Distinguished Professors

Texas A&M University boasts a unique and outstanding group of faculty that hold the prestigious title of Distinguished Professor. This designation denotes a faculty member who is recognized as being in the top five percent of their field by peers throughout the world.

Academic units nominate faculty members and letters of support must be received from the top researchers in the nominee's field. Each successful nominee is granted the title by the Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System.

Distinguished Professor
  Name Biography
Portrait of Tadhg Begley Begley, Tadhg (Appointed 2011) - CHEM

B.S., National University of Ireland, 1977; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1983; MERIT Award, National Institutes of Health (2008);

Research Interests: Biosynthesis of the vitamins, enzyme mechanism, protein structure, design and synthesis of mechanistic probes, enzyme inhibitors and small molecule probes of the proteome, PET imaging using vitamins..
Portrait of Raymond Carroll Carroll, Raymond (Appointed 1997) - STAT

B.A., University of Texas Austin, 1971; Ph.D., Purdue University, 1974; Mitchell Prize to Bayesian Statistics, International Society for Bayesian Analysis (2003); The R.A. Fisher Lectureship, Council of Presidents of Statistical Societies (2002); The Presidents' Award, Council of Presidents of Statistical Societies (1998); Award for Senior U.S. Scientists, Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation (1996); MERIT Award, National Institutes of Health (2005); Jerome Sacks Award for Cross-Disciplinary Research, National Institute of Statistical Sciences (2003); George W. Snedecor Award, American Statistical Assocation (1997);

Research Interests: My main general methods currently are in developing statistical methods to deal with issues of nutrition, both basic science and epidemiology. I work within the frameworks of semiparametric and functional regression, understanding the structure of variability, and in latent variables especially as they arise in the case that important variables are measured with error and subject to excess zeros. My main application interest lies in problems of nutrition and physical activity, both at the molecular level and in the individual level. This has led me recently to considering problems of gene-environment interactions (where nutrition is the environment) and their effect on cancer, understanding the nature of dietary intake patterns in humans and the effect of those patterns on a host of diseases, and most recently, whether increasing physical activity increases the mean and decreases the variance of sleep efficiency..
Portrait of Abraham Clearfield Clearfield, Abraham (Appointed 2007) - CHEM

B.A., Temple University, 1948; M.A., Temple University, 1951; Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1954;

Research Interests: Crystallography; solid state chemistry; synthesis, structure, and ion exchange behavior of inorganic compounds; chemistry of zirconium; structure of coordination and organometallic compounds; layered compounds; drug delivery and functionalization of surfaces.
Portrait of Donald Darensbourg Darensbourg, Donald (Appointed 2010) - CHEM

B.S., California State University, Los Angeles, 1964; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana, 1968;

Research Interests: Synthetic, structural, and mechanistic studies aimed at a better understanding of important catalytic processes; processes relevant to the utilization of carbon dioxide as a starting material for the synthesis of organic compounds, including polymers.
Portrait of Marcetta Darensbourg Darensbourg, Marcetta (Appointed 2010) - CHEM

B.S., Union College Kentucky, 1963; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana, 1967; Fellow, American Academy of Arts \& Sciences (2011);

Research Interests: synthetic and mechanistic inorganic chemistry, including functioning models of catalytic active sites in bioinorganic/organometallic/bioorganometallic systems; development of synthetic analogues of the diiron hydrogenase active site and the insight they bring to the catalytic mechanism of these natural fuel cell catalysts.
Portrait of Ronald DeVore DeVore, Ronald (Appointed 2010) - MATH

B.S., Eastern Michigan University, 1964; Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1967; Fellow, American Acedemy of Arts & Sciences (2001);

Research Interests: Applications of fourier analysis, numerical analysis and approximation theory to problems in signal analysis and remote sensing.
Portrait of Kim Dunbar Dunbar, Kim (Appointed 2007) - CHEM

B.S., Westminster College, 1980; Ph.D., Purdue University, 1984; Fellow, American Physical Society (2011); Fellow, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (); Camille Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Award, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation ();

