The University of Texas at Dallas is home to bold innovators whose vision and accomplishments have paved the way for our bright future.

April, 1941
Creation of Geophysical Services Inc.

Eugene McDermott, J. Erik Jonsson and Cecil Green establish Geophysical Services Inc., the corporation that will later become Texas Instruments Inc.

From left: Nobel Prize winners Dr. John Bardeen, Dr. William Shockley and Dr. Walter Brattain at Bell Labs. Reused with permission of Nokia Corporation and AT&T Archives.
July, 1947
Start of the Circuit

Bell Labs invents the transistor.

July, 1951
Transformation Into Texas Instruments

Geophysical Services Inc. changes its name to Texas Instruments Inc.

August, 1951
License Transfers

Texas Instruments obtains a license from Bell Labs to manufacture transistors.

July, 1954
In the Market

Texas Instruments markets silicon transistors.

Jack Kilby, DeGoyler Library, Southern Methodist University, Creator: Texas Instruments Incorporated. Part of the Jack Kilby Photographs and Manuscripts
July, 1958
First of Its Kind

Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments demonstrates the world’s first operative integrated circuit.

From left: Eugene McDermott, J. Erik Jonsson and Cecil Green.
March, 1961
The Seeds of UT Dallas

Eugene McDermott, J. Erik Jonsson and Cecil Green observe promising young Texans leaving the state to pursue education while their company, Texas Instruments, imports out-of-state talent to work at their Dallas-based headquarters. Hoping to create better higher-education opportunities in North Texas, the trio establishes the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest (GRCSW) — the foundation for what will become The University of Texas at Dallas.

September, 1961
GRCSW’s First President

The GRCSW appoints Lloyd V. Berkner as its first president. The Minnesota-raised engineer and physicist joined the Texas Instruments board in 1957. In 1966, he would go on to earn NASA’s highest civilian award: the Public Service Medal.

Students at the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest/Southwest Center for Advanced Studies meet with Dr. Francis (Frank) Johnson.
February, 1962
Atmospheric and Space Science Division Takes Flight

The GRCSW appoints Dr. Francis (Frank) Johnson to lead its atmospheric and space science division. Johnson is joined by William B. Hanson, Dr. Gilbert Plass, Dr. John Hoffman, Dr. Brian Tinsley and Dr. Walter Heikala.

Dr. Anton Hales
January, 1963
Geophysics Division Forms

The GRCSW appoints Dr. Anton Hales to lead the geophysics division. He is joined by Dr. Dean Presnall, Dr. Emile Pessagno Jr., Dr. James Carter, Dr. William Manton and Dr. Richard Mitterer.

July, 1963
New Mathematics Division

Ivor Robinson, Dr. Istvan Ozsváth and Dr. Wolfgang Rindler join the GRCSW and form the mathematics and mathematical physics (relativity) division.

November, 1963
A Presidential Speech

On Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was scheduled to deliver a speech at the Dallas Trade Mart. His prepared remarks included a salute to the newly formed GRCSW:

“It is not a coincidence that those communities possessing the best in research and graduate facilities — from MIT to Cal Tech — tend to attract the new and growing industries. I congratulate those of you here in Dallas who have recognized these basic facts through the creation of the unique and forward-looking Graduate Research Center.”

Ivor Robinson, professor emeritus, at a chalkboard.
November, 1963
A Successful Conference

GRCSW faculty Ivor Robinson and Dr. Wolfgang Rindler organize the first Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics held in Dallas.

Vice President of the United States Spiro T. Agnew and Erik Jonsson were among the attendees of the Callier Hearing and Speech Center Dedication in 1969.
December, 1963
Callier Center Takes Root

Through the generosity of Lena E. Callier, the Callier Hearing and Speech Center opens as a community-based nonprofit housed at Parkland Hospital.

December, 1963
Breaking Ground

Crews break ground for the Founders Building on a stretch of blackland prairie in Richardson, Texas.

October, 1964
Origin of Founders Day

After a year of construction, the Founders Building opens its doors to a crowd of onlookers. Co-founders J. Erik Jonsson, Eugene McDermott and Cecil Green attend, and Jonsson speaks to the crowd. In honor of this extraordinary moment, Comets celebrate Founders Day every Oct. 29.

November, 1964
New Biology Division

GRCSW establishes the biology division, led by Carsten Bresch and joined by Dr. Claud Stanley Rupert, Dr. John Jagger, Dimitri Lang, Dr. Hans Bremer, Harms Harris and Dr. Royston Clowes.

Gifford Johnson (left) and founder Erik Jonsson
July, 1965
GRCSW’s Second President

GRCSW appoints Gifford K. Johnson as its second president. He serves until 1969, working closely with Dr. Harry Ransom of the UT System and founder J. Erik Jonsson to establish UT Dallas.

July, 1967
New Name, Same Mission

The Graduate Research Center of the Southwest changes its name to the Southwest Center for Advanced Studies.

Jay D. Jacoby, a Clark Foundation research trainee, adds finishing touches to a celestial globe.
July, 1968
New Summer Program

The Anson L. Clark Foundation establishes the Clark Summer Research Program, which provides first-year students with opportunities to join research groups and conduct hands-on experiments.

July, 1969
Frank Johnson Makes a Stellar President

Dr. Francis (Frank) Johnson becomes acting president of the Southwest Center for Advanced Studies, and later of UT Dallas. Johnson comes to the center with an impressive space science career: he served in the Air Force during World War II, designed instruments to study German V2 rockets captured after WWII, served on NASA and National Science Foundation advisory boards, and invented a lunar atmospheric pressure gauge that flew on Apollo flights 12, 14, and 15.

August, 1969
From Southwest Center to UT Dallas

The 61st Texas Legislative Session passes HB 303, establishing a “state-supported institution of higher education to be known as The University of Texas at Dallas.” Gov. Preston Smith signs the bill, making UTD an official member of The University of Texas System effective September 1969.

