TAMIU ARC Leadership Team

TAMIU ARC Project Director

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Dr. Kenneth Tobin

Professor of Geology

Dr. Tobin received his PhD in Geology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1994. After completing a Post-Doctoral Research Assistantship at Princeton University, he joined TAMIU in 2001. Dr. Tobin has been instrumental in securing over $6.4 million dollars from numerous agencies including: NSF, NASA, NOAA, FEMA, State of Texas, and the US Departments of Education and Defense. In addition, Dr. Tobin is well regarded by the TAMIU community having served two successful terms as Faculty Senate President.

TAMIU ARC Co-Project Director


Dr. John C Kilburn

Associate Vice President of Research & Sponsored Projects

Dr. John Kilburn is the Associate Dean of Research and Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Texas A&M International University (Laredo, Texas). He received his B.A. in Sociology from the University of New Orleans and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Louisiana State University. Dr. Kilburn has authored/co-authored more than 60 scholarly works and his book, Salvation City: Halfway House Stories (co-authored with S.E. Costanza) has received international attention in the field of community corrections.


TAMIU ARC Program Manager

Tano Trevino

Mr. Tano Trevino

Program Manager

Prior to receiving his role as the ARC Program Manager in November 2021, Mr. Tano Trevino worked with ARC as a Supplemental Instruction Leader. He has experience working in administrative, executive assistance, & marketing roles in the private sector as well as a state agency. He holds a Master of Arts in Communication from Texas A&M International University in 2019 and currently instructs research methods courses in communication.

TAMIU ARC Writing Consultant


Mr. Franco Zamora

Writing Consultant

Mr. Franco Zamora received his Master of Arts in English in 2019 from Texas A&M International University. His undergraduate alma mater is Central Washington University, where he earned Bachelors of Arts degrees in Psychology and Creative and Professional Writing in 2015. Franco previous served as an Adjunct of English at TAMIU, as well as Writing Tutor Mentor and Instructor’s Assistant at Central Washington University’s Writing Center. The subject of his master's thesis was higher education, composition, and multimodal learning techniques.

TAMIU ARC Data Scientist

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Mr. Jacinto de la cruz hernandez

Data Scientist

Having spent several years working as a university tutor and supplemental instructor, Jacinto has a deep interest in student success. He received his Master of Science in Mathematics from Texas A&M International University in 2019. During his time as a graduate student at Texas A&M International University, Mr. Jacinto de la Cruz Hernandez worked with Dr. Runchang Lin’s machine learning group, which led to his research on forecasting sunspot numbers using autoregressive neural networks.

TAMIU ARC External Evaluator

Dr. Nandita chaudhuri

Research Scientist,Texas A&M University

Dr. Nandita Chaudhuri has over twenty-two years of experience in researching, designing, implementing, managing and evaluating multi-site public program interventions; currently leading several project, especially in the area of public health, higher education and criminal justice. She has extensive experience with highly complex program evaluation design development and implementation. Her program evaluation work primarily involves mixed methods, qualitative and quantitative approaches within the contours of quasi-experimental designs that help develop the necessary evidence base in a social scientific manner.

TAMIU ARC Bootcamp Director

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Dr. Marvin Bennett

Associate Professor of Geology

Dr. Marvin Bennett received his PhD in Geology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1994. He joined TAMIU in 2002 where he has taught paleontology, geology and earth science. Dr. Bennett has many years of experience mentoring Hispanic students. He will work in collaboration with the Project Directors to assist with TAMIU ARC mentorship, professional development activities, and assistance to the team to ensure virtual material is available to graduate students and faculty. Currently also directs our research bootcamp, guiding aspiring researchers to collaborate and innovate in a dynamic learning environment.


Dr. John Kilburn

Associate Vice President, Research & Sponsored Projects at TAMIU

Dr. Sean Maddan

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Chair

Dr. Ruby A Ynalvez

Assistant Professor of Biology 

Dr. Arthur Soto-Vasquez

Assistant Professor of Communications

Ms. Edith Garza Garza

Graduate Student Representative

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