New fellows inducted into Hagler Institute for Advanced Study

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - On Friday night, the newest class of Faculty Fellows was inducted into the Hagler Institute for Advanced Study at Texas A&M University.

The Hagler Institute was started in 2012 by John Junkins. The program brings renowned scholars to the university to wok side by side with faculty and students.

"I saw it as a mechanism to keep the university in alive in a broad sense and elevate ourselves over time," said John Junkins, the founding director of the Hagler Institute.

The following are this year's inductees:

Vijay K. Dhir, Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of California, Los Angeles—Acknowledged as a pioneer in fundamental and applied sciences that involve boiling as an efficient process of heat removal, Dhir is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow and honorary member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a fellow of the American Nuclear Society. Dhir will collaborate with faculty and students in the College of Engineering and the College of Science.

Richard A. Dixon, Distinguished Research Professor and director of the BioDiscovery Institute, Department of Biological Sciences, University of North Texas—A world-renowned specialist in the biochemistry, molecular biology, and metabolic engineering of plant natural product pathways and their implications for agriculture and human health, Dixon is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas. Dixon will collaborate with faculty and students in the College of Science.

Richard A. Epstein, the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, New York University School of Law—Ranking among the world’s most cited legal scholars, Epstein is a member the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a senior fellow of the Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago’s Division of Biological Sciences, the Peter and Kirstin Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law Emeritus and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago. Epstein will collaborate with faculty and students in the School of Law.

Thomas B. Ginsburg, the Leo Spitz Professor of International Law and Ludwig and Hilde Wolf Research Scholar in the University of Chicago Law School and Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago—An early adopter in the application of multidisciplinary social scientific analysis to comparative law, particularly to comparative constitutional law, Ginsburg is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Ginsburg co-directs the National Science Foundation’s Comparative Constitutions Project. He will collaborate with faculty and students in the School of Law as well as the Bush School of Government and Public Service.

James E. Hubbard Jr., Samuel P. Langley Distinguished Professor, A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland, and director of the Center for Adaptive Aerospace Vehicle Technology and the Morpheus Laboratory, National Institute of Aerospace—A key pioneer in developing piezo-film sensors and piezo-electric actuation systems for smart structures and materials applications, Hubbard is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Hubbard will collaborate with faculty and students in the College of Engineering and faculty-researchers at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.
Thomas J. Stipanowich, professor and holder of the William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution and associate dean of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law—A leading scholar in the field of commercial arbitration and dispute resolution, Stipanowich is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers and a founding fellow of the American College of Commercial Arbitrators. Stipanowich will collaborate with faculty and students in the School of Law and the College of Architecture.

Jerry Tessendorf, professor of Visual Computing, School of Computing, Clemson University—Recipient of an Academy Award for Technical Achievement in 2008 from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Tessendorf is known for advancing the use of fluid simulations in computer graphics for motion pictures. His software was used for the 2012 film “Life of Pi,” which won the 2013 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. Tessendorf will collaborate with faculty and students in the College of Architecture, the College of Engineering and the College of Geosciences.
The Hagler Institute announced its Distinguished Lecturer for 2017-18:

Steven Chu, the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Humanities and Sciences and professor of Physics and Molecular & Cellular Physiology in the Medical School at Stanford University—Co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics for his contributions to laser cooling and atom trapping, and the 12th U.S. Secretary of Energy, Chu is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Academia Sinica, and is a foreign member of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Korean Academy of Sciences and Technology. As a truly outstanding scholar, Chu will hold the title of Distinguished Lecturer in the Hagler Institute and will participate as a keynote speaker in a symposium with other notable scholars to address important issues in his discipline.