UT Dallas Awards

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Chuck Butler BS’91

Chuck Butler BS’91
Founder and Managing Partner, Palomino Capital LLC
Distinguished Alumni Award 

Chuck Butler BS’91 is founder and managing partner of Palomino Capital LLC, where he leads management teams, lenders and investors through the private equity investment process. Butler is active in a number of civic and charitable organizations including the Cattle Baron’s Ball, the Ann & Nate Levine Academy, Temple Emanu-El and Heroes for Children. At UT Dallas, he serves as a mentor to MBA students in the Naveen Jindal School of Management and, in 2017, established the Palomino Capital Opportunity Fund for Entrepreneurship.


Jerry Comer MS’77

Jerry L. Comer MS’77
Project Manager and Engineer, Retired
Green and Orange Award for Alumni Service

Jerry L. Comer MS’77 retired in 2002 as a project manager and engineer for Comsat RSI in Richardson. Prior to his tenure at Comsat RSI, he worked as a design engineer for Texas Instruments and with Western Electric in Burlington, North Carolina. Comer, an avid amateur photographer who has won a number of local competitions including the Best of Show honors at the State Fair of Texas, founded the Comer Collection of Photography at UT Dallas with an initial gift of rare photographs and books capturing scenes of 20th century American life.


Gabriel Dawe MFA’11

Gabriel Dawe MFA’11
Visual Artist
Distinguished Alumni Award

Gabriel Dawe MFA’11 is a visual artist known for site-specific installations in the United States, Canada, Belgium, and the United Kingdom. His work explores the connection between fashion and architecture, using textiles to examine the construction of gender and identity in his native Mexico. Dawe’s pieces have been featured in numerous exhibitions and publications around the globe, including Sculpture magazine, as cover art for the 12th edition of Art Fundamentals by McGraw-Hill and in the book Raw + Material = Art.


Satyajit P. Doctor MS’91

Satyajit P. Doctor MS’91
Co-founder and President, Award Solutions Inc.
Distinguished Alumni Award

Satyajit P. Doctor MS’91 is co-founder and president of Award Solutions Inc., a Richardson-based wireless and internet consulting and training company whose clients include seven of the nation’s 10 largest telecommunications manufacturers. During his more than 25 years of industry experience, he also served as senior manager of wireless systems engineering at Nortel. In 2014, Doctor established the Doctor Family Opportunity Fund to support the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. He also serves on the Jonsson School Executive Council.


The Honorable Helen Giddings

The Honorable Helen Giddings
Texas House of Representatives
Gifford K. Johnson Community Leadership Award

The Honorable Helen Giddings is currently serving her 13th term in the Texas House of Representatives, where she is vice chair of the State Affairs Committee and a member of the Appropriations and Calendars committees. Her civic service on numerous public boards and commissions has earned special recognition from local organizations, and her love of the arts has been illustrated through board memberships with the African American Museum, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Summer Musicals, Dallas Historical Society and Dallas Theater Center. In her role as a state legislator, Giddings has been a champion for UT Dallas, most notably securing continual funding for the Academic Bridge Program.


Dr. Aziz Sancar MD PhD’77

Aziz Sancar, MD, PhD’77
Sarah Graham Kenan Professor, The University of North Carolina
Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Aziz Sancar PhD’77 is the University’s first Nobel-winning alumnus. In 2015, Sancar was one of three scientists recognized with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work detailing how cells continuously monitor and repair damaged DNA on a molecular level. He is currently the Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, where he continues to research DNA repair and the regulation of the circadian clock. Sancar was previously honored with a UT Dallas Distinguished Alumni Award in 2009.


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Peter Balyta MBA’03
Green and Orange Award for Alumni Service
 

 

Dr. Peter Balyta MBA’03 is vice president of academic engagement and corporate citizenship and president of education technology at Texas Instruments. In his role, Balyta leads teams focused on teaching, learning and finding inspiration from STEM subjects, along with influencing the impact of the company in the community. He works with the National Initiative on Cybersecurity Education, National Science Teachers Association and National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics. He serves on the UT Dallas Development Board and is a past member of the advisory council within the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Balyta earned a doctorate in mathematics and technology education from McGill University.


