Texas A&M University’s John L. Junkins to receive Kay Bailey Hutchison Distinguished Service Award
Founding director of the Hagler Institute for Advanced Study honored by The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas
By Research Communications and Public Relations
BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, November 4, 2021—The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) announced today that John L. Junkins, founding director of the Hagler Institute for Advanced Study at Texas A&M University, is the recipient of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Distinguished Service Award.
Junkins is recognized for attracting and nurturing top-tier research talent in Texas through the Hagler Institute for Advanced Study at Texas A&M. In addition to his work in the Hagler Institute, Junkins is a distinguished professor of aerospace engineering, Regents Professor, and holder of the Royce E. Wisenbaker Chair in the College of Engineering, and served as interim president at Texas A&M from January to June 2021. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineers and a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.
Each year the Hagler Institute selects top national and international scholars to pursue advanced study at Texas A&M for up to a year. The program’s goal is to provide a stellar environment for research and scholarship, with the Hagler Fellows having the freedom to pursue their own research interests and collaborations. Each fellow is a member of the National Academies or has equivalent recognition in their field. Many of these researchers go on to join the faculty of A&M full-time and become a vital part of the Texas A&M research community.
“TAMEST is proud to present Dr. Junkins with the Kay Bailey Hutchison Distinguished Service Award for his unique vision and dedication to bringing more researchers and innovators to Texas,” said TAMEST Board President David E. Daniel. “Since 2010, 88 top-tier researchers have come to Texas A&M as Hagler Institute Fellows, and thanks to Dr. Junkins, many have stayed here and joined TAMEST after the fellowship has concluded.”
TAMEST will officially present the award to Junkins at the opening reception of the 2022 TAMEST Annual Conference: Forward Texas – Imperatives for Health. The conference will be held at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio on Tuesday, January 11, 2022. Junkins will give a special presentation on the vision and history of the Hagler Institute during the conference lunch session on Thursday, January 13, 2022.
The Kay Bailey Hutchison Distinguished Service Award was established in 2013 by TAMEST to recognize individuals and organizations who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in furthering TAMEST’s mission to bring together the state’s brightest minds in medicine, engineering, science and technology to foster collaboration and to advance research, innovation and business in Texas.
The award was named after TAMEST Honorary Chair Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison, who received the inaugural award for her vision and commitment to advancing scientific research, technology innovation and educational achievement. Hutchison served as a U.S. senator from Texas in 1993–2013.
“I am so pleased Dr. Junkins and the Hagler Institute are being recognized with this award,” said Ambassador Hutchison. “Dr. Junkins has been instrumental in the success of TAMEST from the very beginning, not to mention his vision and leadership in increasing engineering research and science investment for Texas A&M University. This is a wonderful and well-deserved recognition.”
Junkins is the seventh recipient of this award. Past recipients include: The Office of the President at The University of Texas at Austin (2020); Exxon Mobil Corporation (2017); Larry Faulkner and Kenneth Jastrow (2016); Peter O’Donnell Jr. (2014); the Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison (2013).
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.
About TAMEST: TAMEST was co-founded in 2004 by the Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison and Nobel Laureates Michael S. Brown, M.D., and Richard E. Smalley, Ph.D. With more than 330 members, 10 Nobel Laureates and 16 member institutions, TAMEST is composed of the Texas-based members of the three National Academies (National Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Sciences) and other honorific organizations. We bring together the state’s brightest minds in medicine, engineering, science and technology to foster collaboration, and to advance research, innovation and business in Texas. TAMEST’s unique interdisciplinary model has become an effective recruitment tool for top research and development centers across Texas. Since our founding, more than 250 TAMEST members have been inducted into the National Academies or relocated to Texas.
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. research.tamu.edu
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