September, 1969
First Students Under a New Banner

In September, 62 graduate students enter the campus underneath a handmade sign that reads, “The University of Texas at Dallas,” the first time the name is used on campus.

January, 1970
Memorial Lecture Series Begins

The Anson L. Clark Memorial Lecture, the oldest endowed lecture series on campus, begins, attracting distinguished speakers like Dr. Carl Sagan in 1976.

January, 1971
Dr. Jordan Joins UT Dallas

In July, Dr. Bryce Jordan becomes the first president of UT Dallas. Jordan previously served as the president of The University of Texas at Austin. He would serve UT Dallas for the next decade, going on to become vice chancellor for academic affairs for The University of Texas System in 1981.

Lee H. Smith (right) with librarian James Dodson (left) and founder Cecil Green (center).
March, 1971
A New Dean of Faculties

Lee H. Smith is appointed dean of faculties.

May, 1971
The First Logo

President Bryce Jordan and his assistant Donna Beth McCormick design UT Dallas’ first logo, with the letters “UTD” in a box with orange, white and green colors.

An architect’s vision for the campus mall included a monorail system.
July, 1971
Campus Development Plan

In an effort to continue the founders’ dream of a state-of-the-art educational facility, UTD releases a campus development plan to build upon its Richardson campus.

January, 1972
Nobel Laureate on Campus

Dr. Polykarp Kusch becomes the first Nobel laureate on the UTD faculty. His work in accurately determining the magnetic moment of the electron as being greater than its theoretical value led to innovations in the field of quantum electrodynamics. Yet, despite his prowess in the laboratory, Kusch’s heart was with his students. As he once put it, “I describe myself as an adequate scientist, but I am a superb teacher.”

Van Alen Hollomon of the Hoblitzelle Foundation (center) grants 275 acres to Chancellor Charles LeMaistre (right) and UT System Regent Dan C. Williams (left).
March, 1972
A Generous Land Donation

UT Dallas receives a generous donation of 275 acres of land from the Hoblitzelle Foundation and the Texas Research Foundation.

May, 1972
Dr. Sherry Joins UT Dallas

Dr. Allan Dean Sherry joins the faculty as an assistant professor of chemistry.

UT Dallas campus in 1972
July, 1972
UT Dallas Earns Accreditation

After a rigorous review, UT Dallas earns its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

January, 1973
Berkner Hall Opens

Named for the GRCSW’s first president, Lloyd V. Berkner Hall opens its doors.

March, 1973
Dr. Heelis Joins UT Dallas

Dr. Roderick A. Heelis joins UTD as a research scientist in space science. He would later be appointed professor of physics in 1989.

From left: Wang-Kong Lam, Susan Seabury Mahlum and Ronald Allan Hawkins.
May, 1973
First Graduation Ceremony

UTD holds its inaugural graduation ceremony. The first graduates include Wang-Kong Lam in physics, Susan Seabury Mahlum in biology and Ronald Allan Hawkins in physics.

July, 1973
First Undergraduate Dean

UT Dallas appoints Dr. Regina Mary Jane Kyle as executive dean for undergraduate studies.

January, 1974
Dr. Clark Joins UT Dallas

Dr. Alexander Clark joins UT Dallas as vice president of academic affairs. During his time on campus, he recruits over 130 faculty members, conducting 550 interviews in 1975 alone.

March, 1974
Dr. Armstrong Joins UT Dallas

Dr. Robert Plant Armstrong joins the School of Arts and Humanities faculty, where he would serve until his death in 1984.

May, 1974
Pioneering PhD

Maureen B. Steiner is the first woman to receive a PhD from UT Dallas, earning her doctorate in geosciences. She becomes a pioneer in the studies of geomagnetism and paleomagnetism.

First undergraduate juniors and seniors wait to register.
January, 1975
Juniors and Seniors Welcome

UT Dallas admits undergraduate juniors and seniors for the first time. At an affordable total cost of $195 per semester, students from neighboring Dallas County Community Colleges queue to enroll on Sept. 16, 1975.  The first class numbers 3,333 students.

March, 1975
Callier Center Joins the University

The Callier Center for Communication Disorders joins UT Dallas. The Callier Center provides innovative evaluations and treatments for people with speech, language and hearing disorders.

May, 1975
Dr. Schulte Arrives at UTD

Dr. Rainer Schulte joins UT Dallas’ School of Arts and Humanities.

July, 1975
New School on Campus

UT Dallas establishes the School of Management. Students can develop their skills for professional success in six areas of business: accounting, finance & managerial economics, information systems, marketing, operations management, and organizations, strategy & international management.

September, 1975
Welcome Dr. Redlinger

Dr. Lawrence J. Redlinger joins UT Dallas as associate professor of sociology.

October, 1975
UT Dallas Appoints Galerstein to Lead School of General Studies

The University appoints Dr. Carolyn Lipshy Galerstein as dean of the School of General Studies.

November, 1975
Five New Buildings on Campus

The Eugene McDermott Library, Cecil H. Green Hall, Erik Jonsson Academic Center, Hoblitzelle Hall and the University Theatre open.

November, 1975
School of Management Welcomes Dr. Chandrasekaran

Dr. Ramaswamy Chandrasekaran joins the faculty as associate professor in the School of Management.

November, 1975
Dr. Rodríguez Joins the University

Dr. Robert Xavier Rodríguez becomes assistant professor of arts and humanities.

Items from the History of Aviation Archives
January, 1976
Archive Takes Flight

The History of Aviation Archives, a world-class aeronautical archive and library, is added to UT Dallas’ Special Collections.

February, 1976
The Love Jack

Margaret McDermott, wife of founder Eugene McDermott, donates the 10-foot-tall steel Jack sculpture, affectionately called the “Love Jack” by students. Created by American modernist sculptor and Texas native Jim Love, the Love Jack is currently located at the Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building.

ADVANCE front page covering 1976 commencement/graduation
March, 1976
First Bachelor’s Degrees

UT Dallas awards its first bachelor’s degrees at spring commencement.

