The University of Houston Engineering Alumni Association (EAA) hosted its 10th annual EWeek Reception and program last week, handing out approximately $61,000 in scholarships and awards to UH engineering students and organizations. UH EAA EWeek has now awarded nearly $329,000 during the past 10 years, said Cynthia Oliver Coleman, the event’s founder and chair.
About 260 people attended this year’s gathering. Two groups tied for the event’s top sponsor: Ryder Scott Company Friends of UH PE, which was represented by Dean Rietz, and the UH Petroleum Engineering Advisory Board, represented by Ron Harrell.
A number of companies and individuals contributed to the scholarship and award fund. These included, AADE Houston Chapter, AECOM, Aker Solutions, American Society of Indian Engineers, Black Cougar Engineers, BMC Software, BP, Cameron, Civil Engineering Cougars, ConocoPhillips, Cougar Engineers, Cynthia Oliver Coleman/ExxonMobil, ExxonMobil, ExxonMobil Women Cougar Engineers, Fluor Corporation, FMC Technologies, Friends of Cougar Biomedical Engineering, Marathon Oil Corporation, Phillips 66, Ryder Scott Company Friends of UH PE, Schlumberger, Society of Women Engineers Houston Area, UH Petroleum Engineering Advisory Board, UH Petroleum Engineering Alumni, UH PROMES Alumni, and the EAA.
The winner of the Engineering Challenge was also announced during the event. The challenge has different UH engineering alumni donating so their respective student organization will have the chance to win the grand prize. This year’s winning organization was the UH chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The top individual donor in the Engineering Challenge was Andrew Weaver, BSME ’01.
Several awards and honors were handed out during the reception. Among them were awards for the student organization community outreach competition. The UH chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers took the grand price, while the Society of Women Engineers won both the runner-up prize and the early bird prize.