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Welcome to The J. Mike Walker '66 Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University!

Our visiting scholar programs are designed to provide an interactive experience to distinguished global research scholars and rising research scholars with faculty in the mechanical engineering department at Texas A&M University.

Learn more about our two programs below!

The J. Mike Walker '66 Department of Mechanical Engineering Walker Distinguished Visiting Scholar Program

The distinguished visiting scholar program is designed to connect and immerse distinguished global research scholars with faculty in the mechanical engineering department to create high societal impact, new knowledge and capabilities.

Eligible visitors:

Distinguished faculty or other renown scholars that, through synergy with current faculty in the Texas A&M department of mechanical engineering, can perform high impact research. Depending on the preference of the scholar, including how to use available funding, the period of appointment can vary up to twelve months. Time in residence at Texas A&M could be contiguous or consist of multiple shorter visits.

Nomination process:

Visitors must be nominated by current department faculty. However, potential visitors who currently don't have a relationship with any current department faculty are encouraged to review current mechanical engineering faculty, make contact and develop a relationship. Creating new research collaborations is a strongly desired outcome of the program.

The nomination should include proposed activities, immediate and potential future impact of activities and synergy of qualifications between the distinguished visiting scholar and department faculty.

Nominations are due by February 15 of the calendar year for start in the fall semester that year. Notifications of acceptance will be made by May of the calendar year in which the nomination is submitted. 

Activities:

The nominating faculty will propose the time frame of the visit, activities and desired outcomes for the scholar visit in the nomination letter. Activities could include, but are not limited to, active research collaboration, symposium coordination and hosting at Texas A&M, creation and hosting of a recurring seminar series, collaboration on significant grant proposing such asMultidisciplinary University Research Initiative work.

There is no teaching requirement, but if a visiting scholar would like to provide support to existing or special topic courses, that is welcome.

Funds:

Selected visiting scholars will have $25,000 available to support them. The specific use of the funds is determined and proposed by the visitor and nominating host. The funds can be used to offset travel costs, as a stipend subsidy to offset housing costs while living in College Station, travel cost for a proposed seminar series, graduate student stiped to support the research collaboration, salary, or other.

Selection:

The strategic planning committee will review the nominees and proposals as submitted to them by department faculty. The strategic planning committee will make a selection recommendation to the department head.

The J. Mike Walker '66 Department of Mechanical Engineering Walker Visiting Assistant Professor Program

The visiting assistant professor program is designed to connect and immerse rising research scholars with faculty in the mechanical engineering department to enhance the visitor's research impact potential and teaching portfolio.

Eligible visitors:

Early career faculty or recent Ph.D. graduates whose research impact and potential impact would benefit from immersive collaboration with current mechanical engineering faculty. The expected stay would be nine to twelve months. 

Nomination process:

Visitors must be nominated by current department faculty. However, potential visitors who currently don't have a relationship with any current department faculty are encouraged to review current mechanical engineering faculty, make contact and develop a relationship. Creating new research collaborations is a strongly desired outcome of the program.

The nomination should include proposed activities, immediate and potential future impact of activities and synergy of qualifications between the visiting professor and department faculty. The nomination proposal should include teaching preferences for the visiting professor.

Nominations are due by February 15 of the calendar year for start in the fall semester that year. Notifications of acceptance will be made by May of the calendar year in which the nomination is submitted. 

Activities:

The nominating faculty will propose the time frame of the visit, activities and desired outcomes for the scholar visit in the nomination form. Activities could include, but are not limited to, active research collaboration, developing new research directions leveraging department and university research infrastructure, including physical laboratories, libraries, computer infrastructure.

A light teaching load is part of this visiting professor program. Teaching preferences in terms of existing or new department classes should be outlined in the nomination statement.

Funds:

Selected visiting scholars will have $12,500 available to support them. These funds will be supplied to support proposed research activities as outlined in the nomination. An additional living stiped of $4,200 per month will be based on teaching activity. The teaching load will be one class in each semester of residence.

Selection:

The strategic planning committee will review the nominees and proposals as submitted to them by department faculty. The strategic planning committee will make a selection recommendation to the department head.