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Akhil Datta-Gupta, PhD

Akhil Datta-Gupta, PhD

University Distinguished Professor
Department of Petroleum Engineering
Member National Academy of Engineering, 2012

Understanding fluid flow and transport in the subsurface is critical for hydrocarbon recovery, groundwater management, environmental remediation and sequestration of greenhouse gases. Dr. Akhil Datta-Gupta’s technical interests are in the theory and practice of efficient numerical simulation schemes for modeling and visualization of fluid flow and transport in high resolution geologic models, performance assessment of conventional and unconventional (tight gas and shale gas/oil) hydrocarbon reservoirs and geologic carbon sequestration. His research areas include 3-D streamline simulation and fast marching methods for petroleum reservoir development, optimal placement of wells, reservoir management/ monitoring and maximizing hydrocarbon recovery from matured oil fields. A prerequisite to fluid flow modeling is subsurface characterization and imaging through ...Read Moreabout Akhil Datta-Gupta, PhD


Alan Needleman, PhD

Alan Needleman, PhD

University Distinguished Professor
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Member, National Academy of Engineering, 2000

Dr. Alan Needleman has made a variety of novel and well-recognized contributions to understanding the mechanical behavior of materials, including a role, with Viggo Tvergaard, in developing the most widely used ductile fracture modeling framework (the GTN model). In recent work, Dr. Needleman (with collaborators) used this framework to quantitatively relate a material’s fracture mechanism, crack growth resistance and fracture surface roughness. This provides a relation between: (i) the engineering community that focuses on crack growth resistance; (ii) the materials science community that focuses on physical mechanisms; and (iii) the physics community that focuses on the fractal nature of fracture surfaces. Dr. Needleman also developed a cohesive surface method for fracture analysis that has become a standard engineering tool. Another example is the development, ...Read Moreabout Alan Needleman, PhD


Binayak P. Mohanty, PhD

Binayak P. Mohanty, PhD

Regents Professor
Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Don and Betty Kirkham Soil Physics Award, Soil Science Society of America, 2014

Dr. Binayak Mohanty of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering has been elected to the rank of Fellow by the Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science “for preeminent efforts in the application of remote sensing platforms for understanding multi-scale hydrology and developing scaling rules for soil moisture and hydrologic fluxes.” Dr. Mohanty is a Regents Professor and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (COALS) Chair in Hydrologic Engineering and Sciences. Mohanty has a unique role in modern hydrology and flow through porous media. He is an international leader in using satellite remote sensing as a tool to study soil moisture, soil hydraulics, and evapotranspiration at different scales. His seminal contributions have provided unprecedented tools and techniques to address wide spectrum of challenges re...Read Moreabout Binayak P. Mohanty, PhD


Daniel Conway, PhD

Daniel Conway, PhD

Professor
Department of Philosophy and Humanities
Fellow, National Humanities Center, 2006-07

A native of Terre Haute, Indiana, Daniel Conway received his BA in Philosophy and Economics from Tulane University and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of California, San Diego. He has held faculty appointments at Stanford University, Harvard University, Penn State University, and, since 2006, Texas A&M University, where he is a Professor of Philosophy and Humanities and Affiliate Professor of Film Studies, Religious Studies, and Law. He currently serves the University as Arts & Humanities Fellow, Convener of the Working Group on Social, Cultural, and Political Theory, Liaison to the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs, Member of the Advisory Committee of the Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, and Past President of the local chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. He is also a core faculty member in the Philosophy for...Read Moreabout Daniel Conway, PhD


Darwin Prockop Darwin Prockop

Darwin Prockop

Prockop began his research studying the biosynthesis of collagen and then mutations in collagen genes that cause skeletal diseases.  Subsequently, he has studied the progenitor cells from bone marrow referred to as mesenchymal stem/stromal cell (MSCs). His research laboratory is defining the biology of the cells and the therapeutic factors they produce as possible therapies for human disease that include heart disease, lung diseases, diabetes, stroke, head trauma, Alzheimer’s disease and some cancers. Prockop has authored over 600 publications that have been cited over 40,000 times. Of the students and fellows he has mentored, 18 have become chairs of departments; over 40 have become professors; one became director for research of a large pharmaceutical company; and one chief administrator for science at the largest university in Europe.  He is a member of the National Ac...Read Moreabout Darwin Prockop


Eduardo Espina, PhD

Eduardo Espina, PhD

Professor
Department of Hispanic Studies
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, 2010