Astronaut James F. Reilly II wears a training version of the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) spacesuit.
July, 1977
James Reilly II, Distinguished Alum

James F. Reilly II graduates with a bachelor of science in geosciences. Reilly goes on to earn a master’s (1987) and PhD (1995) from UT Dallas. After his time on campus, Reilly would go on to explore the Hobbs Coast of West Antarctica, the deep ocean with the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution and U.S. Navy, and outer space as an astronaut for NASA. In 2018, Reilly is appointed director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The Visual Arts Building, aka “Art Barn”
January, 1978
Two New Buildings on Campus

The Alexander Clark Center and Visual Arts Building open. The Visual Arts Building, also known as the Art Barn, provides art students with gallery space to present their work. Both the Clark Center and the Visual Arts Building are torn down in the 2010s to make room for more development.

February, 1978
UT Dallas Welcomes Dr. Coleman

Dr. J. Michael Coleman joins the faculty as an assistant professor in the School of Human Development (School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences).

March, 1978
Arts & Humanities Brings in Medievalist Dr. Kratz

Co-editor of the Translation Review, former president of the American Literary Translators Association and a medievalist by training, Dr. Dennis M. Kratz becomes associate professor of arts and humanities. He later becomes dean of the School of Arts and Humanities.

January, 1979
‘Dean of Deans’ arrives on Campus

Dr. Bert Moore joins UTD as program head of psychology. He goes on to lead the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences as dean for 26 years. During his work at UT Dallas, Moore would serve as a professor of clinical psychology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, a member of the American Psychological Association and serve on review panels for the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

February, 1979
New School of Social Sciences Faculty Member

Dr. Anthony Champagne joins the University as associate professor in the School of Social Sciences.

March, 1979
Cecil Lecture Series

Dr. Andrew R. Cecil begins a lecture series with distinguished scholars in residence. Lectures center on questions of philosophy, justice, freedom and universal ethical values. Cecil would speak at every lecture from 1979 until his death in 1996.

March, 1980
Center for Translation Studies Opens

Dr. Rainer Schulte and Dr. Dennis Kratz begin the Center for Translation Studies to promote discourse across foreign languages and cultures.

Sally Nance, first editor of The Mercury student newspaper.
September, 1980
‘Mercury’ Hits the Stands

The Mercury becomes the official student newspaper of UT Dallas.

Cecil H. Green and UT System Regent Beryl Buckley Milburn at the Student Union dedication.
January, 1981
A Place To Hang Out

After starting construction in 1979, the Student Union opens its doors and soon wins an architecture award.

August, 1981
School of Social Sciences Adds a Professor

Dr. Edward (Ted) Harpham becomes assistant professor of the School of Social Sciences.

October, 1981
Dr. Clark Leads as Interim President

Dr. Alexander Clark is appointed interim president.

January, 1982
From Geomorphologist to President

Dr. Robert H. Rutford becomes the University’s second president in May 1982, a position he occupies until 1994. A glacial geologist and expert in geomorphology and Antarctica, Rutford led a party into the Antarctic Ellsworth Mountains in the 1960s and served as director of the division of polar programs for the National Science Foundation from 1975 to 1977. His dedication to the UTD community would later be honored with his appointment as president emeritus in 2007.

April, 1982
‘Father of Marketing Science’ Joins UTD

Dr. Frank M. Bass becomes the UT System Eugene McDermott Professor of Management.

Dr. Polykarp Kusch
July, 1982
Concerns of the Lively Mind

In honor of UT Dallas’ first on-staff Nobel laureate, Dr. Polykarp Kusch, the University endows the lecture series “Concerns of the Lively Mind,” which would later be renamed the “Polykarp Kusch Lecture Series” in 1985. Notable lectures include Dr. Rainer Schulte’s “Translation: A Model for Intercultural Communication” in 2010 and Dr. Hobson Wildenthal’s “The Lifecycle of a Science from Conception to Metamorphosis” in 2017.

August, 1982
A Way to Return Home

The UT Dallas Alumni Association, now known as Alumni Relations, forms.

Morris Hite
January, 1983
A Place to Pitch

The Morris Hite Center for Marketing Science opens its doors for students to learn the latest research related to new products and management.

March, 1983
Dr. Ozsváth Joins Faculty

Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsváth joins the UT Dallas faculty as an assistant professor in arts and humanities.

The 8,000-square-foot clean room in Founders North was hailed as the best in Texas.
January, 1986
UTD Engineering Begins

The University realizes its dream for an engineering school when the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Sciences opens its doors.

February, 1986
Dr. Berry Joins Staff

The youngest scientist to ever be elected to the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Brian Berry joins the School of Social Sciences.

March, 1986
Sandra Bond Chapman Earns PhD

Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman earns her PhD at UT Dallas. Thirteen years later, she establishes the University’s Center for BrainHealth.

Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsváth
April, 1986
Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies

Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsváth, a Hungarian-Jewish Holocaust survivor, translation expert, and professor of 19th- and 20th-century European literature and history, establishes the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies. UT Dallas is just one of two schools in the nation that offers a master’s or PhD in Holocaust studies.

Tex. H.B. 42, 71st Leg., 1st C.S. (1989) (Introduced version, copy available through the Legislative Archive System, Texas Legislative Reference Library)
January, 1989
Paving the Way for Freshmen

The Texas Legislature passes HB 42, authorizing UT Dallas to enroll freshmen and sophomore students. Enrollment is limited to 2,000 entering freshmen with lower division enrollment limited to 5,000 students. This legislation marks the expansion of UTD into a full-scale university, from freshmen students all the way to PhD candidates.

January, 1990
New Place for Administration

The Administration Building opens. The building was originally called the Multipurpose Facility and housed engineering programs and other departments.

February, 1990
New Arts and Humanities Professor

Dr. Robert S. Nelsen becomes assistant professor of arts and humanities.

UT Dallas welcomes its first freshman class with an invitation to “Come Make History.”
March, 1990
UTD Welcomes its First Freshmen

Nearly 20 years after its founding, UTD’s first freshman class arrives on campus in August 1990. The class consists of about 100 students whose achievements set the academic standard for future classes.


