A leading professor of pediatrics in Boston who dedicates his free time to serving underprivileged Bolivian street children and a pioneering computer scientist and researcher who epitomizes inspiration in areas ranging from education to leadership have both been selected by the Texas A&M University College of Science for its highest alumni honor, induction into the college's Academy of Distinguished Former Students.

Dr. Chi-Cheng Huang, M.D., class of 1993, of Boston; and Dr. Sallie V. Sheppard, class of 1965, of Austin, will be recognized Thursday (Mar. 26) for their achievements and contributions to their respective professions, communities and causes at the college's Spring Recognition and Awards Dinner, to be held at Pebble Creek Country Club in College Station.

The Academy was established in 1996 to recognize Aggies who have brought honor to their alma mater and professions through outstanding leadership in mathematics, statistics, the sciences and medicine.

Huang and Sheppard join a prestigious list of 34 previous honorees distinguished for their merit and innovative achievements.

"I cannot think of two individuals who are more deserving of this honor, or who are better suited to represent the College of Science, than Dr. Huang and Dr. Sheppard," said Dr. H. Joseph Newton, dean of the College of Science. "Dr. Huang's tireless work in pediatrics for the less privileged and Dr. Sheppard's contributions to education should not go unrecognized. Both of their achievements in science, leadership and education are a blueprint for excellence in our college."

The college will also recognize its current scholarship recipients that day along with all of the donors who have established endowed gifts within the college's five departments during the past year. Since last spring, these former students, friends and corporations have committed more than $3.4 million in new gifts to benefit a variety of college-wide faculty and student programs and purposes.

"This will also be a day to acknowledge those individuals who share the same fundamentals and values for our students as the College of Science -- the donors who help make it possible for our students to embark on a quality education and, ultimately, a stellar career in the sciences," Newton said. "Not only do donors act as a lifeline to our students, they establish an admirable legacy for themselves."

Huang graduated magna cum laude from both Texas A&M (1993) and Harvard Medical School (1998) with degrees in biology and medicine, respectively. He completed his residency training at the Harvard Combined Internal Medical/Pediatric Program in 2002. Currently he is an assistant professor in pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine, where he is director of in-patient services for pediatrics, an internal medicine hospitalist and director of the pediatric global health initiative at Boston Medical Center. In addition, he is an associate physician in the Division of Health Inequalities and Social Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital at Harvard Medical School.

For the past 15 years, Huang has taken his medical expertise one broad step further, working diligently to improve the plight of street children in developing countries throughout North, Central and South America as well as parts of Europe, with a primary focus in Bolivia. In 1997 he founded the Bolivian Street Children Project, now known as Kaya Children International, which became a nonprofit organization in 2003 focused on sheltering and nourishing underprivileged street children. Huang was instrumental in co-founding three homes in La Paz to care for the poorest of the poor: Casa Bernabe in 2001, Hogar Renacer in 2005 and Hogar Bethany in 2007. In 2006 he published a book based on his experiences in Bolivia, When Invisible Children Sing, which received the coveted "Starred Review" by Publishers Weekly. He has earned many awards for his work with street children and has taken up speaking engagements around the United States to spread awareness about their situation.

"Chi is a unique individual, but most important to us is his wonderful compassion, his unfailing enthusiasm, and his dynamic and dedicated leadership for patients," said Dr. Robert J. Vinci, vice chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine. "He has taken the same enthusiasm that he has applied to his initiative in Bolivia and brought that to Boston Medical Center. We and our patients have greatly benefited from his special contributions."

Sheppard earned both her bachelor's (1965) and master's (1967) degrees in mathematics from Texas A&M as one of the first women admitted for full-time degree study to the university. She received her doctorate in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1977 after three years as a graduate teaching assistant at Pittsburgh (1972-75) and a year-long stint as an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at State University of New York (1971-72). Sheppard came to Texas A&M in 1977 as an assistant professor of computer science, embarking on a 20-year career equally split between full-time teaching (1977-87) and administration (1987-98). In addition to serving as associate provost for honors programs and undergraduate studies (1987-91) and associate provost for undergraduate programs and academic services (1991-98), she also played a central role in creating the Texas A&M Women's Faculty Network, an organization dedicated to enhancing professional development and career-oriented opportunities for its members. For her vast efforts in these arenas, Sheppard received university-level Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Awards in Teaching (1985) and Administration (1998). She was appointed as a professor emeritus of computer science at Texas A&M in 1998.

