The ISTPP Fellows program recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the development of the Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy and to its mission, aims, and objectives. Participation as an ISTPP Fellow is by invitation from the Institute. Fellows are selected based upon current and past collaboration with the Institute on interdisciplinary proposals, projects, and scholarship, as well as distinguished accomplishments within the individual’s discipline.
Zach N. Adelman
Dr. Adelman is a professor in the Department of Entomology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University. Dr. Adelman’s research interests include developing new methods for controlling mosquito-borne infectious diseases, including gene editing and gene drive technology. These research efforts also include participating in projects and planning documents designed to include public perceptions about new genetic approaches to managing pest species.
Dr. Berke is a Research Professor of land use and environmental planning in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His interests are in community resilience and urban planning, with a focus on methods, theory, and metrics of local planning and outcomes. Dr. Berke’s current research aims to develop a greater understanding of networks among policy institutions, land use and development plans, and social and physical vulnerability to hazards and climate change.
Dr. Birgisson is a professor for the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering in the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. He is also Texas A&M Engineering Experimentation Station (TEES) Eminent Professor. Dr. Birgisson’s research brings an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to developing and managing infrastructure that improves community resiliency, encompasses smart technologies, uses sustainable materials, and is built to last.
R. Patrick Bixler
Dr. Bixler is an assistant professor in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Bixler has a joint appointment in the community and regional planning program in the School of Architecture. His current research focuses on climate and environmental governance, urban sustainability and resilience, hazard preparedness and response, and network science. He is particularly interested in how public, private and nonprofit institutions collaborate to solve complex social and environmental problems and promote social innovation.
Ann O’M. Bowman
Dr. Bowman holds the Hazel Davis and Robert Kennedy Endowed Chair in Government and Public Service and is a professor in The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. She specializes in state and local politics and management; public policy, especially the substantive areas of environment, economic development, and land use; and intergovernmental relations.
Samuel D. Brody
Dr. Brody holds a joint appointment as a professor in the departments of Marine Sciences at Galveston and in Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at College Station Texas A&M University. He holds the George P. Mitchell ’40 Chair in Sustainable Coasts and directs both the Institute for Sustainable Coastal Communities at Galveston and the Center for Texas Beaches and Shores. Dr. Brody is conducting research in environmental planning, coastal sustainability, ecosystem management, and geographic information systems.
Weihsueh A. Chiu
Dr. Chiu is a professor in the Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences at Texas A&M University. His research expertise includes quantitative health risk assessment, dose-response assessment, and statistical modeling of environmental and biological systems. Dr. Chiu’s current interests focus on developing computational and statistical methods to transform data into knowledge to inform policies protecting public health from the effects of environmental chemicals.
Dr. Daher is an Assistant Research Scientist at the Texas A&M Energy Institute at Texas A&M University. Dr. Daher is interested in bridging physical and social science to develop analytics that catalyze an evidence-based, multi-stakeholder dialogue around trade-offs associated with technological, policy, and social interventions to address the interconnected water, energy, and food security challenges.
Dr. Eckstein is a Professor of Law at the Texas A&M University School of Law and serves as a faculty member of the Texas A&M Water Management and Hydrological Science Graduate Faculty as well as the Texas A&M Energy Institute. He researches water, natural resources, and environmental law and policy issues at the local, national, and international levels. Dr. Eckstein also directs the International Water Law Project.
Dr. Goidel is a professor in the Department of Political Science at Texas A&M University. His research is motivated by questions of democratic governance, including whether citizens are up to the task of self-governance, the willingness and ability of elites to manipulate public opinion, and the institutional mechanisms that translate democratic inputs into policy outcomes. Dr. Goidel has also studied the concerns, risk perceptions, and policy preferences of residents living in communities located along the Gulf of Mexico.
Robert A. Greer
Dr. Greer is an associate professor in the Department of Public Service and Administration and Director of the Graduate Certificate in Public Management in The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. He is also the Director of their graduate certificate in public management. Dr. Greer researches state and local government financial management, specifically in the areas of debt management, municipal securities, and infrastructure finance. His research addresses the role of governance structures in the financial management of complex public programs.
