The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science (TAMEST) Announces New Board Members

TAMEST announces the election of five new members of the Board of Directors and the appointment of the 2013 president-elect.

Dr. Bettie Sue Masters (IOM) from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is TAMEST’s 2013 President-elect, succeeding Dr. Linn Draper (NAE) as president in 2014.

New 2013 Board members beginning a three-year term in 2013 include:

Returning Board Officers include Dr. E. Linn Draper, Dr. William Brinkley, Mr. Kenneth Arnold, and Dr. Thomas Hughes.

2013 New Board Members

Nancy A. Jenkins, Ph.D.
CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research 
Co-Director, Cancer Research Program
The Methodist Hospital Research Institute
NAS (2008)

Dr. Nancy JenkinsDr. Nancy Jenkins received her Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology from Indiana University. Following postdoctoral studies at Harvard Medical School, she joined the staff of The Jackson Laboratory and then the National Cancer Institute-Frederick, where she was a senior investigator and head of the molecular genetics of development section for 22 years. She moved to the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Singapore in 2006, where she served as deputy director for most of her stay. In 2011, she returned to the US to serve as co-director of The Methodist Cancer Biology Program at The Methodist Hospital Research Institute. For more than 30 years she has co-headed a laboratory with Dr. Neal Copeland; the focus of their current research is cancer genetics. They have co-authored more than 780 papers and are among the 50 most cited biomedical research scientists in the world today. Both have served on numerous scientific advisory and editorial boards and they have consulted for several biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. Both are also members of the US National Academy of Sciences.

Melvin F. Kanninen, Ph.D.
MFK Consulting Services
NAE (1987)

Dr. Melvin F. KanninenDr. Melvin Kanninen is one of the country's leading experts in the field of composite materials and structures. He serves regularly as a consultant to major pipeline operators, industry groups, and major government agencies involved in regulation of the pipeline industry. Dr. Kanninen received his Ph.D. in engineering mechanics from Stanford University in 1966. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, he was vice president of Southwest Research Institute and before that he held the position of research leader with Battelle Memorial Institute. He is author of a number of books and technical papers.

Luis F. Parada, Ph.D
Diane & Richard C. Strauss Distinguished Chair in Developmental Biology
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
NAS (2011), IOM (2007)

Dr. Luis ParadaDr. Luis Parada graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology. He completed his doctorate in biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985 and served postdoctoral fellowships at the Whitehead Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. Dr. Parada’s research integrates the fields of molecular genetics, embryonic development, and signal transduction. His studies have provided critical insights into brain development, associated disorders, and cancer biology, and have led to the identification of molecules that inhibit nerve regeneration after injury. He was head of the Molecular Embryology Section in the Mammalian Genetics Laboratory of the National Cancer Institute before joining UT Southwestern in 1994. He has received numerous honors, including election to the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007 and as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2008. In 2003, he was named an American Cancer Society Basic Research Professor.

Daniel K. Podolsky, M.D.
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
IOM (2009)

Dr. Daniel PodolskyDr. Daniel Podolsky became President of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 2008. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College summa cum laude and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, followed by residency training in internal medicine and a fellowship in gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital. His previous positions include, the Mallinckrodt Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, the chief of gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the chief academic officer of Partners HealthCare System. In that capacity, he oversaw the research enterprise and graduate medical education programs of its founding academic medical centers, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Podolsky established an innovative Center for the Study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease in 1991, which has been a highly productive multidisciplinary research program, yielding many significant advances. Dr. Podolsky’s own research interests have focused on the delineation of epithelial cell function. His laboratory has made significant contributions to understanding the mechanisms through which growth factors and cytokines regulate epithelial function and has provided important insights into the mechanisms of epithelial injury and repair. Dr. Podolsky is the past editor-in-chief of the journal Gastroenterology and has authored more than 300 original research and review articles. He served as president of the American Gastroenterological Association and was the recipient of its Julius Freidenwald Award in 2009.

William S. Saric, Ph.D.
University Distinguished Professor
George Eppright '26 Chair in Engineering
Department of Aerospace Engineering
Texas A&M University
NAE (2006)

Dr. William SaricDr. William Saric has been professor of aerospace engineering at Texas A&M University since January 2005. He received his Ph.D. in mechanics from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1968 and has held appointments at Sandia Laboratories, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Tohoku University in Japan, and Arizona State University (ASU). Dr. Saric was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for his contributions to the fundamental understanding and control of shear-flow and boundary-layer transition. He has established three major wind tunnel research facilities at ASU and is presently re-establishing the wind tunnels and a flight research center at Texas A&M University. Most recently, he has conducted theoretical, computational, experimental, and flight research on stability, transition, and control of two-dimensional and three-dimensional boundary layers for micro air vehicles, subsonic aircraft, supersonic aircraft, and reentry vehicle applications.

