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Professor Emeritus, Department of Middle Eastern Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Expertise: Old Testament, epigraphy, Phoenician language and religion; the period of Judges; women's lives in the ancient Near East; "fertility" religion; sacrifice, including child sacrifice; the study of myths and mythology; polemic against foreigners in the ancient Near East; and computer imaging of Ugaritic tablets; religion
Professor Emeritus, Department of Economics, College of Liberal Arts
Expertise: Labor demand, time use, social insurance programs (particularly unemployment insurance) and unusual applications of labor economics (to suicide, sleep and beauty)Labor markets; unemployment; wages inequality; Social Security; demographic issues, business.
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
+1 512 471 3055
Expertise: Nonlinear propagation of ultrasound in tissue; Biophysical responses to underwater sound; Acoustic cavitation in shock wave lithotripsy; Micro-electro-mechanical systems-based parametric acoustic arrays
Professor, School of Nursing
+1 512 471 9085
Expertise: Aging with disabilities, age-related change and functional impairment and how that affects social role performance and subsequent health outcomes in women, womens health, qualitative research, disability over the life course, and health within illness
Senior Lecturer, Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management, Red McCombs School of Business
+1 512 232 8192, +1 512 587 1422
Expertise: Supply chain management, procurement, total cost of ownership, global trade, supplier management, operations management, manufacturing management, business analytics, big data, organizational change, leadership development
Professor, Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts
+1 512 471 8382
Expertise: Population and Life Course and Aging, Morbidity and Mortality, and Biodemography, Social Epidemiology, Quantitative Methods and Dynamic Models, Life Table Techniques, Death and Dying
Director, Center for Electromechanics, Center for Electromechanics
+1 512 232 1628
Expertise: Microgrid performance; electrical process in algal biofuels production; electrical insulation; Electricity generation and storage; space power; electric energy; standards; technology policy; university-industry-government collaboration in technology; technology and economic development; electric guns; hybrid electric vehicles; electric locomotives; flywheel batteries; electric generators and motors; high voltage; environment & earth science.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
Expertise: Dr. Heller's study of the physical chemistry of inorganic oxyhalide solutions resulted in the first neodymium liquid lasers (1964-1967) and in the lithium thionyl chloride battery (1973), one of the earliest lithium batteries, remaining in use in medical and defense systems where 20 year shelf life, high energy density and a broad operating temperature range are required. His studies of photoelectrochemical solar cells resulted in 11.5 percent efficient solar cells (1980) and in 11 percent efficient hydrogen evolving photoelectrodes. His related studies of photoelectrocatalysis established that the rate of photo-assisted oxidation of organic matter on photocatalytic titanium dioxide particles was controlled by the rate of reduction of adsorbed oxygen by trapped electrons. He established the field the electrical wiring of enzymes (1988-2005), the electrical connection of their catalytic redox centers to electrodes, and built with wired enzymes the subcutaneously implanted miniature glucose sensors. His wired enzymes became the core technology of the FreeStyle NavigatorTM system of Abbott Diabetes Care; it continuously and accurately monitors subcutaneous glucose levels in diabetic people.
Distinguished Senior Lecturer, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 471 1009
Expertise: Dr. Helper is a field geologist, a generalist whose interests span igneous and metamorphic petrology, structural geology, tectonics, mineralogy and planetary field geology. His current research explores geochemical and isotopic similarities of Proterozoic and Archean crust in East Antarctica and the southwestern U.S., the Precambrian geology of Texas, and the origin of epidote blueschists in the Klamath Mountains of northern California. Recent senior honors theses under his supervision have examined the mineralogy of Texas topaz, hydration and textural patterns in Balmorhea blue agate, and the distribution and origin of joints in the Hueco Tanks syenite. Working with NASA colleagues, he is also involved in analog planetary field research that examines the utility and efficacy of robotically gathering field data, both as a prelude to and follow-on to human geologic field work on the Moon and Mars. As co-chair of FEAT (Field Exploration and Analysis Team), he helped develop a new curriculum for the geological field training of astronauts and currently co-leads NASA's astronaut field geology training exercises. He also teaches field mapping techniques to NASA engineers and scientists who are developing capabilities for exploring the surface of asteroids, the Moon and Mars.
