Aggie engineer named president of the University of Guanajuato

Dr. José Manuel Cabrera Sixto, who obtained his master’s (1990) doctorate (1993) at Texas A&M in Biological and Agricultural Engineering, has been named president (rector general) of the University of Guanajuato, overseeing the development and administration of its five campuses in that state in Mexico.

Among his many distinctions, he was named Bill and Rita Stout International Student while at Texas A&M (in 1993), and while an undergraduate in Mexico he won BANAMEX’s national science and technology prize for agriculture.

Prior to being named president of the University of Guanajuato Cabrera served as provost (secretario general) of that institution, and before that as director of research and graduate studies. For the period 2010-2011 he was president of the Mexican National Council of Graduate Studies (COMEPO).

Earlier in 2011 Cabrera collaborated closely with Texas A&M in organizing and hosting at his university in May a research workshop on the theme of Water, Climate and Society, led by Dr. Wendy Jepson and Dr. Douglas Sherman of the College of Geosciences and facilitated by Texas A&M’s Office of Initiatives for the Americas. Five Mexican universities and four North American universities participated in the event, and joint research proposals involving Texas A&M and the University of Guanajuato are emerging from it.