Timothy J. Gronberg
Dr. Gronberg is a professor in and head of the Department of Economics at Texas A&M University. His primary field of specialization is public finance and his secondary field is urban and spatial economics. He is a Research Fellow of the Private Enterprise Research Center and a Research Affiliate of the National Center on Performance Incentives.
Dr. Hannibal is the administrator for the U.S. Census Bureau’s Wasatch Front Research Data Center at the University of Utah. He specializes in environmental sociology, social networks, complex organizations, and public policy. Dr. Hannibal worked at ISTPP from 2014-2020 in various research capacities and was a key contributor to multiple interdisciplinary research projects including national public opinion surveys on the water-energy-food nexus and lone wolf terrorism, and stakeholder surveys on resilient cities, water-energy-food nexus governance, hazard mitigation planning, and post-Harvey resilience in Houston.
Dr. Heitman is a Professor in the Program in Ethics in Science and Medicine and Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Heitman’s research focuses on cultural aspects of ethics in medicine, biomedical science, and public health, particularly international standards of research ethics and the responsible conduct of research. She is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Life Sciences.
Wendy E. Jepson
Dr. Jepson, as a professor for the Department of Geography in the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University, focuses on human-environmental interactions. Her research addresses multiple aspects of water governance and water security, both at the urban and household level, including the ways these issues are shaped by political, economic, and social production of environmental inequities in marginalized neighborhoods
Bryan D. Jones
Dr. Jones holds the J.J. Pickle Regents Chair in Congressional Studies and is a professor in the Department of Government at the University of Texas. Dr. Jones co-directs the Policy Agendas Project currently housed at the University of Texas. He studies models of decision-making and choice, fiscal policy, agenda-setting, and public policy processes.
Dr. Knap is a Professor and the James R. Whatley Chair in Geosciences in the department of oceanography in the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University. He is also the director of the Geochemical & Environmental Research Group (GERG). Dr. Knap’s research areas include oceanography, environmental science, effects of contaminants on the marine environment, ocean health and human health interactions, and multiple aspects of global environmental change.
Dr. Kurian is Assistant Research Professor on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus at Pennsylvania State University, University Park. He was previously based at the United Nations University (UNU-FLORES) in Dresden, Germany where one of his accomplishments was the launch of the Nexus Observatory- an online portal (https://flores.unu.edu/en/) focused on demonstrating the role of data and models in influencing policy processes and decision making. Kurian’s contributions towards fostering stronger linkages between research, training, and environmental policy have been recognized in the form of guidance by the United Nations Synthesis Report on SDG 6.3, the establishment of the Africa Points of Excellence (APE) consortium on drought risk monitoring, involving governments in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Malawi, and the recent award of a USD 1.2 million Belmont Forum grant to support multi-country research on integrative assessment of water-energy-food interactions that advance disaster forecasting, preparedness, and cyber-enabled response to flood and drought risk.
Dr. Meerow is an Assistant Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University. Her research focuses on improving urban resilience in the face of climate change and other social and environmental hazards. Dr. Meerow combines more conceptual studies of resilience with empirical research on the complexities of urban resilience, green infrastructure, and climate change adaptation planning in a range of cities.
Dr. Medina is a professor in the Department of Entomology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University. Dr. Medina’s research interests center on the role that ecological factors play in the population genetics of insects. He is particularly interested in the incorporation of evolutionary ecology considerations into pest control practices. His laboratory conducts research aimed to understand how species interactions among parasites and their hosts get modulated by their microbiota and by the structuring of their genetic variation. Dr. Medina is also interested in understanding the factors that modulate public perception of novel products of biotechnology.
Michael R. Migaud
Mr. Migaud is an assistant project manager with Public Management, Inc. His research focuses on community resilience to natural disasters, the governance of outer space activity, and the regulation of emerging science and technology. Mr. Migaud worked at ISTPP from 2017-2020 in various research positions and contributed to multiple interdisciplinary research projects including stakeholder surveys on telehealth medicine, gene drive technology, and water-energy-food nexus issues.
