Welcome to the Graduate Engineering Council's official website. The purpose of GEC is to serve the needs of the Engineering Graduate Students at The University of Texas at Austin by representing students to the Student Senate and the Dean's Office. We a registered student organization at The University of Texas at Austin, officially sponsored by the Cockrell School of Engineering. If you have any suggestions, complaints, or comments about the Cockrell School or your department, please submit them via our online comment form.

GEC Graduate student Conference Grant Calling for Application

The application for 2014-2015 Graduate Student Conference Grant is now open. All eligible UT graduate engineers are welcome to apply. Each award recipient will receive up to $500 for unreimbursed conference-related expenses (e.g. travel fee, room & board) incurred between September 1st, 2014 andAugust 31st, 2015Application deadline is Friday April 10th, 2015Eligibility and requirements are listed in the attached guideline. The Conference Grant is made possible by the Cockrell School of Engineering—Academic Affairs. Application review will be conducted by the Graduate Engineering Council.

Please submit application/documents, as well as direct any questions or concerns, to UTGECGrant@gmail.com.

GAIN 2016 Committee Calling for Application

What is GAIN?
The Graduate Engineering Council (GEC) is currently recruiting committee members for its Spring event, the Graduate and Industry Networking (GAIN) conference, which is taking place on February 4th here at UT. GAIN provides the opportunity for UT graduate engineering students to showcase their research and to network with industry representatives.

GAIN 2015 had 40 industry representative from 10 corporate partners, over 70 graduate presenters, and over 150 graduate students in attendance. To ensure its growing success for GAIN 2015, GEC is looking for capable individual to help with event organization. It is a great opportunity to gain experience in leadership, teamwork, professionalism, and event organization.

Positions Available & Respective Responsibilities
GAIN Committee Members
  • Attend weekly meeting
  • Assist with event logistics, corporate recruitment, visual assets creation, or publicity
  • Attend GAIN 2016 (around early Feb, 2016) for on-location assistance
GAIN Co-Directors
  • Selected from committee members
  • Coordinate event organization
  • Work closely with GEC officer board
If interested, please fill out this brief application, (application link will be up soon), and a GEC officer will get in touch with you shortly for more information. 

GEC 2014-15 Executive Committee


Simon Wang
Vice President Pinaki Ghosh
Financial Director Michael Nole 
Secretary Ghadi Sebaali
PR Director Ajit Gopalakrishnan
Corporate Relations Director        Balaji Chandrasekaran
Energy Series Director Sean Wood
Academic Career Series Director Qiang Liu
Senate Representative Shaina Johl
Newsletter Editor Vik Parthiban
Activities Coordinators Ruth Hahn
Roy Wung
IT Director
Edward Lin
GAIN 2013 Co-Directors Pinaki Ghosh
Brad Trembacki

Department Representatives


Aerospace EngineeringDavid Ottesen

Chemical EngineeringJorge Vazquez
Alon Kirschner
Civil EngineeringRaghav Prakash

Electrical EngineeringVik Parthiban
Jian Zhang

Mechanical EngineeringMichelle Pang
Columbia Mishra

Petroleum & Geosystems EngineeringMichael Nole
 Material Science EngineeringWei Jiang

If you are a new graduate student at UT, Welcome!  We have created an online orientation packet just for you.   One of GEC's most popular services is the Travel Grant, awarded once a year to help graduate students cover travel expenses. For more money, check out our list of graduate fellowships.  Or, consider mentoring an undergraduate student for a chance to earn a $500 travel stipend from the Intellectual Entrepreneurship Program. Also, if you use Google Calendar, be sure to subscribe to the GEC Calendar.

- The GEC Officers     


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- UT Honor Code