Mike Brodie BS’76
Distinguished Alumni Award

 

Mike Brodie BS’76 and his partners opened the Plano office of Keller Williams Realty in 1997, where he has served as broker/owner since its inception and took on the operating principal role in 2013. He has received a number of professional awards including the National Association of Realtors Distinguished Service Award and the Collin County Association of Realtors Lifetime Achievement Award. He was appointed by Gov. George W. Bush to the Texas Real Estate Commission, serving as chair during a portion of his seven-year term. Brodie volunteers with organizations such as the Lone Star Chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Greater Dallas United Way, Emily's Place and the Plano Chamber of Commerce.


Russell Cleveland
Gifford K. Johnson Community Leadership Award

 

Russell Cleveland is the principal founder of private investment management firm RENN Capital Group Inc. and a Chartered Financial Analyst. He has held executive positions with major regional brokerage firms and served as a corporate director for many public and private companies. Cleveland has authored several books on investing and contributed to and been quoted in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Financial Times and MoneyWeek. Cleveland serves as chair of the Guitar Advisory Council at UT Dallas and endowed the Russell Cleveland Professor of Guitar Studies. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.


Deborah Hankinson MS’77
Distinguished Alumni Award

 

The Honorable Deborah Hankinson MS’77 is a partner at Hankinson LLP, an appellate law firm that spans all phases of litigation. She graduated from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law at the top of the class and joined Thompson & Knight LLP, where she tried cases and practiced appellate law. In 1995, she was appointed, and later elected, to serve as a justice on the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Dallas. From 1997 to 2002, she served as a justice on the Supreme Court of Texas. In 1999, she was named Texas Judge of the Year by the Texas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Hankinson returned to private practice in 2002. She is board certified in civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, a member of the American Law Institute and sits on the board of directors of the American Arbitration Association.

Tahir Hussain BS’94
Distinguished Alumni Award

 

Tahir Hussain BS’94 is the founder and managing partner of technology accelerator Collide Village LLC. In this role, he works to change the local technology startup landscape by investing in and coaching entrepreneurs on how to build successful, reproducible and scalable businesses through data-driven entrepreneurial models. He founded Fusion Solutions Inc., a consulting and staffing company aimed at large telecom companies in 2002. During his tenure, the company earned the No. 5 spot on the 2007 Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America. Hussain also served in a number of technical and management positions with Ericsson and holds 14 patents in wireless technologies.


Solomon C. Luo MS’78
Distinguished Alumni Award

 

Dr. Solomon C. Luo MS’78, MD, FACS founded Progressive Vision Institute in 1986 and grew the business to eight locations throughout Pennsylvania. An internationally renowned ophthalmologist, he was one of the first physicians in the region to perform surgery to correct nearsightedness. Luo has served on the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine and currently is a trustee of Temple University. Additionally, he serves as a governing board member of Temple University Health System and Fox Chase Cancer Center and Hospital. In 2014, he and his wife, Wendy, established the John Jagger Scholarship for Natural Sciences and Mathematics.


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Edward M. Ackerman
Gifford K. Johnson Community Leadership Award
 

 

Edward M. Ackerman was the general partner and portfolio manager of Ackerman Associates LP, the first hedge fund in Dallas, from 1969 to 2007. Additionally, he founded Ackerman Capital Management LP, an affiliated investment advisory firm serving institutions and high net worth clients. Before establishing his investment enterprises, he was the Dallas regional manager for Salomon Brothers. Ackerman has served as vice chair of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas’ investment advisory committee and as a member of the investment advisory committee of the permanent fund at The University of Texas. In addition, he served on investment committees of The Hockaday School and the Southwestern Medical Foundation, and is a longtime member of the CFA Society of Dallas-Fort Worth. A gift from the Edward and Wilhelmina Ackerman Foundation created the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas, which serves University students and the larger community.


