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UH Researcher Tapped for TAMEST Board of DirectorsCelebrated Researcher Among Five Who Begin Three-Year Terms this Month to Serve Texas Through Academy

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January 15, 2009-Houston-
The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) announced last month that Fazle Hussain, a distinguished professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Houston, is among five elected to serve on the academy's board of directors.

Founded in 2004, the nonprofit facilitates collaboration among engineers, doctors and scientists to promote Texas as a national research leader and to educate the next generation of scientists.

Hussain, who has been an integral player at UH's Cullen College of Engineering for more than 35 years, begins his three-year term on the board this month. He said he was thrilled to be nominated and elected "to this role of significant service to Texas."

"TAMEST is, by far, the most prestigious of all such state academies in the U.S., and it is well-known nationwide for its leadership role in addressing the key scientific and technological issues of the state and nation," he said. "I am very proud of my membership in TAMEST and have enthusiastically participated in its various activities through committees. I had hoped to be asked to serve even better someday by being on its board, and now, here I am."

Hussain will be part of a 17-member board made up of individuals in one of three prestigious organizations: the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering. He said he hopes his appointment will foster greater representation for UH at TAMEST.

For a complete list of board members, visit http://www.tamest.org/members/index.php.

Hussain has been a member of the National Academy of Engineering since 2001 and is the vice chairman of the academy's mechanical engineering section.

"TAMEST addresses issues of significant importance to Texas and the U.S., including a recent report from a study on K-12 science and technology education and student preparedness for college. Its conferences feature cutting-edge research in critical areas such as alternative and renewable energy, nanoscience and technology, and cancer detection and treatment," Hussain said. "TAMEST will continue to focus on significant issues such as infrastructure and urban decay, health monitoring and delivery, and flood and hurricane control."

Hussain, who also is a professor of earth and atmospheric sciences, physics, and health and human performance at UH, holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. He received a master's and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 1966 and 1969, respectively. After post-doctoral work at Johns Hopkins University, he joined the UH faculty in 1971.

Throughout his career, Hussain has received more than $15 million in research funding from state and federal sources and has published more than 250 scientific papers. He has received four coveted awards in fluid dynamics from the American Physical Society, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Hussain in 2007 was awarded the University of Houston's highest faculty honor, the Esther Farfel Award.

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The University of Houston, Texas' premier metropolitan research and teaching institution, is home to more than 40 research centers and institutes and sponsors more than 300 partnerships with corporate, civic and governmental entities.  UH, the most diverse research university in the country, stands at the forefront of education, research and service with more than 36,000 students.  

About the Cullen College of Engineering
The Cullen College of Engineering at UH has produced five U.S. astronauts, 10 members of the National Academy of Engineering, and degree programs that have ranked in the top 10 nationally.  With more than 2,600 students, the college offers accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees in biomedical, chemical, civil and environmental, electrical and computer, industrial, and mechanical engineering.  It also offers specialized programs in aerospace, materials, petroleum engineering and telecommunications.

 

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