Academy of Distinguished Alumni

earnest gloyna

Earnest F. Gloyna

Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1953
M.S., University of Texas at Austin, 1949
B.S., Texas Technological College, 1946

Earnest F. Gloyna, Emeritus Professor and Bettie Margaret Smith Chair in Environmental Health Engineering, retired from The University of Texas at Austin, January 15, 2001.

His engineering career began in 1942 as an officer, Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army. This experience was followed with two temporary appointments, and 54 years as a faculty member of The University of Texas at Austin. He served as Dean of the College of Engineering from 1970-1987.

His teaching, research and professional practice have touched an unusually large number of students, educators, engineers and the public leadership. His early interests in water resources and public health has led him to expand his educational base in civil engineering to include an emphasis in environmental engineering and supporting studies in chemical engineering, chemistry, biological sciences, and public health. While teaching, developing research programs, and participating in academic administration, he has maintained a strong tie to the professional world of engineering. He has supported the concept that an engineering professor teaches best when exposed to real engineering problems and solutions. His research, with the assistance of about 160 Post Doc., Ph. D. and Master’s-level students has focused primarily on the evaluation and improvement of water quality.

Gloyna is a member of numerous engineering societies, and has received honors and awards from both national and international societies. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1970 and is a Diplomate in the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. He was named a Distinguished Engineering Graduate by the College of Engineering in 1982; received the Joe J. King Professional Award, in 1982; and is also a Distinguished Graduate of The Johns Hopkins University,1993.

Inducted November 7, 2003