About TAMEST

TAMEST (Texas Academy of Medicine, Engineering, Science and Technology) 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. With more than 330 members, 9 Nobel Laureates and 18 member institutions, TAMEST is composed of Texas-based members of the three National Academies (National Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Sciences) and other honorific organizations. We bring together the state’s brightest minds in medicine, engineering, science and technology to foster collaboration, and to advance research, innovation and business in Texas.

TAMEST’s unique interdisciplinary model has become an effective recruitment tool for top research and development centers across Texas. Since our founding, more than 250 TAMEST members have been inducted into the National Academies or recruited to Texas.

TAMEST Board Past President Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH (NAM), speaking at the TAMEST 2020 Annual Conference: Innovating Texas—Research to Commercialization.

TAMEST Board of Directors

Brendan Lee

Brendan Lee, M.D., Ph.D., President

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

Peter J. Rossky

Ganesh C. Thakur, Ph.D., Vice President

Distinguished Professor of Petroleum Engineering
Director of UH Energy Industrial Partnerships
University of Houston
President, Thakur Services, Inc.
NAE Member

David E. Daniel

David E. Daniel, Ph.D., Past President

President Emeritus
The University of Texas at Dallas
NAE Member

Cheryl Lyn Walker, Ph.D.

Cheryl Lyn Walker, Ph.D., Treasurer

Director, Center for Precision Environmental Health
Professor, Departments of Molecular & Cell Biology and Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine
NAM Member

Selda Gunsel

Selda Gunsel, Ph.D., Treasurer-Elect

Vice President, Global Commercial Technology
Global Commercial Technology (US)
Shell Projects and Technology (U.S.)
NAE Member

Helen Piwnica-Worms

Helen Piwnica-Worms, Ph.D., Secretary

Professor, Experimental Radiation Oncology, Division of Radiation Oncology
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
NAM Member

Bonnie Bartel

Bonnie Bartel, Ph.D.

Ralph and Dorothy Looney Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Department of Biosciences
Rice University
NAS Member

Pallab K. Chatterjee, Ph.D.

Pallab K. Chatterjee, Ph.D.

Chairman
3Lines Venture Capital
NAE Member

Chau-Chyun Chen

Chau-Chyun Chen, Sc.D.

Jack Maddox Distinguished Engineering Chair in Sustainable Energy
Department of Chemical Engineering
Texas Tech University
NAE Member

Lora Hooper, Ph.D.

Lora Hooper, Ph.D.

Jonathan W. Uhr, M.D. Distinguished Chair in Immunology and Investigator, HHMI
UT Southwestern Medical Center
NAM, NAS Member

José N. Onuchic, Ph.D.

José N. Onuchic, Ph.D.

Co-Director, Center for Theoretical Biological Physics
Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics
Rice University
NAS Member

Kim Orth, Ph.D.

Kim Orth, Ph.D.

W.W. Caruth, Jr. Scholar in Biomedical Research
Earl A. Forsythe Chair in Biomedical Science
UT Southwestern Medical Center
NAS Member

Sara Ortwein

Sara N. Ortwein

Former President, XTO Energy
ExxonMobil (retired)
NAE Member

Roderic Pettigrew, M.D., Ph.D.

Roderic Pettigrew, M.D., Ph.D.

CEO, EnHealth, Texas A&M Health and Texas A&M University College of Engineering

Robert A. Welch Professor and Inaugural Dean for EnMed, Colleges of Medicine, Engineering, Texas A&M University, and Houston Methodist Hospital

NAM, NAE Member

Marlan O. Scully, Ph.D.

Marlan O. Scully, Ph.D.

Burgess Distinguished Professor, TEES Distinguished Research Professor
Director, Institute for Quantum Studies
Texas A&M University
NAS Member

Honorary Chair

Kay Bailey Hutchison

The Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison

Former United States Senator, 1993-2013
Former United States Permanent Representative to NATO, 2017-2021

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.

M. Katherine Banks, Ph.D., P.E.

M. Katherine Banks, Ph.D., P.E. (NAE)

President

Texas A&M University

Richard Benson

Richard C. Benson, Ph.D.

President

The University of Texas at Dallas

Giuseppe Colasurdo

Giuseppe N. Colasurdo, M.D.

President

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

Jennifer Cowley

Jennifer Cowley, Ph.D.

President

The University of Texas at Arlington

Reginald DesRoches

Reginald DesRoches, Ph.D. (NAE)

President

Rice University

Taylor Eighmy

Taylor Eighmy, Ph.D.

President

The University of Texas at San Antonio

Jay Hartzell

Jay C. Hartzell, Ph.D.

President
The University of Texas at Austin

William Henrich

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

President

UT Health San Antonio

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

James Milliken

James B. Milliken

Chancellor

The University of Texas System

Tedd Mitchell

Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D.

Chancellor
Texas Tech University System

Bert O'Malley

Bert W. O’Malley, M.D. (NAM, NAS)

Chancellor

Baylor College of Medicine

Peter WT Pisters

Peter WT Pisters, M.D.

President

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

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 R. Williams

Michael R. Williams, D.O., M.D.

Chancellor, University of North Texas System

President, University of North Texas Health Science Center

Nobel Laureates

James Allison

James P. Allison, Ph.D. (NAM, NAS)

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 2018

Bruce Beutler

Bruce A. Beutler, M.D. (NAM, NAS)

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

Michael Brown

Michael S. Brown, M.D. (NAM, NAS)

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

Johann Deisenhofer

Johann Deisenhofer, Ph.D. (NAS)

UT Southwestern Medical Center
Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1988

Joseph Goldstein

Joseph L. Goldstein, M.D. (NAM, NAS)

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

John B. Goodenough, Ph.D.

John B. Goodenough, Ph.D. (NAE, NAS)

The University of Texas at Austin
Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2019

Dudley Herschbach

Dudley R. Herschbach, Ph.D. (NAS)

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. (NAS)

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

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