Dr. Che-Ming Ko, a longtime professor and nuclear physicist in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and member of the Cyclotron Institute at Texas A&M University, has been appointed as a University Distinguished Professor.
Ko, a world-respected expert in nuclear theory, earns recognition along with four additional Texas A&M faculty as the latest recipients of the coveted title: Dr. Kyle T. Alfriend, TEES Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering; Dr. M. Katherine Banks, professor and holder of the Harold J. Haynes Dean’s Chair in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering; Dr. Alan Needleman, TEES Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering; and Dr. Michael Waters, professor in the Department of Anthropology and holder of the Endowed Chair in First American Studies in the College of Liberal Arts.
The 2017 university distinguished professor honorees join a select group of more than 90 current faculty members who hold the prestigious title — 34 of whom are affiliated with the College of Science. The title, which is bestowed in perpetuity, 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.”
The group will be honored at an April 26 reception hosted by Texas A&M President Michael K. Young and the Texas A&M Foundation to celebrate all faculty who are distinguished professors.
Ko joined the Texas A&M faculty in 1980, earning his Ph.D. in physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Before coming to Texas A&M, he conducted research at McMaster University, the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Research, Michigan State University and the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory.
Ko’s research interests are in theoretical nuclear physics, including nuclear symmetry energy effects in heavy ion collisions with rare isotopes, signals and properties of the quark-gluon plasma produced in relativistic heavy ion collisions, and particle production in hadronic reactions. He has published more than 300 papers in refereed journals with a total of about 14,000 citations.
“I am very pleased to see Dr. Ko recognized as a distinguished professor,” said Dr. Sherry J. Yennello, Regents Professor of Chemistry and director of the Cyclotron Institute. “He thinks very deeply about about a broad range of nuclear physics, from low energy nuclear collisions to the quark gluon plasma. His work has brought much recognition to the Cyclotron Institute and Texas A&M in general. And he is a really nice guy!”
A fellow of the American Physical Society, Ko’s many career honors include the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award for U.S. Senior Scientists (1994) and the Texas A&M Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award for Research (2004). In addition to being named an Outstanding Referee of the American Physical Society, he was recognized twice for Excellence in Reviewing by Physics Letters B (Elsevier). Ko has served on the editorial board of Physical Review C and has been an associate editor of The Chinese Journal of Physics since 2009.
To learn more about Ko and his teaching, research and professional service accomplishments, visit http://physics.tamu.edu/people/c-ko/.
For additional information about the Texas A&M Cyclotron Institute, go to http://cyclotron.tamu.edu.
See the complete list of distinguished professors at Texas A&M.