The Hagler Institute for Advanced Study at Texas A&M University announced today (September 28) the seven members of its 2017-18 class of Faculty Fellows, each of whom is renowned for significantly advancing research in biology, computing, engineering, physics, physiology or law. In addition, the Institute announced the 2017-18 Distinguished Lecturer -- Dr. Steven Chu, recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics and a former United States Secretary of Energy.

The latest class of Faculty Fellows includes members of the nation's National Academies, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Nuclear Society, and the American Bar Foundation.

The College of Science will host or be affiliated with two of the seven internationally renowned scholars, in addition to Chu:

  • Vijay K. Dh, Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of California, Los Angeles: Acknowledged as a pioneer in fundamental and applied sciences that involve boiling as an efficient process of heat removal, Dhir is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow and honorary member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a fellow of the American Nuclear Society. Dhir will collaborate with faculty and students in the College of Engineering and the College of Science.

  • Richard A. Dixon, Distinguished Research Professor and director of the BioDiscovery Institute, Department of Biological Sciences, University of North Texas: A world-renowned specialist in the biochemistry, molecular biology, and metabolic engineering of plant natural product pathways and their implications for agriculture and human health, Dixon is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas. Dixon will collaborate with faculty and students in the College of Science.

  • Steve Chu, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Humanities and Sciences and professor of Physics and Molecular & Cellular Physiology, Stanford University: Co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics for his contributions to laser cooling and atom trapping, and the 12th U.S. Secretary of Energy, Chu is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Academia Sinica, and is a foreign member of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Korean Academy of Sciences and Technology. As a truly outstanding scholar, Chu will hold the title of Distinguished Lecturer in the Hagler Institute and will participate as a keynote speaker in a symposium with other notable scholars to address important issues in his discipline.

Each Faculty Fellow will partner with one or more of the departments offering graduate degrees housed in Texas A&M's 16 colleges or schools, or at Texas A&M's branch campus in Galveston. The institute provides fellowships for graduate students to work with Faculty Fellows as well as funding to support visiting graduate students and postdoctoral researchers affiliated with the Faculty Fellows.

"The Hagler Institute for Advanced Study is one of the programs that makes Texas A&M University a great place for students," said Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp. "Once again, Dr. Junkins has managed to bring a diverse, impressive and inspiring collection of the nation's top scholars to Texas A&M."

"This sixth class of TIAS Faculty Fellows offers exemplary credentials," said Texas A&M President Michael K. Young. "In collaboration with our outstanding faculty, these Fellows will advance the international reputation of the Texas A&M research enterprise, provide our students with transformational opportunities within the world of discovery and innovation, and sustain the extraordinary trajectory of HIAS."

Each year, the Hagler Institute selects its Faculty Fellows from among top scholars who have distinguished themselves through outstanding professional accomplishments or significant recognition. Previous classes have included two Nobel laureates, a Wolf Prize recipient, a recipient of the Hubble Medal in Literature for Lifetime Achievement, a recipient of the National Medal of Science, an awardee of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, a recipient of the highest award in Architecture and a two-time recipient of the State Prize of Russia.

"The Hagler Institute has emerged as unique resource for advancing collaborative research and scholarship at Texas A&M," said Provost and Executive Vice President Carol A. Fierke. "The influence of these Faculty Fellows spans seven of our colleges across many disciplines and provides vital benefits to our faculty's research, teaching and engagement."

"This sixth class of Hager Faculty Fellows represents the highest levels of excellence in their disciplines and brings to 52 the number of remarkable scholars brought to the University since 2012," said Hagler Institute Founding Director John L. Junkins. "The impact on our faculty students, diverse fields of study and the reputation of Texas A&M is indelible and extremely positive."

The institute, which was renamed in honor of 1958 Texas A&M graduate Jon Hagler in February in recognition of his $20 million endowment gift, officially will induct its Faculty Fellows Class of 2016-17 at its annual gala in early 2018.

To learn more about the Hagler Institute, visit http://hias.tamu.edu/.

See a related feature in the Bryan-College Station Eagle.

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  • Dr. Vijay K. Dhir

  • Dr. Richard A. Dixon

  • Dr. Steven Chu

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