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Two Texas A&M Faculty Members Selected As AAAS Fellows

Atmospheric scientist Ping Yang and civil engineer Eyad Masad will receive the 2019 honor from the American Association for the Advancement of Science for their extraordinary achievements.
By Texas A&M University Research Communications and Public Relations November 26, 2019

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The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will induct two faculty-researchers from Texas A&M University as 2019 AAAS fellows during the association’s annual meeting on Feb. 15 in Seattle, the Division of Research announced today.

AAAS named 443 new fellows in recognition of their extraordinary achievements in science, the association said in a news release today. The 2019 AAAS fellows from Texas A&M are:

  • Ping Yang, professor and holder of the David Bullock Harris Chair, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, College of Geosciences, “for seminal contributions to light scattering and radiative transfer, with applications to remote sensing and radiative property parameterizations in climate models.”
  • Eyad Masad, Zachry Professor in Design and Construction Integration II, Zachry Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering, and professor, Mechanical Engineering Program, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Doha, Qatar, for “distinguished contributions to the field of infrastructure materials and systems, particularly computational modeling and predictions of impact of material microstructure on performance of roads.”

“I am pleased that AAAS has recognized the tremendous scientific contributions of these exceptional members of the Texas A&M faculty,” said Vice President for Research Mark A. Barteau. “Dr. Yang and Dr. Masad have clearly enhanced and advanced science on a global scale. They serve as outstanding examples of our university’s mission to provide innovative and effective solutions to the world’s most challenging problems.”

The addition of Yang and Masad will bring the current number of AAAS fellows on the Texas A&M faculty to 57.

Formed in 1848, AAAS is the world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific society, with members in more than 91 nations.

Media contact: Rusty Cawley,, 979-458-1475.

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