February, 1992
Dr. Wildenthal Joins UTD

Dr. Hobson Wildenthal arrives at UT Dallas as vice president of academic affairs and professor of physics.

May, 1992
Dr. Musselman Arrives at UTD

Dr. Inga Musselman joins the chemistry department as assistant professor. UT Dallas appoints Musselman as provost and vice president for academic affairs in 2017.

August, 1992
Engineering Building and Green Center Open

In a ceremony held in early October, the Engineering and Computer Science Building and the Cecil and Ida Green Center for the Study of Science and Society are dedicated.

January, 1993
UTD Goes Greek

Kappa Sigma becomes UT Dallas’ first Greek chapter.

March, 1993
Academic Excellence Scholarship

The first class of Academic Excellence Scholarship awardees enroll at UT Dallas.

July, 1994
Dr. Jenifer Takes the Helm

The University appoints Dr. Franklyn Jenifer as its third president. Jenifer had previously been president of Howard University and the chancellor of the Massachusetts Board of Regents of Higher Education. During Jenifer’s tenure, UT Dallas’ enrollment would increase more than 61 percent. The campus would undergo dramatic physical transformation with major new facilities, including the School of Management, the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, and the Callier Center for Communication Disorders. Jenifer would be named president emeritus of UT Dallas in 2005.

July, 1995
Richardson Fills With Music

UT Dallas pairs up with the city of Richardson to put on the first Sounds of Class, an annual family-friendly music festival.

Galerstein Gender Center staff, graduates and guests celebrate students’ accomplishments at UT Dallas’ fifth annual Lavender Graduation.
April, 1996
A Tribute to Dr. Galerstein

The Galerstein Women’s Center, named for UTD’s first female dean, Dr. Carolyn Lipshy Galerstein, opens. It is renamed the Galerstein Gender Center in 2017.

August, 1996
New School of Management Dean

Dr. Hasan Pirkul joins the School of Management as its new dean and Caruth Chair.

Cheerleaders encourage the chess team at a pep rally.
August, 1996
Comets Checkmate

The chess team debuts at UT Dallas, launching a proud tradition of competitive excellence. Since its establishment, the UTD chess team has won the President’s Cup — known as the Final Four of College Chess — four times, won the Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Championship, and made history by playing Instituto Superior de Cultura Física in the first US-Cuba chess match in 50 years.

September, 1996
New Green Center Director

Dr. John F. Kain joins UT Dallas as director of the Green Center for the Study of Science & Society and the Texas Schools Project.

January, 1997
New Honors

The Collegium V Honors Program begins to provide promising students with small class sizes, innovative teaching methods and a variety of extracurricular activities.

March, 1997
Undergraduate Education’s New Dean

Dr. J. Michael Coleman is appointed dean of Undergraduate Education.

July, 1997
New Professor of Management

Dr. Suresh Sethi arrives at UT Dallas as a professor of management and Ashbel Smith Professor. He later becomes the Davidson Professor and Eugene McDermott Chair.

1998-99 men's basketball team
January, 1998
UTD Plays Ball

UTD Athletics joins the NCAA Division III American Southwest Conference.

February, 1998
More Space for School of Engineering

Engineering and Computer Science North Building opens.

Dr. Richard Brettell (right) with Dr. Hobson Wildenthal (from left) and philanthropists Nancy Blackburn Hamon and Margaret McDermott.
February, 1998
New Distinguished Chair

Dr. Richard Brettell becomes the new Margaret McDermott Distinguished Chair of Art and Aesthetic Studies and professor of aesthetic studies in the School of Arts and Humanities.

March, 1998
A New Place for Students

The Activity Center opens its doors, providing students with courts, exercise opportunities and a new location for commencement.

Aaron Aryanpur's sketch (top left) and other versions of Temoc. Aaron Aryanpur, Artist
October, 1998
Comets Gain a Mascot

After a competition to find a new mascot, UT Dallas decides on “Temoc,” which is “Comet” spelled backward. Alum Aaron Aryanpur designs Temoc, an orange-haired, blue-skinned Comet who frequents events across campus from freshmen orientation to chess matches.

Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman PhD ’86
January, 1999
New Space for Brain Science

UTD alum Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman establishes the Center for BrainHealth. The center is now home to labs with 60 fully funded research projects, including youth brain injury assessment, caregiver training, law enforcement mindfulness training and adolescent reasoning training.

July, 1999
Cecil Professorship

UTD establishes the Andrew R. Cecil Chair in Applied Ethics in the School of Management.

Exterior of library circa 1990s
January, 2000
Library Gets a Facelift

Remodeling begins in McDermott Library, including the McDermott Suite — a space for people to host gatherings.

February, 2000
Margaret McDermott Helps Scholars

Margaret McDermott donates $32 million dollars to establish the Eugene McDermott Scholars Program, a highly competitive program which seeks to provide scholars with leadership, cultural and educational tools to enrich their academic experience. Because of McDermott’s generosity, all McDermott Scholars attend UT Dallas on a full scholarship with a stipend package.

January, 2001
First McDermott Scholar Class

After Margaret McDermott’s kind donation, the first class of McDermott Scholars arrives at UT Dallas ready to fulfill their leadership potential.

February, 2001
First Welch Chair in Chemistry

Dr. Ray Baughman becomes UT Dallas’ first Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry.

March, 2001
Blanchard Joins Engineering Staff

Dr. Andy Blanchard joins UT Dallas as a professor of electrical engineering and senior associate dean of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science.

April, 2001
Nanotech Institute Founded

Led by Dr. Ray Baughman and Dr. Anvar Zakhidov, the Nanotech Institute is founded in 2001.

May, 2001
Ring Tradition Begins

As a tangible reminder of their time at UT Dallas, students can purchase a class ring complete with UTD shield, a comet encircling a star, and the Texas flag. The University presents the rings after sealing them in a wooden box sourced from the original Founders Building and enclosed with equipment used in NASA missions. The ceremony includes dunking the rings in a reflection pool on the Margaret McDermott Mall.