Research Interests: Synthesis and characterization of transition metal compounds and molecule-based materials with unusual physical properties; nucleic acid binding of metal complexes.
Portrait of Edward Fry Fry, Edward (Appointed 2010) - PHYS

B.S., University of Michigan, 1962; M.S., University of Michigan, 1963; Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1969; Fellow, American Physical Society (1997); EG&G Medal, Society of Optical and Quantum Electronics (1995);

Research Interests: Atomic and molecular spectroscopy; quantum optics; foundations of quantum mechanics; electromagnetic scattering by particles; ocean optics.
Portrait of John Gladysz Gladysz, John (Appointed 2008) - CHEM

Ph.D., Stanford University, 1974;

Research Interests: organometallic chemistry, catalysis, enantioselective organic synthesis, stereochemistry, green chemistry, materials chemistry, nanoscopic devices such as molecular wires and gyroscopes.
Portrait of Rostislav Grigorchuk Grigorchuk, Rostislav (Appointed 2008) - MATH

B.S., Moscow Lomonosov State University, 1970; M.S., Moscow Lomonosov State University, 1975; Ph.D., Moscow Lomonosov State University, 1978;

Research Interests: Combinatorial group theory.
Portrait of Paul Hardin Hardin, Paul (Appointed 2008) - BIOL

B.S., Southern Methodist University, 1982; Ph.D., Indiana University, 1987;

Research Interests: Molecular biology of biological clocks in Drosophila, behavioral neurogenetics, transcriptional regulation.
Portrait of Valen Johnson Johnson, Valen (Appointed 2016) - STAT

Ph.D., The University of Chicago, 1989;

Research Interests: My current methodological research interests focus on problems related to Bayesian hypothesis testing, Bayesian variable selection in ultra-high dimensional spaces, and latent variable models for ordinal and rank data analyses. In the areas of hypothesis testing and variable selection, I am particularly interested in exploring efficiencies that can be gained through the use of non-local prior densities to specify either alternative hypotheses in hypothesis testing problems or the non-null distributions of regression coefficients in variable selection problems. My research on ordinal and rank data modeling finds application in evaluating the intelligence of non-human primate species and in educational assessment. Applied problems that currently interest me include statistical studies of the impacts of college admission policies on diversity of college campuses and graduation rates and developing more meaningful instruments to evaluate undergraduate and graduate teaching. More generally, I am interested in studying the impact that assessment procedures have on educational processes. Finally, I am intrigued by the problem of performing inference in agent models used in sociology and psychology..
Portrait of William Johnson Johnson, William (Appointed 1989) - MATH

B.A., Southern Methodist University, 1966; Ph.D., Iowa State University, 1969;

Research Interests: Functional analysis.
Portrait of Che-Ming Ko Ko, Che-Ming (Appointed 2017) - PHYS

B.S., Tunghai University, 1965; M.S., McMaster University, 1968; Ph.D., State University of New York, Stony Brook, 1973; Award for Senior U.S. Scientists, Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation (1995); Fellow, American Physical Society (1994);

Research Interests: Theoretical nuclear physics; heavy ion collisions; transport model; hadronic interactions.
Portrait of Olga Kocharovskaya Kocharovskaya, Olga (Appointed 2007) - PHYS

M.S., Gorky State University, 1978; Ph.D., Gorky State University, 1986; Fellow, American Physical Society (2005);

Research Interests: Theoretical atomic physics; quantum optics; laser physics.
Portrait of Peter Kuchment Kuchment, Peter (Appointed 2011) - MATH

M.S., Voronezh State University, 1971; Ph.D., Kharkov State University, 1973; D.Sc., , 1983;

Research Interests: Partial differential equations.
Portrait of David Lee Lee, David (Appointed 2012) - PHYS

A.B., Harvard University, 1952; M.S., University of Connecticut, 1955; Ph.D., Yale University, 1959; Nobel Prize in Physics, The Nobel Foundation (1996); Member, National Academy of Sciences (1991); Fellow, American Acedemy of Arts & Sciences (1990);

Research Interests: .
Portrait of Bani Mallick Mallick, Bani (Appointed 2011) - STAT

B.S., Calcutta University, 1986; M.S., Calcutta University, 1990; M.S., University of Connecticut, 1992; Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 1994; Fellow, American Statistical Association (2005); Fellow, Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences (2002);