Associate Professor of Practice, Stan Richards School of Advertising and Public Relations, Moody College of Communication
+1 713 819 1322, +1 713 819 1671
Expertise: Crisis management; public, employee, community, government and investor relations; advertising; marketing; consumer segmentation; human resources; communicating corporate layoffs, and corporate security.
Professor, Department of Art and Art History, College of Fine Arts
+1 512 232 2474
Expertise: 20th-century European and American art to 1950; the relation of art to science and technology (particularly in the first half of the 20th century); modernism in its cultural context, including science and occultism; Marcel Duchamp; the "fourth dimension" in 20th-century culture
Lecturer, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 471 0156
Expertise: Field and subsurface structural geology; seismic structural interpretation and analysis; characterization and hydraulic modeling of fractured and compartmentalized reservoirs; reservoir geomechanics; induced seismicity; fault seal analysis; thrust belt kinematics; hydrocarbon exploration and production; geology of Trans-Pecos Texas, Wyoming, and western Montana.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Government, College of Liberal Arts
Expertise: Political economy; comparative politics; Middle East and North Africa - esp. Algeria Egypt Morocco Tunisia; politics of international oil; Islamic financial systems; commercial banking systems in the MENA; business, economics & labor.
Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus, Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music, College of Fine Arts
Expertise: Group piano; piano pedagogy; career goals and management; dedicated web sites created for both non-music major and music major group piano classes.
Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, College of Natural Sciences
+1 512 471 5661, +1 512 471 5792
Expertise: Molecular evolution; vertebrates; systematics; evolution of viruses; endangered species; amphibians; reptiles; fishes; mammals; birds; molecular biology; DNA; genetics
Professor and Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering No. 5, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
Expertise: Thin films and interfaces in microelectronics materials; Reliability of interconnect and packaging structures; Polymer films and metal-polymer interfaces
Professor, Department of Germanic Studies, College of Liberal Arts
+1 512 232 6368
Expertise: European cultural and intellectual history with special interests in Sportwissenschaft and the history of ideas about race; Scandinavian studies; Norwegian language instruction; history of Jewish racial folklore; Olympics; Sports doping; race relations
Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts
+1 512 232 2567, +1 512 471 7277
Expertise: Photography; Cultural and Historical Geography; Urban Studies; Memory; Ethnicity and Race; North American and European urbanism; social constructions of space and place, landscape and region; cultural memory; and the geography of tourism.
A&P (Part-Time), Population Research Center, College of Liberal Arts
+1 512 680 4508
Expertise: Reproductive health issues in Latin America, the US-Mexico border, and Texas; impact of contraceptive availability among Mexican origin women on the US-Mexico border; teen pregnancy in Texas; overuse of cesarean section in Brazil and Mexico
Associate Professor, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts
+1 512 471 8766
Expertise: 20th- and 21st-century Anglophone fiction (US focus); environmental literature and criticism; science, technology, and culture; the medical humanities; affect studies; data in narrative and new media
Senior Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 471 4863
Expertise: Geologic carbon sequestration in deep sedimentary environments as part of carbon capture and storage. PI of the Gulf Coast Caron Center (www.gulfcoastcarbon.org) focused on research relevant to commercial development of geologic sequestration in regions where it is both needed and possible. Monitoring field projects. Petrography and sedimentology supporting hydrogeology in karst and contaminated systems. K-12 and public outreach and education.
Professor, School of Law
+1 512 232 1373
Expertise: Law and economics of corporate and international finance; swaps; derivatives; securities; banking; corporate governance; hedge funds; mutual funds; new financial products and financial innovation; corporate hedging; investment and risk management; business, economics & labor
Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Cockrell School of Engineering
+1 512 471 7558
Expertise: Mechanics of integrated materials and structures at micro and nano scales; Reliability of advanced interconnects and packaging for microelectronics; Mechanical instability of thin films and nanostructures; Multiscale modeling and simulations.
Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
+1 512 471 4847
Expertise: Dr. Hwang's research has a well-balanced emphasis on fundamentals and applications. Using first principles-based tomistic modeling my research group focuses on developing a better understanding of (1) surface chemical reactions and dynamics, (2) solid-solid and solid-fluid interfacial interactions, and (3) defect nature and formation as well as their role in controlled chemical doping. By incorporating the fundamental knowledge and understanding into larger scale simulations, my research group also attempts to solve engineering problems encountered in the fabrication of nanoscale electronic, chemical and biological devices.