Gregory Louis Fenves is a structural engineer, professor and college administrator who has served as the twenty-ninth president of the University of Texas at Austin since June 3, 2015.[1][2][3] For his research and teaching, Fenves was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2014, the highest recognition for an engineer in the United States.[4] He holds the Cockrell Family Chair in Engineering #15 and the Ed and Carolyn Hyman Presidential Leadership Chair at UT Austin.[1]

Gregory Fenves
Greg Fenves at LBJ Foundation (cropped).jpg
29th President of the University of Texas at Austin
Assumed office
June 3, 2015
Preceded byWilliam Powers Jr.
Personal details
Born (1957-03-01) March 1, 1957 (age 62)
Champaign, Illinois, U.S.
ResidenceAustin, Texas
Alma materCornell University
University of California, Berkeley
ProfessionStructural Engineer, Academic
WebsiteOffice of the President

Education and careerEdit

Fenves was educated at Cornell University where he received a bachelor's degree (B.S.) in engineering with distinction in 1979 and was a member of the Quill and Dagger society.[5] He went on to earn a master's degree (M.S.E.) in 1980 and a Ph.D. in 1984 from the University of California, Berkeley.

He began his career as an assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at UT Austin from 1984 to 1987. He was on the faculty of UC Berkeley for more than 20 years and served as chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 2002 to 2007.

He is an internationally recognized structural engineer and led the development of one of the most widely used open-source software platforms in the civil engineering profession. He was one of the pioneers in developing wireless sensor networks for assessing the structural health of buildings, bridges and infrastructure and has focused his research on the simulation of structures subjected to earthquakes.

Prior to his role as executive vice president and provost of UT Austin from 2013 to 2015, he was appointed as the eighth dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering at UT Austin in 2008 and served in that capacity for five years. In 2015, he was selected as the 29th president of UT Austin.

President of The University of Texas at AustinEdit

In 2015, his administration successfully defended UT Austin’s admissions practices before the US Supreme Court.[6] The landmark ruling in the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin case enabled UT Austin to continue using race as a factor in its admissions process.[6]

In 2017 Fenves received the "Guardian of the Human Spirit" award from Holocaust Museum Houston.[7] In 2018, he received the "Hope for Humanity" award from the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education & Tolerance.[8] During the acceptance speeches for both awards, Fenves discussed his family's history of loss and survival during the holocaust.

In 2018, UT Austin posted the highest four-year graduation rates in the university's history, 69.8%, an increase of over 17 percentage points since 2012.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Biography of President Fenves at UT Austin".
  2. ^ "Biography of President Fenves at The University of Texas System".
  3. ^ "The University of Texas Civil, Architectural, Environmental Engineering Faculty Directoy".
  4. ^ "Four UT Austin Engineers Elected to National Academy". Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  5. ^ UT presidential finalist Gregory Fenves praised on campus, but some regents are skeptical
  6. ^ a b Liptak, Adam (June 23, 2016). "Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action Program at University of Texas". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  7. ^ "President Fenves Honored by Holocaust Museum Houston". The Alcalde. November 3, 2017. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  8. ^ "Dallas Holocaust Museum to Honor University of Texas at Austin President Gregory L. Fenves at Hope for Humanity Dinner". The Dallas Weekly. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  9. ^ "UT-Austin's four-year graduation rate reaches all-time high, despite failing 2012 goal - The Daily Texan". Retrieved January 7, 2019.