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Dr. JJ McKetta was probably the most influential person in my life, so far. In two Unit Ops classes with him, I learned discipline, respect, and most of all "how to solve complex problems" using the General Engineering Equation that can be used to solve any engineering problem in the world. But Dr. McKetta and I also gelled on the issues of Energy Politics as he helped me to create a weekly advertisement in the Daily Texan known as "Nuclear Facts". I think he got the biggest kick out of our "Yes Nukes" bumper stickers, one of which he placed on his orange Mercedes. We will miss you Dr. McKetta, but you live on in all of those that you touched. Thank you. Rick Perkins ChE Class of '83.
Brian K Wilson UTChEng'13 graduation Party
One of the kindest men I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. Dr. McKetta was not only a great engineer and professor but had an aura about him that instantly lit up the room. Although we only became acquainted over a short luncheon at UT, I could instantly tell from our conversation that Dr. McKetta cared deeply about his students and genuinely wanted each and every one of them to succeed. I'm very thankful I was able to meet Dr. McKetta; it really is amazing how profound of an impact he had on the lives of so many. My thoughts and prayers go out to the McKetta family.