UT School of Engineering gets $5M donation

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Rex Tillerson, chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, and his wife Renda donated $5 million to the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.

The donation will go towards the Engineering Education and Research Center, a 430,000 square-foot facility set to be completed by 2017. UT officials said the center will house advanced teaching, research and student project spaces.

Tillerson received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from UT-Austin in 1975, his sons are also graduates of the engineering school. He is a member of the school’s engineering advisory board and of the UT development board. Tillerson is a lifelong member of the Texas Exes and the Cockrell School’s Friends of Alec program, which raises annual fund donations.

Tillerson made his first donation to the university in 1978, and school officials said he’s been a devoted supporter of many other departments, programs and services for students ever since.

In January, UT received a $20 million donation from the Mulva Family Foundation, also for the Engineering Education and Research Center.

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