UH Professor Elected to Board of Directors for Texas Academy


Erin D. McKenzie

The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) announced Dec. 19 Fazle Hussain, Hugh Roy & Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, is among three elected to the academy’s board of directors.

TAMEST provides recognition to the state’s top achievers in science, engineering and medicine. The organization facilitates collaboration among engineers, academia and the corporate world to promote Texas as a national research leader while helping to foster the next generation of scientists.

At the start of his three-year term with the board in January, Hussain will help oversee the activities of the organization, in existence since 2004.

“I was thrilled to be nominated and elected to this role of significant service to Texas,” said Hussain. “TAMEST is by far the most prestigious of all such state academies in the USA, and it is well known nationwide for its leadership role in addressing the key scientific and technological issues of the state and nation. I am very proud of my membership in TAMEST and have enthusiastically participated in its various activities through committees. I had hoped to be asked to serve even better someday by being on its board, and now here I am.”

Hussain will be part of a 15-member board made up of individuals with stakes in one of three prestigious organizations: the National Academy of Science, the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering. A member of the National Academy of Engineering since 2001, Hussain is now the vice chair of NAE’s mechanical engineering section.

He has served the Cullen College for more than 35 years. During this time he has been recognized with everything from the Esther Farfel Award — the highest UH faculty award — and four of the highest awards in fluid mechanics to most recently, a Gordon and Betty Moore Distinguished Scholar Program appointment from the California Institute of Technology.

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