Index of Memorial Resolutions and Biographical Sketches
ERNEST WILLIAM STEEL
Ernest William Steel, professor of civil engineering, died on February 10, 1964. He was 70.
Professor Steel was born on August 1, 1893, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Cornell University in 1920.
Professor Steel worked with the Rockefeller Foundation and the Texas State Health Department. He taught at Texas A&M University from 1925 to 1942, where he chaired the Department of Municipal and Sanitary Engineering. He served as a consultant in water treatment to the Venezuelan government from 1946 to 1949. He joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 1949, where he taught until 1961, when he retired.
Professor Steel authored Water Supply and Sewerage (1938, 1947, 1953, 1960, 1979) and Municipal Affairs (1941, 1950). With E. G. White, he wrote Hygiene of Community, School, and Home (1932).
Professor Steel was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Inter-American Association of Sanitary Engineering, and the American Society of Military Engineers. He was also a Fellow of the American Public Health Association.
In 1928, Professor Steel was awarded the Fuertes Medal from Cornell University. In 1984 the UT System Board of Regents approved funds to establish the Ernest W. Steel Lectureship in Environmental Health Engineering.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on December 21, 2000. Additional biographical sources can be found in the UT Office of Public Affairs.