ALUMNI AWARDS

Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award

Recognizing alumni under 40 for significant achievements in their careers and service to the university.

Many Longhorns graduate from The University of Texas at Austin and quickly establish themselves as not just a person to watch in their chosen profession—but extraordinary thought leaders and breakout stars. The Outstanding Young Texas Exes Award was created by the Texas Exes in 1979 to recognize the achievements of alumni, age 39 and under, who have made significant achievements in their careers, community, and service to the university. They are proud alumni who inspire students and peers to put their best foot forward and strive for greatness.

To be eligible, a nominee must be 39 or younger on Jan. 1 of the year in which the award is presented.

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2020 Recipients

Jeff Butler

BBA ’14, Life Member

Jeff Butler, BBA ’14, Life Member, is a Paralympic silver medalist and entrepreneur. In 2015, he founded his first company, VIPatient Telehealth, which focused on bridging the health care gap for rural and underserved communities. He represented Team USA at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games and won a silver medal in wheelchair rugby. Since then, he has been training for the upcoming Tokyo Paralympics and hopes to help lead the team to a gold medal. Butler is a guest lecturer at UT Austin, a Paralympic panelist, and an active member of the para-sport community. He majored in management information systems at UT, and following the Tokyo 2020 games, he will attend the Stanford Graduate School of Business to pursue an MBA.

Gerardo A. Interiano

BA ’03, JD ’06, Life Member

Gerardo A. Interiano, BA ’03, JD ’06, Life Member, is the Head of Government Relations at Aurora, the company building self-driving technology to deliver the benefits of the future of transportation safely, quickly, and broadly. Based in Pittsburgh, Interiano leads Aurora’s efforts to engage with international, federal, state, and local governments to help define self-driving policy. Prior to Aurora, he worked at Google, where he helped launch Google Fiber and Waymo in the Southwest U.S. Previously, he held senior roles with U.S. Congressman Lamar Smith, Texas Governor Rick Perry, and Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus.

Dr. Leticia Nogueira

PhD ’10

Dr. Leticia Nogueira, PhD ’10, is the Senior Principal Scientist at the Data Science Department at the American Cancer Society. She investigates determinants of health disparities in the cancer care continuum that can be addressed by policy changes. She has made significant contributions evaluating the effects of the Affordable Care Act on cancer care, and how climate change impacts cancer patients. She also manages the National Cancer Database at the American Cancer Society. In addition to her degree from The University of Texas, she also has a master's degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. She received the Woman in Cancer Research Award and the Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award, both from the American Association for Cancer Research, and the Fellows Award for Research Excellence from the National Institutes of Health. In 2018, she was inducted into UT’s College of Natural Sciences Hall of Honors.

Melanie Weber

BS ’04

Melanie Weber, BS ’04, Life Member, leads Crew and Cargo Accommodations for Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft. In 2019, she became the first woman and the first Hispanic person in the history of human spaceflight to lead a Launch Pad Team on the day of launch. Recently, Weber was granted a U.S. patent for innovative seats that provide Starliner crew safety and comfort. She works hard to ensure the safety of astronauts and has been recognized for her efforts with a NASA Silver Snoopy Award. Weber was featured in an episode of the Science Channel’s Impossible Engineering describing Starliner’s landing airbag system and was integral in unveiling Boeing’s spacesuit on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. She volunteers her time encouraging students to pursue STEM careers.

Past Recipients

2010 – 2019

2019 

Rush Bartlett
BS 2008, Cockrell School of Engineering, Life Member, Austin, TX  

Kevin Curry
BBA, McCombs School of Business BA 2005, Liberal Arts, Life Member, Dallas, TX 

Renee Rodriguez-Betancourt
JD 2005, School of Law, Life Member, Edinburg, TX 

April Underwood
BBA 2001, McCombs School of Business, Life Member, San Anselmo, CA 

 

2018 

Michelle Carter
BS 2007, College of Education, Life Member, Ovilla, TX 

Leon Chen
BBA 2001, McCombs School of Business, Life Member, Austin, TX 

Rosa Flores
BBA, MPA 2001, McCombs School of Business, BJ 2005, Moody College of Education, Life Member, Houston, TX 

