Hunter & Stephanie Hunt

Hunter & Stephanie HuntHunter Hunt is Chairman and CEO of Hunt Consolidated Energy, Inc., the holding company for Hunt Oil Company, Hunt Refining Company, and Hunt Power. Hunt Oil Company was founded in 1934 by H.L. Hunt and is one of the largest privately-owned energy companies in the world. Hunt Power was established in 1998 to seek opportunities in the utility industry. Hunt Power created Sharyland Utilities, L.P., a Texas-based transmission and distribution electric utility, which was the first new regulated electric utility created in the U.S. in over 30 years. Sharyland Utilities is currently developing a 300-mile electric transmission project to bring wind power from the Panhandle region of Texas into the major metropolitan areas. It now has operations in over 20 counties in Texas. Hunter serves as President of Sharyland Utilities.

Prior to joining Hunt Consolidated, Hunter worked with the investment bank Morgan Stanley from 1990 to 1998, both in corporate finance and commodity trading. In 1999, he took a leave of absence from the Hunt organization to work for the George W. Bush Campaign for President, where he served in the Policy Group focusing on energy, taxes, and the budget. Hunter graduated from SMU summa cum laude with degrees in both economics and political science. He serves in several capacities at SMU, including serving on the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering's Executive Board, the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies, and he was recently Chair of the 21st Century Council, a group reporting to SMU's president that consults on a variety of university issues. He co-founded the Hunter and Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering & Humanity, which is focused on bringing innovative technological and business solutions to the global poor. Hunter also serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the All Stars Project, a nationwide charity based in New York that focuses on developing underprivileged youth through performance and career training.

A native of Dallas, Texas, Stephanie Hunt attended the University of Texas at Austin, graduating in 1990 with a BBA in Finance. After graduation, she studied at Sotheby's in London and subsequently worked in the Dallas office. Two years later, Stephanie joined the energy research group of the investment bank Wasserstein Perella, continuing her financial work until 1997. She then moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming as co-owner of The Gun Barrel Steakhouse.

In 2009, Stephanie and her husband Hunter, co-founded the Hunt Institute for Engineering & Humanity within SMU's Lyle School of Engineering. The Hunt Institute is dedicated to bringing technology-driven solutions to improve the lives of those in extreme poverty, and to developing a new generation of engineers who will apply their talents to the challenges facing the global poor.

Stephanie currently serves on the boards of the USA for UNHCR (the UN Agency for Refugees); the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas providing free legal representation and social services to asylum seekers; and The da Vinci School, specializing in early childhood education. Stephanie is a past chair of the AFI Dallas International Film Festival and continues her support of film preservation through the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. Stephanie attended NYU's summer filmmaking boot camp in 1999 and is a passionate supporter of documentary filmmaking. Stephanie resides in Dallas with her husband, Hunter, and their eight-year-old triplets.

Dr. Bobby B. Lyle

Dr. Bobby B. Lyle has excelled as an engineer, corporate executive, entrepreneur, civic leader, professor, and academic administrator during his distinguished and multifaceted career. He has served as an SMU trustee for 20 years and is a member of the Executive Board of the Lyle School of Engineering.

The founder of Lyco Energy Corporation in 1981, Lyle has been a leader in the petroleum and natural gas industry for more than 25 years, exploring throughout the United States. In 2005, he established Lyco Holdings Inc., a private investment firm. During his professional career, Lyle has also helped found a number of private companies and joint ventures and was instrumental in the development of the Dallas Galleria and the InterFirst Bank-Galleria.

Lyle graduated from Louisiana Tech University, received a graduate degree in Engineering Administration from SMU, and earned a doctorate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He served as a professor and administrator in what is now the Edwin L. Cox School of Business, ultimately serving as dean ad interim and as executive dean.

In addition to the Lyle School Engineering Executive Board, Lyle serves on the Executive Board of the Cox School of Business and as a trustee of the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man in SMU's Dedman College. He is vice chair of the Maguire Energy Institute in the Cox School and the Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility. He is co-founder and current chair of the Associate Board in the Cox School and serves on the board of SMU's Hart Global Leaders Forum. He received the SMU Distinguished Alumni Award in 1995 and in 2006 was named to the Lyle School of Engineering Hall of Leaders. Lyle is convening co-chair of the Engineering Steering Committee for The Second Century Campaign.

