Al Sacco Jr.

Sacco Receives Honorary Doctorate

Al Sacco Jr., dean of the Whitacre College of Engineering, was awarded a doctorate Honoris Causa in Valparaiso, Chile by the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso (PUCV). The award, the highest degree that the institution confers, was granted during the institution's Inaugural Act of the Academic Year Ceremony on March 25, 2014.

Sacco was recognized for his scientific contributions – including more than two hundred publications, for his academic cultivation of undergraduate and graduate students for three decades, for his administrative leadership in higher education institutions, and for his outstanding efforts in STEM education and the promotion of the sciences, mathematics, biotechnology, and engineering. He was also recognized for his work as a role model for thousands of schoolchildren through presentations and participation in hundreds of conferences, his role as a consultant for business companies, and his scientific contributions as an astronaut on Space Shuttle Columbia Mission STS-73.

Sacco’s visit to the PUCV was part of the Whitacre College of Engineering’s efforts to broaden and strengthen international collaborations. The visit culminated with the planning of a dual degree program between PUCV and Texas Tech in engineering, along with preparations for future faculty collaborations and study abroad opportunities.