Three Texas A&M University faculty members have been appointed as University Distinguished Professors. The title, which is bestowed in perpetuity, is among the highest honors awarded to Texas A&M faculty members.
The latest recipients are: Dr. Akhil Datta-Gupta, Regents Professor and holder of L. F. Peterson ʼ36 Endowed Chair in Petroleum Engineering in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering, College of Engineering; Dr. Valen Johnson, professor and head of the Department of Statistics, College of Science; and Dr. Cheryl Lyn Walker, Robert A. Welch Professor and director of the Texas A&M Health Science Center Institute of Biosciences and Technology
The 2016 University Distinguished Professor honorees join a select group of more than 85 current faculty members who hold the prestigious title. This designation denotes a faculty member who is pre-eminent in his or her field, has made at least one seminal contribution to the discipline, and whose work is central in any narrative of the field and is widely recognized to have changed the direction of scholarship in the field.
“University Distinguished Professors represent the highest level of achievement for our faculty,” said Dr. Karan L. Watson, provost and executive vice president. “They are recognized as pre-eminent scholars in their fields and their accomplishments are exemplified by seminal contributions to their respective disciplines. They demonstrate to the world the high quality of scholarship underway at Texas A&M University.”
Texas A&M President Michael K. Young and the Texas A&M Foundation will host a reception on April 27 recognizing the three new University Distinguished Professors and honoring all of the University Distinguished Professors.
The university is also being recognized by INSIGHT Into Diversity as a Diversity Champion. The accolades from the magazine recognize colleges and universities for outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion efforts.