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College of Engineering Adds Two to Hall of Achievement

March 5, 2004

Two individuals known for their personal and professional accomplishments were inducted into the University of Texas at Arlington College of Engineering’s Hall of Achievement during the College’s annual Awards Banquet on Friday, February 27.

Charles A. Sorber is a professor of Civil Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and, most recently, was Interim President of The University of Texas at Arlington. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Sanitary Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University and his doctoral degree at The University of Texas at Austin. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas and Pennsylvania, a Diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and a Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Dr. Sorber joined The University of Texas System in l975. He served in a number of academic, research, and administrative positions at UT-San Antonio, UT-Austin and UT-Permian Basin, and as Vice Chancellor for Special Engineering Programs for The University of Texas System. From 1986 to 1993, he was Dean of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.

Della Williams and her late husband, Robert, created their first company in 1963. Robert, a mechanical engineer, would design products for a wide variety of industries, while Della handled the business activities – sales, purchases, records - and manufactured prototypes in the machine shop behind their office. Mrs. Williams became president and CEO of Williams-Pyro, Inc. in 1996 and dramatically expanded the company’s line of products and services. Over the years, Williams-Pyro has developed more than 200 innovative products for industrial and military applications. Mrs. Williams is actively involved in a variety of professional organizations and legislative and civic efforts; she chairs or is a member of several business councils and industrial boards, including UTA’s Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center.

In 1999, Mrs. Williams started the WPI Firefighters Fund to help families of firefighters who are killed or injured in the line of duty; in the following year, the fund gave $35,000 to firefighters’ families in Texas. Since September 11, 2001, the fund has distributed more than $500,000 to the families of fallen FDNY firefighters.