About The Academy

The Academy of Distinguished Chemical Engineers, established in 2017, recognizes alumni, faculty and friends of the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering. Considered the highest honor bestowed by the department, Academy honorees have provided leadership and technical contributions that have helped transform economies, improved quality of life and benefitted society. The Academy and its members also support the department in preparing and empowering the next generation of world-class engineers to go out and change the world. As the Academy grows from its inaugural year, honorees will be selected annually by an appointed committee and will be invited to attend a banquet and induction ceremony with returning Academy members.

These honored members are some of the brightest minds in chemical engineering. We invite you to learn about our inaugural class and to join us to celebrate their induction at our first-ever Academy Banquet and associated Alumni Weekend activities.


Academy of Distinguished Chemical Engineers Banquet

Friday, April 21
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Headliners Club
221 W 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701 (map)
Ticketed event at $125/person, includes cocktail reception, 3-course meal and table wine service
Open to alumni, faculty, students and staff


Core Values

Leadership— Lead by example to uphold the highest professional standards and act as role models to provide sound advice and guidance to peers in the field and chemical engineering students.

Excellence in Education—Continually strive to raise aspirations and expectations for higher education, and support the department in upholding John McKetta’s “Obligation to Students” to keep responsibilities to, and concern for, students at the forefront to best prepare graduates to make a positive impact in the world.

Discovery—To advocate life-long learning and support the department and university in the endeavor to advance society through research, creative activity, scholarly inquiry and the development of new knowledge.

Service—To champion and advance the mission of The University of Texas at Austin to transform lives for the benefit of society; and to employ loyalty, time, and intellectual and financial resources to ensure the continued growth and success of the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering.


Academy Endowment

The Academy of Distinguished Chemical Engineers Endowed Excellence Fund supports critical needs within the department, such as faculty recruiting, student fellowships, facility and equipment upgrades and safety gear. The endowment also provides annual operational funds for the Academy. Make your gift today to honor your induction or your family member’s induction into the Academy.