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College Celebrates Graduates at Commencement

Friday, December 13, 2013

The College of Engineering gonfalonMore than 300 students will cross the stage at the College’s commencement December 14 at the College Park Center. Altogether, 119 students will graduate with bachelor’s degrees, 150 with master’s degrees, and 39 with doctoral degrees.  

Vistasp Karbhari, UTA president and a structural engineer, will preside over his first commencement as president. He also will give the commencement address. Given the honor of carrying the University gonfalon is Blake Snyder (B.S.M.E.). Carrying the College gonfalon is Essam Nassar (B.S.C.E.), and carrying the Honors College gonfalon is Ayomide Longe (B.S.E.E.)  

Twin sisters Diana and Nadia Martinez will receive their doctoral degrees in Industrial Engineering. From Mexico, they have worked in the Center on Stochastic, Modeling, Optimization and Statistics to design and model complex, real-world systems. Both also worked at the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center, a research center within the College of Engineering that works with companies to improve productivity, quality and profitability.  

In an interesting twist, Dr. Pat Peters, a longtime Arlington physician, will present his son’s diploma in Civil Engineering. Dr. Peters was a science student at UTA, but was recruited to attend medical school prior to completing his bachelor’s degree. The College of Science is conferring a bachelor’s degree upon Dr. Peters during its commencement ceremony.

UT Arlington’s College of Engineering has more than 23,000 successful alumni. These engineers have started companies, developed popular computer games, gained leadership positions in major industries, and patented innovative processes and applications. Their contributions have played a major role in helping to enhance lives in myriad, tangible ways.