Dr. Quingwen Ni is named the Scholar of the Year-2009
Dr. Quingwen Ni Physicist. PhD, Solid - state Physics and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), University of North Texas, Denton, TX - 1991.Postdoctoral associate, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 1991 – 93; senior research scientist, Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX 1993 – 2001; Assistant professor (2001 – 04), associate professor (2004 - ) Texas A&M International University, Laredo TX. Publications: four (4) U.S patents, one (1) book chapter, thirteen (13) in peer review journals and numerous in conference proceedings. NSF grant, South Texas Border Mathematics and Pre-Engineering Graduates, 2003 – 08 NSF grant, Major Research Instrument ( MRI ): Acquisition of a Low-Field NMR for Research / Education at Texas A&M International University, 2008 – 2011.
Dr. Juan Homero Hinojosa is named the Teacher of Year-2009
Dr. Juan Homero Hinojosa earned his Ph.D. degree in Geophysics from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Hinojosa joined The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in 1987, and subsequently joined Texas A&M International University (formerly Laredo State University) in 1991. Dr. Hinojosa’s research interests include planetary physics, potential theory, gravity gradient tensor analysis, thermal convection, and numerical modeling. Dr. Hinojosa’s research on the gravity gradient tensor resulted in a publication, co-authored with Dr. Kevin L. Mickus, which was on the top 10 most downloaded journal articles for 2001 in Elsevier’s Journal of Applied Geophysics.
Dr. Hinojosa’s current research deals with analyzing and modeling the gravitational field and topography of the planets Venus and Mars in the spectral domain. Theoretical admittance functions are used to model the gravitational response to surface and subsurface loading at different wavelengths to determine the physical properties of the planetary lithospheres and to determine the thermal structure of the planetary interiors.