University of Texas Austin - Cactus Yearbook (Austin, TX)

 - Class of 1982

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ENGINEERING Grady Rylander Jr. Mechanical Engineering " The faculty has to make an appointment to see me, but students can come in and talk any time, " said Dr. H. G. Rylander, chair- man of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Rylander taught one graduate and one undergraduate class each year in ad- dition to his duties as chairman. Rylander accumulated many hours in UT ' s Taylor Hall, including conferring with architects about the Engineering Teaching Center under construction on 26th Street. The 10-story building was designed to house all the ME labs and equipment except those for the nuclear experiments. Rylander created and directed the Center for Electromechanics at UT. Successful in its research, the center ' s budget grew to approx- imately $1 million comparable to the budget for the entire Department of Mechanical Engineering. Researchers at the center studied welding techniques using generators designed for General Motors and Ford that could produce nuclear energy. When he went to college, Rylander chose the University of Texas and in doing so, started a family tradition. In the Rylander family there are 13 degrees from UT. Rylander considered the decision to stay and teach at UT one of the most important in his career. Myron Dorfman Petroleum Engineering Dr. Myron Dorfman ' s domain was the Department of Petroleum Engineering and as its chairman, he was responsible for the fastest growing undergraduate department at the University. Undergraduates numbered 683 in 1982 and 80 students worked toward graduate degrees. One fact Dorfman said contributed to the large enrollment was that UT petroleum engineering graduates were among the highest paid in the world. One reason graduates from the University landed such lucrative jobs was that they received a broad education in all aspects of engineering. Dorfman himself was a highly trained and educated individual. As a result, he held many positions in the petroleum engineering profession: production engineer, reservoir engineer and, his specialty, well log analyst. Also prior to his arrival at UT in 1974, Dorf- man was vice president of one of the na- tion ' s major oil producing corporations. Dorfman was particularly interested in geothermal energy as an alternate energy source. He has written eight books on geopressure and geothermal energy and has served as a Distinguished Lecturer for the 42,000-member Society of Petroleum Engineers, a role which gave him the oppor- tunity to work with engineers world wide. Engineers Expand Research Facilities Engineering Teaching Center to house all mechanical engineering labs and experiments Work continues on Engineering Research Center. 112 Engineering

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Careers Draw Students to Engineering Donald Paul Chemical Engineering J. S. Malinajr. Civil Engineering E.J. Powers Electrical Engineering Dr. Donald Paul, born in Yeatesville, North Carolina, received his bachelor ' s in chemical engineering in 1961 from North Carolina State College. In 1963 Paul was awarded his master ' s and, 1965, his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin. Paul began his teaching career while earn- ing his doctorate and teaching chemical engineering from 1963-65. After graduation, Paul worked as a resident chemical engineer for a private firm until 1967, when he joined the University of Texas faculty. Paul became chairman for the Department of Chemical Engineering in 1977. In 1978 he was awarded the T. Brocket! Hudson Professorship, the highest appointment within the chemical engineering department. Paul was also the recipient of the Joe J. King Professional Engineering Achievement Award in 1981, an honor given annually to the UT faculty member making the most significant con- tribution to the engineering profession. A specialist in polymer engineering, Paul became director of the UT Center for Polymer Research in 1981. Polymer is a plastic like material which is used for struc- tural reinforcement in such objects as bridges. To further his research, Paul receiv- ed grants from the U.S. Army Research Of- fice and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Joseph Malina, chairman of the Department of Civil Engineering, began his undergraduate studies at Manhattan College in New York. Malina graduated in 1957 and began his graduate work at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He worked as an in- structor of fluid mechanics and hydraulics his first year there and then he received his doctorate, completing his dissertation on the anaerobic digestion of sludges. In 1961, Malina came to UT as an assis- tant professor, teaching courses in en- vironmental pollution, and water supply and treatment. In 1976, he became chairman of the Department of Civil Engineering. According to Malina, the Department of Civil Engineering had one of the top-ranked programs in the country. The department had six areas of study ranging from en- vironmental health and water resources to architectural engineering. In the Department of Civil Engineering, students were required to take courses from each of the areas. Although this did not af- ford students much flexibility while in school, it gave them " breadth " in all sub- jects. With broad backgrounds, students had a wide choice of career options. Malina enjoyed all outside activities, from tennis and jogging to gardening. What began as one year ' s leave of absence from Lockheed became a 16-year association with the University of Texas for Dr. E. J. Powers, chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering. Faced with an undergraduate level program whose enroll- ment has doubled since 1976, Powers plan- ned to put more resources into the undergraduate program. Powers said the job opportunities were excellent for engineers. He was especially pleased that the number of women enrolled in electrical engineering has increased 500 percent since 1975. " Historically an un- natural field for women, ' double E ' was becoming more natural, " Powers said. Powers first did his undergraduate work at Tufts University in Boston and then went on to earn a master ' s degree from MIT and a doctorate from Stanford in 1965. Powers, originally from Boston, said, " I was attracted to the University of Texas for two reasons: I ' d never been to Texas before and I was very intrigued by the University ' s growing fusion program which happened to be the area of my doctorate work. " Fusion was the subject for most of the summer research work Powers conducted at various universities. He spent three summers at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratories working with fusion research. Engineering 111