Bryan Jones
BS 2000, Cockrell School of Engineering, JD 2005, School of Law, MBA 2005, McCombs School of Business, Life Member, Austin, TX 

 

2017 

Amy Chozick
BA 2001, College of Liberal Arts, Life Member, New York, NY 

Sarang N. Desai
BBA 2001, McCombs School of Business, Life Member, McKinney, TX 

Daniel Hodge
JD 2004, School of Law, Austin, TX 

The Honorable Oscar Lee Longoria Jr.
BS 2003, Moody College of Communication, JD 2007, School of Law, Life Member 

 

2016 

The Honorable George P. Bush
JD 2003, School of Law, Life Member, Austin, TX 

Andrea Chavez
BS 2004, Cockrell School of Engineering, Life Member, Colleyville, TX 

Kevin Durant
2007, Miami, FL 

Lisa Falkenberg
BJ 2000, Moody College of Communication, Houston, TX 

Dan Graham
BA 2003, College of Liberal Arts, BS 2003, College of Natural Sciences, JD 2005, School of Law, Life Member, Austin, TX 

 

2015 

Jamie V. Stockwell
BJ 1999, Moody College of Communication, Life Member, New York, NY 

Jake Silverstein
MFA 2006, School of Fine Arts, Montclair, NJ 

Kedra Ishop
BA 1997, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, ME 2000, PhD 2008, College of Education, Life Member, Santa Monica, MI 

Muhammad Mustafa Hussain
MS 2004, PhD 2005, Cockrell School of Engineering, Austin, TX 

 

2014 

Alexander Eastman
BA 1996, College of Liberal Arts, Life Member, Dallas, TX 

Shea Morenz
BBA 1997, McCombs School of Business, Life Member, Houston, TX 

Catherine “Cat” Osterman
BA 2007, College of Liberal Arts, Life Member, New Braunfels, TX 

Jeffrey Tsai
BA 1997, College of Liberal Arts, Life Member, Tiburon, CA 

Carlos Zaffirini, Jr.
BBA 2003, McCombs School of Business, JD 2006, School of Law 

 

2013 

Stuart Bernstein
BA 1999, College of Liberal Arts, MBA 2005, McCombs School of Business, Life Member, Austin, TX 

Madhu Chugh
BA 1998, College of Liberal Arts, BJ 1998, Moody College of Communication, Life Member, Washington, D.C. 

John B. Connally IV
JD 1997, School of Law, Life Member, Houston, TX 

Andrew Phong Vo
BBA 1995, McCombs School of Business, Life Member, Houston, TX 

 

2012 

Lee Bagan
BA 2005, MA 2007, College of Liberal Arts, Highland Park, IL 

Ben De Leon
BA 2001, College of Liberal Arts, BS 2001, Moody College of Communication, JD 2004, School of Law, Life Member, Austin, TX 

Richard J. “Rich” Reddick
BA 1995, College of Liberal Arts, Life Member, Austin, TX 

Laura Wilkinson
BS 2001, Moody College of Communication, Spring, TX 

 

2011 

Craig Allen
BS 2003, Moody College of Communication, BA 2003, College of Fine Arts, Life Member, Austin, TX 

Daron K. Roberts
BA 2001, College of Liberal Arts, Life Member, Austin, TX 

Veronica Vargas Stidvent
BA 1996, College of Liberal Arts, Life Member, Austin, TX 

Shaarik H. Zafar
BA 1997, College of Liberal Arts, JD, 2000, School of Law,  Life Member, Arlington, VA 

 

2010 

Sarah Aubrey
JD 1998, School of Law, Life Member, Burbank, CA 

Robert Hamilton
MPA 2002, McCombs School of Business, JD 2002, School of Law, Life Member, Austin, TX 

Jake Margo
BA 1997, College of Natural Sciences, Life Member, Rio Grande City, TX  

Sanya Richards-Ross
2005, Round Rock, TX 

2000 – 2009

2009 

Israel Hernandez
BA 1998, College of Liberal Arts, San Francisco, CA 

Billy Ray Hunter
BM 1997, College of Fine Arts, New York, NY 

Aurora Lora
BA 2000, College of Liberal Arts, Life Member, Dallas, TX 

Spencer Wells IV
BS 1988, College of Natural Sciences, Life Member, Austin, TX  

 

