Spring 2013 Commencement Speakers
Dr. Hans M. Mark
Former Chancellor of UT System (1984-1992), John J. McKetta Centennial Energy
Chair in Engineering
Dr. Hans M. Mark is the John J. McKetta Centennial Energy Chair in Engineering in the
Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. 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.
Dr. 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. He joined the faculty at UT-Austin in 1988.
In 1969, Dr. Mark was named Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s
Ames Research Center in California where he worked with research in life science, space
science and space technology.
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.
Dr. Mark served as Chancellor of The University of Texas System from 1984 to 1992. He was the keynote speaker at The University of Texas
at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College partnership’s first Commencement in May 1992.
He has served as 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 is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and an Honorary Fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Dr. Mark 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.
Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D.
Chancellor, The University of Texas System (2009-present)
Francisco Gonzalez Cigarroa, M.D., was born on December 1, 1957, in Laredo, Texas. One of ten children, Dr. Cigarroa is a third generation physician. Dr. Cigarroa graduated in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Yale University. Dr. Cigarroa earned his medical degree in 1983 from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.
Dr. Cigarroa joined the faculty of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1995, where he served as director of pediatric surgery before serving as president of the institution from 2000 -2009. In 2003, President George W. Bush appointed him to serve on the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science.
In 2009, Dr. Cigarroa became the first Hispanic named chancellor of The University of Texas System. As chancellor, he oversees one of the largest public systems of higher education in the nation, which consists of nine universities and six health institutions. He is also vice chairman for policy on the Board of Directors of The University of Texas Investment Management Company.
Currently, he serves on the National Research Council Committee on Research Universities and on the American Academy Commission
on the Humanities and Social Sciences. In addition, President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Cigarroa to serve as a commissioner on the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans.
Dr. Cigarroa is a nationally renowned transplant surgeon and continues to perform liver and kidney transplant surgeries.