UTEP Announces New Program, $2 Million Gift to College of Engineering
January 19, 2011 | UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS
Left to right: Cathy Mann, Director Corporate Affairs - Halliburton, Diane Malone, Donor, Bob Malone, Donor, Metallurgy '74, Diana Natalicio, President - UTEP
With a new year and the start of a new semester under way, a generous gift is paving the way for a new program at The University of Texas at El Paso that will be a model for how engineering is taught around the country.
The public announcement of the $2 million gift and the initiation of the Leadership Engineering Program took place Tuesday, Jan. 18, in UTEP's College of Engineering.
The new program was made possible by the efforts of UTEP alumnus Bob Malone, president and CEO of First National Bank of Sonora, Texas and former chairman and president of British Petroleum (BP) America, and his wife, Diane Malone, along with Halliburton, a leading provider of products and services to the energy industry. The Malones' gift of $1 million and Halliburton's match of $1 million will fund development of the program and scholarships for engineering students.
"The $2 million contribution from the Malones and Halliburton is a transformational gift," said UTEP President Diana Natalicio. "Their investment will not only advance UTEP's leadership role in the field of engineering; it will also create a pathway for a multidisciplinary approach to leadership in engineering education."
The Leadership Engineering Program includes a broad-based curriculum of engineering design, project management and innovation, along with an emphasis on business, communication, ethics and social science. It is expected to launch by the fall of 2012 and represents a new paradigm for engineering education.
"The U.S. is at a tipping point regarding its global competitiveness in technological innovation, and to a very large extent, humanity is critically dependent on technological innovation for its own sustainability of lifestyle and, even, survival, in the current century," said Richard Schoephoerster, Ph.D., dean of the College of Engineering.
"What some people are calling renaissance engineers, we call them leadership engineers. The overarching goal is graduation of a new pedigree of qualified engineers with the professional skills, business acumen and strategic foresight, in addition to engineering prowess, to meet the needs of industry in the 21st century."
The new program will educate engineers through a "liberal-technical" approach, featuring a new curriculum designed to capture the interest and imagination of talented, young leaders looking to turn their ideas into a reality.
Bob Malone said the gift was his way of passing on the support he received as a student at UTEP to those who will be the country's future engineering leaders.
"Diane and I did this because we love this university and because it was so good to us," Malone said. "As one of eight children, I could not have graduated if it weren't for UTEP. Today, UTEP continues to make a difference in the lives of students."
Originally posted on News @ UTEP.