Theresa Maldonado named associate vice chancellor for research

Dr. Theresa MaldonadoDr. Theresa Maldonado, recently named director of the Energy Engineering Institute in the Texas Engineering Experiment Station, also has been selected as associate vice chancellor for research for The Texas A&M University System, it was announced by Vice Chancellor for Research Brett Giroir."Dr. Maldonado will have the primary responsibility for supporting the development of comprehensive research programs at our regional campuses, as well as working collaboratively to achieve the goals of the system's research strategic plan," Giroir said. "Her main programmatic focus will continue to be the organization and advancement of high-impact research programs that will transform the world's ability to provide secure energy resources for the next century."Giroir said Maldonado has significant experience at the federal level, having served as program director in the Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation where she was recognized with the Director's Award for Program Management Excellence and the Director's Award for Collaborative Integration for her services on the CAREER Coordinating Committee. Also, she was a 1991 NSF Presidential Young Investigator.Additionally, Giroir said Maldonado has industry experience, including service as a member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories.She currently serves as Texas A&M University's associate dean of engineering and professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She previously served as interim vice president for research and executive associate vice president for research for the university and as deputy director of TEES. Before joining Texas A&M, she was associate vice president for research at the University of Texas at Arlington.She holds three degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology, all in electrical engineering, and is a registered professional engineer in Texas.