2018 Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients Announced

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By Texas A&M University Office of the Provost Staff

Texas A&M University and The Association of Former Students have selected 24 outstanding members of the school’s faculty and staff to be honored with 2018 Distinguished Achievement Awards. The university-level Distinguished Achievement Awards were first presented in 1955 and have since been awarded to more than 1,000 professionals who have exhibited the highest standards of excellence at Texas A&M.

The 2018 Distinguished Achievement Awards will be formally presented at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 27, during ceremonies in Rudder Theatre on the Texas A&M University campus. In recognition of their achievements, each recipient will receive a cash gift, an engraved watch and a commemorative plaque.

The 2018 recipients, along with their departments/affiliations are:

For Teaching

  • Norma Arizpe, Department of Hispanic Studies, College of Liberal Arts
  • Glenda Byrns ’07, Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education and Human Development
  • Don T. Conlee ’94, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, College of Geosciences
  • Joanne Hardy, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
  • Mark T. Holtzapple, Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Xenophon Koufteros, Department of Information and Operations Management, Mays Business School
  • Krishna R. Narayanan, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Michelle D. Pine ’02, Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • Cynthia A. Riccio, Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education & Human Development
  • Gary Wingenbach, Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

For Research

  • Nancy Amato, Department of Computer Science & Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Perla B. Balbuena, Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Andrew Dessler, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, College of Geosciences
  • Catherine Eckel, Department of Economics, College of Liberal Arts
  • Mladen Kezunovic, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Daniel A. Singleton, Department of Chemistry, College of Science

For Individual Student Relations

  • Angela Hairrell ’91, Office of Student Affairs, College of Medicine
  • Daniel A. McAdams, Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering

For Administration

  • Nagamangala “N.K.” Anand, Executive Associate Dean, College of Engineering

For Extension, Outreach, Continuing Education and Professional Development

  • Ellen R. Jordan, Department of Animal Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

For Staff

  • Samuell R. Hawes ’81, Office of the Commandant, Division of Student Affairs
  • David Wentling ’13, Office of Student Services, College of Architecture

For Graduate Mentoring

  • Noah D. Cohen, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
  • Timothy Lightfoot, Department of Health and Kinesiology, College of Education & Human Development

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