Who We Are

2017 Annual Conference

TAMEST provides broader recognition of the state’s top achievers in medicine, engineering and science and further positions Texas as a national research leader. TAMEST fosters the next generation of scientists and increases awareness of and communication among the state’s best and brightest scientists and researchers.

Our members make new discoveries, lay the groundwork for tackling critical issues and change the course of funding, legislation and society.

Our Mission

TAMEST brings the state’s top scientific, academic and corporate minds together to further position Texas as a national research leader.

With more than 280 members, TAMEST is composed of the Texas-based members of the three National Academies (National Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Engineering, and National Academy of Sciences) and the state’s nine Nobel Laureates. Our members make new discoveries, lay the groundwork for tackling critical issues and change the course of research, legislation and society.

TAMEST helps enhance Texas’ reputation as a destination for world-class research, promotes rising-star researchers in the state and serves as an intellectual resource to policy makers, industry leaders and society.

Gordon England

Our History

TAMEST was co-founded in 2004 by the Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison and Nobel Laureates Michael S. Brown, M.D., and Richard E. Smalley, Ph.D. TAMEST’s unique, interdisciplinary model has become an effective recruitment tool for top research and development centers across Texas. Since our founding, over a hundred TAMEST members have been inducted into the National Academies or relocated to Texas.

TAMEST’s unique, interdisciplinary model has become an effective recruitment tool for top research and development centers across Texas. Since our founding, over a hundred TAMEST members have been inducted into the National Academies or relocated to Texas.

Hutchison, Brown and Smalley

Honorary Chair Kay Bailey Hutchison and Founding Co-chairs Michael Brown and Richard Smalley. 

TAMEST Board of Directors 2017

Gordon R. Englan

The Honorable Gordon R. England, President

Chairman of the Board
V1 Analytical Solutions
NAE Member

Amelie G. Ramirez

Amelie G. Ramirez, Dr.P.H, M.P.H., Vice President

Director, Institute for Health Promotion Research
Dielmann Chair, Health Disparities and Community Outreach
UT Health San Antonio
NAM Member

David W. Russell

David W. Russell, Ph.D., Past President

Vice Provost
Dean of Basic Research
Eugene McDermott Distinguished Chair in Molecular Genetics
Professor, Biophysics and Molecular Genetics
UT Southwestern Medical Center
NAS Member

Kenneth E. Arnold

Kenneth E. Arnold, P.E., Treasurer

Senior Technical Advisor
K Arnold Consulting, Inc.
NAE Member

Brendan Lee

Brendan Lee, M.D., Ph.D., Treasurer-Elect

Robert and Janice McNair Endowed Chair in Molecular and Human Genetics
Professor and Chairman of the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics
Baylor College of Medicine
NAM Member

Danny D. Reible

Danny D. Reible, Ph.D., Secretary

Donovan Maddox Distinguished Engineering Chair
Texas Tech University
NAE Member

C. Thomas Caskey

C. Thomas Caskey, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.M.G., F.R.S.C.

Professor, Molecular & Human Genetics
Baylor College of Medicine
NAM, NAS Member

Francisco G. Cigarroa

Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D.

Ashbel Smith Professor and Director of Pediatric Transplantation Surgery
UT Health San Antonio
NAM Member

Brian Clark

Brian Clark, Ph.D.

Fellow
Schlumberger
NAE Member

Melanie H. Cobb

Melanie H. Cobb, Ph.D.

Jane and Bill Browning, Jr. Chair of Biomedical Sciences, Department of Pharmacology
UT Southwestern Medical Center
NAS Member

Bonnie J. Dunbar

Bonnie J. Dunbar, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Aerospace
Director, TEES Institute
TEES Institute of Engineering Education & Innovation
Texas A&M University
NAE Member

Peter J. Hotez

Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D.

President of the Sabin Vaccine Institute
Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine
Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology
Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair of Tropical Pediatrics
Baylor College of Medicine
NAM Member

Danny O. Jacobs

Danny O. Jacobs, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S.

Executive Vice President, Provost and Dean of the School of Medicine
Thomas N. & Gleaves T. James Distinguished Chair
Professor in the Departments of Surgery, Preventive Medicine and Community Health, and Institute for Translational Sciences
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
NAM Member

David J. Mangelsdorf

David J. Mangelsdorf, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacology
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Alfred G. Gilman Distinguished Chair in Pharmacology
Raymond and Ellen Willie Distinguished Chair in Molecular Neuropharmacology
UT Southwestern Medical Center
NAS Member

David J. Meltzer

David J. Meltzer, Ph.D.

Henderson-Morrison Professor of Prehistory
Executive Director, Quest Archaeological Research Program
Southern Methodist University
NAS Member

Bob Metcalfe

Bob Metcalfe, Ph.D.

Venture Partner, Polaris Venture Partners
Professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise
The University of Texas at Austin
NAE Member

Antonios G. Mikos

Antonios G. Mikos, Ph.D.

Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Director, J.W. Cox Laboratory for Biomedical Engineering and the Director of the Center for Excellence in Tissue Engineering
Rice University
NAE, NAM Member

Sharon L. Wood

Sharon L. Wood, Ph.D.

Dean, Cockrell School of Engineering
Cockrell Family Chair in Engineering #14
The University of Texas at Austin
NAE Member

Honorary Chair

Kay Bailey Hutchison

The Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison

United States Senator, 1993-2013

Founding Co-chair

Michael Brown

Michael S. Brown, M.D.

