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2016 Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients Announced

Stephanie Cannon '06 March 23, 2016 9:32 AM updated: March 24, 2016 8:44 AM

For more than half a century, Texas A&M University and The Association of Former Students have recognized the most deserving faculty and staff members with one of the university’s highest professional honors—the University-Level Distinguished Achievement Awards.

This year’s 24 recipients were chosen for their stellar performances in teaching, research, student relations, continuing education, staff service and graduate student mentoring. Since the award’s inception in 1955, it has been
presented to more than 1,000 professionals who have exhibited the highest standards of excellence at Texas A&M.

The award will be formally presented on April 25. Get more information at today.tamu.edu.

The 2016 recipients, along with their departments/affiliations are as follows.

For Teaching
Haipeng “Allan” Chen, Department of Marketing, Mays Business School
Melissa A. Grunlan, Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering
Subodha Kumar, Department of Information and Operations Management, Mays Business School
Jennifer Mercieca, Department of Communication, College of Liberal Arts
Jeffrey M.B. Musser, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
David Peterson, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
David W. Reed, Department of Horticultural Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Ashley B. Saunders '98, Department of Veterinary Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Bala Shetty, Department of Information and Operations Management, Mays Business School
X. Ben Wu, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

For Research
Kyle T. Alfriend, Department of Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering
David A. Bessler, Department of Agricultural Economics, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Darryl de Ruiter, Department of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts
Eduardo Espina, Department of Hispanic Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Richard H. Gomer, Department of Biology, College of Science
Karen L. Wooley, Department of Chemistry, College of Science

For Student Relations
I. Yucel Akkutlu, Department of Petroleum Engineering, College of Engineering
Robert “Jay” Woodward '97, Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education and Human Development

For Administration
Sharon Wilkerson, Dean, College of Nursing

For Extension, Outreach, Continuing Education & Professional Development
Wesley Bissett, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

For Staff
Minnette Bilbo, Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Science
Camilla Sturdivant '86, Department of Biology, College of Science

For Graduate Mentoring
Megan M. Carpenter, Texas A&M University School of Law
John L. Crompton, Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences



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