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Distinguished Achievement (University)

Since 1955, The Association of Former Students has recognized outstanding members of Texas A&M’s faculty and staff for their commitment, performance and positive impact on Aggie students, Texas citizens and the world around them.

Each recipient receives an award plaque, an engraved watch, and a cash gift, all furnished by The Association of Former Students. Donors to The Association of Former Students provide funding for this program. 

Distinguished Achievement Award University Level Criteria & Nomination Information

The 2019 Distinguished Achievement Awards will be formally presented at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, April 29, during ceremonies in Rudder Theatre on the Texas A&M University campus. In recognition of their achievements, each recipient will receive a cash gift, an engraved watch and a commemorative plaque.

The 2019 recipients, along with their departments/affiliations are:

For Teaching:

  • Erick Moreno-Centeno, Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Wei-Jung Chen, Department of Neuroscience & Experimental Therapeutics, College of Medicine
  • Cheryl Herman, Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
  • Claire Katz, Department of Philosophy, College of Liberal Arts
  • Wei Li, Department of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning, College of Architecture
  • Duncan S. MacKenzie, Department of Biology, College of Science
  • John F. Murphy, School of Law
  • Scott Schaefer, Department of Computer Science & Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Nancy Street, Department of Communication, College of Liberal Arts
  • Radhika Viruru '90, Department of Teaching, Learning, & Culture, Education and Human Development


 For Research:

  • Nicolaas E. Deutz, Department of Health & Kinesiology, College of Education and Human Development 
  • Francois Gabbai, Department of Chemistry,  College of Science
  • Yassin A. Hassan, Department of Nuclear Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Katrin Hinrichs, Department of Veterinary Physiology & Pharmacology, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
  • P.R. Kumar, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, College of Engineering
  • M. Suhail Zubairy, Department of Physics & Astronomy, College of Science


 For Individual Student Engagement:

  • Rafael Almanzar '21, Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Rebecca Burns, College of Nursing


 For Administration:

  • Sherry J. Yennello, Department of Chemistry, College of Science


 For Extension, Outreach, Continuing Education and Professional Development:

  • Tatiana Erukhimova, Department of Physics, College of Science

For Staff

  • Jennifer Boyle '97, Department of Student Activities, Division of Student Affairs
  •  Krista May, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts

 For Graduate Mentoring

  • Bani K. Mallick, Department of Statistics, College of Science
  • Guy Whitten, Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts

Read more about this year's recipients on the Dean of Faculties Website


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