Research Interests: Bayesian hierarchical modeling, nonparametric regression and classification, bioinformatics, spatio-temporal modeling, machine learning, functional data analysis, Bayesian nonparametrics, petroleum reservoir characterization, uncertainty analysis of computer model outputs..
Portrait of Gilles Pisier Pisier, Gilles (Appointed 1985) - MATH

B.S., University of Paris, 1967; Ph.D., University of Paris, 1977; Foreign Member, Polish Academy of Sciences (2005); Member, Paris Academy of Sciences (2002); Stephan Banach Medal, Polish Academy of Sciences (2001); Ostrowski Prize, The Ostrowski Foundation (1997);

Research Interests: Functional analysis.
Portrait of Valery Pokrovsky Pokrovsky, Valery (Appointed 1998) - PHYS

M.S., Kharkov State University, 1953; Ph.D., Tomsk State University, 1957; Award for U.S. Scientists, Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation (2000); Landau Prize, Russian Academy of Sciences (1984); Lars Onsager Prize, American Physical Society (2005);

Research Interests: Theoretical condensed matter; quantum mechanics, statistical physics.
Portrait of Christopher Pope Pope, Christopher (Appointed 2006) - PHYS

B.S., Clare College, University of Cambridge, 1976; M.A., St. John's College, University of Cambridge, 1979; Ph.D., St. John's College, University of Cambridge, 1980;

Research Interests: High-energy theory.
Portrait of Frank Raushel Raushel, Frank (Appointed 2010) - CHEM

B.A., St. Thomas College, 1972; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1976;

Research Interests: Determination of enzyme reaction mechanisms and protein structure using kinetic, genetic, and magnetic resonance techniques.
Portrait of Marlan Scully Scully, Marlan (Appointed 1996) - PHYS

Ed.D., Casper College, 1959; B.S., University of Wyoming, 1961; M.S., Yale University, 1963; Ph.D., Yale University, 1966; Foreign Member, Academia Europaea (2000); Foreign Member, Max-Planck Society (Germany) (2000); Award for Senior U.S. Scientists, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (1990); Frederic Ives Medal, Optical Society of America (2012); Fellow, American Acedemy of Arts & Sciences (2008); Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science, American Physical Society (2005); Quantum Electronics Award, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Laser and Electro-Optics Society (IEEE LEOS) (2003); Member, National Academy of Sciences (2001); Charles H. Townes Award, Optical Society of America (1998); Adolph E. Lomb Medal, Optical Society of America (1996); Elliott Cresson Medal, The Franklin Institute (1990); EG&G Medal, Society of Optical and Quantum Electronics ();

Research Interests: Laser physics; quantum optics; nonequilibrium statistical mechanics; bioengineering.
Portrait of Clifford Spiegelman Spiegelman, Clifford (Appointed 2009) - STAT

B.A., State University of New York, Buffalo, 1970; M.S., Northwestern University, 1973; Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1976; Fellow, International Statistical Institute (1995);

Research Interests: Theory: Nonparametric smoothing methods, measurement error models, high dimensional inference and estimation, calibration and inverse problems. Applications: in physical and engineering sciences: forensics, transportation, chemometrics, environmetrics, agriculture, and biology..
Portrait of Nicholas Suntzeff Suntzeff, Nicholas (Appointed 2013) - PHYS

B.S., Stanford University, 1974; Ph.D., University of California Santa Cruz, 1980; Gruber Cosmology Prize, Gruber Foundation (2007); AURA Science Award, Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy Inc. (AURA) (1999); Scientific Breakthrough of the Year (co-discovery of dark energy), Science Magazine (1998); AURA Science Award, Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy Inc. (AURA) (1993); Robert J. Trumpler Award, Astronomical Society of the Pacific (outstanding astronomy thesis at North American universities) (1983);

Research Interests: Cosmology, supernovae, instrumentation.
Portrait of Robert Tribble Tribble, Robert (Appointed 2009) - PHYS

B.S., University of Missouri, 1969; Ph.D., Princeton University, 1973; Research Fellow, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (1976);

