Alumni Spotlight

Robert M. Leibrock, BSPE ‘43

Robert M. (Bob) Leibrock was born and raised in DeWitt, Arkansas, and graduated from high school in 1937. He joined a traveling dance orchestra, playing trumpet, until enrolling, at the insistence...

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K.D (Karen) Hagedorn, BSPE ‘86

A second-generation UT PGE graduate, Dr. Karen D. Hagedorn earned a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering from UT PGE in 1986. She earned the degree in three years with highest honors, and...

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Jeffery D. Hildebrand, BS Geology ‘81 / MSPE ‘85

From an early age, Jeff Hildebrand had a vision and a passion to run and own his own oil and gas company.   As a young boy growing up in Houston Jeff learned firsthand what it takes to...

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Harry A. Trueblood, Jr., BSPE ‘48

Harry A. Trueblood, Jr. was born in Wichita Falls August 28, 1925 to Harry and Marguerite Barnhart Trueblood, and raised in Childress.  A born entrepreneur, he had his first job at 11...

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Thomas F. “Fred” Stephens, BSPE ‘49

Fred Stephens has been a part of the "oil patch" since his college days at UT PGE in the late 1940's working summers as a roughneck in Wink and roustabout in Ozona. In 1949, after graduating from...

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Charles Simmons BSPE ’48

After serving four years as a naval aviation cadet, Charles Simmons went on to receive a petroleum engineering degree from UT Austin in 1948.

Following his graduation, Charles went on the...

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Stephen E. Skinner, BSPE ‘01


Born in Greenville, South Carolina, “Steve” Skinner’s family moved to Texas when he was three years old.  Although his father’s career as a civil engineer at the South Texas Project...

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Dr. Kermit E. Brown, MSPE ’59, PhD ‘62


“Teaching has been my main objective most of my life,” said Dr. Kermit Brown during his recognition as a Legend of Production and Operations in the SPE Journal of Petroleum Technology in...

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