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Engineering Grads Honored by Alumni Association

November 13, 2002

Two graduates of the College of Engineering were among 13 individuals honored as Distinguished Alumni during a banquet hosted by the Alumni Association on October 26. The honorees were selected as representatives of the various colleges, schools and departments of the university. The two engineering graduates and their affiliations are:

College of Engineering
Dr. Robert C. Davis is a senior geotechnical consultant with Trinity Engineering/Kleinfelder, a geotechnical, materials and environmental engineering firm in Austin. He earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from UTA in 1970, followed by a master's in 1971 and a doctorate in 1973. He has served as the principal investigator, project manager and consultant for thousands of geotechnical projects, including residential subdivisions, commercial shopping and retail centers, office buildings, high-rise office towers, manufacturing plants, industrial facilities and public works. Dr. Davis is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He and his wife, Karen, have two sons.

Honors College
Sharon Petrea Neece earned a bachelor of science in aerospace engineering at UTA, graduating cum laude in 1991. After college, she joined the U.S. Navy and was promoted to lieutenant, serving with the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Orlando, Fla., and then in the Naval Flight Officer Training Program at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola. Her students cited her as the best teacher at the Nuclear Power School. Following her military service, Neece became a professional health care representative with Pfizer Inc. in Omaha, Neb. Today she is a specialty representative for Pfizer's Women's Health Care, based in Orange County, Calif. While at UTA she was named to Outstanding College Students of America and Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.