Awards Gala Honors Alumni and Friends

Alumni and community leaders took center stage recently at the University’s 11th annual Awards Gala, where more than 300 guests celebrated honorees’ accomplishments in business, technology and research.

David Williamson BS’98, MS’02, MS’03 used his moment at the mic to announce surprise gifts for UT Dallas from him and fellow geosciences alumni. His motivation? “It was only by coming to UT Dallas that I discovered the fire burning inside of me and that I love to learn,” said Williamson, vice president of geosciences at Forge Energy, LLC in San Antonio. Williamson received the Green and Orange Award for Alumni Service.

Seshu Madhavapeddy MS’87, PhD’91, senior vice president and chief technology officer at Samsung Mobile USA, was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award. He was drawn from India to Texas by the prospect of studying at UT Dallas. Since then, he has built his career within a five mile radius of campus, holding positions at Nortel, Texas Instruments and two start-up companies. “I am truly a son of the soil of the Telecom Corridor.”

Thank you to the generous sponsors of this year’s gala.

Gala Honorees

Distinguished Alumni Awards
Bryant Ambelang BA’90 – President and CEO, NatureSweet Tomatoes, San Antonio
Joseph P. Estrera MS’92, PhD’92 – Chief technology officer, Advanced Programs, L-3 Infrared Products, Garland
Alan Govenar PhD’84 – President of Documentary Arts Inc., Dallas
Seshu Madhavapeddy MS’87, PhD’91 – Senior vice president and chief technology officer at Samsung Mobile USA, Richardson
Susan Miller PhD’94 – Founder and CEO of Voicetrainer, LLC, Washington, D.C.
Neila Skinner Petrick MA’76 – Author, filmmaker and playwright, Dallas
Jefflyn Williamson BS’83 – Owner, Jefflyn and Company Commercial Real Estate, Dallas

Green & Orange Award for Alumni Service
David Williamson BS’98, MS’02, MS’03 – Vice president, Geoscience, Forge Energy, LLC, San Antonio

Gifford K. Johnson Community Leadership Award
William Sproull – President and CEO, Metroplex Technology Business Council, Richardson
Chamber of Commerce and the Richardson Economic Development Partnership, Richardson

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