Research Interests: Nuclear astrophysics; nuclear reactions; weak interactions; QCD studies.
Portrait of Karen Wooley Wooley, Karen (Appointed 2011) - CHEM

B.S., Oregon State University, 1988; Ph.D., Cornell University, 1993;

Research Interests: Design, synthesis and characterization of unique polymers, with emphasis upon the development of synthetic methodologies that allow for the preparation of complex nanostructured materials; novel macromolecular nanostructures for biomedical and materials applications; degradable polymers; nanoscale polymer assemblies; functional polymers.
Portrait of Guoliang Yu Yu, Guoliang (Appointed 2018) - MATH

Ph.D., State University of New York, Stony Brook, 1991;

Research Interests: .
Portrait of M. Suhail Zubairy Zubairy, M. Suhail (Appointed 2014) - PHYS

B.S., Edwardes College, 1971; M.S., Quaid-I-Azam University, 1974; Ph.D., University of Rochester, 1978; International Khwarizmi Award, President of Iran (2001); Order of Hilal-e-Imtiaz, President of Pakistan (2001); Fellow, American Physical Society (2005);

Research Interests: Quantum optics and laser physics.
Distinguished Professor (J)
  Name Biography
Portrait of Renyi Zhang Zhang, Renyi (Appointed 2014) - CHEM

B.S., Nanjing Institute of Meteorology, 1983; M.S., University of Nevada,Reno, 1989; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1993;

Research Interests: Experimental investigations of kinetics and mechanisms of gas-phase and heterogeneous reactions relevant to the atmosphere.
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
  Name Biography
Portrait of James Bramble Bramble, James (Appointed 2007) - MATH

Ed.D., Brown University, 1953; M.A., University of Maryland, 1955; Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1958;

Research Interests: numerical analysis.
Portrait of Charles Chui Chui, Charles (Appointed 2000) - MATH

B.S., University of Wisconsin, 1962; M.S., University of Wisconsin, 1963; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1967;

Research Interests: Approximation Theory.
Portrait of John Fackler Fackler, John (Appointed 2012) - CHEM

B.A., Valparaiso University, 1956; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1960; Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry, American Chemical Society (2001); Fulbright Research Scholarship - Columbia, Fulbright Scholars Program (1967);

Research Interests: Coordination and organometallic chemistry; spectra, structures and reactivities; Jahn-Teller ions; sulfur ligands; metal-metal bonding; bioinorganic compounds; transition metal catalysis; ylide compounds of transition elements; gold, silver, and copper chemistry.
Portrait of Jack Lunsford Lunsford, Jack (Appointed 2008) - CHEM

B.S., Texas A&M University, 1957; Ph.D., Rice University, 1962; Research Award, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (1975); American Chemical Society Creative Research in Homogeneous or Heterogeneous Catalysis, Shell Oil Company (2001); Award in Petroleum Chemistry, American Chemical Society (1996); Paul H. Emmett Award In Fundamental Catalysis, North American Catalysis Society (1975);

Research Interests: physical/nuclear chemistry.
Portrait of Joseph Natowitz Natowitz, Joseph (Appointed 2014) - CHEM

B.S., University of Florida, 1958; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1965; Award for Nuclear Chemistry, American Chemical Society (1995); Southwest Regional Award, American Chemical Society (2000);

Research Interests: Nuclear reaction mechanisms; thermodynamics of highly excited nuclei, limits to existence of nuclei; the nuclear equation of state; low density nuclear matter and nuclear astrophysics..
Portrait of Emanuel Parzen Parzen, Emanuel (Appointed 2010) - STAT

Ed.D., Harvard University, 1949; M.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1951; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1953; Noether Award for Nonparametric Statistics, American Statistical Association (2005); Noether Senior Scholar, American Statistical Association (2005); Samuel S. Wilks Memorial Medal, American Statistical Association (1994);

Research Interests: Statistical science-developing statistical methods for time series analysis, data analysis, and change analysis.
Portrait of Donald Sawyer Sawyer, Donald (Appointed 1996) - CHEM

B.S., University of California, Los Angeles, 1953; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1956;

Research Interests: .
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