Bill Booziotis
Gifford K. Johnson Community Leadership Award

 

Bill Booziotis is founder and president of Booziotis & Company Architects, which started in 1989, and founding partner of the predecessor firm, Thomas and Booziotis. From the beginning, he has focused on unique commissions requiring specialized design consideration, and has been involved in all phases and aspects of planning, architecture and interior design. With clients including Texas Instruments, The University of Texas and the Dallas Museum of Art, his work can be seen in projects from museums, churches and university buildings to sleek modern single-family homes and the restoration of historic Dallas homes. A recognized civic leader, he has been involved with numerous nonprofit organizations and academic institutions. Booziotis and his late wife established the Jean and Bill Booziotis Opportunity Fund for the Center for Vital Longevity to aid the efforts of a group of distinguished cognitive neuroscientists. He serves on the CVL Advisory Council and is a member of the University’s Legacy Society.


Angie Chen Button MS’80
Green and Orange Award for Alumni Service

 

The Honorable Angie Chen Button MS’80 is serving her fourth term in Texas House District 112, representing portions of Richardson, Garland, Rowlett and Sachse. She serves as chair of the Economic and Small Business Development Committee, and is a member of both the Ways and Means and Rules and Resolutions committees. Before her election in 2008, Button held a long record of public service and community involvement, including with the Dallas Regional Mobility Coalition, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, the Dallas Assembly, the Dallas Summit, the Women’s Museum and many area chambers and nonprofits. Button was awarded the Tech Titans Technology Advocate Award (2014), YWCA’s 100 Years 100 Women Award (2008), SMU Women’s Symposium Profiles in Leadership Award (2006), Women’s Enterprise of Texas Magazine Women of Excellence Award (2004), and the National Organization of Chinese Americans Corporate Achievement Award and Grand Community Service Award (2000). Button, who also is a CPA, recently retired from Texas Instruments, where she had worked since 1981.


Ashok Kumar 'A.K.' Mago EMBA’99
Distinguished Alumni Award

 

Ashok Kumar (A.K.) Mago EMBA’99 is chairman and CEO of Mago & Associates Inc., a Dallas-based business and investment consulting firm. He is the founding chairman of the Greater Dallas Indo-American Chamber, now known as the U.S.-India Chamber of Commerce. He serves on the Board of Regents for the University of North Texas System, and on boards for the Primary Care Clinic of North Texas and the Dallas County Community College District Foundation. He is also a member of advisory boards for BBVA Compass Bank in Dallas and the Salvation Army of Dallas County, past district governor of Lion International District 2-X1, a distinguished alumnus of Leadership Dallas, and a former board member of Dallas Regional Chamber Board and First Independent National Bank. In 2014, Mago was awarded the Padma Shri Award by the president of India, one of the highest civilian awards in the Republic of India, rarely conferred on foreigners.


John Olajide BS’04
Distinguished Alumni Award

 

John Olajide BS’04 is the founder and CEO of Axxess, a Dallas-based technology company that streamlines operations for health care agencies. Olajide is passionate about improving the quality of health care services delivered to patients in their homes, and, under his leadership, Axxess has won several best workplace awards from organizations around the country. He was named to the Dallas Business Journal’s “Who’s Who in Healthcare” list in 2014 — the same year that Axxess received the Excellence in Healthcare award from D CEO magazine. Olajide also spent several years serving on the education and Medicare/Medicaid committees of the Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice. He recently created the Daniel and Elizabeth Olajide Opportunity Fund to benefit the National Society of Black Engineers at UT Dallas, the first fund to benefit a University student group.


Angela G. Shoup BS’89, MS’92, PhD’94
Distinguished Alumni Award

 

Angela G. Shoup BS’89, MS’92, PhD’94 is an associate professor in the department of otolaryngology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She also serves as director of the communicative and vestibular disorders division, providing administrative oversight for audiologists offering state-of-the-art services at the James W. Aston Ambulatory Care Center, William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, Zale Lipshy University Hospital, Parkland Memorial Hospital’s outpatient ENT clinic and inpatient hospital, Parkland’s newborn nursery hearing screening program, and Children’s Medical Center at Dallas and affiliated Legacy, Southlake and Margot Perot Center facilities. She has published articles and textbook chapters on audiologic procedures and implantable hearing aids, and presented research findings at national and international meetings. Her research interests include implementation of universal newborn hearing screening programs, developmental issues in audition, auditory electrophysiology, diagnostic assessment for auditory and vestibular disorders, hearing aids and cochlear implants.


