The Hagler Institute for Advanced Study at Texas A&M University has unveiled its eight-member class of 2021-22 Hagler Fellows, half of whom will be hosted by or affiliated with the College of Science, including a recipient of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics.
The 10th class in the Hagler Institute’s history, announced September 29, features scientists, engineers and scholars who are recognized internationally for their achievements. Each belongs to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, or hold recognitions of equal stature in their fields.
“Every year for the last decade, the Hagler Institute has enhanced the Texas A&M research community through its exceptional ability to consistently attract the world’s brightest minds to our campus,” Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp said. “Combined with the Chancellor’s Research Initiative, the Hagler Institute also persuades many of these National Academy-level researchers to join our own illustrious and permanent faculty.”
This year’s fellows will collaborate with faculty, researchers and students in the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Engineering, Medicine and Science as well as Texas A&M Agrilife Research and the Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering.
The College of Science will host or be affiliated with four of the eight internationally renowned scholars, including:
- Theodore Goodson III, Richard Barry Bernstein Collegiate Professor of Chemistry and Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Department of Chemistry, University of Michigan: Goodson investigates nonlinear optical and energy transfer in organic multi-chromophore systems for particular optical and electronic applications. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
- Arthur M. Jaffe, Landon T. Clay Professor of Mathematics and Theoretical Sciences, Department of Physics, Harvard University: Jaffe’s major work has been in the realm of understanding quantum theory and the mathematics that it inspires. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
- Donna T. Strickland, Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Waterloo: Strickland was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics for developing chirped pulse amplification, used in corrective eye surgery, industrial machining and medical imaging. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In addition to the College of Science, Strickland will collaborate with faculty and students in the Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
- Nikolay I. Zheludev, Professor and Deputy Director, Zepler Institute, University of Southhampton: Zheludev is a founding member of the closely interlinked fields of metamaterials and nanophotonics. He is a fellow of the Royal Society and an international member of the National Academy of Engineering. In addition to the College of Science, Zheludev will collaborate with faculty and students in the College of Engineering and Texas A&M AgriLife Research.
“Congratulations to the Hagler Institute for recruiting an outstanding new class of fellows for its 10th anniversary,” Texas A&M Interim Vice President for Research Jack Baldauf said. “We look forward to the collaboration of these renowned scholars with our own outstanding faculty members, researchers and students.”
The Hagler Institute annually selects its Hagler Fellows from among top scholars who have distinguished themselves through outstanding professional accomplishments or significant recognition. Previous classes have included two Nobel laureates, a Wolf Prize recipient, a recipient of the Hubble Medal in Literature for Lifetime Achievement, a recipient of the National Medal of Science, an awardee of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, a two-time recipient of the State Prize of Russia and a recipient of both the National Humanities Medal and the Johan Skytte Prize, the most prestigious award in political science.
“We expect this remarkable 10th class of Hagler Fellows to have a productive and enduring impact on our faculty, our students and on the culture of the Texas A&M campus,” Hagler Institute Founding Director John L. Junkins said. “Since 2012, the Hagler Institute has now attracted 88 outstanding scientists, engineers and scholars to enhance our research community.”
The Hagler Institute plans to officially induct its Class of 2021-22 Hagler Fellows during its annual gala in early 2022.
To learn more about the Hagler Institute, visit https://hias.tamu.edu/.
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About the Hagler Institute for Advanced Study: The Hagler Institute for Advanced Study was established in December 2010 by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents to build on the growing academic reputation of Texas A&M and to provide a framework to attract top scholars from throughout the nation and abroad for appointments of up to a year. The selection of Hagler Fellows initiates with faculty nominations of National Academies and Nobel Prize-caliber scholars who align with existing strengths and ambitions of the University. To learn more, visit https://hias.tamu.edu.
About Research at Texas A&M University: As one of the world’s leading research institutions, Texas A&M is at the forefront in making significant contributions to scholarship and discovery, including science and technology. Research conducted at Texas A&M generated annual expenditures of more than $1.131 billion in fiscal year 2020. Texas A&M ranked in the top 25 of the most recent National Science Foundation Higher Education Research and Development survey based on expenditures of more than $952 million in fiscal year 2019. Texas A&M’s research creates new knowledge that provides basic, fundamental, and applied contributions resulting in economic benefits to the state, nation, and world. To learn more, visit [email protected] A&M.
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