Faces of Impact

In honor of The University of Texas at Dallas’ 50th anniversary, we’re highlighting the people who have helped blaze the path for UT Dallas’ bright future throughout the academic year.

Frank and Maurine Johnson

UT Dallas’ original “first family” made the largest planned gift in University history.

Robert Rutford

The University’s second president oversaw UT Dallas’ expansion into a four-year institution.

Jerry Comer MS'77

A dedicated alumnus whose passion for photography continues to enrich the University experience.

Satyajit P. Doctor MS'91

A distinguished alumnus with a passion to develop the next generations on scientists and entrepreneurs.

Maureen Steiner PhD'74

A pioneer in paleomagnetism and geomagnetism, Steiner was the first woman to receive a PhD from UT Dallas.

Jennifer and Peter Roberts

Friends of BrainHealth who facilitate groundbreaking research and treatments to improve brain performance.

Philip and Diane Jonsson

With a direct connection to UTD's roots, this second generation of leaders continue to drive the University’s founding vision.

James Carter

A pioneering geoscientist and one of UT Dallas’ longest-tenured professors who paved the way for space exploration and student success.

JoHanna Martinez BA'15

A UT Dallas alumna and veteran working to usher more veterans into the workforce at AT&T.

Texas Instruments

Connected since UT Dallas' inception, this corporation remains committed to driving research and innovation.

Margaret McDermott

Through visionary leadership and support, the University's pre-eminent private benefactor helped transform UT Dallas

Aziz Sancar PhD'77

A Nobel Laureate alumnus whose research reshaped the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology.

John Olajide BS’04

The founder of Axxess is nurturing the next generation of students through philanthropic gifts and educational experiences.

Edward M. Ackerman

A champion for the cause of remembrance, empowering generations through his vision and generosity.

Naveen Jindal MBA'92

The namesake of UT Dallas’ largest school, an industrialist, statesman and global force for higher education.

Peter Balyta MBA'03

A top corporate partner, working to promote innovation and education throughout the community.