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Dr. Bachnak Receives Fulbright Award
|Dr. Rafic A. Bachnak, Professor and Chair of the Department of Engineering, Mathematics and Physics at Texas A&M International University has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and do research at Notre Dame University, Lebanon, during the 2009-2010 academic year. His research project involves the development of a non-destructive inspection system that combines positional and eddy-current data to produce a scan of tested material.
Prior to joining TAMIU in 2007, Dr. Bachnak was on the faculty of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Northwestern State University, and Franklin University. His experience includes several fellowships with NASA and the US Navy
|Laboratories and employment with Koch Industries. Dr. Bachnak is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas, a senior member of IEEE and ISA, and a member of ASEE.
The Fulbright Program, America's flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Recipients of Fulbright award are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. Williams Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 294,000 people-108,160 Americans who have studied, taught or researched abroad and 178340 students, scholars and teachers from other countries who have engaged in similar activities in the United States - with the opportunity to observe each other political, economic, educational and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas and to embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world's inhabitants.
The Fulbright U.S Scholar program is administrated by Council for International Exchange of Scholars. Further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs may be found at http://fulbright.state.gov.
Dr. Qingwen Ni is named the Scholar of the Year-2009
|Dr. Qingwen Ni Physicist. Ph.D., 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.