Faculty With Distinction

Award-winning Professors Help Drive Tier One Efforts

We are pleased to list the following University of Houston faculty with distinction based on fellowships, prizes and awards recognized by the Association of American Universities (AAU) and/or Top American Research Universities (TARU), used to determine Tier One status; UH’s own faculty awards, such as the Esther Farfel Award, the highest award accorded a UH faculty member; the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Chair and Professorship and University Professorship; the M.D. Anderson Professorship and the John and Rebecca Moores Professor Program. Below are the UH professors who have received these prestigious honors. *


NATIONAL ACADEMY MEMBERS

Neal Amundson
Professor Emeritus – Chemical Engineering and Mathematics
• National Academy of Engineering
• National Academy of Sciences

C.W. “Paul” Chu
Professor – Physics
• National Academy of Sciences

Jan-Åke Gustafsson
Professor – Biology and Biochemistry, Chemistry
• National Academy of Sciences

Dan Luss
Professor – Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
• National Academy of Engineering

James Symons
Professor Emeritus – Civil Engineering
• National Academy of Engineering

John H. Lienhard
Professor Emeritus – Mechanical Engineering
• National Academy of Engineering

Fazle Hussain
Professor – Mechanical Engineering
• National Academy of Engineering

Surendra P. Shah
Professor – Civil and Environmental Engineering
• National Academy of Engineering

Kaspar Willam
Professor – Civil and Environmental Engineering
• National Academy of Engineering

Fellowships, prizes and awards recognized by the Association of American Universities (AAU) and/or Top American Research Universities (TARU)

Rigoberto Advincula
Professor – Chemistry
• NSF Career Awards (TARU) – 1999

Metin Akay
Professor – Biomedical Engineering
• American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow (AAU) – 2010

Thomas Albright
Professor – Chemistry
• Sloan Research Fellows (AAU, TARU) – 1982

Kevin Bassler
Professor – Physics
• Sloan Research Fellows (AAU, TARU) – 2001

Eric Bittner
Professor – Chemistry
• NSF Career Awards (TARU) – 1999
• Guggenheim Fellows (AAU, TARU) – 2007

Elizabeth Bollinger Huxel
Professor – Architecture
• Fulbright American Scholars (AAU, TARU) – 1998

Stanko Brankovic
Assistant Professor – Electrical and Computer Engineering
• NSF Career Awards (TARU) – 2010

David Brenner
Visiting Assistant Professor – Modern and Classical Languages
• Fulbright American Scholars (AAU, TARU) – 2006

Kevin Burke
Professor – Geology
• American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow (AAU) – 2004

Chengzhi Cai
Associate Professor – Chemistry
• NSF Career Awards (TARU) – 2004

Shankar Chellam
Professor – Civil and Environmental Engineering
• NSF Career Awards (TARU) – 2002

Xiaoping Cong
Associate Professor – History
• Fulbright American Scholars (AAU, TARU) – 2008
• American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellows (TARU) – 2009

Olafs Daugulis
Associate Professor – Chemistry
• NSF Career Awards (TARU) – 2007
• Sloan Research Fellows (AAU, TARU) – 2007

Steven Deyle
Associate Professor – History
• American Antiquarian Society Fellowships (AAU) – 2009

Richard Dole
Professor – Law
• Fulbright American Scholars (AAU, TARU) – 1999

Stuart E. Dryer
Professor – Biology and Biochemistry
• American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow (AAU) – 2009

Donald Foss
Professor – Psychology
• American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow (AAU) – 1985

George Fox
Professor – Biology and Biochemistry
•  American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow (AAU) – 1995

Robert Fox

Professor – Biology and Biochemistry
• Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators (TARU) – 1987

Edgar Gabriel
Assistant Professor – Computer Science
• NSF Career Awards (TARU) – 2009

Karolos Grigoriadis
Professor – Mechanical Engineering
• NSF Career Awards (TARU) – 1997

Arnold Guloy
Associate Professor – Chemistry
• NSF Career Awards (TARU) – 1998

P. Shiv Halasyamani
Associate Professor – Chemistry
• NSF Career Awards (TARU) – 2001
• Beckman Young Investigators (TARU) – 2002

Zhu Han
Assistant Professor – Electrical and Computer Engineering
• NSF Career Awards (TARU) – 2010

John Hart
Professor – History
• American Council of Learned Societies Fellows (TARU) – 1974
• National Endowment for the Humanities Fellows (AAU, TARU) – 1991

William Hawes
Professor – Communication
• Fulbright American Scholars (AAU, TARU) – 2001