His civic activities have included leadership roles with the Boy Scouts of America, National and Dallas-Fort Worth Advisory Boards of the Salvation Army, Texas Trees Foundation, and many others.

On October 17, 2008, the SMU community celebrated the naming of the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering and the unveiling of its new strategic plan. The Lyle School will build on its strong history of preparing graduates for success in areas such as technology, industry and public service. As the University enters its second century, the Lyle School will educate engineers to be leaders and creative thinkers, prepared to take on the most profound challenges confronting society and our planet.

William & Gay Solomon

William & Gay SolomonWilliam T. Solomon served for more than 30 years as CEO of Austin Industries, one of the nation’s largest commercial, industrial, and infrastructure construction companies. Actively involved in the Dallas philanthropic community, Mr. Solomon is chairman of the board of the Hoblitzelle Foundation and vice chairman of the board of Dallas Medical Resource. A past chairman of the board of the Southwestern Medical Foundation, he served on the board of the Belo Corporation and was chairman of the Dallas Citizens Council, Dallas Together Forum, and the Greater Dallas Chamber.

Mr. Solomon earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the SMU Lyle School of Engineering and an MBA from Harvard. He was named to the Texas Business Hall of Fame in 1996 and honored as the Texas Minority Business Advocate of the Year in 1995.  He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the 2000 J. Erik Johnson Ethics Award presented by the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU.  Solomon previously served on the SMU Board of Trustees and is a current member of the SMU Lyle School of Engineering Executive Board.

Mr. Solomon is married to Gay (Ferguson) Solomon, a civic volunteer, painter, and interior designer. Mrs. Solomon supports a variety of civic and religious organizations and is a member of the Executive Board of SMU's Perkins School of Theology. She is an honor graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

Mr. and Mrs. Solomon support various philanthropic organizations in Dallas and endowed the William T. and Gay F. Solomon Division of General Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. The couple also supports UT Southwestern's new William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, where Mr. Solomon chaired the capital campaign and Mrs. Solomon chaired the Art Advisory Committee.

Mr. and Mrs. Solomon have two children: William T. Solomon, Jr. and Meredith (Solomon) Boyd.

The Hunt Institute works closely with scientists, who have promising research and innovations in the areas mentioned above, by providing seed funding and/or facilitating and supporting their work through the expertise of the Institute’s staff and collaboration platform. Examples include research on reducing the cost of and improving the productivity of sustainable intensive food production systems; modeling the strength and energy efficiency of earth blocks; and studying soil contamination and remediation opportunities vis-à-vis urban farming and earthen construction. Under expert and faculty guidance, the Institute has also piloted a student innovation competition. The above research and innovation is carried out in close collaboration with community partners whenever possible; special emphasis is put on engaging with youth in partner communities.

Goals

The Mission of the Hunter & Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering & Humanity is to:

  • Develop and scale sustainable and affordable technologies and solutions addressing the challenges facing the global poor
  • Improve the standard of living of the world’s impoverished communities
  • Foster market-based mechanisms that create sustainable livelihood opportunities and that respect the dignity of individuals and communities
  • Serve as a convening platform for business, academia, NGOs and governmental organizations, as well as a national and international hub for relevant programs
  • Leverage talent from various disciplines and focus on the education of engineering and non-engineering students alike

Our Mission

The Hunt Institute aims to shift the foundation of poverty through action and empowerment, not charity. The Institute strives to bring together the most talented minds from fields including engineering; science; business; international development; and global economics, and combine their efforts with market forces to improve the standard of living for those in extreme poverty. The Institute focuses on access to clean water; creating affordable shelter, including design justice for the marginalized; hygiene education and promotion; access to energy; and meeting basic infrastructure needs.


Our Philosophy

As a hub for development programs, the Hunt Institute is dedicated to shaping the engineer of the future who will be devoted to solving the world's most pressing humanitarian issues through skilled expertise and leadership. The Institute recognizes that sustainable solutions require a deep understanding of those who will be utilizing, maintaining, and replicating these new technologies. To ensure our engineers, scientists, and partners have a clear understanding of the environments in which they operate, new path-breaking technical programs and field research are augmented with special programs in global economics and politics as well as regional history, law, religion, and culture.