Clint Dawson has been named the first recipient of the Edward S. Hyman Endowed Chair in Engineering.

Dr. Maruthi Akella directs his research focus on two big projects: one which provides NASA with a cheaper, faster, efficient alternative to the high-grade tactical navigation sensors they currently use on their vehicles, and another which looks into autonomy, responsiveness, and hazard avoidance for vehicles in orbit or in space.

Dave and Charlene Ernst have been longtime supporters of aerospace engineering student projects.

For the past two years, Sirohi has been developing, building and testing prototypes to find the most efficient design for unmanned, multi-mission capable micro aerial vehicles - basically, miniature drone helicopters.

Whether through creating endowments or through donations funneled toward student projects like Design-Build-Fly, Zero Gravity experiments, UAV Austin and the Longhorn Rocketry Association, the giving spirit of Dick and Judy Perkins fosters the same high-caliber education they received themselves at UT.