dannenbaum Engineering
  • HR Green, Inc.
  • Nancy & The Honorable Joe Zimmerman, P.E. (’83)
  • Raba Kistner, Inc.
  • Geotech Engineering & Testing
  • Rebecca & Michael D. Lacy, P.E. (’85)
  • Michael A. Ramos (’00) & Mackrena Ramos, P.E. (’99)
Student & Scholarship Sponsors
  • Texas Premier Healthcare
  • Yamile Jackson, Ph.D., P.E., PMP (’91, MSIE ’94, Ph.D. ’00)
  • Ashley Jadine Foundation
  • Yellow Rose Distilling