2008 

Christina Joy Allen
BA 1998, College of Liberal Arts, JD 2001, School of Law, Life Member, Houston, TX 

Michael G. Appleman
BA 1990 College of Liberal Arts, JD 1993, School of Law, Life Member, Fort Worth, TX 

Timothy Price Crain II
BS 1995, MS 1999, PhD 2000, Cockrell School of Engineering, Life Member, Seabrook, TX 

Betty Nguyen
BJ 1995, Moody College of Communication, Life Member, New York, NY 

 

2007 

Dennis L. McWilliams
BS 1993, Cockrell School of Engineering, Life Member, Austin, TX  

John B. Moore, Jr.
BS 1990, Moody College of Communication, Stamford, CT 

Kristen L. Silverberg
JD 1996, School of Law, Washington, D.C. 

Gayle Stinson
BS 1991, Moody College of Education, Life Member, Hickory Creek, TX 

 

2006 

Mary Dunleavy
MM 1990, College of Fine Arts, Life Member, West Orange, NJ  

Alisa Manning Peppers
BA 1990, College of Liberal Arts, Life Member, Missouri City, TX 

Dina Habib Powell
BA 1995, College of Liberal Arts, New York, NY 

John Mason Ward
BS 1992, Cockrell School of Engineering, Life Member, Spicewood, TX 

 

2005 

Ray Almgren
BS 1987, Cockrell School of Engineering, Life Member, Austin, TX 

Shola Lynch
BA 1992, College of Liberal Arts, New York, NY 

Scott McClellan
BA 1991, College of Liberal Arts, Bellevue, WA 

Stephanie Wilson
MS 1992, Cockrell School of Engineering, Houston, TX 

 

2004 

Jordan Levin
BS 1989, Moody College of Communication, Austin, TX 

John Rando
BA 1983, College of Liberal Arts, New York, NY 

Lynn Marie Fox Utter
BBA 1984, College of Liberal Arts, Life Member, Philadelphia, PA  

James A Wilson Jr.
BS 1984, College of Education, Life Member, Cypress, TX (Deceased) 

 

2003 

Lisa Beyer
BJ 1983, Moody College of Communication, New Rochelle, NY 

Jack Furst
MBA 1984, McCombs School of Business, Life Member, Bartonville, TX 

Duy-Loan T Le
BS 1982, Cockrell School of Engineering, Sugar Land, TX 

Arthel Helena Neville
BJ 1986, Moody College of Communication, Life Member, New York, NY 

 

2002 

Craig Edward Dykers
BArch 1985, School of Architecture, Life Member, New York NY 

Fred Farias III
BS 1980, Moody College of Communication, Life Member, McAllen, TX 

Machree Garrett Gibson
BA 1982; College of Liberal Arts, JD 1991, School of Law, Life Member, Austin, TX 

Del Williams
BA 1983, McCombs School of Business, JD 1985 School of Law, Life Member, Dallas, T 

 

2001 

Hans Butzer
BArch 1990, School of Architecture, Life Member, Norman, OK 

Torrey Butzer
BArch 1990, School of Architecture, Life Member, Norman, OK 

Ken Capps
BJ 1982, Moody College of Communication, Life Member, Austin, TX 

Paul Hobby
JD 1985, School of Law, Life Member, Houston, TX 

Sonia Perez
BJ 1978, Moody College of Communication, Baton Rouge, LA 

 

2000 

Christina Melton Crain
BA 1988, College of Liberal Arts, Life Member, Dallas, TX 

Pat Frost
MBA 1984, McCombs School of Business, Life Member, San Antonio TX 

Justin Leonard
BBA 1994, McCombs School of Business, Life Member, Dallas, TX 

Sara Alicia Martinez Tucker
BJ 1976, Moody College of Communication, MBA 1979, McCombs School of Business, Life Member, Dallas, TX 

 

1990 – 1999

1999 

John B. Beckworth
BA 1980, College of Liberal Arts, JD 1983, School of Law, Life Member, Austin, TX 