UTD Archer Fellows with Congressman Bill Archer
January, 2002
UTD Takes D.C.

UT Dallas joins other UT System schools in the Archer Fellowship program, a professional fellowship that gives students the opportunity to intern in Washington, D.C. Students from UT Dallas have worked everywhere from think tanks to the White House and Senate offices.

February, 2002
Washington Advisory Group Presents Report

Washington Advisory Group presents a report on UT Dallas’ future. In its conclusion, it states:

“We believe that with continued progress, support from the state, the UT System and private sources, and with strong leadership, UTD could become a top-tier research university and fulfill the dreams of its founders.”

From left: Gayla Von Ehr, Dr. Hobson Wildenthal, James Von Ehr MS’81, Dr. Reza Moheimani
April, 2002
James Von Ehr Distinguished Chair

From the generous donation of UTD alum James Von Ehr MS’81, the James Von Ehr Distinguished Chair in Science and Technology is established. Dr. Alan G. MacDiarmid, winner of the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 2000, is the first to hold the chair.

April, 2002
Women’s Soccer Wins Championship

UT Dallas’ women’s soccer team wins the American Southwest Conference championship for the first time.

Dr. William (Bill) P. Osborne, dean of the Jonsson School from 1995 to 2002, Jack Kilby and Charles Miller attend the groundbreaking of ECS South.
June, 2002
New Engineering Facilities

A 152,000-square-foot addition to the Engineering and Computer Science North building opens in August. The new ECS South building includes additional equipment, classrooms and the Texas Instruments auditorium.

September, 2002
A Messy Tradition Begins

Oozeball — an annual mud volleyball tournament — debuted at homecoming in fall 2002.

Students in Dr. Mandy Maguire's Developmental Neurolinguistics Lab
January, 2003
School of Human Development’s New Name

The School of Human Development changes its name to the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison speaks at the Project Emmitt press conference.
February, 2003
Project Emmitt Begins

Texas Instruments, the state of Texas, and the UT System announce Project Emmitt, a bold public-private partnership formed to build a chip fabrication plant in Richardson and infuse up to $300 million for expanding the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science.

March, 2003
Nobel Laureate Joins Staff

Dr. Russell A. Hulse, winner of the Nobel Prize for physics in 1993, joins UT Dallas as a visiting professor. He is appointed Regental Professor and associate vice president for strategic initiatives in 2004.

April, 2003
New Building for School of Management

The new 204,000-square-foot School of Management Building opens.

May, 2003
Men’s Golf Wins Championship

UT Dallas men’s golf team wins its first American Southwest Conference title.

January, 2004
New Director of Cyber Security Research & Education Institute

Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham joins UT Dallas as professor of computer science and director of the Cyber Security Research and Education Institute.

February, 2004
One-Millionth Book

The McDermott Library acquires its one-millionth book: Flora Londinensis, a landmark 18th-century botanical set by William Curtis.

March, 2004
New McDermott Library Dean

Dr. Larry D. Sall, director of libraries since 2000, is appointed dean of the McDermott Library.

April, 2004
Men’s Soccer Team Scores Big

The men’s soccer team wins its first American Southwest Conference tournament.

May, 2004
UTD Gains Alma Mater

The UT Dallas alma mater, with music by Dr. Robert Xavier Rodríguez and lyrics by professional songwriters Bill Dunn and Neely Reynolds, debuts at spring commencement.

January, 2005
New Dean of School of Social Sciences

Dr. Brian Berry is appointed dean of the School of Social Sciences.

February, 2005
Men’s Basketball Takes First

The men’s basketball team wins its first American Southwest Conference title.

March, 2005
Dr. Daniel Assumes Presidency

Dr. David E. Daniel is appointed fourth president of UT Dallas. An engineer whose work was recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers, Daniel worked at UT Austin and University of Illinois before arriving at UT Dallas. Under his leadership, UTD triples its research expenditures, allocates $600 million for building construction, adds 40 new degree programs and raises $210 million in private funds.

April, 2005
First Truman and Marshall Scholar

Eugene McDermott Scholar Sophie Rutenbar BA ’06 becomes the first UT Dallas student to be awarded both a Truman Scholarship and Marshall Scholarship.

May, 2005
First Goldwater Scholar

Eugene McDermott Scholar Kassandra McLean earns the first Goldwater Scholarship awarded to a current UTD student.

January, 2006
Ceremonial Mace Debuts

UT Dallas’ first Ceremonial Mace is presented to President David Daniel. The mace is made of wood from the 600-year-old Treaty Oak Tree in Austin and bears a metal University Seal that was carried into space.

Dr. Brian Berry stands in front of a sign for the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences.
February, 2006
School of Social Sciences Renamed

The School of Social Sciences is renamed the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences.

President David E. Daniel
March, 2006
UTD Presents Creating the Future

At UT Dallas’ inaugural Investiture Ceremony, President David E. Daniel presents “Creating the Future” — his strategic plan for UT Dallas that outlines how the University will become one of the nation’s best public research universities and one of the great universities of the world.

January, 2007
Natural Sciences and Engineering’s New Lab

The Natural Science and Engineering Research Laboratory opens. Its colorful anodized shingles earn it the nickname “The Mermaid Building.”

February, 2007
Center for BrainHealth’s New Home

The Francis and Mildred Goad Building, the new home for the Center for BrainHealth, opens.

March, 2007
Denise C. Park Joins UTD

Dr. Denise C. Park joins UT Dallas as professor of Brain and Behavioral Science and the T. Boone Pickens Distinguished Chair in Clinical Brain Science.

January, 2008
First Fulbright Scholar

McDermott Scholar Rachel Markowitz becomes UT Dallas’ first Fulbright Scholar.

February, 2008
U.S. State Department Fellowships

The U.S. State Department awards Critical Language Scholarships to Stacey Knepp and Molly Wurzer.

March, 2008
Comets Volleyball Spikes to the Top

The UT Dallas volleyball team wins its first American Southwest Conference championship.

