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Photos: 2018 EAA Gala Honors Houston’s Leading Engineers

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Inez Hutchinson
2018 EAA Gala Honorees (L-R) Carlos A. Chiquillo, Cynthia Oliver Coleman, Benton F. Baugh, Dean C. Rietz, Matteo Marongiu-Porcu
Engineering Alumni Association (EAA) hosts its annual gala to celerbate the professional achievements and contributions of UH Cullen College alumni, faculty and students

The Engineering Alumni Association (EAA) held its annual gala on Thursday, June 7, celebrating the professional achievements and contributions of UH Cullen College alumni, faculty and students.

More than 250 guests filled the Magnolia ballroom of the Bayou City Events Center, bedecked with elegant décor, UH cougar themed cocktails and champagne colored linens surrounded by fresh flowers and soft lights.

Joseph W. Tedesco, Elizabeth D. Rockwell Dean of the Cullen College, welcomed guests to the event and provided a brief update on the successes of the Cullen College, including the groundbreaking of the new UH Katy campus in May.

UH System Chancellor and President Renu Khator took the stage to echo Dean Tedesco’s remarks about the need to expand the Cullen College into Katy, pledging the support of the UH System to help the Cullen College achieve its goal of becoming a “Top 50” engineering program as defined by U.S. News and World Report.

The proceeds raised from the event help the EAA to provide scholarships to exemplary UH engineering students and further the goals of the alumni association.

Watch our videos below to learn more about this year’s honorees:

 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Benton F. Baugh (BSME ’67), Ph.D., P.E.

 

DISTINGUISHED ENGINEERING ALUMNI AWARD

Cynthia Oliver Coleman (BSChE ’71), P.E.

 

DISTINGUISHED ENGINEERING ALUMNI AWARD

Dean C. Rietz (MSPETE ’92, MHM ’94) P.E.

 

ENTREPRENEUR/INNOVATION AWARD

Carlos A. Chiquillo (BSME ’04, MBA ’10)

 

DISTINGUISHED YOUNG ENGINEERING ALUMNI AWARD

Matteo Marongiu-Porcu (MSPETE ’07), Ph.D.

 

 

SPONSORS OF THIS YEAR'S UH EAA GALA INCLUDE:

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

 

To view photos from this year’s gala, click here.

To learn more about the Engineering Alumni Association, click here.