About Our Alumni
Sometimes the best way to describe what UTA is like, and what it does for our students, is to tell the stories of our graduates. Their experiences and encounters after graduation paint a vivid picture of how individuals can help shape the world in big ways.
As a student, you’ll be in good company. And as a graduate, you’ll be adding your name to a list of people with some incredible accomplishments and exciting stories to tell.
Kathleen Cooper '70, '71
Business Thought Leader
The former U.S. under secretary for economic affairs from 2001-2005, she is a director of the Williams Companies, a Fortune 200 energy firm, and a founding director of Texas Security Bank in Dallas.
Kalpana "K.C." Chawla '84
Born in India, she was the first woman from that nation to travel in space. She was among the crew members who died in the 2003 Columbia space shuttle accident. UT Arlington's first Residential Learning Center is named in her honor.
Roland G. Fryer, Jr. '98
A professor at Harvard University, he was named to Time magazine's list of the top 100 scientists and thinkers and as one of the world's top eight young economists by The Economist.
Martha Burk '68, '74
Women's Issues Expert
The first woman to earn a Ph.D. at UT Arlington, she is a political psychologist and director of the Corporate Accountability Project for the National Council of Women's Organizations.
Trey Hillman '91
He played shortstop and second base for UTA and still holds the school record for highest batting average in a season. He managed the Kansas City Royals from 2008 to 2010.
Lauren Lane '84
Actress and Teacher
She starred as C.C. Babcock on the television series The Nanny and has worked in leading regional theaters throughout the country. She is a full-time lecturer at Texas State University.
Lou Diamond Phillips '85
Best known for his portrayal of rock-n-roll legend Ritchie Valens in La Bamba, he was nominated for a Tony Award for his role as the King of Siam in the Broadway revival of The King and I.
Retired Brig. Gen. Robert L. Stewart '71
Soldier and Astronaut
He spent 289 hours in space on the Challenger and Atlantis missions, and became deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Strategic Defense Command.
Read about more alumni in Unbranded Stories.
Alumnus creates endowment
John Merrill ’11 sees a disturbing lack of financial skills among young people. That’s why the Houston-based financial adviser created an endowment to promote financial literacy.
Driven to make a difference
Madeline McClure ’97 left a lucrative Wall Street job to start a nonprofit organization for child abuse victims. She and three other alumni describe how UT Arlington prepared them for professions vastly different from their original ones.