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College of Engineering Dean Jeff Goldberg, left, visits the ExxonMobil campus in Houston with the BayouCats UA alumni group. The 2016 visit was organized by Eric Carmichael, second from left.

UA Colors Fly High Down on the Bayou

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Feb. 21, 2018
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In fundraiser for his son's Houston high school, ExxonMobil executive Eric Carmichael outbids alumni from Texas A&M and UT Austin to promote his alma mater at "Raise Your Flag Week."

The University of Arizona flag flew at a Texas high school thanks to a UA alumnus whose son is a student there.

At a fundraiser for Houston Christian High School, ExxonMobil executive Eric Carmichael outbid alumni from Texas A&M and the University of Texas at Austin to win naming rights for the school’s “Raise Your Flag Week” on October 16-20, 2017. His son Jackson Carmichael is a junior at the school.

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Sweet success! Teachers and staff promote the UA during "Arizona Week" at a Houston high school.

“I am convinced that my UA mechanical engineering degree has been instrumental to my professional success,” said Carmichael, who earned his bachelor’s degree in 1990 and is the Americas fuels marketing manager at ExxonMobil. “The discipline, commitment and logical approaches I learned during my four years there have served me well.”

Carmichael, a Phoenix native who also has an MBA from the University of Houston, has lived and worked in Australia, Singapore and many U.S. cities. But the University of Arizona remains close to his heart.

“It was a great experience, accelerated my maturity, and helped inform my choices around pursuing a career that blended technical knowledge and commercial skills,” he said.

The dedicated alumnus has provided financial support for College of Engineering programs and student organizations through an ExxonMobil matching gift program. He also has cohosted gatherings of UA alumni at the ExxonMobil campus.

Now, with “Arizona Week,” he has found yet another way to fuel Wildcat spirit in the Lone Star State.