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Deans Banks and Vanegas Elected to NAC

Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering and Jorge Vanegas, dean of the College of Architecture are among 38 new members of this elite group.
 Banks_headshot_4-19-18.jpgM. Katherine Banks, Ph.D., P.E., is Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Engineering at Texas A&M University, Director of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, and University Distinguished Professor.  Banks’ research is in the broad field of environmental science and engineering and focuses on the remediation of soils and ecosystems contaminated by anthropogenic activity, including the petroleum industry. Banks’ seminal research in phytoremediation applied to organic and metal-contaminated environments earned her election to the National Academy of Engineering in 2014. Banks is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and was recently elected to serve on the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Deans Institute Executive Board. She has received numerous awards including the Academy of Transdisciplinary Learning and Advanced Studies Medal of Honor, the ASCE Petersen Outstanding Woman of the Year Award, the ASCE Rudolph Hering Medal, the Sloan Foundation Mentoring Fellowship, and the American Association of University Women Fellowship.
 
Jorge-Vanegas-rev.jpgJorge Vanegas, Ph.D., is Dean of the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University and research professor with the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station of the Texas A&M University System. In his scholarly activities, Vanegas focuses on applying creativity, innovation, design, and entrepreneurship in multidisciplinary environments, implementing built environment sustainability, and advancing asset delivery and management in architecture, engineering and construction through integrated strategies, tools and methods. He has received national and international awards for his education, research, and professional scholarly accomplishments, including being inducted in 2010 in the Pan American Academy of Engineering.  The National Academy of Construction recognizes the industry leaders in engineering and construction and calls upon its members to use their knowledge, experience, and talents in support of the industry and the nation. The Academy is composed of 254 distinguished leaders from every segment of the engineering and construction industry. Banks and Vanegas will be formally inducted at ceremonies in San Diego on Oct. 11, 2018.  

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