The gift completes an effort to raise $60 million toward construction of the Gary L. Thomas Energy Engineering Building. When completed in 2021, the 184,000-square-foot facility is expected to feature labs and classrooms, student project spaces, and collaborative environments for students and faculty in the petroleum, chemical, and mechanical engineering disciplines.
"I was so fortunate to have been given a scholarship that encouraged me to go to UT, and it felt like the right thing was to return a portion of my good fortune to the university," said Thomas, who graduated in 1972 and went on to serve as president of EOG Resources, one of the largest independent crude oil and natural gas companies in the country. "The way students are taught today is quite different than when I was in school — it is so critical to have a multidisciplinary program, and the new energy engineering building will facilitate that. This building will be one of the best of its kind in the country and a great tool for education."