April 26, 2021

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Eight Texas Engineering alumni of the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics (ASE/EM) at The University of Texas at Austin have been elected to the 2021 class of the ASE/EM Academy of Distinguished Alumni.

The ASE/EM Academy of Distinguished Alumni was established in 2019 with the vision to foster excellence within the aerospace engineering, engineering mechanics and computational engineering programs in the UT Austin ASE/EM Department through recognition, participation, encouragement and support of the department.

Members are recognized and honored by the Academy for leading distinguished careers that include outstanding technical contributions, excellence in leadership and dedication to improving communities. These distinguished alumni include professors, entrepreneurs, government and industry leaders, astronauts, pilots, researchers and more.

The members elected to the ASE/EM Academy of Distinguished Alumni for 2021 are:

Manley C. Butler, President, Butler Parachute Systems, Inc.

Stephen P. (Pat) Condon, Major General, USAF (Retired)

Estevan “Steve” DeLeon, Co-Founder, Senior Partner & VP of Engineering, Pecos Country Energy and Exploration Co.; Aeronautical Engineer Senior Staff, Mass Properties Group, F-22, Lockheed Martin (Retired)

Lisa Guerra, Senior Technical Advisor, Office of the Administrator, NASA

G. T. Ju, General Manager of Deepwater Projects and Engineering, Shell International Exploration & Production, Inc. (Retired)

Jill Meyers, Owner and CEO, Meyers AeroConsulting, LLC

John D. Schmisseur, H.H. Arnold Chair and Goethert Professor, The University of Tennessee Space Institute

Kenneth “Ken” Alden Young, Aerospace Engineer, NASA/Contractors (Retired)

The Classes of 2020 and 2021 will receive virtual recognition on April 30, 2021, with an in-person induction ceremony and banquet to follow in the fall.