Women in Energy Leadership, Top ROTC Cadet, & Golden Steering Wheel

The Houston Business Journal recently announced its 2016 Women in Energy Leadership: Women of Influence list. Two of this year’s honorees are Tau Bates. They are Janine J. McArdle, NE A ’83, CEO of Apex Strategies LLC; and Sara N. Ortwein, TX A ’80, former president of ExxonMobile Upstream Research Co., and current president of XTO Energy.

According to the article, McArdle has been in the industry for 33 years, founded Apex Strategies a consulting firm for energy participants, and is dedicated to mentoring young women. Ortwein is in charge of ExxonMobil’s unconventional business in the lower 48 states and has had to learn about balancing her career and personal life during her 36-year career in the energy industry.


Dustin A. Dykes, MS B 2017, placed No. 9 on the list, among the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s Top 10 graduates for 2017. Dykes is a senior mechanical engineering major at the University of Mississippi. In 2016, he received the Association of United States Army’s Army ROTC Cadet of the Year Award. His goal is to be selected for the Army Aviation Corps.

His father, David A. Dykes, MS B ’86, won the Hughes Trophy Award in 1986 as the top Army ROTC cadet in the nation while completing his chemical engineering degree. Click here to read the article for more on Dustin, including why he chose engineering: “I actually started at Ole Miss majoring in forensic chemistry, but… I had this nagging feeling that it wasn’t my true calling. I soon switched my major to mechanical engineering. It was easily the most important and positive decision I made in college.”


Earlier this week, at Bild am Sonntag and Auto Bild’s Golden Steering Wheel awards ceremony in Berlin, Germany, General Motors CEO Mary Barra, MI Z ’85, was awarded the “Honorary Golden Steering Wheel 2016.” She was cited for being “responsible for the renaissance of General Motors” and “having led the company into the future by establishing a new corporate culture, advancing trend-setting models, and entering innovative business areas for GM.”

Read the announcement from The News Wheel for more information.


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