Each spring, the College of Science pays tribute to its top former students by conferring upon them its highest honor – induction into the Academy of Distinguished Former Students.

The Academy of Distinguished Former Students was established in October 1996 by the College of Science External Advisory & Development Council to “recognize former students of the College of Science at Texas A&M University who have brought honor to their profession through outstanding leadership in mathematics, statistics, the sciences, and medicine.”

Each year, up to three recipients may be selected on the basis of:

  • Contributions to the programs and activities of the Texas A&M College of Science;
  • Technical/scientific accomplishments;
  • Contributions to their professions, including continuing education and other educational activities.

 

Nominate

Inductees

Dr. Thomas Miller '00

California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, California
Inducted 2020

2019 Academy of Distinguished Former Students honoree Harry Lesser

United States Army
Herndon, Virginia
Inducted 2019

2019 Academy of Distinguished Former Students honoree Joel Richter

United States Navy / University of South Florida College of Medicine
Tampa, Florida
Inducted 2019

2018 Academy of Distinguished Former Students honoree Carrie Byington

Texas A&M College of Medicine / Texas A&M Health Science Center
Bryan, TX
Inducted 2018

2018 Academy of Distinguished Former Students honoree Jorge Lopez

University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, TX
Inducted 2018

John Beckerdite, EADC member

TEES Commercialization & Entrepreneurship Division
College Station, TX
Inducted 2017

Dr. DonnaJean Fredeen '86

Rider University
Lawrenceville, NJ
Inducted 2017

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX
Inducted 2017

Dr. Stephen Prescott '70

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
Oklahoma City, OK
Inducted 2016

Dr. Bobby Wixson '66

Dean Emeritus of Science / Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences, Clemson University
Springfield, MO
Inducted 2016

Dr. Eric Yong Xu '93

YIFANG Ventures
Beijing, China
Inducted 2016

Dr. Scott Ballinger '83

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL
Inducted 2015

Dr. Sam Gibbs '54

Nabla Corp
Midland, TX
Inducted 2015

Dr. Ketan Patel '96

Naval Medical Research Center
Fort Detrick, MD
Inducted 2015

Dr. H. Andrew Hansen, II '71

Central Texas Cardiovascular Surgery
College Station, TX
Inducted 2014

Lt. Col. Patrick Kennedy '05

National Center for Medical Intelligence, Health Infrastructure, Sciences and Systems Division
Fort Detrick, MD
Inducted 2014

Dr. Mark Stern '80

Duke University
Durham, NC
Inducted 2014

Dr. Wen-Feng Liaw '89

National Tsing Hua University
Hsinchu, Taiwan
Inducted 2013

Dr. Mikhail Lukin '98

Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
Inducted 2013

Mr. Thomas Powell '62

Powell Industries Inc.
Galveston, TX
Inducted 2013

Dr. Keith Ward Jr. '65

George Mason University / Northern Virginia AAAS/SSE STEM Volunteer Program
Alexandria, VA
Inducted 2013

Dr. Jerry Oglesby '71

SAS Institute, Inc.
Cary, NC
Inducted 2012

Dr. Daniel Romo '86

Texas A&M University
College Station, TX
Inducted 2012

Dr. Richard Ruiz '54

The Robert Cizik Eye Clinic
Houston, TX
Inducted 2011

Dr. R. Bowen Loftin '71

University of Missouri
Columbia, MO
Inducted 2010

Dr. Josie Williams '71

Texas A&M Health Science Center
Paris, TX
Inducted 2010

Dr. Chi-Cheng Huang '93

Boston University School of Medicine
Boston, MA
Inducted 2009

Dr. Sallie Sheppard '65

Texas A&M University
Austin, TX
Inducted 2009

Dr. Hugo Elmendorf Jr. '44

Baptist Memorial Hospital System
San Antonio, TX
Inducted 2008

Mr. Phillip Moses '49

Core Laboratories Inc.
Pottsboro, TX
Inducted 2008

Dr. F. Michael Speed '69

Texas A&M University
College Station, TX
Inducted 2008

Ersen Arseven, EADC member

Arseven Consulting, Inc.
Nyack, NY
Inducted 2007

Dr. Nelson Duller Jr. '48

Texas A&M University
College Station, TX
Inducted 2007

Nancy Matz, EADC member

Matz Investments
McKinney, TX
Inducted 2007

Mr. John "Bill" Lyons '59

Lyons & Plackemeier
Dickinson, TX
Inducted 2006

Dr. Jehanne Simon-Gillo '91

United States Department of Energy
Laytonsville, MD
Inducted 2006

Dr. William Gordon '67

Alamo ENT Associates
San Antonio, TX
Inducted 2005

Dr. Charles Riordan '90

University of Delaware
Newark, DE
Inducted 2005

Dr. Guy Clifton '71

UT School of Medicine
Washington, DC
Inducted 2004

Dr. Thomas Hairston '71

Dow Chemical Company
Nacogdoches, TX
Inducted 2004

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Los Alamos National Laboratories
Los Alamos, NM
Inducted 2004

Dr. Lee Smith '57

Travelhost Inc.
Bedford, TX
Inducted 2004

Dr. Robert Walker '45

UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX
Inducted 2004

Dr. C. Les Carpenter '69

University of South Carolina
Sumter, SC
Inducted 2003

Dr. Ralph Kodell '74

National Center for Toxicological Research
Little Rock, AR
Inducted 2003

Dr. Charles Munnerlyn '62

VISX Inc.
San Jose, CA
Inducted 2003

Mr. James Adams '61

Adams & Associates
San Antonio, TX
Inducted 2002

Dr. Carl Pearcy Jr. '54

Texas A&M University
College Station, TX
Inducted 2002

Jan Troup, EADC member

SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc.
The Woodlands, TX
Inducted 2002

Bill Howell, EADC member

Dow Chemical Company
College Station, TX
Inducted 2001

Dr. Homer Pearce III '74

Eli Lilly Laboratories
Zionsville, IN
Inducted 2001

Dr. William Smith '60

Texas A&M University
College Station, TX
Inducted 2001

Mr. Don Birkelbach '70

Texas A&M Foundation
College Station, TX
Inducted 2000

Dr. James Matis '70

Texas A&M University
Lubbock, TX
Inducted 2000

Dr. Allen Hermann '65

University of Colorado
Golden, CO
Inducted 1999

Dr. Benjamin Mosier '47

Institute for Research, Inc.
Houston, TX
Inducted 1999

Dr. Keiyu Ueno '77

Dojindo Labs
Kumamoto, Japan
Inducted 1999

Dr. Donald Huffman '57

Arizona State University
Tucson, AZ
Inducted 1998

Dr. George McLendon '76

Princeton University
Durham, NC
Inducted 1998

Dr. Kenneth Davenport '82

Celanese Chemical Co.
Apex, NC
Inducted 1997

Dr. Richard Harrison III '47

Bryan Urology
Bryan, TX
Inducted 1997

Dr. Michael Kutner '71

Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Decatur, GA
Inducted 1997