Changing Your World

Changing Your World

Longhorns Working for a Vibrant Texas

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From health care to engineering, traffic relief to ant control, UT students, alumni and faculty members are serving the state and creating a more vibrant Texas.

Students from the Changing Your World campaign.

Steven Santoyo, '19

Major: Communication Studies, Pre-Law

Steven Santoyo wants to bring out the best in young Texans.

Steven Santoyo

Mirka Mendez, '20

Major: Petroleum Engineering

Education and Energy: Two things Mirka will never take for granted.

Mirka Mendez

Nathaniel Briggs, '20

Major: Aerospace Engineering

Nathaniel Briggs is planning a life in defense, service and teaching.


Kavya Rajesh, '20

Major: Chemistry Honors/Pre-Med

Future doctor Kavya Rajesh wants to give organ recipients more time.

Chemical major Kavya Rajesh smiling.
Two Building-Wide Intelligence Project (BWI) robots flank a robot from the Personal Autonomous Robotics Lab (PeARL), center, in the GDC at The University of Texas at Austin.

UT is collaborating with the U.S. Army Futures Command to give soldiers the tools they need.

Karan Jerath, '19

Major: Petroleum Engineering

Business-oriented and environmentally minded, Karan is already serving Texas.

Petroleum Engineering Major Karan Jerath smiling.

Jacob Vines, '19

Major: Kinesiology

Jacob wants to change the world with breakthroughs in neurological therapy.

Kelsey Mumford , '19

Major: Nursing Honors, Biology

Kelsey wants to change your world with policies that prevent illness.

Kelsey Mumford

Anastasiya Byelousova, '20

Major: Plan II Honors

Anastasiya is traveling across the world to search for solutions to a surprisingly big problem in Texas — maternal mortality.

Anastasiya Byelousova
Crazy Ant (Nylanderia fulva), Buenos Aires, Argentina.

UT scientists are all in for the fight against crazy ants.

Landon Hackley, '20

Major: Biomedical Engineering, Pre-med

This is what happens when an engineer, a future surgeon, and a social entrepreneur come together.

Zeyi Lin, BS '18

Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Helping Texans get home sooner is his passion.

Regan Preston, '19

Major: Communications Studies

Showing high school students the value of college is her passion.

Marwan Madi, '20

Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Bringing new technology to agriculture is Marwan’s innovation.

UT Austin and the VETTED Foundation are strengthening the private sector with our nation’s military talent.

Emmalie Berkovsky, BS ’17, Dell Med ’21

Major: Chemical Engineering/ Doctor of Medicine

Growing up in a small town has many perks, but world-class medical care isn’t always one of them. That is why Dell Med student Emmalie Berkovsky plans to return to her hometown of Shiner to serve the community she loves.


Andrea Chee, BS ’18

Major: Speech Communication

El Paso’s Andrea Chee wants Texans with speech challenges to succeed. “Communication is important,” she says. “It’s the foundation of everything we do.”

Speech therapist Andrea Chee.

Alejandra Ortega, BS ’15

Major: Applied Learning and Development

In her second year on the job, Alejandra Ortega was named Houston’s Secondary Teacher of the Year. Here’s why.

Applied Learning and Development class of 2015 Alejandra Ortega
TexNet has installed seismometer stations across the state.

Researchers at UT's Bureau of Economic Geology are understanding the West Texas earthquake problem. They are finding the causes to help lessen future impact on Texans.

Ricky Cooks, ’21

Major: Business Honors and Government

Ricky Cooks, a student in UT’s McCombs School of Business, wants to use his degree to build the economy of Texas and lift local communities.

McCombs Business's student Ricky Cooks

Janelle Chavez, ’19

Major: Biology

Biology major Janelle Chavez ventured to Austin for her education and plans to return to the Valley to improve health care.

Biology class of 2019 Janelle Chavez.

Liam Harlan, ’19

Major: Chemical Engineering

Liam Harlan wants to use data to fast-track advances in chemical engineering. Because the state of Texas has a first-class research university, this valedictorian didn’t have to leave Texas to get the experience a top researcher needs.

Chemical Engineering class of 2018 Liam Harlan.
Marine Science Ph.D. candidate Chris Biggs sitting in a small boat listening for seatrout.

Researchers at UT’s Marine Science Institute are strengthening the gamefish population along the Texas coast.

Impact Across Texas

From interaction with thought-leading professors to collaboration with their brilliant peers, students at The University of Texas at Austin are given everything they need to make a difference in their community.

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