Stephan Hillerbrand
Assistant Professor – Art
• Fulbright American Scholars (AAU, TARU) – 2004
• Fulbright American Scholars (AAU, TARU) – 2005

David Hoffman
Professor – Chemistry
• Sloan Research Fellows (AAU, TARU) – 1992

Scott Imberman
Assistant Professor – Economics
• National Academy of Education (AAU) – 2010

Karl Kadish
Professor – Chemistry
• Fulbright American Scholars (AAU, TARU) – 1980

Ioannis Kakadiaris
Professor – Computer Science
• NSF Career Awards (TARU) – 2000

Nicolas Kanellos
Professor – Hispanic Literature
• American Antiquarian Society (AAU) – 1999

Donald Kouri
Professor – Chemistry
• Sloan Research Fellows (AAU, TARU) – 1972
• Guggenheim Fellow (AAU, TARU) – 1978

Ramanan Krishnamoorti
Professor – Chemical Engineering
• NSF Career Award (TARU) – 1999

Demetrio Labate
Associate Professor – Mathematics
• NSF Career Awards (TARU) – 2008

Barbara Rose Lange
Associate Professor – Music
• Fulbright American Scholars (AAU, TARU) – 2007

T. Randall Lee
Professor – Chemistry
• NSF Career Awards (TARU) – 1995

Aibing Li
Associate Professor – Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
• NSF Career Awards (TARU) – 2006

Carl Lindahl
Professor – English
• Fulbright American Scholars (AAU, TARU) – 2004

Vassiliy Lubchenko
Assistant Professor – Chemistry
• Beckman Young Investigators (TARU) – 2008
• NSF Career Award (TARU) – 2010

Martin Melosi
Professor – History
• National Endowment for the Humanities Fellows (AAU, TARU) – 1980
• National Humanities Center Fellows (TARU) – 1982
• National Endowment for the Humanities Fellows (AAU, TARU) – 1988
• Fulbright American Scholars (AAU, TARU) – 2001

David Mikics
Professor – English
• Fulbright American Scholars (AAU, TARU) – 2004

John Miller
Professor – Physics
• Sloan Research Fellows (AAU, TARU) – 1987

Raymond Nimmer
Professor – Law
• Fulbright American Scholars (AAU, TARU) – 2006

Julian Olivares
Professor – Hispanic Studies
• Ford Foundation Fellowships (AAU) – 1985
• American Philosophical Society (AAU) – 1992
• National Endowment for the Humanities Fellows (AAU, TARU) – 2000

Carlos Ordonez
Associate Professor – Physics
• Guggenheim Fellows (AAU, TARU) – 1989

B. Montgomery Pettitt
Professor – Chemistry
• Sloan Research Fellows (AAU, TARU) – 1989
• American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow (AAU) – 2008

Howard Pollack
Professor – Music
• National Endowment for the Humanities Fellows (AAU, TARU) – 2003
• National Endowment for the Humanities Fellows (AAU, TARU) – 2010

Susan Rasmussen
Professor – Anthropology
• Fulbright American Scholars (AAU, TARU) – 2001

John W. Roberts
Professor – English
• Guggenheim Fellowship (AAU, TARU) – 1994

Susan Scarrow
Professor – Political Science
• National Endowment for the Humanities Fellows (AAU, TARU) – 1993

Frederik Schiff
Associate Professor – Communication
• Fulbright American Scholars (AAU, TARU) – 2008

Gangbing Song
Professor – Mechanical Engineering
• NSF Career Award (TARU) – 2002

Jeffrey Sposato
Associate Professor – Music
• American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellows (TARU) – 2003

Donna Stokes
Associate Professor – Physics
• NSF Career Awards (TARU) – 2003

Landon Storrs
Associate Professor – History
• American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellows (TARU) – 2006

Randolph Thummel
Professor – Chemistry
• Fulbright American Scholars (AAU, TARU) – 1990

Ricardo Vilalta
Associate Professor – Computer Science
• NSF Career Awards (TARU) – 2005

Roy Weinstein
Research Professor – Physics
• NSF Career Awards (TARU) – 1959
• Guggenheim Fellows (AAU, TARU) – 1969

Cameron White
Professor – Curriculum and Instruction
• Fulbright American Scholars (AAU, TARU) – 1999

Jody Williams
Visiting Professor – Social Work
• Nobel Prize (AAU) – 1997

Lois Parkinson Zamora
Professor – English
• American Council of Learned Societies Fellows (TARU) – 1981
• Fulbright American Scholars (AAU, TARU) - 1982
• National Endowment for the Humanities Fellows (AAU, TARU) – 2001

Stephen Zamora
Professor – Law
• Fulbright American Scholars (AAU, TARU) – 1982

Rong Zheng
Assistant Professor – Computer Science
• NSF Career Awards (TARU) – 2006

THE ESTHER FARFEL AWARD

2009 – 2010
Stuart A. Long

2008 – 2009
Demetre J. Economou

2007 – 2008
David J. Francis

2006 – 2007
Fazle Hussain

2005 – 2006
Barbara Lee Keyfitz

2004 – 2005
Martin Melosi

2003 – 2004
Allan Jacobson

2002 – 2003
Arnold Eskin

2001 – 2002
Roland Glowinski

2000 – 2001
Michael Olivas

1999 – 2000
C. W. “Paul” Chu

1998 – 1999
Mark Rothstein

1997 – 1998
James Gibson

1996 – 1997
Martin Golubitsky

1995 – 1996
James Symons

1994 – 1995
Nicolás Kanellos

1993 – 1994
Simon Moss

1992 – 1993
J. Wayne Rabalais

1991 – 1992
Sidney Berger

1990 – 1991
John H. Lienhard

1989 – 1990
Cynthia MacDonald

1988 – 1989
Abraham E. Dukler

1987 – 1988
John M. Ivancevich

1986 – 1987
Robert Hazelwood

1985 – 1986
Juan Oró

1984 – 1985
Neal Amundson

1983 – 1984
Dan Luss

1982 – 1983
Fredell Lack

1981 – 1982
Donald Kouri

1980 – 1981
Gertrud B. Pickar

1979 – 1980
Richard Evans

1978 – 1979
Ralph Becker

HUGH ROY AND LILLIE CRANZ CULLEN DISTINGUISHED UNIVERSITY CHAIR

Vermuri Balakotaiah
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Demetre J. Economou
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

David J. Francis
Psychology

Roland Glowinski
Mathematics

Paul R. Gregory
Economics

Fazle Hussain
Mechanical Engineering

Lennart Johnsson
Computer Science

Donald Kouri
Chemistry

T. Randall Lee
Chemistry

Gordon L. Paul
Psychology

B. Montgomery Pettitt
Chemistry

Surendra P. Shah
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Abbey H. Simon
Music

Robert R. Stewart
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Arthur B. Weglein
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

HUGH ROY AND LILLIE CRANZ CULLEN DISTINGUISHED UNIVERSITY PROFESSORSHIP

Suncica Canic
Mathematics

Jack M. Fletcher
Psychology

Robert J. Schwartz
Biology and Biochemistry

Kaspar Willam
Civil and Environmental Engineering

John C. Wolfe
Electrical and Computing Engineering

HUGH ROY AND LILLIE CRANZ CULLEN UNIVERSITY PROFESSORSHIP

Edward Albee
Theater

Abdeldjelil Belarbi
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Wei-Kan Chu
Physics

Clifford Dacso
Life Sciences Technology

David Dow
Law

Richard Evans
Psychology

Alex Ignatiev
Physics

Karl Kadish
Chemistry

James Kirby Martin
History

Martin Melosi
History

Stuart Ostrow
Theater

Ramesh Shrestha
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Su Su Wang
Mechanical Engineering

M.D. ANDERSON PROFESSORSHIP

Scott R. Gilbertson
Chemistry

Edward Hungerford
Physics (chair)

Ramanan Krishnamoorti
Chemical Engineering

Yuri Kuznetsov
Mathematics

Roy Ruffin
Economics

Venkat Selvamanickam
Mechanical Engineering

JOHN AND REBECCA MOORES PROFESSOR PROGRAM

Harold E. Bedell
Optometry

Eric Bittner
Chemistry

Vincent M. Donnelly
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Stuart E. Dryer
Biology and Biochemistry

Arnold Eskin
Biology and Biochemistry

George Edward Fox
Biology and Biochemistry

H. Jerome Freiberg
Curriculum and Instruction

Laura J. Frishman
Optometry

Dan Graur
Biology and Biochemistry

H. Julia Hannay
Psychology

John Hart
History

Ronald S. Harwerth
Optometry

W. Lawrence Hogue
English

W. Robert Houston
Curriculum and Instruction

Thomas T. C. Hsu
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Basheer Khumawala
Decision and Information Sciences

Yuen-Sum Lau
Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Thomas F. O’Brien
History

Vern I. Paulsen
Mathematics

Larry Pinsky
Physics

Howard Pollack
Music

Gael Stack
Art

Randolph Thummel
Chemistry

Shiao-Chun Tu
Biology and Biochemistry

Richard Willson
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Lois Parkinson Zamora
English