Dr. Valerie Taylor, holder of the Royce E. Wisenbaker Professorship and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, was designated as a Regents Professor for 2011-12 by the Texas A&M System Board of Regents. In all, 18 professors and fellows were named from throughout the Texas A&M System.
The Board established the Regents Professor Award program in 1996 and Regents Fellows Service Award program in 1998 to recognize employees who have made exemplary contributions to their university or agency and to the people of Texas. To date, 166 faculty members have been named Regents Professors. This yearâ€™s recipients received a $9,000 stipend, a commemorative medallion and a certificate while attending a banquet held in their honor.
Along with Dr. Taylor, the other recipients of the Regents Professor Award were: Dr. Michael J. Benedik, Texas A&M University; Dr. Leonard L. Berry, Texas A&M and the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC); Dr. Peter H. Buschang, TAMHSC; Dr. Delbert M. Gatlin III, Texas A&M and Texas A&M AgriLife Research; Dr. Joe W. Gillespie, Tarleton State University; Dr. Jim Lee, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; Dr. Bao-An Li, Texas A&M University-Commerce; Dr. Kathleen Rees, Texas A&M University-Kingsville; Dr. John R. Schwarz, Texas A&M University at Galveston; and Dr. David Zawieja, TAMHSC.
Recipients of the Regents Fellow Service Award were: John A. Coppernoll, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service; George L. Gonzales, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service; Paul F. Hannemann, Texas A&M Forest Service; Dr. Jim Mazurkiewicz, AgriLife Extension; Dr. Ari M. Michelsen, AgriLife Research; Dr. Jackie C. Rudd, AgriLife Research; and Dr. Gerald L. Ullman, Texas A&M Transportation Institute.
Dr. Taylor is the former Department Head of CSE, serving in that role from 2003 until 2011. She earned her B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and M.S. in Computer Engineering from Purdue University in 1985 and 1986, respectively, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1991. From 1991 through 2002, Dr. Taylor was a member of the faculty in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Northwestern University. Her research interests are in the area high performance computing. She has authored or co-authored over 100 papers in these areas. Dr. Taylor is a member of ACM and Senior Member of IEEE-CS.
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