TEXAS A&M AGRILIFE RESEARCH 2015 FACULTY FELLOWS
AgriLife Research established the Faculty Fellows Program in 1998 to acknowledge and reward exceptional research faculty within the agency. Upon second recognition, a Faculty Fellow is designated a Senior Faculty Fellow. Faculty Fellow and Senior Faculty Fellow designations are permanent and become a part of the individual’s title.
Dr. Sergio C. Capareda
Regents Professor, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Dr. Capareda is an active leader in his field. He has numerous patents for his gasification and pyrolysis technologies, and one technology has been licensed by at least three companies. Dr. Capareda has also helped many local and foreign companies to improve or sustain their product to standards. Furthermore, he has an exceptional publication record. Dr. Capareda has authored more than eight refereed articles per year in the past five years; his textbook on biomass energy conversion is being adopted worldwide. The average annual funding of his work has been more than $300,000. A popular mentor and teacher, he has mentored several outstanding undergraduates, eight M.S., and eight Ph.D. students at Texas A&M University, and several exchange students from the Philippines. Many of Dr. Capareda’s former students now occupy high positions in universities and private industry.
Dr. Jackie C. Rudd
Professor, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Amarillo
Regents Fellow, The Texas A&M University System
Dr. Rudd heads the renowned Texas A&M AgriLife wheat research program. Called the best U.S. wheat breeder in our modern time, he is said to have changed the landscape of the Texas wheat industry. His research has led to the release of high-yielding, drought-tolerant varieties with excellent breadmaking qualities that are resistant to greenbug, wheat curl mite, and wheat streak mosaic virus. TAM 111 and TAM 112 are the highest-yielding varieties under drought conditions across the Southern Great Plains and are the predominant varieties grown in Texas and Western Kansas. Dr. Rudd’s program has also gained recognition in wheat genetics and genomics; their research has led to collaboration with Bayer CropScience. He is involved with growers, seedsmen, the milling and baking industries, and student training and internships. He travels worldwide representing the U.S. wheat industry.
Dr. Chaodong Wu
Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Science
Dr. Wu’s research on obesity-associated metabolic diseases and the connection between inflammation and metabolism in obesity has elevated Texas A&M University’s reputation in nutrition and obesity research. His groundbreaking finding on “healthy obesity” showed the importance of targeting inflammation, not fat deposition, for preventing disease. Dr. Wu’s findings on how body clock dysregulation relates to obesity-related metabolic disorders made a big impact as well, emphasizing the importance of eating at the right times. In the past five years, he has received funding of over $3.6 million, including two highly competitive National Institutes of Health grants, and authored over 20 refereed articles. Dr. Wu is also a leader in service and teaching. He directs a Texas A&M obesity graduate research team; his lab has hosted nine Texas A&M graduate students.