C. Kim Goodwin
MBA 1987, McCombs School of Business, MPAFF, LBJ School of Public Affairs, Life Member, San Juan PR 

Dr. Charles D. Fraser, Jr.
BA 1980, College of Natural Sciences, Life Member, Austin, TX 

Robert A. Rodriguez
BS 2008, Moody College of Communication, Life Member, Austin, TX 

 

1998 

William D. Dorland
BS 1988, College of Natural Sciences, Life Member, Catonsville, MD 

Bryan Garner
BA 1980, College of Liberal Arts, JD 1984, School of Law, Life Member, Austin, TX 

Jill Ann Sterkel
BS 1984, School of Education, Life Member, Pflugerfille, TX 

Darren Walker
BS 1982, Moody College of Communication, BA 1982, College of Liberal Arts, JD 1986, School of Law, Life Member, New York NY 

 

1997 

John H. Calhoon
1978, Austin, TX 

Josh Davis
BS 1997, Moody College of Communication, Edmond, OK 

Captain Jeannie Marie Flynn Leavitt
BS 1990, Cockrell School of Engineering, San Antonio, TX  

Matthew D. McConaughey
BA 1993, Moody College of Communication, Life Member, Austin, TX 

 

1996 

The Honorable Greg Abbott
BBA 1981, McCombs School of Business, Life Member, Austin, TX 

Marcia Gay Harden
BA 1980, College of Fine Arts, Life Member, Mountain Dale, NY  

Jerry Junkin
BM 1978, MM 1979, College of Fine Arts, Life Member, Austin, TX 

The Honorable Ron Kirk
JD 1979, School of Law, Dallas, TX 

 

1995 

Gary Cunningham
BArch 1976, School of Architecture, Life Member, Dallas, TX 

Gilbert A. Herrera
BBA, 1978, McCombs School of Business, Life Member, Houston, TX 

Terry Huffington Dittman
MA 1981, Jackson School of Geosciences, Life Member, Steamboat Springs, CO 

Kara Spears Hultgreen
BS 1987, Cockrell School of Engineering, Solana Beach CA 

Michael Pirrung
BA 1975, College of Natural Sciences, Life Member, Irvine CA 

 

1994 

Paul Edward Begala
BA 1983, College of Liberal Arts, JD, 1990, School of Law, Life Member, McLean, VA 

Carolyn Frost Keenan
BS 1976, College of Natural Sciences, MA 1978, Moody College of Communication, Life Member, Houston, TX 

Dr. Dean Ornish
BA 1975, College of Liberal Arts, Sausalito, CA 

Rodney F. Witcher
BES 1975, Cockrell School of Engineering, Life Member, Teaneck, NJ 

 

1993 

Captain Michael A. Baker
BS 1975, Cockrell School of Engineering, Houston, TX 

Congressman Henry Bonilla
BJ 1976, Moody College of Communication, Life Member, San Antonio, TX 

Margaret Ann Nosek
MA 1982, PHD, 1984, School of Education, Life Member, Houston, TX (Deceased) 

Robert Schenkkan
BA 1975, College of Fine Arts, Life Member, New York, NY 

 

1992 

Steve N. Barton
Palisades, NY (Deceased) 

Lucy Doggett Crow Billingsley
BBA 1971, McCombs School of Business, Life Member, Dallas, TX 

Preston “Pete” Geren
BA 1974, College of Liberal Arts, JD 1978, School of Law, Life Member, Fort Worth, TX 

Elizabeth Blanton Wareing
BA 1973, College of Liberal Arts, Life Member, Houston TX 

 

1991 

Dr. Robert A. Brown
BS 1973, Cockrell School of Engineering, Brookline, MA 

Michael Dell
1983, Life Member, Round Rock, TX 

Lena Guerrero
BJ 1993, Moody College of Communication, Austin, TX 

Robert A. Mosbacher, Jr., 1971, Houston, TX 

 