2013 Board Officers

E. Linn Draper, Jr., Ph.D., President
Chairman, President and CEO Emeritus
American Electric Power Company

Dr. E. Linn DraperDr. Draper was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for significant contributions to nuclear power development through research, engineering innovations, and overall management. From 1992 until 2004, he served as chairman, president and chief executive of American Electric Power (AEP), the largest generator of electricity in the United States. Prior to joining AEP, he spent 13 years with Gulf States Utilities Company, where he served as chairman, president and chief executive officer. Dr. Draper holds a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Rice University and a Ph.D. in nuclear science and engineering from Cornell University. Dr. Draper has served and continues to serve on several other public company boards.

William R. Brinkley, Ph.D., Past President
Emeritus Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. William BrinkleyDr. Brinkley's career in cell biology and academic medicine spans a period of over 40 years. His research has focused largely on tumor cell biology with emphasis on the structural and molecular basis of mitosis and chromosomes stability/instability in normal and cancer cell division. He and his laboratory developed and perfected many techniques for light and electron microscopy and are credited largely with pioneering the first use of immunofluorescence to identify dynamics of cytoskeletal proteins in ekaryotic cells, especially the tubulin/microtubules components of the mitotic spindle and cytoplasmic complex. His laboratory was the first to report on the ultrastructure and organization of the centromere/kinetochore region of mammalian chromosomes. Dr. Brinkley received his Ph.D. from Iowa State University and completed his postdoctoral studies at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. In addition to biomedical research, Dr. Brinkley is an advocate and “citizen scientist” for biomedical research funding and science policy at both state and national levels. He played a leadership role in the successful 5-year campaign to double the funding for NIH (1998-2003).

Bettie Sue Masters, Ph.D., D.Sc., Vice President
Robert A. Welch Distinguished Professor in Chemistry
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Dr. Bettie Sue MastersDr. Masters holds the Robert A. Welch Foundation Distinguished Chair in Chemistry at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. A native Virginian, she received her undergraduate degree in chemistry at Roanoke College. She was awarded her Ph.D. in biochemistry, with a minor in chemistry, from Duke University in 1963, and continued her training there as a postdoctoral fellow supported sequentially by the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association. In 1968, Dr. Masters received an Established Investigatorship from the American Heart Association under which she began her academic career at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. There, she became a full professor in 1976 and left in 1982 to become chair of biochemistry at the Medical College of Wisconsin. After recruiting new faculty to the Department of Biochemistry and directing the Medical Scientist Training Program in the medical school, she was recruited to The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio as the first Robert A. Welch Distinguished Professor in 1990. Read more about Dr. Masters...

Kenneth E. Arnold, P.E., Treasurer
Senior Technical Advisor

Kenneth ArnoldMr. Kenneth Arnold provides consulting services to the energy industry in the fields of engineering and technology, management, operational safety, field development, and facilities design. In 1980, Mr. Arnold founded Paragon Engineering Services, a 600 person company providing engineering services to the upstream oil and gas, and pipeline industries. Paragon was sold in 2005 to AMEC, a UK based global project management and services company, after which he served for three years as the chief engineer of natural resources. Prior to forming Paragon, he had 16 years of experience with Shell as an engineer, research department manager, and engineering manager. In the 1980s, he developed and published in a series of articles a rational basis for sizing gas-liquid separators, oil-water separators, oil treating systems, and produced water treating systems based on droplet settling theory. This formed the basis of two textbooks he co-authored on the design and project management of oilfield production facilities which have gone through multiple printings and two editions and are still being used in Petroleum Engineering schools around the world. Since the late 1980s, most of his publications have been in the area of offshore safety and project management, and he has won awards from American Petroleum Institute (API) and Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) for his work in promoting offshore safety.

Thomas J.R. Hughes, Ph.D., Secretary
Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Computational and Applied Mathematics Chair III
The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Thomas HughesDr. Thomas Hughes is one of the most widely cited authors in computational mechanics. His research has included many pioneering studies of basic theory as well as diverse applications to practical problems. He has made fundamental contributions to the development of the Finite Element Method from its early heuristic phase to its present status as the most powerful and utilized methodology for the solution of partial differential equations. Dr. Hughes is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the US National Academy of Engineering, The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Foreign Member of the Royal Society, the Istituto Lombardo Accademia di Scienze e Lettere, and the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Dr. Hughes holds B.E. and M.E. degrees in mechanical engineering from Pratt Institute and an M.S. in mathematics and Ph.D. in engineering science from the University of California at Berkeley. He has received honorary doctorates from the universities of Louvain, Pavia, Padua, Trondheim, and Northwestern. Upon graduation from Berkeley, he received the Bernard Friedman Memorial Prize in Applied Mathematics from the Department of Mathematics. He taught at Berkeley, Caltech, and Stanford before joining The University of Texas at Austin. He is a founder and past president of United States Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM) and International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM), and past chairman of the applied mechanics division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).


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