Dr. Ray Baughman
April, 2008
National Academy of Engineering Bestows Honor

Director of the NanoTech Institute and the Robert A. Welch Distinguished Chair in Chemistry, Dr. Ray Baughman is elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

May, 2008
Confucius Institute and UTD Join Forces

UT Dallas partners with the Confucius Institute, a global network of partnerships that promotes a greater understanding of China’s languages and civilization.

May, 2008
Renovations Begin

Improvements across campus begin, including renovation of the Founders Building and construction of the school’s first residence hall and the Science Learning Center.

June, 2008
Campus Landscape Enhancement Begins

The first phase of the Campus Landscape Enhancement Project begins. The project includes planting 6,000 trees, constructing a small amphitheater and renovating roads.

Two students Whoosh on the Spirit Rock during Homecoming
June, 2008
Spirit Rock Makes Debut

Spirit Rock, an ever-changing public art piece consisting of three large boulders, is installed for students to paint messages and artwork.

Mural of campus and Dallas skyline
June, 2008
Randy Johnson Unveils UTD Mural

Artist Randy Johnson reveals his mural, depicting various scenes at UT Dallas, outside the Pub.

UTD Fight Song
July, 2008
Fight Song Debuts

UTD premieres its fight song, written to the tune of “Tiger Rag,” a famous jazz ballad produced in 1917 by the New Orleans group Original Dixieland Jazz Band.

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July, 2008
General Studies Changes Its Name

The School of General Studies is renamed the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, offering programs in health care, American studies and exercise studies.

July, 2008
New Dean of Engineering

Dr. Mark W. Spong is appointed dean of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science.

January, 2009
First Residence Hall Opens

The first residence hall (South) and Dining Hall open for students, followed by four more residence halls in the following five years. The group of residence halls is known as University Commons.

Surrounded by leaders of the Texas Legislature and higher education system, Gov. Rick Perry signs a bill that seeks to establish more Tier One universities in the state.
February, 2009
A Governor’s Visit

Gov. Rick Perry visits UT Dallas to sign House Bill 51. The legislation offers funding to reward research productivity and match private funding. It also establishes goals based on national standards that encourage UT Dallas and other universities throughout the state to expand research and improve academic excellence.

March, 2009
Major Donations in a Single Day

On Sept. 1, 2009, UT Dallas receives 16 individual donations — seven of which are greater than $1 million.

Panel of Presidents – Dr. Franklyn Jenifer, Dr. David E. Daniel and Dr. Robert H. Rutford
April, 2009
Presidents Discuss UTD’s First 40 Years

Presidents David E. Daniel, Franklyn Jenifer and Robert H. Rutford gather on a panel to reflect on the University’s 40-year trajectory.

January, 2010
Landscape Improvement Phase I Complete

UTD completes Phase I of the Campus Landscape Improvement Project. Thanks to major philanthropic support, the $30-million project culminates with a dedication ceremony under the Trellis – complete with a misting column to combat the Texas heat.

January, 2010
New Undergraduate Education Dean

Dr. Sheila Amin Gutiérrez de Piñeres is appointed new dean of Undergraduate Education following Dr. J. Michael Coleman’s retirement.

February, 2010
Science Learning Center Opens

The Science Learning Center (SLC) opens and gives students access to a number of instructional and interdisciplinary science labs. Its tiled exterior is inspired by both the atomic emission spectra of gases and the look of human DNA once it is separated in gel electrophoresis.

February, 2010
A Place to Congregate

UTD’s first LEED Platinum facility, the Student Services Building, opens for students with a Career Center, Financial Aid Office and Multicultural and Women’s centers.

March, 2010
Studies in Aging

Dr. Denise C. Park establishes the Center for Vital Longevity, a center dedicated to researching and understanding the aging brain, memory, cognitive aging and Alzheimer’s disease.

January, 2011
Visitors Welcome

After just eight months of construction, the Visitor Center and University Bookstore opens its doors to visitors and students.

Dr. Hobson Wildenthal and Dr. Denise Paquette Boots tap John Hamati for membership in Phi Kappa Phi.
January, 2011
UTD Gains Honors Society

Phi Kappa Phi, a highly selective honor society, opens a chapter at UT Dallas.

February, 2011
Important Work Finds a New Home

Holocaust Studies gains a new home in the Jonsson Academic Center and is renamed the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies in honor of Edward M. Ackerman’s generous support of the center.

February, 2011
Ashbel Professor of Criminology

Dr. Alex R. Piquero joins UT Dallas as Ashbel Smith Professor of criminology.

From left: Naveen Jindal MBA’92, Dean Hasan Pirkul, Charles “Chuck” Davidson MS’80 and Nancy Gundy Davidson BS’80.
March, 2011
Joint Donation Transforms Management School

Alumni Naveen Jindal MBA’92, Charles “Chuck” Davidson MS’80 and Nancy Gundy Davidson BS’80 collectively donate a joint gift of $30 million. This momentous gift is commemorated in the naming of the Naveen Jindal School of Management and the Davidson Management Honors Program.

March, 2011
New Natural Sciences and Mathematics Dean
January, 2012
New Electrical Engineering Department Head

Dr. James Coleman, a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Inventors, joins UT Dallas as professor and head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and as the Erik Jonsson Distinguished Chair.

February, 2012
First Investiture Ceremony

UT Dallas begins an annual tradition for its faculty, the Investiture Ceremony. The ceremony — attended by colleagues, family, and students — is a time to celebrate and recognize UTD’s extraordinary faculty.

First Exley Cover
March, 2012
New Journal Debuts

The Exley, UTD’s undergraduate research journal, prints for the first time.

President David E. Daniel speaks at the Realize the Vision campaign kickoff
April, 2012
Realize the Vision Begins

Realize the Vision: The Campaign for Tier One & Beyond begins its $200-million, five-year campaign to make UT Dallas into a nationally competitive research institution.