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Steven W. Caple BA’89
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Jerri L. Hammer MS’97
Green and Orange Award for Alumni Service

 


David Hanson PhD’07
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


R. Carter Pate MS’03
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Daniel E. Schwartz PhD’78
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


The Honorable Dan Branch
Gifford K. Johnson Community Leadership Award

 


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Michelle Janssen Adams BA’87, MA’88, PhD’95
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Chris Jaeb BGS’86
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


David Kelly MS’86
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Lynn McIntire BA’79
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Kevin Ryan MBA’95
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Michael L. Wehmeyer PhD’89
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Helen Small BS’07, MS’10
Green and Orange Award for Alumni Service

 


Northwood Woman’s Club
Gifford K. Johnson Community Leadership Award

 

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Bryant Ambelang BA'90
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Joseph P. Estrera MS'92, PhD'92
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Alan Govenar PhD'84
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Seshu Madhavapeddy MS'87, PhD'91
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Susan Miller PhD'94
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Neila Skinner Petrick MA'76
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Jefflyn Williamson BS'83
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


David Williamson BS'98, MS'02, MS'03
Green and Orange Award for Alumni Service

 


William Sproull
Gifford K. Johnson Community Leadership Award

 


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Susan G. Fleming PhD'87
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Chandrasekhara R. Guntakala MS'98
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Yancey Hai MA'78
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Robert E. Holmes, Jr. BA'78
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


J. Brian McCall PhD'06
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Tracy Rowlett MA'80
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Dr. Qingming Yang PhD'93, 2012 UT Dallas Distinguished Alumni Award recipient

Qingming Yang PhD'93
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Alumni of the Eugene McDermott Scholars Program
Green and Orange Award for Alumni Service

 


Brent E. Christopher
Gifford K. Johnson Community Leadership Award

 


Aage Møller
Gifford K. Johnson Community Leadership Award

 


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Sally L. Crawford BGS'83
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


H. Ron Nash MS'79
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Richard S. Merrick BA'81, MS'87
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Barbara Katherine Cone PhD'79
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Britt R. Berrett PhD'09
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Wm. Daniel Gibson MS'90
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


David Norris BS'90
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


James R. Dixon PhD'80
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Joyce R. Johnson BGS'83
Green and Orange Award for Alumni Service

 


Debbie Francis
Gifford K. Johnson Community Leadership Award

 


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Christian Belady MA'90
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Gary A. Frazier PhD'84
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Morton Ann Gernsbacher MS'80
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Elizabeth Ann Graves BA'83
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Naveen Jindal MBA'92
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Rob Simpson MS'91
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Paul A. Waddell PhD'89
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Vincent E. Morgan BA'95
Green and Orange Award for Alumni Service

 


Sara T. Martineau
Gifford K. Johnson Community Leadership Award

 


Angel Ruiz
Gifford K. Johnson Community Leadership Award

 


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Aziz Sancar PhD'77
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Christopher Progler PhD'97
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Cynthia A. Sherry BS'78
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


David L. Holmberg MBA'00
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Jerry A. Madden MS'78
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


James R. Hellums PhD'00
Green and Orange Award for Alumni Service

 


Robert E. Hewlett BS'82
Green and Orange Award for Alumni Service

 


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Yi Zhao MS'92 PhD'96
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Rufus Green MBA'96
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Charles D. Davidson MS'80
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Nancy G. Davidson BS'80
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Wei Dong MS'99
Green and Orange Award for Alumni Service

 


Jody H. Nelsen MBA'97
Green and Orange Award for Alumni Service

 


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Mary L. Murphy BA'79
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


William R. Krenik PhD'93
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Anchi H. Ku BS'81
Green and Orange Award for Alumni Service

 


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Deborah D. Branson MS'93
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Michael S. Gilliland MBA'95
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Dipak C. Jain MS'86 PhD'87
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Melendy E. Lovett MS'82
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Richard D. McCullough BS'82
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Alan D. Halliburton MA'90
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


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Charles R. Matthews BA'94
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


James R. Von Ehr MS'81
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman

Sandra B. Chapman PhD'86
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


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Albert C. Black BGS'82
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


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James F. Reilly BS'77 MS'87 PhD'95
Distinguished Alumni Award

 


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