UT Southwestern Medical Center
Nobel Laureate, 1985
NAM, NAS Member

Founding Co-chair – In Memorium

Richard E. Smalley

Richard E. Smalley, Ph.D.

Rice University
Nobel Laureate, 1996
NAS Member

TAMEST Member Institutions

As Texas continues to attract more and more top-tier scientists and researchers, the number of TAMEST member institutions also continues to grow. TAMEST member institutions are Texas universities where TAMEST members hold positions on the faculty or in the administration.

Annual dues from these member institutions is a crucial resource for TAMEST’s mission. TAMEST recognizes the following institutions for their generous support:

Presidents and Chancellors

Member institutions are Texas universities where TAMEST Members hold positions on the faculty or administration. The presidents and chancellors of these institutions who are not National Academies members are affiliate members of TAMEST.

Richard Benson

Richard C. Benson, Ph.D.

President

The University of Texas at Dallas

David L. Callender

David L. Callender, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.S.

President

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Giuseppe Colasurdo

Giuseppe N. Colasurdo, M.D.

President

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Robert Duncan

Robert L. Duncan

Chancellor

Texas Tech University System

Gregory Fenves

Gregory L. Fenves, Ph.D. (NAE)

President

The University of Texas at Austin

Mauro Ferrari

Mauro Ferrari, Ph.D.

President and CEO

Houston Methodist Research Institute

William Henrich

William L. Henrich, M.D., M.A.C.P.

President

UT Health San Antonio

Lee Jackson

Lee Jackson

Chancellor

University of North Texas System

Vistasp Karbhari

Vistasp Karbhari, Ph.D.

President

The University of Texas at Arlington

Renu Khator

Renu Khator, Ph.D.

Chancellor

University of Houston System

President

University of Houston

Paul Klotman

Paul Klotman, M.D.

President and CEO

Baylor College of Medicine

David Leebron

David W. Leebron

President

Rice University

William McRaven

William H. McRaven

Chancellor

The University of Texas System

Daniel K. Podolsky

Daniel K. Podolsky, M.D. (NAM)

President

UT Southwestern Medical Center

Lawrence Schovanec

Lawrence Schovanec, Ph.D.

President

Texas Tech University

John Sharp

John Sharp

Chancellor

Texas A&M University System

Neal Smatresk

Neal J. Smatresk, Ph.D.

President

University of North Texas

R. Gerald Turner

R. Gerald Turner, Ph.D.

President

Southern Methodist University

Michael Young

Michael K. Young

President

Texas A&M University

Industry and Community Affiliates (ICA) Committee

The ICA Committee is comprised of industry and community leaders across the state that advise TAMEST on issues of importance to the state’s industrial sector.

Chair

Sara N. Ortwein
President
XTO Energy Inc.

Members

Ernest H. Cockrell
Chairman
Cockrell Interests Inc.

Michael S. Dell
Chairman of the Board and CEO
Dell Inc.

Norbert Dittrich
President
The Welch Foundation

Robert R. Doering, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow and Research Manager
Technology and Manufacturing Group
Texas Instruments Incorporated

Richard H. Edwards
Executive Vice President
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control

Thomas J. Engibous (NAE)
Retired Chairman
Texas Instruments, Inc.

Larry R. Faulkner, Ph.D.
President Emeritus
The University of Texas at Austin

Adam L. Hamilton, P.E.
President
Southwest Research Institute

Hon. William P. Hobby Jr.
Former Lieutenant Governor of Texas

Kenneth M. Jastrow II

Neal F. Lane, Ph.D.
Malcolm Gillis University Professor
Senior Fellow, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy
Rice University

Bob Metcalfe, Ph.D. (NAE)
Professor of Innovation
Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise
The University of Texas at Austin

Paul B. Murphy Jr.
CEO
Cadence Bancorp, LLC

Peter O’Donnell Jr.
Founder
O’Donnell Foundation

Thomas W. Schuessler
President
ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company

Kurt Swogger, P.E.
Chief Executive Officer
Molecular Rebar Design, LLC

Charles W. Tate
Chairman and Founding Partner
Capital Royalty L.P.

James Truchard, Ph.D. (NAE)
Board Chairman and Co-founder
National Instruments

James R. Von Ehr II
CEO and Founder
Zyvex Labs, LLC

Pete Winstead
Founding Shareholder
Winstead PC

H. Bartell Zachry
Chairman of the Board
Zachry Group, Inc.

Nobel Laureates

Bruce Beutler

Bruce A. Beutler, M.D.

UT Southwestern Medical Center
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 2011

Michael Brown

Michael S. Brown, M.D.

UT Southwestern Medical Center
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1985

Robert Curl

Robert F. Curl, Ph.D.

Rice University
Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1996

Johann Deisenhofer

Johann Deisenhofer, Ph.D.

UT Southwestern Medical Center
Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1988

Joseph Goldstein

Joseph Goldstein, M.D.

UT Southwestern Medical Center
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1985

Dudley Herschbach

Dudley R. Herschbach, Ph.D.

Texas A&M University
Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1986

Russell Hulse

Russell A. Hulse, Ph.D.

The University of Texas at Dallas
The Nobel Prize in Physics, 1993

David Lee

David M. Lee, Ph.D.

Texas A&M University
The Nobel Prize in Physics, 1996

Steven Weinberg

Steven Weinberg, Ph.D.

The University of Texas at Austin
Nobel Prize in Physics, 1979

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