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Professor elected to National Academy of Engineering

Illustration of Dereje Agonafer

Illustration by Lara Tomlin

Last February, Dereje Agonafer, Jenkins Garrett Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, received one of the highest professional achievements for engineers: election to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

The NAE honors professionals who have made outstanding and innovative contributions to the research, practice, education, or advancement of engineering. Dr. Agonafer’s election highlights his distinguished leadership in engineering, including his focus on computer-aided electro/thermo/mechanical design and modeling of electronic equipment. He is one of 86 members and 18 foreign members in the 2019 class. Agonafer joined UTA in 1999 after a stellar career at IBM, and his continued collaboration with industry leaders has furthered the impact of his work.

“For nearly 20 years, the UTA community, including more than 200 alumni, have benefited from Dr. Agonafer’s invaluable mentorship,” says former UTA President Vistasp Karbhari. “His commitment to the success of our students further cements an already remarkable career full of significant contributions to the industry.”

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