With this generous professorship, I will be afforded unique flexibility to pursue discretionary research efforts that broaden fundamental understanding on the physics of turbulent flows. This has implications for design of engineering devices and for characterization of mixing in geophysical flows. UT Dallas is a science and technology powerhouse, founded by a science and technology powerhouse: I could not imagine a better environment for scholarly research.
Economics is almost unique in that it allows you to produce research that is both rigorous and relevant. I can literally get my research ideas by looking at the world around me. I have used game theory to address topics as diverse as business ethics and counterterrorism. When it comes to the classroom, I believe that teaching is a commitment to provide a transformative experience.
I have pursued my research across diverse domains, as an entrepreneur, feminist theorist and organizational change architect. When I was hired as the dean of ATEC, I embraced the opportunity to lead this bold initiative for UTD because it would draw on these diverse experiences. ATEC is a collaborative effort among colleagues, staff and students to create a truly innovative research-education program that inspires new questions and creative insights across disciplines.
I want my research to help people, but at the same time, I’ve always had an instinctive desire to discover things. I tell my students it’s like Christmas morning when they come in with new data from a completed experiment. I don’t know where that comes from, it’s just instinctive – it’s the kind of thing that brings me joy.
UT Dallas is different by design. The differences are our defining characteristic. We are the school where the ‘rock stars’ do things like make animated films, build robots and play chess. We’re the school where students regularly win at the national level in debate, engineering design and competition for business ideas. And UTD is the proud home to fine student-athletes, more than a few of whom have achieved Academic All-American status. For those reasons and many more, students are choosing UTD in ever-increasing numbers.
“An undergraduate research environment is the place where a student can assimilate information and then begin to construct complex solutions from simple pieces. This is about getting bright young individuals to apply research principles in a creative way. We encourage them to make mistakes and allow them to survive the process.”
I feel privileged to work with such a talented team of researchers, clinicians and students at the UT Dallas Callier Center. I believe the work we do makes a major difference in improving the lives of so many individuals with communication disorders. We also are grateful for the generous support we receive from our committed donors, who are determined to help move communication research forward.
Cyber-physical systems collect information for a reason, like allowing the home resident to lower energy consumption. But I want to help this growing industry with guidelines on how to allow them to achieve their goal with the data, while at the same time minimizing this collection of data to only what is necessary.
The majority of scientists focus on what is wrong with the brain. But, at the Center for BrainHealth, what is wrong is just our starting point. Our acclaimed cognitive neuroscience experts are dedicated to discovering ways to build resilience, regain cognitive function and retrain the brain to maximize the amazing potential of our most vital organ and greatest natural resource.
The magnetosphere consists of highly energetic charged particles, which can damage electronics on spacecraft or can be dangerous to astronauts. So, it’s very valuable to predict the dynamics of those energetic charged particles. My research focuses on using numerical models to better understand and predict the dynamics and variability of charged particles, as well as the magnetosphere in general.
I am unabashedly honored to receive the recognition imparted by this investiture. I am proud to be a part of the Naveen Jindal School of Management and UT Dallas, as they continue to raise the bar in education and research in accounting. I am fortunate to be in the company of so many prestigious colleagues who do not hesitate to reward merit, and who possess a degree of integrity and candor unknown to others. I look forward to continuing my work here for the many, many years to come.
I see investiture as recognition of my efforts and success in publishing quality research and teaching. As far as day-to-day life is concerned, in terms of what I do, I think that largely remains unchanged in the sense that we continue to do our research, contribute to the broad domain of supply chain management, and try to publish in the best possible research outlets.
“I teach students the way I wished I was taught in college — where I make it a point to engage the students in discussions, make the atmosphere comfortable for asking questions and giving input, and try to ensure that students have time to digest the material. My goal is to make sure biology is accessible to everyone.”
UT Dallas has been incredibly supportive of our work investigating pathological mechanisms of migraine. The significant recent investments in infrastructure, including the world-class research building and core facilities we utilize, are instrumental both to the success of our work and to our ability to recruit talented students and postdoctoral fellows. Using this support, our ultimate goal is to translate the basic discoveries from the laboratory into new therapeutics, an effort I hope would make Eugene McDermott proud.
