Outstanding in his class

By Cathy Ann Connelly

Friday, May 13, 2016

Texas A&M honors Sandia Executive VP Steve Rottler as a distinguished alum

Texas A&M University’s Dwight Look College of Engineering has honored Sandia’s Steve Rottler, deputy Laboratories director and executive VP for National Security Programs, as an Outstanding Alumni 2016.

The award recognizes former engineering students who have “brought honor to their profession by outstanding leadership in engineering activities, by enhancing the professional development of engineers, or by their creativity or ingenuity in the field of engineering.”

AWARD WINNERS — Steve Rottler, third from left, and other award recipients join Dwight Look College of Engineering Dean M. Katherine Banks, center, during recent ceremonies at Texas A&M. Honorees, from left, are Stuart R. Bell, president, the University of Alabama; Greg Garland, chairman and CEO, Phillips 66; Steve Rottler; M. Katherine Banks; Merri J. Sanchez, chief scientist, Air Force Space Command; Charlie Shaver, chairman of the board and chief executive officer, Axalta Coating Systems; and Christopher T. Rodenbeck, head, advanced concepts group, US Naval Research Laboratory, who was presenteds the 2016 Outstanding Early Professional Achievement Alumni Award.

With nearly 500 faculty members and more than 15,000 students, the Look College is the second-largest engineering school in the country, according to Texas A&M. The college is ranked seventh in graduate studies, ninth in undergraduate programs, and second in research expenditures among public institutions by US News & World Report, with 10 of the college’s 14 departments ranked in the Top 10.

Steve, who previously served as Sandia’s Chief Technology Officer and as VP of the California site, is a recipient of the Department of the Air Force Award for Exemplary Civilian Service. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a former member of its board of directors, and has served on several of its committees.

He has led and served as a member of advisory boards and independent review panels for government agencies, other national laboratories, and universities such as the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station and the System Engineering Research Center at Stevens Institute of Technology.