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UTEP Announces 2017 Gold Nugget Award Recipients


Manuel F. Aguilera

Manuel F. Aguilera
B.S. Civil Engineering, 1964

Manuel F. Aguilera's successful nearly four-decade career with the Texas Department of Transportation included helping develop and design many of the traffic signals and standards that are in use across El Paso and are now standards in Texas. Aguilera also helped design El Paso's "Spaghetti Bowl" interchange at I-10 and U.S. 54, the Patriot Freeway and the new Tornillo Exchange, which now carries his name, Aguilera International Highway.

The University of Texas at El Paso and the UTEP Alumni Association are proud to announce the 2017 Gold Nugget recipients.

For over 30 years, the University has recognized exceptional graduates from each of its colleges and schools who have excelled in their professions, given back to their communities and alma mater, and serve as an inspiration for future generations of Miners. These Gold Nuggets will be officially recognized during UTEP's 2017 Homecoming events Oct. 1-7.

"The Gold Nugget Award is presented by each college to individuals who have excelled in their field and serve as proud ambassadors of UTEP, wherever they go," said Maribel Villalva, UTEP assistant vice president for alumni relations. "This year's group of Gold Nugget recipients are wonderful examples of that Miner spirit and are all role models who have remained engaged with their alma mater. They include: an Olympic athlete and beloved El Paso coach; a familiar face who gives El Paso's news on a daily basis; an IT professional now making his mark in New York City; and an engineer who helped design much of El Paso's infrastructure, just to name a few. Their talent is boundless.

"These Miners symbolize the UTEP spirit and are shining examples of success for our current students. We look forward to hosting this amazing group of alumni on campus during Homecoming Week and honoring them at the annual Distinguished Alumni Dinner."

The Distinguished Alumni Dinner also will recognize the 2017 Distinguished Alumni, who will receive the University's highest honor bestowed upon exceptional alumni. Their names will be announced in July 2017.

The full list of the 2017 Gold Nugget award recipients can be found at the University Communication site.


The University of Texas at El Paso
College of Engineering
Engineering Building Room A148
500 W University Ave
El Paso, TX 79968

Phone: (915) 747-6444
Fax: (915) 747-5437

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