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Texas A&M Energy Institute Establishes Interdisciplinary Academic Council

By: Uniqua Williams - April 10, 2019
Texas A&M Energy Institute Interdisciplinary Academic Council

The Texas A&M Energy Institute, a joint institute between Texas A&M University and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, has recently established an Interdisciplinary Academic Council, composed of prominent faculty members from six different colleges and schools at Texas A&M University.

This council will serve as an advisory body to the director of the Energy Institute and will represent the diverse energy research and educational expertise present among the faculty members at Texas A&M University and associated with the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station.

Further, the Interdisciplinary Academic Council will help to shape the energy education and research trajectory at Texas A&M; council members will serve as ambassadors of the Energy Institute to their respective home colleges and schools. This new entity is already cultivating deeper engagements among faculty members across campus, enhancing an interdisciplinary ethos and advancing the initiatives of the Energy Institute.

The six colleges and schools represented by the Interdisciplinary Academic Council include:

Hongcai (Joe) Zhou
Chair of the Interdisciplinary Academic Council
Professor; Robert A. Welch Foundation Chair; Department of Chemistry
Mahmoud El-Halwagi
Deputy Chair of the Interdisciplinary Academic Council
McFerrin Professor, Managing Director of TEES Gas and Fuels Research Center, Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering
Bruce A. McCarlRegents Professor and University Distinguished Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics
Anthony H. KnapJames R. Whatley Endowed Chair in Geosciences; Professor, Department of Oceanography; Director, Geochemical and Environmental Research Group
Kent E. PortneyProfessor, Bush School of Government and Public Service; Director, Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy
Sorin M. SorescuRuby and Earle A. Shields Jr. ’41 Chair in Investment Advising, Department Head, Department of Finance, Mays Business School