1990 

J. Tim Arnoult, Jr.
BA 1971, College of Liberal Arts, MBA 1976, McCombs School of Business, Life Member, Houston, TX 

Catherine J. Crier
BA 1975, College of Liberal Arts, Katonah, NY 

Cathy Alleman Mincberg
BS 1974, College of Education, Houston, TX 

DeMetris A. Sampson
BBA 1977, McCombs School of Business, JD 1980, School of Law, Life Member, Dallas, TX 

1980 – 1989

1989 

Scott J. Atlas
JD 1975, School of Law, Life Member, Houston, TX 

The Honorable Tony Garza
1980 BBA, McCombs School of Business, Life Member, San Antonio, TX 

Ben Sargent
BJ 1970, Moody College of Communication, Austin, TX 

Michael S. Sweeney
BA 1973, College of Natural Sciences, Life Member, Houston, TX 

 

1988 

Richard Moore Archer
BArch 1979, School of Architecture,  Life Member, San Antonio, TX 

Roger Clemens
1981, Houston TX 

William John Koros
BS 1969, Cockrell School of Engineering, Atlanta, GA 

Jeff B. Love
JD 1976, School of Law, Life Member, Houston, TX 

 

1986 

Dr. Betty Sue Flowers
BA 1969, MA 1970, College of Liberal Arts, Life Member, Austin TX 

Juliet Villarreal Garcia
PHD 1976, Moody College of Communication, Life Member, Brownsville, TX 

Judge Cyndi Taylor Krier
BJ 1971, Moody College of Communication, Life Member, San Antonio, TX 

Dr. Richard Warren Smalling
BS 1970, MS 1972, Cockrell School of Engineering, Life Member, Houston, TX 

 

1985 

John A. Adkins
BA 1974, College of Liberal Arts, JD, 1977, School of Law, Life Member, Houston, TX 

The Honorable Steve Bartlett
BA 1971, College of Liberal Arts, Life Member, Johnson City, TX 

Karen Elliott House
BJ 1970, Moody College of Communication, Life Member, Princeton, NJ 

Trisha Wilson
BS 1969, College of Natural Sciences, Life Member, Dallas, TX 

 

1984 

W. Howard Beasley III
MBA 1969 PHD 1971, McCombs School of Business, Dallas, TX (Deceased) 

Earl Campbell
BS 1979, Moody College of Communication, Life Member, Austin, TX 

Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa
BA 1972, College of Liberal Arts, Life Member, McAllen, TX 

Charles S. Teeple IV
BBA 1966, MBA 1970, McCombs School of Business, Life Member, Austin, TX 

 

1983 

Peter R. Coneway
BBA 1966, McCombs School of Business, Life Member, Houston, TX (Deceased) 

Jim N. Heath
BBA 1964, McCombs School of Business, Life Member, Longview, TX 

Robert F. Parker
BBA 1965, McCombs School of Business, Life Member, Houston, TX 

Michael A. Zinberg
BS 1977, Moody College of Communication, Life Member, Los Angeles, CA 

 

1981 

Bill Heiligbrodt
BBA 1963, McCombs School of Business, Houston, TX 

Prudence M. Mackintosh
BA 1966, College of Liberal Arts, Life Member, Dallas, TX 

Patrick C. Oxford
BBA 1966, McCombs School of Business, Life Member, JD 1967, School of Law, Houston, TX 

Ronald G. Steinhart
BBA 1962, MBA 1963, McCombs School of Business, Life Member, Dallas, TX 

 

1980 

Ernest Harris Cockrell
BES 1967, Cockrell School of Engineering, Life Member, Houston, TX 

Ben D. Crenshaw
1973, Life Member, Austin, TX 

Jon Newton
BA 1963, College of Liberal Arts, LLB 1965, Life Member, Austin, TX 

Joe C. Thompson, Jr.
BBA 1962, McCombs School of Business, Life Member, Dallas, TX  

 

1979

1979 

Carnegie H. Mims
BA 1968, College of Liberal Arts, JD 1971, School of Law, Life Member, Houston, TX 

Margaret Ann Rochs
BA 1970, College of Liberal Arts, Life Member, Houston, TX 

Tieman Dippel, Jr.
BBA 1968, McCombs School of Business, JD 1971, School of Law, Life Member, Brenham, TX