TAMEST Welcomes 2020 Protégé Class


TAMEST is pleased to welcome 42 talented, early career researchers to our 2020 annual conference as TAMEST protégés.

The protégé program gives TAMEST members an opportunity to invite an early career researcher to accompany them to the conference and engage with our highly accomplished members.

Since participating in the program, several protégés have gone on to become recipients of the O’Donnell Awards or achieve election to the National Academies.

Meet the TAMEST 2020 Protégés

Nominators (TAMEST members) are listed in italics after each protégé.

TAMEST 2020 Protégés

Harry Arnold

Graduate Research Assistant

University of Maryland

Kenneth E. Arnold, P.E. (NAE)

Sylvia Arnold

Graduate Research

Georgetown University

Kenneth E. Arnold, P.E. (NAE)

Kapil N. Bhalla, M.D.

Kelcie Kana Research Chair and Professor

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Neal G. Copeland, Ph.D. (NAS)

Maria Elena Bottazzi, Ph.D.

Associate Dean and Professor, National School of Tropical Medicine

Baylor College of Medicine

Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D. (NAM)

Gerardine Botte, Ph.D.

Professor and Whitacre Department Chair, Chemical Engineering

Texas Tech University

Chau-Chyun Chen, Sc.D. (NAE)

Radek Bukowski, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Chair for Investigation and Discovery, Women’s Health

The University of Texas at Austin

Tinsley Oden, Ph.D. (NAE)

Lindsay Burrage, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Baylor College of Medicine

Brendan Lee, M.D., Ph.D. (NAM)

Sanjukta Chakraborty, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Texas A&M Health Science Center

Akhil Datta-Gupta, Ph.D. (NAE)

John P. Cooke, M.D., Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Cardiovascular Sciences

Houston Methodist

Roderic Pettigrew, M.D., Ph.D. (NAM, NAE) 

Harvinder Singh Gill, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering

Texas Tech University

Fazle Hussain, Ph.D. (NAE)

Teja Guda, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

The University of Texas at San Antonio

Rena Bizios, Ph.D. (NAM)

Sean Hartig, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Molecular and Cellular Biology

Baylor College of Medicine

David Moore, Ph.D. (NAS)

Joey Huchette, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Rice University

Richard A. Tapia, Ph.D. (NAE)

Moriba Kemessia Jah, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Department

The University of Texas at Austin

Sharon L. Wood, Ph.D. (NAE)

Erick C. Jones, Ph.D.

George and Elizabeth Pickett Endowed Professor and Associate Dean, College of Engineering

The University of Texas at Arlington

Dereje Agonafer, Ph.D. (NAE)

Eric Larson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Southern Methodist University

Frederick R. Chang, Ph.D. (NAE)

Zhong Lu, Ph.D.

Shuler-Foscue Professor of Geophysics

Southern Methodist University

David J. Meltzer, Ph.D. (NAS)

Manoranjan Majji, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Director, Land, Air and Space Robotics (LASR) Laboratory

Texas A&M University

Robert Skelton, Ph.D. (NAE)

Mirjana Maletic-Savatic, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Pediatrics-Neurology, Department of Neuroscience

Baylor College of Medicine

Huda Zoghbi, M.D. (NAM, NAS)

Maksim Mamonkin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Center for Cell and Gene Therapy

Baylor College of Medicine

Malcolm K. Brenner, M.D., Ph.D. (NAM)

Elisabeth D. Martinez, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

UT Southwestern Medical Center

Melanie H. Cobb, Ph.D. (NAS)

Aditya Mohite, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Rice University

George J. Hirasaki, Ph.D. (NAE)

Debra Niemeyer, Ph.D.

Chief Scientist, 59th Medical Wing

United States Air Force

Mary Pat Moyer, Ph.D. (NAE)

Michael Nikolaou, Ph.D.


University of Houston

Pol D. Spanos, Ph.D. (NAE)

Matteo Pasquali

Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chair, Department of Chemistry

Rice University

Peter J. Rossky, Ph.D. (NAS)

Neela K. Patel, M.D.

Associate Professor, Chief Division of Geriatrics & Palliative Care, Department of Family & Community Medicine

UT Health San Antonio

Carlos Roberto Jaén M.D., Ph.D. (NAM)

Vicky Poenitzsch

Manager, R&D

Southwest Research Institute

H. Norman Abramson, Ph.D. (NAE)

Manuel Quevedo, Ph.D.

Professor of Materials Science

The University of Texas at Dallas

David E. Daniel, Ph.D. (NAE)

Sarah Remmert, Ph.D.

Technology Manager & Team Lead, Lubricants Innovation


Selda Gunsel, Ph.D. (NAE)

Megan Robertson

Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

University of Houston

Christine A. Ehlig-Economides, Ph.D. (NAE)

Adrianne Rosales, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

The University of Texas at Austin

Brian A. Korgel, Ph.D. (NAE)

Srinivas Shakkottai, Ph.D.


Texas A&M University

Panganamala Ramana Kumar, Sc.D. (NAE)

Wei-Chuan Shih, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

University of Houston

John H. Lienhard IV, Ph.D. (NAE)

Alex V. Smith

Ph.D. Candidate

Texas Tech University

Danny D. Reible, Ph.D. (NAE)

David Staack

Associate Professor and Director, Engineering Laboratory Instruction, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Texas A&M University

M. Cynthia Hipwell, Ph.D. (NAE)

Andrea Thomaz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, The University of Texas at Austin

CEO, Diligent Robotics

Bob M. Metcalfe, Ph.D. (NAE)

Omid Veiseh, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research

Rice University

Antonios G. Mikos, Ph.D. (NAM, NAE)

Yan Wan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

The University of Texas at Arlington

Vistasp Karbhari, Ph.D.

Haotian Wang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Rice University

George L. Stegemeier, Ph.D. (NAE)

Marissa E. Wechsler, Ph.D.

Research Associate

The University of Texas at Austin

Nicholas A. Peppas, Sc.D. (NAM, NAE)

Anvar A. Zakhidov, Ph.D.

Deputy Director of the Alan G. MacDiarmid Nanotech Institute

The University of Texas at Dallas

Ray H. Baughman, Ph.D. (NAE)

Delong Zuo

Associate Professor

Texas Tech University

Kishor C. Mehta, Ph.D. (NAE)

To learn more about the conference, visit TAMEST.org/2020/.


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