May, 2012
In Support of the Veterans

The Veteran Services Center, now the Military and Veteran Center, opens to support veterans as they transition to life as students.

January, 2013
UT Dallas Women’s Basketball Wins a Title

The Comets win their first championship title in an upset against Louisiana College, advancing to their first-ever trip to the NCAA Division III National Tournament.

February, 2013
Tennis Takes Home the Title

Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams win their first titles in the American Southwest Conference.

Astrophysicist Dr. Edward “Rocky” Kolb entertains a large audience with his lively discussion of dark matter and dark energy.
March, 2013
Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics

The Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics returns to UT Dallas for its 27th conference. Dr. Wolfgang Rindler, who was present for the inaugural symposium, and Dr. Mustapha Ishak-Bousaki host the conference. While it is held in locations around the world, the conference retains “Texas” in its name to honor the first gathering at UT Dallas.

April, 2013
UTeach Gains Endowment

UTeach Dallas raises $2 million to help prepare undergraduate students to be secondary science and math teachers.

May, 2013
Edith O’Donnell’s Legacy Continues

In honor of one of Texas’ most generous philanthropists, the Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building is formally dedicated. An inaugural concert features the original composition De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things) by Dr. Robert Xavier Rodríguez.

June, 2013
Campus Enhancement Continues

The second phase of the University’s Campus Landscape Enhancement Project breaks ground.

January, 2014
UTDesign’s New Space

UTDesign gets its own special laboratory space in the Synergy Park North building.

February, 2014
Art History Department

Edith O’Donnell, longtime visionary and patron of the arts and education, makes a contribution of $17 million to create the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History.

Peng Xie (right), a member of the first cohort of the Eugene McDermott Graduate Fellows Program, stands with program director Reena Schellenberg and Dr. Michael Q. Zhang.
March, 2014
McDermott Graduate Fellows Begin

With a $14-million donation from Margaret McDermott, the Eugene McDermott Graduate Fellows Program begins at UT Dallas.

April, 2014
School of Management’s New Wing

The 108,000-square-foot addition to the Naveen Jindal School of Management opens.

UT Dallas administration celebrates the opening of Dining Hall West.
May, 2014
Three New Buildings

In a whirlwind of construction, Residence Hall West, Dining Hall West and Recreation Center West open to students.

From left: Austin Howard, Julia Bykova, Dr. Anvar A. Zakhidov and Nicholas Cornell.
June, 2014
Youngest PhD Walks the Stage

UT Dallas awards a PhD to its youngest recipient, Austin Howard, who completed his coursework in physics at age 22.

Robert Edsel, author of The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, was the first speaker in the ATEC Distinguished Lecture Series.
July, 2014
A Monumental Occasion

Crowds pack the Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building lecture hall for the first Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communications (ATEC) Distinguished Lecture — a talk by Robert Edsel, author of The Monuments Men. Subsequent events include a talk from former astronaut Mae Jemison; internet pioneer Vinton G. Cerf; and UTD alum and Microsoft executive Christian Belady MA’90.

August, 2014
First Gates Cambridge Scholar

Eugene McDermott Scholar Bhaskaran Nair BS’13 becomes the first UT Dallas student to receive the Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

The Celebration of Support and Campaign Finale on Oct. 29, 2014, culminates with pyrotechnics and a laser light show.
September, 2014
Hundreds Gather for Realize the Vision Finale

Hundreds of donors, faculty, staff and students gather to celebrate the finale of Realize the Vision: The Campaign for Tier One and Beyond. The University’s first comprehensive campaign surpassed its goal to raise more than $263 million.

Collegium V students present posters featuring their senior capstone research projects.
January, 2015
Honors College Debuts

The UT System’s Board of Regents approves the creation of an Honors College.

Harrison Massey, an ATEC grad student, showcases his data piano program.
February, 2015
The Arts and Technology Gain a New School

The UT System Board of Regents approves the merger of two successful Arts and Technology programs into a single school — the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication.

March, 2015
New President Ad Interim

Dr. Hobson Wildenthal is appointed president ad interim.

Dr. Aziz Sancar PhD '77 (right), winner of the Nobel Prize in chemistry, is honored with the inaugural UT Dallas Lifetime Achievement Award.
April, 2015
First UTD Alum Earns Nobel Prize

Dr. Aziz Sancar, who earned his PhD in molecular and cell biology from UT Dallas in 1977, becomes the first UTD alum to win a Nobel Prize.

The new Texas Instruments Innovation Lab is located at the UTDesign Studio.
May, 2015
UTDesign Studio Opens

UTDesign Studio opens the Innovation Lab, a collaboration between UT Dallas and Texas Instruments.

January, 2016
UTD Earns R1 Status

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education classifies UT Dallas as an R1 Institution — a classification reserved for doctoral institutions with the highest research activity.

February, 2016
UTD Appoints First ATEC Dean

Dr. Anne Balsamo is appointed the first dean of the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication.

March, 2016
UTD’s Fifth President

Dr. Richard C. Benson is appointed the fifth president of UT Dallas. Since then, UT Dallas has qualified for funding from the National Research University Fund, a third engineering building and alumni center have opened, and President Benson outlined goals in a new strategic plan.

The UT Dallas community takes part in a photo saluting the three founders of the University.
April, 2016
Texas Instruments Plaza Dedicated

On the third annual Founders Day, the Texas Instruments Plaza is dedicated.

Founders Milestone plaque
May, 2016
Founders Building Dedicated as Milestone

The Founders Building is designated a Milestones in Microbiology site by the American Society of Microbiology.

June, 2016
Bioengineering and Sciences Building Opens

At 220,000 square feet, the Bioengineering and Sciences Building opens its doors. The building, which houses collaborative labs for bioengineering and neurosciences, is UT Dallas’ largest academic building.

July, 2016
New Facility for Callier Center

UT Dallas’ Callier Center for Communication Disorders opens its $22-million facility.

August, 2016
Northside Opens

Northside, a $54-million mixed-use development, is built by co-developers Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions and Wynne/Jackson on UT Dallas land. The 370,000-square-foot property includes townhomes and apartments.