Eduardo Espina has published a dozen books of poetry, essay and literary criticism, with four more currently in the works. After getting his Ph.D. in Latin America Literature at Washington University-in-St. Louis and teaching at Amherst College, Espina arrived at Texas A&M University in 1987. Currently, he is a professor in the department of Hispanic Studies. During his time at A&M, Professor Espina has been awarded the Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching (2007) and Research (2016). Espina has also taught at Middlebury College. His field of specialization is innovative literatures of the Americas (poetry and essay) XIX, XX and XXI centuries. In an article published in Letras Libres, the most prestigious literary journal in the Spanish speaking world, José Kozer described Espina as “perhaps the most imaginati...Read Moreabout Eduardo Espina, PhD


Ezell Margaret JM Ezell Margaret JM

Ezell Margaret JM

Dr. Margaret J.M. Ezell is a literary historian who works on late seventeenth-century English authors and the ways in which ideas and material texts were created, circulated, and preserved.  Traditional literary histories of this period concentrated on printed texts and constructed a model of authorship based on an imaged desire by writers to have their writings printed, either for fame or for money.  In her monograph studies, The Patriarch’s Wife:  Literary Evidence and the History of the Family, Writing Women’s Literary History, Social Authorship and the Advent of Print, and the Oxford English Literary History, Volume V:  1645-1714, the Later Seventeenth Century, she offers an alternative model of literary history which looks closely at the material world of seventeenth-century readers, writers, and performers, exploring how oral traditions, handwr...Read Moreabout Ezell Margaret JM


Fuller Bazer, PhD

Fuller Bazer, PhD

University Distinguished Professor
Department of Animal Science
Wolf Prize in Agriculture, 2003

Professor Fuller W. Bazer is a reproductive biologist/animal scientist whose research focuses on interactions between the maternal uterine environment and developing conceptus (embryo/fetus and placenta). His research integrates biochemistry and physiology to define expression, endocrine control, and function of molecules secreted into the uterus during pregnancy and required for conceptus development.  He discovered uteroferrin, a purple acid phosphatase produced by uterine glandular epithelium under the control of progesterone, that supplies maternal iron to the conceptus and stimulates expression of transcription factors for hematopoiesis and synthesis of hemoglobin genes. Those discoveries changed the management of animals to increase conceptus survival and pregnancy success. He also identified the pregnancy recognition signals in swine as estradiol and interferon...Read Moreabout Fuller Bazer, PhD


Gregory Gause Gregory Gause

Gregory Gause

F. Gregory Gause, III is a specialist on the international politics of the Middle East, particularly the Arabian Peninsula and the Persian Gulf.  He has published three books, most recently The International Relations of the Persian Gulf (Cambridge University Press, 2010).  His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Middle East Journal, Security Studies, Journal of Democracy, Washington Quarterly, National Interest, and in other journals and edited volumes.  He is Professor of International Affairs and John H. Lindsey ’44 Chair at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, as well as serving as head of School’s International Affairs Department.  He was previously on the faculties of the University of Vermont (1995-2014) and Columbia University (1987-1995) and was Fellow for Arab and Islamic Studies at the ...Read Moreabout Gregory Gause


Guoyao Wu, PhD

Guoyao Wu, PhD

University Distinguished Professor
Department of Animal Science
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2012

Dr. Wu received the B.S. in Animal Science from South China Agricultural University in Guangzhou, China (1982), the M.S. in Animal Nutrition from China Agricultural University in Beijing, China (1984), and the M.Sc. (1986) and Ph.D. (1989) in Animal Biochemistry from the University of Alberta in Canada. Dr. Wu completed his postdoctoral training in diabetes, nutrition and biochemistry at McGill University Faculty of Medicine (1989-1991) and Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty of Medicine in Canada (1991). He joined the Texas A&M University faculty in October 1991. Currently, he is a University Distinguished Professor and University Faculty Fellow. His research focuses on the biochemistry, nutrition and physiology of amino acids and related nutrients in animals (particularly swine, sheep, cattle, chickens, rats and fish). Dr. Wu has published 565 papers in peer-review...Read Moreabout Guoyao Wu, PhD


Ignacio Rodriguez Iturbe, PhD

Ignacio Rodriguez Iturbe, PhD

University Distinguished Professor
Department of Ocean Engineering
Member, National Academy of Sciences, 2010

A member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Prof. Rodriguez-Iturbe is a hydrologist who has extensively contributed and deeply impacted a wide range of topics in the water sciences. His work in the statistical modeling of space-time rainfall and the long range characteristics of streamflow series is very frequently referred to. This is clear from  his h-index of 86 and total citations of over 28,000 ( Google Scholar). For his work in these and related areas he received- early in his career- the Macelwane Award  and the Hydrologic Research Prize of the American Geophysical Union (AGU),  the Huber Research Prize and the V.T. Chow Awards of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the Horton Lecture Award of the American Meteorological Society. 