To be awarded a chair with Bert Moore’s name is an honor and privilege. Bert Moore recruited me to UT Dallas. He was such a great advocate for young faculty. Holding the Bert Moore Chair will remind me of his boundless support and will drive me to contribute toward his legacy of transformative research in BBS and UT Dallas.
It is an extraordinary honor to be associated, through the Nelle C. Johnston Chair, with a woman who centrally changed the lives of children with communication disorders, both through her work with children with hearing impairment and her central role in the development of the Callier Center for Communication Disorders. To this day, the Callier Center continues to help so many children and their families in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. I am deeply honored to carry forward, through my research and its application to clinical treatment, her tradition of service to children with communication disorders and their families.
In recognition of Marinus of Tyre, father of mathematical geography, students need to: enroll in more geospatial science and mathematics courses as part of a life-long learning curriculum, know how to use a global positioning system unit, known fondly by many as a GPS unit, and know whether or not a hand calculator is giving correct answers.
I am proud to be the first holder of the Mary McDermott Cook Chair in the Hobson Wildenthal Honors College. The chair symbolizes the close relationship between the McDermott Family, Mary McDermott Cook and honors education at UT Dallas. I plan to use the chair to promote academic excellence in the Honors College and to cultivate the life of the mind here at UT Dallas.
The Center for BrainHealth and the University of Texas at Dallas have given me the opportunity to take our work into how normal people store and retrieve knowledge in the brain and apply that to a wide array of medical and societal issues. More importantly, it has offered the opportunity to help train the next generation of cognitive neuroscientists, the accomplishment of which I am the proudest.
Microwave engineering education and research is at an all-time high as commercial applications are being developed in this regime. UT Dallas has established an excellent program to support radio frequency (RF) engineers for the next generation. Our students leave here making an impact in a short period of time for the greater good. I love being part of that.
UT Dallas offers tremendous opportunities for me to continue advancing my research activities. The research facilities, including the Cleanroom Research Laboratory and characterization facilities at the Natural Science and Engineering Research Laboratory, are world-class and provide invaluable resources to faculty and students in pursuing forefront research.
UT Dallas and the Jindal School have provided me the perfect environment to develop my research and teaching abilities to their fullest potential. I am grateful to the leadership of the school, University and the UT System for awarding me this chaired professorship and the generosity of the many supporters of UTD for providing the resources for such chairs.
Behavioral operations management is one of the fastest-growing areas of operations management. Already, the field of behavioral operations management has contributed to our understanding of how operations management models are likely to work in practice. It is my hope that down the road, this better understanding will improve how these models are implemented and used in industry.
I thanked one of my early mentors in my doctoral thesis for telling me I was thinking like a technician. At the time he said that, I was a technician, but he told me, ‘Don’t do that; you can think beyond what you’re doing and your job description.’ That was a big deal for me, so now I try to give students the same opportunity to do as much as they can.
The Callier Center is one of the premiere communication institutions with a very good reputation for research, and it is known for outstanding clinical services and clinical training. I am pleased to be working with students who will drive the audiology field forward and who are preparing to be future leaders.
Integrated circuit design is the core of electrical engineering, which requires expertise in device physics and fabrication, circuit architecture, power management, signal processing, and system control. However, the beauty of IC design is not restricted within the domain of engineering. It indeed goes far beyond it, providing abundant freedom and space for unique and artistic personal touches in a nanometer scale wonderland.
I am honored to be the first holder of this professorship. Russell’s commitment to our program goes much deeper than his generous financial support over the years. He always volunteers his time and wisdom, both of which are priceless to us. Russell’s creative thinking and managerial prowess have been great assets to the festival and building a world-class guitar series.
The main goal of my research is production of detailed 3D imaging of Earth structures and physical properties by designing computer algorithms to image seismic and electromagnetic waves that propagate through them. The most satisfying aspect of my research is seeing all of the graduate students that I have supervised doing well in their careers and their lives as a result of their UT Dallas education.