From 2001 to 2005, Sheppard served in a variety of administrative posts at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, establishing academic administrative infrastructure and providing leadership in achieving UAE accreditation for each of its academic programs. A decorated pioneer in both computer science and administration, she is a two-time recipient of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Computer Society Outstanding Contribution Award (1987 and 1990), an IEEE Computer Society Golden Core Member (1996) and the recipient of an IEEE Third Millennium Award for Outstanding Achievements and Contributions (2000).

"Today, some of the departments that were created under Sallie's vision for Texas A&M are now some of the largest and most recognized, most sophisticated in the nation," said Karon Mathews, executive director of the Texas A&M Student Learning Center. "It is because of Sallie that Texas A&M's undergraduate academic programs and services, in conjunction with the academic colleges, provide an academic experience for students that is unequaled elsewhere in the country."

Members of the Academy receive a commemorative award and have their names placed on a perpetual plaque in the College of Science Dean's Office.

For more information regarding the Academy and its 2009 inductees, visit http://www.science.tamu.edu/giving/adfs.php or contact Chelsea Phillips at (979) 845-9642.


Contact: Chris Jarvis, (979) 845-7246 or cjarvis@science.tamu.edu

The complete list of gifts made to the Texas A&M University College of Science since March 16, 2008, and their purposes is as follows:


-- The Raymond J. Carroll Young Investigator Award was established in January 2009 by friends, colleagues and former students in honor of Dr. Raymond J. Carroll. The award will be made bi-annually to a statistician who has made an important contribution to the area of statistics.

-- The A. Ian Scott Award in Chemistry was established in September 2008 by Elizabeth W. Scott in memory of Dr. A. Ian Scott to provide an honorarium to the individual, a scientist who has made an important contribution to the area of bioorganic chemistry related to natural products, selected to present the A. Ian Scott Lecture.


-- The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Garden Endowment was established in April 2008 by George P. Mitchell '40 for the construction and maintenance of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Garden atop the George P. Mitchell '40 Physics Building.


-- The Dow Stockroom Endowment was established in November 2008 by the Dow Aggies to support students and faculty participating in the First Year Chemistry Program.


-- The Lucille and John B. Dougherty Endowed Scholarship in Science was established in January 2009 by the Lucille and John B. Dougherty Charitable Trust to provide one or more scholarships to full-time students in good standing pursuing degrees in the College of Science from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

-- The Jerry R. Jones Memorial Scholarship was established in June 2008 by Jeff A. Jones '99 in memory of his father, Jerry R. Jones, to provide one or more scholarships to full-time pre-medical students in good standing pursuing degrees in biology with minors in neuroscience from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

-- The Randall C. Shepard '71 Endowed Scholarship in Biology was established in August 2008 by Randall C. Shepard '71 to provide one or more scholarships to full-time students in good standing pursuing degrees in biology from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

Planned Gifts - Chairs

-- The William R. Thurman '58 Chair in Physics was established in June 2008 by William R. Thurman '58 of Downey, California, to support the teaching, research, service, and professional development activities of the chair holder.

Planned Gifts - Graduate Scholarships

-- The Norbert A. Hartmann Jr. '64 Endowed Fund in Statistics was originally established in January 2004 by Dr. Norbert A. Hartmann Jr. '64 of Monmouth, Oregon. This graduate scholarship supports a full-time student pursuing a graduate degree in statistics with preference to programs involving applied statistics. In August 2008, Dr. Hartmann established a planned gift that will be added to the scholarship.

Planned Gifts - Scholarships

-- The William R. Thurman '58 Endowed Scholarship in Physics was established in June 2008 by William R. Thurman '58 of Downey, California, to provide one or more scholarships to full-time students in good standing pursuing degrees in physics from Texas A&M University In College Station, Texas.

Planned Gifts - Unrestricted Endowments

-- The William R. Thurman '58 Dean's Discretionary Endowment was established in June 2008 by William R. Thurman '58 of Downey, California, to be used by the Dean of the College of Science at Texas A&M University to support programs/scholarships/faculty of the highest priority as determined by the Dean of the College of Science.

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  • Dr. Chi-Cheng Huang, M.D. '93

  • Dr. Sallie V. Sheppard '65

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