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Dr. Tracy Hammond
Dr. Tracy Hammond was one of five recipients in the College of Engineering to be honored with The Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award this year. | Image: Texas A&M Engineering

Dr. Tracy Hammond, professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, received the 2022 Distinguished Achievement Award for teaching from Texas A&M and The Association of Former Students.

Since 1995, the award has been presented to recognize faculty and staff achievements in research, individual student relationships, continuing education/extension, graduate mentoring, staff and administration and is one of the highest university honors. Hammond was one of five faculty members in the College of Engineering to be honored this year.

“I am incredibly honored to receive this award and am grateful for my exceptional students who have been active collaborators in creating an inclusive classroom," said Hammond.

Through her innovative work, she has made significant contributions to improving engineering education at Texas A&M. Her engineering education research has been implemented at high schools and universities, including Texas A&M, Georgia Tech, Texas State University, San Jose State University and LeTourneau University.

Hammond is an international leader in artificial intelligence, data science activity recognition (focusing on eye, body and sketch motions), machine learning, haptics, intelligent fabrics, smartphone development and computer-human interaction research. Her publications on these subjects have been widely cited. 

Hammond also serves as director of the Institute for Engineering Education and Innovation and the Sketch Recognition Lab at Texas A&M.