September, 2016
Women’s Cross Country Clinches Title

The women’s cross country team wins the American Southwest Conference championship for the first time.

January, 2017
New Addition to Student Services

The 68,000-square-foot Student Services Building Addition opens. It has a 530-seat auditorium, food and retail locations, and a gaming wall.

Dr. Sabrina Starnaman shakes hands with Dr. Hobson Wildenthal.
February, 2017
Honors College Renamed

Margaret McDermott creates an endowment of $10 million for undergraduate research and, per her request, the Honors College is renamed the Hobson Wildenthal Honors College.

March, 2017
UTD Landscape Architect Wins Prize

Peter Walker, the renowned landscape architect who designed the UT Dallas Landscape Enhancement Project, is awarded the first Richard Brettell Prize in the Arts —  an award established with a gift from Margaret McDermott to recognize the essential role of arts, music, literature, performance and design.

Canyon Creek Heights, a new apartment complex on the southwest corner of campus, opens to students.
April, 2017
New Student Apartments Open

Canyon Creek Heights, a new apartment complex on the southwest corner of campus, opens to students.

May, 2017
UTD Ranked No. 1

In the Young University Rankings report from Times Higher Education, UT Dallas ranks No. 1 in schools founded less than 50 years ago.

June, 2017
Softball Hits Home Run

The women’s softball team wins its first conference championship.

Sam Konstanty and Michelle Toro
July, 2017
First NCAA Postgrad Scholarship Recipients

Soccer player Sam Konstanty and volleyball player Michelle Toro become the first Comets in school history to earn the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

August, 2017
Brain Performance Institute Opens

The Center for BrainHealth opens its new home for the Brain Performance Institute.

September, 2017
Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center Opens

The Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center opens. It is named for Nancy Gundy Davidson BS’80 and Charles “Chuck” Davidson MS’80, in acknowledgment of their $15-million gift that made its construction possible.

Texas Biomedical Device Center
February, 2018
UTD Earns Research Support

UT Dallas achieves the critical benchmark criteria required to qualify for funding from the National Research University Fund, an exclusive source of research support available to the state’s emerging research universities.

March, 2018
Comets Baseball Scores a Title

The UT Dallas baseball team wins its first American Southwest Conference title.

April, 2018
New Space for Engineering & Computer Science

On the ground where the Alexander Clark Center once stood, the new Engineering and Computer Science West building opens. The building stands four stories high with 200,000 square feet of labs, classrooms and office space.

May, 2018
Research Is a Breeze

UT Dallas premieres its on-campus wind tunnel, perfect for automobile and subsonic testing and with the capability of reaching 115 mph.

May, 2018
Margaret McDermott, 1912-2018

Margaret McDermott, the wife of founder Eugene McDermott and benefactor of UTD, passes away at age 106. A Dallas native and Red Cross nurse during World War II, Mrs. McDermott’s impact on campus can be seen in the Eugene McDermott Scholars program, the McDermott Library and several endowed chairs honoring her late husband.

June, 2018
Ackerman Center Hosts Conference

The Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies becomes the new, permanent host of the Annual Scholars Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches and holds the 48th conference on campus.

July, 2018
UTD Receives New Collection

In a monumental donation, UT Dallas acquires the Barrett Collection, the largest collection of Swiss art outside of Switzerland. The collection consists of over 400 works of Swiss art from artists such as Caspar Wolf, the first Swiss Alps painter, and modern art pioneer Cuno Amiet.

August, 2018
Men’s Cross Country Returns Champions

UT Dallas men’s cross country team captured the American Southwest Conference championship for the first time in team history.

President Richard C. Benson
September, 2018
SACSCC Reaffirms Accreditation

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges reaffirms UT Dallas’ accreditation.

October, 2018
Real Estate Institute Is Established

North Texas real estate icon Herb Weitzman and his wife, Donna, establish the Herbert D. Weitzman Institute for Real Estate at the Naveen Jindal School of Management.

November, 2018
Esports Joins Athletics

UT Dallas becomes one of the few universities to add an esports program to their athletics department.

December, 2018
New Dean of Graduate Education

Dr. Juan González is named dean of Graduate Education.

January, 2019
UTD Obtains Asian Art Collection

The Trammell and Margaret Crow family donates the entire collection of the Trammell and Margaret Crow Museum of Asian Art, together with $23 million of support funding, to create the Trammell and Margaret Crow Museum of Asian Art of The University of Texas at Dallas.

February, 2019
New Strategic Plan

President Richard C. Benson unveils a new Strategic Plan, a blueprint for UT Dallas’ success over the next five years.

April, 2019
New Dean for BBS

Dr. Steven L. Small, professor of neurology at the University of California, Irvine and director and chief scientific officer of the Medical Innovation Institute at the UC Irvine School of Medicine, becomes dean of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

June, 2019
New Chief of Staff

Rafael Martín accepts a new role as vice president and chief of staff for the University. Martín joined UT Dallas in 2003 as the founding manager of the Office of Technology Transfer. He became associate vice president for research in 2006. He also served as interim vice president for research.

August, 2019
New Engineering Dean

Dr. Stephanie G. Adams, professor of engineering management and systems engineering at Old Dominion University and dean of its Frank Batten College of Engineering & Technology, becomes the fifth dean of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science.

August, 2019
Esports Team Wins Super Smash Bros. National Title

The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate team earned the first athletics national championship for UT Dallas. The esports team traveled to Massachusetts to compete in the Collegiate Starleague Smash Ultimate National Championships on Aug. 23-25 at Shine 2019, one of the largest events in the world for Smash tournaments.

Dr. Dennis Kratz, founding director of the new Center for Asian Studies.
August, 2019
University Establishes New Center for Asian Studies

The University of Texas at Dallas establishes the Center for Asian Studies, expanding its commitment to programs that previously were components of the University’s earlier initiatives, the Confucius Institute and the Asia Center. It operates in tandem with the University’s Trammell and Margaret Crow Museum of Asian Art.