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MAE's Lawrence Honored for 50 Years at UTA

Friday, April 19, 2013

Nine College of Engineering faculty and staff were honored for their combined 295 years of service to UT Arlington at an April 4 banquet, including the University’s longest-serving employee, mechanical engineering professor Kent Lawrence, who is celebrating 50 years of service.

Prof. Kent Lawrence (photo courtesy the Shorthorn)

Prof. Kent Lawrence
(Photo courtesy The Shorthorn)


Lawrence, who arrived at UTA in 1961, has been a professor through many significant historical events, including the Kennedy assassination, the Vietnam War, and the early years of space flight, including the United States putting men on the moon.

Aerospace engineering professor Donald Wilson is close on Lawrence’s heels, with 45 years of service.

Celebrating 35 years at UTA is Professor George Kondraske (Electrical Engineering). Professors Alan Davis and John Stevens (Electrical Engineering) and Albert Tong (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering) are celebrating 30 years.  Professors Wen Chan (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering) and Saibun Tjuatja (Electrical Engineering), and Civil Engineering Systems Administrator Lewis Crow are all celebrating 25 years.

At a separate luncheon, several other faculty and staff from the College of Engineering were recognized for service anniversaries from 10 to 20 years. They are:

20 Years
James Lerninger (Sr. Lecturer, Civil Engineering)
Panos Shiakolas (Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)
Sally Thompson (Administrative Assistant, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

15 Years
Linda Barasch (Sr. Lecturer, Computer Science and Engineering)
Joyce Evans (Accountant, Computer Science and Engineering)
Shelly Hamedi (Administrative Assistant, Dean’s Office)

10 Years
Don Butler (Professor, Nanotechnology Research and Education Center)
Zeynep Celik-Butler (Professor, Director of Nanotechnology Research and Education Center)
J.-C. Chiao (Professor, Electrical Engineering)
Atilla Dogan (Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)
Sungyong Jung (Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering)
Qilian Liang (Professor, Electrical Engineering)
Steve Mattingly (Associate Professor, Civil Engineering)
Paul Shover (Technical Lab Assistant, Civil Engineering)