James E. Womack, PhD

James E. Womack, PhD

University Distinguished Professor
Department of Veterinary Pathobiology
Wolf Prize in Agriculture, 2001

Dr. James E. (Jim) Womack is a geneticist whose research interests are focused on comparative mammalian genomics, with emphasis on the bovine genome and its relationship to that of other mammals, particularly mice and humans.  The application of comparative genomics in the Womack laboratory is directed toward discovery of genomic variation among and within breeding populations and the role of this variation in host response to pathogens.  He, with collaborators and students, has published more than 370 articles in peer reviewed journals. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences USA in 1999, and in 2001 was recipient of the Wolf Prize, the world’s most prestigious award for research in agriculture “for the use of recombinant DNA technology to revolutionize animal sciences, paving the way for applications in neighboring fields.” Wom...Read Moreabout James E. Womack, PhD


John L. Junkins, PhD

John L. Junkins, PhD

University Distinguished Professor
Department of Aerospace Engineering
Robert H. Goddard Astronautics Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2019

John L. Junkins, University Distinguished Professor of Aerospace Engineering and holder of the Royce E. Wisenbaker Chair in Innovation in Texas A&M University’s College of Engineering, is the Founding Director of the Hagler Institute for Advanced Study. Junkins led the effort to launch the Institute in 2011. The Institute was officially renamed the Hagler Institute for Advanced Study in 2017 after long-time A&M benefactor Jon C. Hagler endowed the Institute with a $20 million gift.
 
Junkins began his career with NASA at age 19 during the Apollo program. He then time-shared graduate study at UCLA with employment at McDonnell-Douglas, where he supported launches of satellites aboard Delta rockets. Following previous appointments at the University of Virginia and Virginia Tec...Read Moreabout John L. Junkins, PhD


Karen L. Butler-Purry, PhD

Karen L. Butler-Purry, PhD

Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Associate Provost for Graduate & Professional Studies
AAAS Mentor Award, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2005

Dr.  Butler-Purry leads a research group at Texas A&M’s Power System Automation Laboratory, which investigates all aspects of automation, control, and protection of electric power systems.  Her research interests are in the areas of protection and control of distribution systems and isolated power systems such as all electric power systems for ships, mobile grids, and microgrids, cybersecurity protection, intelligent systems for equipment deterioration and fault diagnosis, and engineering education. She is a registered professional engineer in the states of LA, TX and MS.  In addition, she has been involved in fellowship and education program projects with the National Science Foundation and the Department of Education and directed several of these programs that target recruitment, retention and advancement of pre-college, college,...Read Moreabout Karen L. Butler-Purry, PhD


Leif Andersson, PhD

Leif Andersson, PhD

Professor
Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences
Wolf Prize in Agriculture, 2014

Dr. Leif Andersson is a specialist in genetics and genome biology. He has made groundbreaking studies on the relationship between genetic and phenotypic variation. He has been working on comparative genomics using domestic animals as study objects the last 30 years. The work has focused on domestic animals as models for phenotypic evolution and resulted in a steady stream of interesting findings on genotype-phenotype relationships such as mutations affecting pigmentation, gait in horses, comb morphology in chickens and muscle growth in pigs. He has also studied the genetic basis for domestication of rabbits, chicken and pigs. More recently the research program has been expanded to include natural populations such as the Darwin’s finches, the ruff and Atlantic herring because of the exciting opportunities opened up by the development of new sequencing technologies...Read Moreabout Leif Andersson, PhD


Marcetta Darensbourg, PhD

Marcetta Darensbourg, PhD

University Distinguished Professor
Department of Chemistry
Member, National Academy of Sciences, 2017

Dr. Marcetta Darensbourg is a leader in developing methods to perfect hydrogen-powered fuel cell technology. Her research currently focuses on biology-inspired chemistry and the simplest of all molecules, hydrogen, in her laboratory's search for inexpensive, eco-friendly alternative energy options.  Her research group introduces Earth-abundant elements—iron, nickel and sulfur—into molecular catalysts intended to replace platinum as the kick-starter in hydrogen fuel cells.   In 1995, she became the first woman to receive the American Chemical Society (ACS) Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry Award, the society's top annual honor in this realm. She is an inaugural Fellow of the ACS (2009) as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2014) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (20...Read Moreabout Marcetta Darensbourg, PhD


Mark T. Holtzapple, PhD

Mark T. Holtzapple, PhD

Professor
Department of Animal Science
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2012

Dr. Mark Holtzapple received his chemical engineering degrees from Cornell University (BS, 1978) and the University of Pennsylvania (PhD, 1981).  After his formal education, he served as a captain in the US Army Natick R&D Center and worked on a miniature air conditioner for soldiers wearing chemical protective clothing.  In 1986, he joined the faculty in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University.  He has received many awards for teaching and research, including the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award from the president and vice president of the United States.  His research focuses on sustainability including conversion of waste biomass to fuels, chemicals, and animal feed; high-efficiency engines and air conditioners; conversion of waste heat to electricity; high-torque electric motors; and water desalination.