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Dean John F. Sutton Jr. In 1883, a student could go straight from high school into law school to receive an LLB, a bachelor of law degree. A century later, students needed a college undergraduate degree before entering law school to receive a JD, or doctor of jurisprudence degree, instead of the LLB. The hardest part was not earning a JD, but getting accepted into law school. What was the easiest way to do that? " Make a 4.0, " said Dean John . Sutton Jr., dean of the University of Texas Law School. For the 1981 fall semester, 4,000 persons applied and only 500 were accepted. The median grade point average was 3.6 and the average Law School Admissions Test score was 665. (LSAT scores range from 200 to 800.) Ob- viously, being ac- cepted to UT ' s law school was no easy task. Of course, each student was considered individually on what courses were taken, where the undergraduate degree was received and the applicant ' s age, especially for older students who wanted to return to school. Sutton noted that there was really no way to prepare for law school, although English and math courses somewhat correlated. The law students came from all types of colleges, including liberal arts, business, engineering and nursing. Sutton graduated from the UT School of Law in 1941. He then went to San Antonio to work as a civil attorney until 1948, when he moved to San Angelo to work in personal injury, insurance, and oil and gas law. In 1957, Sutton moved back to Austin to teach at the law school. In 1979, he was appointed dean. Sutton ' s background as a lawyer was the exception to the rule. Most law school faculty members never practiced law, but in- stead began teaching directly after receiving their JDs. In 1981-82, Sutton taught one first-year course, which was half of the usual load for law school faculty. He said that his teaching and administrative duties added up to a " time-and-a-half job. " Being dean of one of the top five law schools in the country was no easy job, he said. ^^^ ^ " It is a lot easier to easier to run a run a sorry school than a good one, " Sutton said. That was why people chose the University of Texas law school " because we ' re good, " he said. One major problem confronting the law school was a shortage of research funds. The alumni were the foundation of the funds in the law school, but they could not supply enough. In spite of the low funds, however, Sutton said the faculty was excellent and that along with an intelligent student body and good facilities, they helped keep the UT School of Law one of the best in the country. " // is a lot sorry school than a good one. " LAW Law School Gets New | Look, But Maintains High Standards Students at UT ' s School of Law got more than just " book learning " in 1981-82. They received some advice and criticism from pro- minent speakers from various facets of the legal profession. At the law school ' s Tactics Conference in October, several well-known att orneys, in- cluding Joseph Jamail, Warren Burnett and W. James Kronzer, offered instruction in their respective specialities. Judge John T. Boyd, an associate justice of the Court of Appeals in Amarillo, stressed the importance of preparation and self-discipline in voir dire (juror examination). Boyd warned that Texas attorneys were in danger of losing their right to examine jurors freely because of a lack of self-discipline in preparation. Texas remain- ed one of the few states that allowed lawyers a free hand in juror examination. Also in October, students were allowed to view an appellate court in action. A three- member panel of judges from the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals heard cases at the law school in late October. The panel con- sisted of Judges Thomas Gee, Thomas Reavley and Reynaldo G. Garza. January saw Benjamin Civiletti make a visit to Townes Hall. Civiletti, U.S. Attorney General in the final year of the Carter ad- ministration and now in private law practi ce, spoke on current developments in the ad- ministration of justice. At the Texas Law Review banquet in March, James A. Baker III, a UT law graduate serving as President Reagan ' s White House chief of staff, was the guest speaker. Gerry Spence, an attorney well known for his representation of Karen Silkwood, was brought to speak by the Board of Advocates. Law 113

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