I appreciate the vision of our administration in recognizing my contribution in bringing recognition to UT Dallas through prestigious and highly competitive YIP awards from the Department of Defense, as well as graduating three PhD students in five years at UT Dallas. With the resources provided by this endowed professorship, I commit to bring more recognition to UT Dallas and continue graduating doctoral students that carry the UTD name and quality in their careers.
As the University evolves to become a more mature research university, so will the role of the provost. It is the responsibility of the president and the provost to provide vision and leadership and to take action to move UT Dallas into the future, providing even greater opportunities for student growth and achievement.
Instead of becoming the MIT of the Southwest, UT Dallas is affirming a different academic identity: students enthusiastic about original ideas. Exceptional members of the faculty, from all schools, never refusing the chance to interact with my students, make me feel at home, even in hot Dallas. Yes, I am teaching because it gives me a chance to continue learning, and boy, do I learn at UT Dallas.
I joined UT Dallas from North Carolina State University, where I had served since 1998 as head of the Chemistry Department and a chaired chemistry professor in the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. Attracted by the ambitious agenda set forth by our upper administration, I stand ready to meet the challenges associated with elevating this institution into the Tier One research university rankings.
The work we have done over the years represents a collaboration of many minds and ideas. The students in my lab, both graduates and undergraduates, as well as our local, national and international colleagues, are part of a single effort with many vital parts. We are enormously grateful for support from our donors. The kindness and generosity of Aage and Margareta Møller in support of the endowed professorship I hold, and the active interest and research funding from federal funding agencies over the years, have made our work possible.
My work for 20 years on the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development had a great impact on my career, bringing about rich collaborations with wonderful colleagues. I’ve extended this work providing consultations with numerous teams of researchers, both nationally and internationally, in assessing qualities of parent-child interactions from infancy through adolescence.
I am passionate about working with students, researchers and practitioners on the next new ‘think’ that calls for the exciting opportunity to explore, learn, define, solve and contribute. I strive to work on high-impact management topics. I hope to leave a lasting and positive impact on the lives of organizations and people. I cannot imagine working at a better place than an institution that has a mission of producing high-quality products, services, research and graduates, and that is rigorous and fair in achieving its mission. UTD today is such an institution. Hence, this investiture is an honor.
I am deeply grateful to this institution that has helped and encouraged me to explore the issues I am most interested in: the political, intellectual, and cultural circumstances and consequences of the Holocaust, the brutal murder of 6 million Jews. I deeply appreciate that it supports me in my endeavor… to translate into English some of the greatest poetic treasures of German and Hungarian literatures.
Investiture is a tremendous demonstration of our University’s commitment to excellence in scholarship. My field is global competition. So how do universities compete? It’s really top faculty competing with other top faculty at other universities. In that regard, we are initiating at UT Dallas a fine tradition to honor top faculty.
The message that investiture sends to the University community as well as the outside community is that UT Dallas not only places a high value on research accomplishments, but also that UT Dallas is here to compete with the best universities in the U.S. with substantial numbers of distinguished professorships and chairs. We have the means of attracting the very best faculty out there and retaining them.
When I first set foot on the UTD campus in 1993 as a 19-year-old freshman, I never could have imagined that I would one day receive such an honor from the institution that has given me so much already. Our scientific work is focused on understanding what causes chronic pain and discovering new ways to treat this most common and often disabling disease. The talented students and postdocs, collaborators throughout the UT System, and resources that UTD has helped us assemble give me confidence that our understanding of chronic pain is advancing at an accelerating pace. We are getting closer and closer to developing new therapeutics that will improve the lives of people with intractable pain. This is our goal.
Whether we like it or not, we live at a time when borders and frontiers become more tenuous by the minute. I am excited about teaching at UT Dallas because we consider science and technology from the perspective of the humanities, and vice versa. In a global society, it is essential to learn how to look over one’s shoulder. This is why I seek to give my students the tools to navigate beyond the ‘Pillars of Hercules.’
