Junkins named TIAS interim director

Photo of John JunkinsDr. John L. Junkins, distinguished professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M, has been named interim director of the Texas A&M University Institute for Advanced Study (TIAS).

Junkins was selected from a list of several individuals nominated by members of the TIAS Administrative Council and the college deans, who were invited to recommend distinguished faculty for the position.

“We look forward to working with Dr. Junkins and the TIAS Advisory Board to attract internationally prominent scholars who will help strengthen our programs and enhance the reputation of Texas A&M,”said  Dr. Karan L. Watson, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Texas A&M. “TIAS represents an important structural change of the university, designed to accelerate progress toward goals articulated in Vision 2020.”

An outgrowth of the Academic Master Plan, TIAS was established to attract preeminent scholars from throughout the nation and abroad for appointments as Faculty Fellows at Texas A&M. TIAS Faculty Fellows will engage Texas A&M faculty and students to enrich the intellectual climate, enhance research programs, and strengthen educational experiences across the university.

“The interaction with these celebrated scholars will, in addition to improving our research programs, benefit the intellectual life of the University community and enrich the quality of life and educational experience of our graduate and undergraduate students,” said Dr. Jeffrey R. Seemann, vice president for research at Texas A&M.

Junkins holds the Royce E. Wisenbaker Chair in Engineering and is a Regent’s Professor at Texas A&M. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the International Academy of Astronautics, as well as many other prestigious organizations. Junkins has played a leading role in building Texas A&M’s aerospace engineering program to national prominence and has actively served the university in a number of roles.