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History of the Program


Ralph Heath establishes the initial endowment for the program.

Heath Fellows
Professors Rupy Sawhney (Industrial Engineering) and Russell Zaretzki (Business Analytics & Statistics) are named Heath Fellows, creating synergies in the business and engineering colleges.


Mary Pile joins UT as director of the program. Mary previously worked in product development and manufacturing for the medical device industry for almost 10 years.

Steering Committee
Formed to offer independent perspective, guidance, and expertise on strategy, direction, continuing development, and ongoing implementation of the program. Members represent the aerospace, telecommunications, and manufacturing industries.

Inaugural Cohort
The inaugural cohort is selected as the Class of 2020, with classes beginning in August.


Executive Roundtable
Formed to provide feedback on scope, direction and curricula, connections to industry, 1:1 mentoring of students, on-campus speaking, thought leadership on complex systems approaches, management challenges, and emerging needs of businesses. Members represent the aerospace, entertainment, finance, legal, and manufacturing industries.

The UT Board of Trustees officially approves “Heath Integrated Business and Engineering program” as the new name.


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