The growth and transformation of the University during my 35 years at UT Dallas has been both astounding and gratifying. And the future holds bright promise for the students, staff, and faculty of our University. I could not be prouder than to have spent my academic career at UT Dallas and eagerly anticipate our University’s continued growth and intellectual development.
Businesses in general, and accounting in particular, face hard problems in this ever-changing globally connected world. Research provides innovative insights into these challenging issues and problems, and these innovative insights help students hone their critical thinking skills to be successful business leaders.
I was among the first arts and humanities faculty at UT Dallas in 1975. My students and colleagues have brought me many joys, especially the former students who have kept in touch over the past 36 years. I have particularly enjoyed the opportunity to make music on campus with my Musica Nova ensemble and to have several of my works performed and sometimes premiered here. After the next 36 years, I will be 101, at which point I hope I can afford to retire.
My administrative, teaching and research career at the UT Dallas’ Callier Center has been utopian – an experience that, if I had to dream about it when I was a budding audiologist, I would have never thought possible. From the day I came to Dallas in 1972 until the present, I have been and continue to be amazed at the vast resources that are available and the phenomenal work being done.
Anytime there is recognition of this nature from the University, that means a lot to me as an academic. On the one hand, of course, we are rewarded in other ways, too. But I think given our profession, at the end of the day, recognition like this is probably the highest form of reward that goes over and above the other more traditional reward mechanisms.
I am honored and deeply humbled to be the holder of this chair. The Naveen Jindal School of Management has provided an environment in which to build one of the world’s best programs in operations management. The growth and intellectual development of UT Dallas during my time here has been without parallel, and I am looking forward to an even brighter future.
Despite the large growth in enrollment, UT Dallas retains many of the advantages of a smaller institution, in particular the opportunities for individual interactions with students. I like to give research experiences to undergraduate students and to train graduate students. Watching them go on to successful careers in their chosen domains is a source of great pleasure.
My goal has been to solve challenging research problems of national significance, which is why I got into cybersecurity 26 years ago. After spending many years in the industry and at the National Science Foundation, I felt that UT Dallas was the ideal place where I could continue to contribute to our national security.
I think investiture helps to build the reputation of the school and UT Dallas as a university. Then, people gradually get to know more about UT Dallas in that not only do we have good teachers, but also good researchers. The top universities in the world are famous not only for teaching but also for their research.
UT Dallas is a haven for independent thought and brilliant interdisciplinary collaboration and research. It is also a deeply rewarding place to teach – especially in the School of Arts and Humanities – because of its lively and curious students, its excellent faculty colleagues and its location next to an exciting city. I have found my own strengths here, as many people have.
Biology nowadays is as much an information-based science as it is an experiment-based science. Rapid advances in technology have made it easy to generate vast amounts of raw data, and the next step is interpreting these data, finding patterns, unearthing new biological phenomena and translating these findings to clinical practice.
The story of this work provides a fundamental justification for academic tenure. The fruits of the research only ripened into wide success after 20 years of work, work which experts thought was hopeless and pointless when it commenced. While many other threads of my research were productive and provided the basis for tenure and promotion, without the stability of tenure it would have been irrational to continue pursuing this one big research theme for half a career. (Maybe in one sense the experts were correct, and I was just stubborn, but lucky, for without the amazing development of computing power that paralleled the research, the final successes would have been impossible).
Geospatial revolution has changed the ways we think, behave and interact through location-aware devices, location-based services, Web mapping applications and crowd-sourced or volunteered geographic information. We have access to so much information about where we are, what is nearby and how to get to places. There are great opportunities for us to develop effective approaches to making sense of the data, analyzing alternative scenarios, communicating geographic dynamics and collaborating on what we can do to make the world a better place.
I came to UTD, a place I fell in love with after my very first visit, with a dream of being an excellent scholar and teacher. UTD has top-notch research facilities and offers great support to faculty. In the past decade, I have witnessed a dramatic growth of the University in all aspects, which is the foundation of the success of my research program. The great support from my colleagues and the administration makes UTD an excellent place to start a successful career. It is my great honor to receive this prestigious professorship.