An OPPORTUNITY to support equality for the next 50 Years

The first Equal Opportunity in Engineering (EOE) committee assembled on The University of Texas at Austin campus in 1970. Although EOE has grown significantly over the past five decades, its mission to amplify student potential and provide support for student success has not changed. Now, EOE is celebrating 50 years of excellence and “opportUNITY” at UT, all while preparing for a bright future ahead.

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To provide equal and equitable opportunities for all engineering students

EOE fosters diversity and inclusivity, integrating Cockrell School students into a vibrant and welcoming community. By connecting students, educators and industry professionals through recruitment initiatives, support structures and educational services, EOE promotes academic success and personal growth for all students.

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As a first generation student, coming to college was a big accomplishment. But, it was also a daunting challenge to figure out where I fit in. EOE was the community that made me realize that I have a place here and that I have the potential to graduate with an engineering degree despite how impossible it seemed. Through their numerous development programs, I grew as a person and as a future professional.

- Mirka Mendez, petroleum engineering, Class of 2020

50th Anniversary Celebration Events

Saturday, September 25, 2021
EOE Game Day

Our annual tailgate for students, alumni and corporate representatives to network in a fun and exciting environment – with tailgate festivities!

Saturday, October 23-30, 2021
World of Engineering (WOE)

Virtual outreach activities designed for elementary and middle school students from historically underrepresented schools. Cockrell School student organizations will provide hands-on engineering activities while community partners act as role models, helping kids explore engineering career opportunities.

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January 17, 2022
MLK Jr. Day Celebration & March

Our annual community march honoring the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and engaging with prominent community and social justice leaders.

May 6, 2022
Excellence Awards Gala

EOE alumni, faculty, staff, students and corporate representatives will be invited to our 50th anniversary culmination gala event as we celebrate EOE’s past 50 years and look forward to our next 50 years.

A History of COMMUNITY

Founded under the leadership of Phil Schmidt, the committee had a unified mission: to provide equal and equitable opportunities for all engineering students, especially underrepresented ethnic minorities and students with marginalized identities.


EOE committee established by Phil Schmidt


Minority Introduction to Engineering (MITE) Summer Camp created


Tom Backus officially launches EOE office


EOE pilots the Preview Program, later adopted by UT because of its success


EOE 1-on-1 tutoring program starts


Fall Kick Off, Awards Banquet, and TREX and EXCELL research programs created


Industry Super Bowl starts


EOE First-year Interest Groups begin


Career Development and Leadership Seminar begin


EOE and National Society of Black Engineers UT Chapter  selected for  inaugural ExxonMobil-NSBE Impact Award


EOE recognized by Excelencia in Education as a Finalist for Examples of Excelencia


Global Leaders Week starts


URM (Underrepresented Minority) Action Team convened to deliver recommendations for improving climate in the Cockrell School; Diversity and Inclusion Task Force established to implement URM Action Team recommendations


EOE and WEP bring Bias Busting Training to the Cockrell School


Cultural Awareness Committee formed to plan events to celebrate the different cultures in the Cockrell School


EOE celebrates 50th anniversary

Our Stories

Meet members of our community and learn about our history

February 25, 2021
Like Father, Like Daughter: UT Chemical Engineering Alumni Share Unique Legacy
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October 12, 2020
The Power of Community — How EOE Became a Lifeline to One Alumna’s Success
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Help support EOE's next 50 years of creating opportunities for Texas Engineering students.

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The Cockrell School of Engineering offers many opportunities to partner with and support the Equal Opportunity in Engineering Program (EOE) to recruit and support talented pre-college or current underrepresented engineerings students. If you are interested in exploring partnership opportunities, please contact Enrique Dominguez or Kyle Bryson.

Special thanks to our current partners, NI, Schlumberger and Texas Instruments

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Thank you to our alumni and friends who have made gifts to help support EOE's next 50 years of creating opportunities for Texas Engineering students.

A Better Force

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Andres Reyes

Brittany Bennett*

Christopher and Angela Ramirez

Chris and Kristen Wallace

Clara Villarreal Varner*

Dominguez Family*

Erin Cannon-Wells

James Brady

Joksan Holguin*

Jorge L. Morales*

Kyle Ray

Lance Manuel*

Dr. Stacy Carrera

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Contact Us

Johnny Hill
Interim Director of Equal Opportunity in Engineering Program
Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

Kyle Bryson
Associate Director for Development
Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin