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Former UT Chancellor Tours Labs, Meets with Students and Faculty 

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 22, 2013 – Faculty members and students at The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College hosted Dr. Hans M. Mark, former Chancellor of The University of Texas System, during a day-long visit on Friday, Feb. 22. 

Dr. Hans Mark, a former Chancellor of The University of Texas System, tours a mechanical lab during a day-long visit on Friday to UTB.
Dr. Hans Mark, a former Chancellor of The University of Texas System, tours a mechanical lab during a day-long visit on Friday to UTB.

Mark, the John J. McKetta Centennial Energy Chair in Engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, toured nanotechnology, wave tank and laser labs and visited the Arecibo Remote Command Center.  

“It’s great,” he said about his visit. “I was around when we started this whole thing. It’s amazing and it’s what we had in mind. This is what we wanted to have here.” 

Mark also met students majoring in engineering and physics and members of the university’s chess team.  

Sam Moreno, 25, a junior mechanical engineering major from Brownsville and a graduate of Porter High School, enjoyed showing Mark miniature rockets he and classmates have made.  

“He told us about his experience with rocketry and what he enjoyed about it,” said Moreno.

Mark will be the keynote speaker at the 21st Spring Commencement for the UTB and TSC partnership at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 11 on the Cardenas South Hall Lawn. 

He was also the keynote speaker at the first UTB and TSC partnership graduation in May 1992. At that time he was finishing his term as Chancellor of the UT System which he held from 1984 to 1992. 

In 1988, Mark joined the faculty of the Cockrell School of Engineering at UT-Austin. Mark has taught physics and engineering courses at Boston University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California, Davis and Stanford University.  

Mark’s research is in orbital mechanics, specifically tilt-rotor aircraft applications, electromagnetic railguns and the prevention of nuclear weapons proliferation. He has also done work with nuclear gamma rays, national defense policy and atomic wave functions. 

He served as Secretary of the Air Force in President Jimmy Carter’s administration and is a former Deputy Administrator of NASA in President Ronald Reagan’s administration.

In 1969, Mark was named Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Ames Research Center in California where he worked with research in aeronautics, life science, space science and space technology.  

He has been a consultant for the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Defense Analysis, the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and the Defense Science Board. 

He earned a bachelor’s degree in physics in 1951 from the University of California, Berkeley and a doctoral degree in physics in 1954 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 
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