Kelcy Warren, an alumnus of the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), has made a transformative $12 million gift to
support the growing field of resource and energy engineering (REE). This
generous contribution is the largest single philanthropic investment in the
history of UT Arlington, marking a significant milestone for the university. 

Warren, the executive chairman and chairman of the Board of Directors of Energy Transfer
LP, recognizes the critical need for highly skilled graduates who can manage
energy resources in Texas and beyond. He believes that UTA can play a vital
role in meeting this demand by establishing itself as a leader in the REE industry. 

The funds from Warren’s gift will be used to enhance the REE program at UTA’s College of
Engineering. The program will offer a bachelor’s degree in REE, the first of
its kind in the United States. It will equip students with the knowledge and
skills to apply engineering principles to the design, development, and
evaluation of energy generation, storage, conversion, and distribution systems. 

To honor Warren’s generosity, UTA will name three endowed REE academic positions, as well as REE
laboratory space, a career experience center, and scholarship/fellowship
recipients, in his honor. This recognition reflects Warren’s commitment to
supporting faculty and research excellence within the field of REE. 

The Kelcy Warren Endowed Professorship in Resource and Energy Engineering will attract a
world-class faculty member to lead the program. Additionally, two Kelcy Warren Endowed Faculty Fellowships will be established to
recruit and retain distinguished scholars who will enhance the educational
experience for REE students. 

The gift will also support state-of-the-art REE laboratory space and equipment, providing faculty
and students with the necessary resources to address today’s energy challenges.
Furthermore, the creation of the Kelcy Warren Career Experience Center will offer
engineering undergraduates valuable experiential learning opportunities,
including internships and co-ops. 

Through the establishment of the Warren Scholars program, undergraduate students pursuing REE will
receive scholarship support, enabling them to achieve their educational goals.
Graduate students interested in energy industry careers will have the
opportunity to become Warren Fellows, receiving fellowship support upon graduation. 

Kelcy Warren’s philanthropic investment will also support research experiences for
undergraduate engineering students, preparing them for success in the energy
industry and other high-demand fields. 

UTA President Jennifer Cowley expressed her gratitude for Warren’s support, stating that his
gift will provide transformational support for resource and energy engineering
and position UTA as a national leader in this vital industry. 

Warren’s remarkable contribution to his alma mater will have a lasting impact on the future of
energy engineering. UTA will continue to build on this legacy, producing a
pipeline of talented engineers ready to make a significant impact in the
dynamic energy sector. Through this investment, Warren sets an example for
others to follow, demonstrating the power of philanthropy in shaping the future
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