Nancy Klein

Nancy Klein

Associate Professor
Department of Architecture
National Endowment for the Humanities, 2005

Dr. Nancy Klein is a classical archaeologist and architectural historian who explores the built environment of the ancient Mediterranean world. In her archaeological fieldwork, she is part of a multidisciplinary team examining the relationship of architecture, society, and material culture at the Late Bronze Age/Early Iron Age site of Kavousi Vronda, Crete, and is co-author of two volumes presenting the results of this research. Dr. Klein is an authority on ancient Greek architecture and has published articles and book chapters on early Greek architecture, the development of the classical orders, and construction methods. Her current research project re-examines the archaeological and architectural evidence for the archaic/early classical sanctuary on the Acropolis of Athens. By using innovative approaches to documenting and interpreting fragmentary physical remains, this research off...Read Moreabout Nancy Klein


Roderic Ivan Pettigrew, PhD, MD

Roderic Ivan Pettigrew, PhD, MD

CEO of Engineering Health (EnHealth)
Executive Dean for Engineering Medicine (EnMed) at Texas A&M and Houston Methodist Hospital
Member, National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering , 2007, 2010

Roderic Ivan Pettigrew, Ph.D., MD, serves as CEO of Engineering Health (EnHealth) and executive dean for Engineering Medicine (EnMed) at Texas A&M and Houston Methodist Hospital. He is an internationally renowned Physician, Scientist, and Bioengineer with expertise in health technologies emerging from the convergence of the life sciences, the physical sciences, and engineering. Dr. Pettigrew holds the endowed Robert A. Welch Chair in Medical Science. He was the founding Director of the U.S. National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) at the NIH [2002-2017].
His new undertaking is EnHealth, which is the world’s first initiative to holistically integrate engineering into all of the colleges of a university that is a part of the health care enterprise. EnMed is the first constituent program, creati...Read Moreabout Roderic Ivan Pettigrew, PhD, MD


Sharon Gursky, PhD

Sharon Gursky, PhD

Professor
Department of Anthropology
Traditional Fulbright Scholarship, 2003, 2010

Dr. Sharon Gursky has been studying wild tarsiers in Indonesia since 1990 and in the Philippines since 2010. Her dissertation research focused on the parental care patterns of spectral tarsiers, exploring questions concerning the infant parking strategy of the spectral tarsiers. She has also studied the ecological and social factors leading to gregarious behavior, predation and the function of mobbing behavior as well as the influence of moonlight on behavior. Her current work focuses on the function of ultrasonic vocalizations, vocalizations outside the range of human hearing. Dr. Gursky’s research has dramatically shaped current understanding of the biology and behavior of spectral tarsiers such that her colleagues renamed a primate species in her honor as Gursky’s Tarsier, Tarsius spectrumgurskyae.  Dr. Gursky is well known for having redisco...Read Moreabout Sharon Gursky, PhD


Srividhya Ragavan, LLM

Srividhya Ragavan, LLM

Professor
School of Law
Fulbright Specialist Grant, Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, 2014

Dr. Srividhya Ragavan is a Professor of Law specializing in intellectual property and international trade issues. Her research focuses on the interplay between international trade law and intellectual property issues with a developmental perspective. Her work emphasizes issues that affect developing nations from embracing the trade regime. Her publications have expounded diverse topics such as traditional knowledge, pharmaceutical patenting and agricultural subsidies. Other than the numerous law reviews and book chapters Ragavan has authored, her first monograph titled Patent and Trade Disparities in Developing Countries was published by the Oxford University Press in 2012. The book was later republished specifically for the South Asian market. Her second book, with Professor Irene Calboli, titled Diversity in Intellectual Property: Identities, Interests, and Int...Read Moreabout Srividhya Ragavan, LLM


Valerie Hudson, PhD

Valerie Hudson, PhD

Professor and George H.W. Bush Chair
Bush School Program on Women, Peace, and Security
Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the Australian National University, 2017

Dr. Valerie Hudson joined the faculty of the Bush School in 2012 as the George H.W. Bush Chair. An expert on international security and foreign policy analysis, as well as gender and security, she received her Ph.D. in political science at The Ohio State University and came to Texas A&M University from a senior faculty position at Brigham Young University. In 2019 Texas A&M University awarded her its highest faculty honor by bestowing her with the title of University Distinguished Professor.  Hudson directs the Bush School’s Program on Women, Peace, and Security.

In 2009, Foreign Policy named her one of the top 100 Most Influential Global Thinkers. Her co-authored book, Bare Branches: Security Implications of Asia’s Surplus Male Population, and the research it presents, received significant attention from the media w...Read Moreabout Valerie Hudson, PhD