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Annual gala inducts ten Faculty Fellows and recognizes Hagler for $20 million endowment

 

Faculty Fellows who were inducted during the 2017 Gala with Texas A&M and Hagler Institute administrators, from top left:  Ed Fry, deputy director of the Hagler Institute for Advanced Study; Chancellor John Sharp of The Texas A&M University System; Charles Kolb, Aerodyne Research (Class of 2016-17); Gerald Galloway, University of Maryland (2016-17); Christopher C. Cummins, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2016-17); Huajian Gao, Brown University (2016-17); Thomas Ulen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; William M. Sage, The University of Texas at Austin (2016-17); Jon L. Hagler, former director of GMO LLC; President Michael K. Young of Texas A&M University; John L. Junkins, founding director of the Hagler Institute for Advanced Study; (from bottom left) Robert Calderbank, Duke University (Class of 2015-16); Ingrid Daubechies, Duke University (2016-17); Maryellen Giger, University of Chicago (2016-17); V. Kumar, Georgia State University (2016-17); and Robert Kennicutt Jr., University of Cambridge (2016-17).

 

The Hagler Institute for Advanced Study at Texas A&M University welcomed its fifth class of Faculty Fellows during its annual gala in the Bethancourt Ballroom of the Memorial Student Center on Friday, February 24, 2017.

In addition, the Institute honored Jon L. Hagler, a long-time Texas A&M benefactor who gave a $20 million gift to establish an endowment that provides long-term funding for the Institute.

In his remarks, Hagler expressed his support for the Institute and its mission.

"Great things can be accomplished with a commitment, a vision and an adequate and sustainable investment," Hagler told the gala audience, according to the Bryan-College Station Eagle. "I am very privileged to be part of this, and I hope it will assist this wonderful institution in fulfilling not only its historic legacy, but the one that these times demand."

Other featured speakers included Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp; Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young; and Hagler Institute Founding Director John L. Junkins.

 

Faculty Fellows in the Class of 2016-17 are:

    • Christopher C. Cummins, Henry Dreyfus Professor of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology;
    • Ingrid Daubechies, James B. Duke Professor of Mathematics and Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University;
    • Gerald Galloway, Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering, University of Maryland;
    • Huajian Gao, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Engineering, Brown University;
    • Maryellen Giger, A.N. Pritzker Professor of Radiology and college vice-chair for basic science research, University of Chicago;
    • Robert Kennicutt Jr., Plumian Professor of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy, University of Cambridge;
    • Charles E. Kolb, president and chief executive officer, Aerodyne Research Inc.;
    • V. Kumar, regents' professor and the Richard and Susan Lenny Distinguished Chair Professor of Marketing, Georgia State University;
    • William M. Sage, James R. Dougherty Chair for Faculty Excellence, School of Law, and professor of surgery and perioperative care, Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin, and;
    • Thomas S. Ulen, Swanlund Chair Emeritus, School of Law at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 

And from the Class of 2015-16:

    • Robert A. Calderbank, Charles S. Sydnor Professor of Computer Science, Duke University.

 

 

 

Huajian Gao (left), the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Engineering from Brown University and a Faculty Fellow in the Class of 2016-17, passes under a saber arch formed by the Ross Volunteers with his guest, Joan Gao. Each of the new Faculty Fellows passed under the arch.

 

Chancellor John Sharp of The Texas A&M University System presents his remarks at the beginning of the gala program.

 

 

John L. Junkins, founding director of the Hagler Institute for Advanced Study, prepares to induct the 2016-17 Faculty Fellows. Seated from left are Ed Fry, deputy director of the Hagler Institute for Advanced Study; Jon L. Hagler, former director of GMO LLC; President Michael K. Young of Texas A&M University; and Chancellor John Sharp of The Texas A&M University System.

 

Christopher C. Cummins, the Henry Dreyfus Professor of Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Faculty Fellow in the Class of 2016-17, signs the Hagler Institute Log as Ed Fry, deputy director of the Hagler Institute for Advanced Study observes. On the table to Cummins’ left is a bronze replica of Rodin’s The Thinker, which is presented to each new Fellow.

 

Jon L. Hagler, a former director for GMO LLC and the benefactor who gave $20 million to Texas  A&M to endow the Institute, addresses the gala audience.

 

Gala guests dance to the music of the Greg Tivis Orchestra.