Two students from the department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics have been selected to receive Cockrell School of Engineering Student Leadership Awards this spring.

David Ottesen
David Ottesen

David Ottesen, an aerospace engineering Ph.D. candidate, was selected to receive a Graduate Student Leadership Award.

Graduating in Fall 2017: Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering

Advice for New Students: UT Austin has many opportunities and value to be had if you can manage your time wisely. As much as reasonably possible, be a dynamic, well-rounded individual.

UT Involvement: Graduate Engineering Council President, Aerospace Engineering Representative (two terms), College and Tuition Board Advisory Committee (two terms), Graduate and Industry Networking (GAIN) Committee President and Consultant (two terms), Engineering Dean Search Committee 

Nomination Excerpt: He answers any call of duty with enthusiasm and eagerness. He is a natural leader you can truly count on and believe in. David does the right things and is flexible with his team members, and is detail-oriented. He is incredibly hard working and a wonderful human being and leader.

Erin Shireman
Erin Shireman

Erin Shireman, an aerospace engineering undergraduate student, was selected to receive the Marvin Wright Student Athlete Award.

Graduating in May: B.S. Aerospace Engineering

After Graduation: Joining Lockheed Martin to work on the Orion Spacecraft

Advice for New Students: Get involved in everything you can. The lessons you can learn from different organizations and projects are endless.

Engineering Involvement: Texas Spacecraft Laboratory Research Assistant for satellite integration team; Motor Coordination Laboratory Research Assistant creating computer programs for fine motor control and concussion experiments; American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA); The University Flying Club

UT Softball: Catcher, 3rd Base, 1st Base

  • High-impact player in both regular season and championship tournament play
  • 2013 NCAA Women’s College World Series – 3rd place finish
  • 2013 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team
  • Student Athlete Academic Honors: (earned multiple times)
  • Academic All Big 12 Team
  • Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll
  • The University of Texas Athletic Director's Honor Roll
  • Academic All Big 12 Rookie Team