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H _wangDr. Haiyan Wang, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was one of three Texas A&M University professors named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. Their selections were announced in the current issue of Science, the AAAS journal, and they will be formally honored Feb. 13 at the annual meeting of the association in Washington, D.C.

Wang received her AAAS honor “for innovative research at the frontiers of materials science and technology, and for exceptional potential to shape the future through intellectual leadership and inspired teaching.”

The other professors from Texas A&M were Peter Kuchment, a University Distinguished Professor of Mathematics in the College of Science, and Samba Reddy, professor of neuroscience and experimental therapeutics in the Texas A&M Health Science Center.

“I am proud to join the AAAS in recognizing these faculty and their outstanding accomplishments,” said Dr. Karan L. Watson, provost and executive vice president at Texas A&M.

Earlier this year Wang was named a Fellow of The American Ceramic Society (ACerS).

Wang joined the faculty at Texas A&M in 2006 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor and full professor in 2010 and 2014, respectively. She received a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from North Carolina State University in 2002.

Wang’s research expertise is on nanostructured ceramic thin films for various applications, including nitride-based materials for microelectronic and optoelectronics, high temperature superconductor coated conductors, ferromagnetic and ferroelectric oxide thin films, perovskite oxides for thin film solid oxide fuel cells, in situ TEM work and others.

She has published more than 300 journal articles with a total citation over 6,500 times with an H-index of 39. She has organized nine symposiums at international conferences and is an active committee member in the American Society of Metals (ASM),  ACerS, and The Metals, Minerals and Materials Society (TMS).

Wang is a fellow of ASM International (Class of 2014). Her major awards include the TAMEST O’Donnell Award 2015, ASM Silver Medal Award in 2011, an NSF CAREER Award in 2009, a Presidential Early Career Award (PECASE) in 2008, an Office of Naval Research-Young Investigator Award in 2008, and an Air Force of Scientific Research-Young Investigator Award in 2007.

The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874. Currently, members can be considered for the rank of Fellow if nominated by the steering groups of the Association’s 24 sections, or by any three Fellows who are current AAAS members (so long as two of the three sponsors are not affiliated with the nominee’s institution), or by the AAAS chief executive officer. Fellows must have been continuous members of AAAS for four years by the end of the calendar year in which they are elected.

AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal, Science as well as Science Translational Medicine and Science Signaling. AAAS was founded in 1848, and includes 254 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of 1 million. The non-profit AAAS( is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, and more.