Dr. Mohtar is the dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the American University of Beirut. He is also a Texas Engineering Experiment Stations Research Professor, in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, where he founded the Water-Energy-Food Nexus Initiative and serves as Advisor to the Energy Institute. His primary research priority is the development of a modeling framework to quantify the interlinkages of the water-energy-food nexus that is constrained by climate change and social, political, and technological pressures.
Dr. Mostafavi is an associate professor for the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering in the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. His research focuses on complex system-of-systems modeling, resilience of interdependent infrastructure, disaster resilience, and resilience intelligence. Dr. Mostafavi is also a research affiliate of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station.
Dr. Mu’s research is in the empirical microeconomics area of development economics. Her research goal is to enhance the understanding of decision making of households and individuals in the developing world and to provide evidence for designing and implementing sound public policies. Dr. Mu’s studies mainly focus on China and can be grouped into four sets of topics: (1) the public opinions of certain socioeconomic issues, for example, inequality and environmental problems; (2) the determinants and impacts of human capital outcomes; (3) the opportunities for and obstacles to rural-urban migration and the migration impacts on rural communities and households; and (4) the effectiveness and allocations of public investments.
Jeryl L. Mumpower
Dr. Mumpower is professor emeritus, Department of Public Service and Administration, in The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. His research addresses basic and applied topics in negotiation and bargaining, environmental policy, individual and group decision-making processes, the use of scientific expertise in public policy making, and risk analysis and management.
Dr. Robin R. Murphy is the Raytheon Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University and a director of the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue. She has deployed ground, aerial, and marine robots to over 29 disasters in five countries including the 9/11 World Trade Center, Fukushima, and Hurricane Harvey. Dr. Murphy conducts research in artificial intelligence, robotics, and human-robot interaction for emergency management.
Walter Gillis Peacock
Dr. Peacock is a professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning and the Urban Planning and Sustainable Coastal Margins Program at Texas A&M University. He also serves as the director of the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center and associate director of the Texas Census Research Data Center. He holds the Sandy and Bryan Mitchell Master Builder Endowed Chair. Dr. Peacock’s research interests include urban planning, sustainability and resiliency issues, natural hazard, hazard mitigation, long-term disaster recovery, and quantitative methods.
Dr. Pistikopoulos is a professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University and the director of the Texas A&M Energy Institute. His research aims at gaining fundamental understanding, and developing theoretical and practical advances and computational tools in the areas of energy and process systems engineering, process intensification, sustainable smart manufacturing, and multi-parametric optimization and control.
Dr. Robinson is professor, Henry Bellmon Chair of Public Service, and the head of the department of political science at the University of Oklahoma. His research focuses on the management of public service organizations as they respond to disasters and other extreme events. His expertise is in emergency management and administrative networking.
Garett T. Sansom
Dr. Sansom is a research assistant professor for the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health in the School of Public Health at Texas A&M University. Dr. Sansom’s research focuses on health and sustainability, urban planning, environmental justice, community resilience, and community health assessments. He is particularly interested in assessing the efficacy of urban farming and other food-based programs and policies as a means to improve the health of people living in low-income communities with limited access to health care.
Dr. Sasangohar is an associate professor for the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. His research focuses on designing, testing, and implementing innovated technologies that help people make better perform better in challenging work environments. His work connects people with technologies that improve health and safety such as remote patient monitoring, air-traffic control, and surface transportation user-centered designs. Dr. Sasangohar is also a research affiliate of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station.
Joel D. Scheraga
Dr. Scheraga is the senior advisor for climate adaptation in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He led EPA’s design of its Climate Change Adaptation Plan and now leads implementation of the plan. Dr. Scheraga has expertise in the area of climate change science and policy, environmental economics, the integration of science and policy, and applied and theoretical microeconomics.
Robert R. Shandley
Dr. Shandley is the Associate Dean of the School of Innovation and Economic Development at Texas A&M University. He has written widely on German and American film and television, as well as the history and memory of the Holocaust and World War II in Germany.
James W. Stoutenborough
Dr. Stoutenborough is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Idaho State University. His research interests include public policy, U.S. state politics, public opinion, and political psychology with a substantive interest in science and technology issues like climate change and renewable energy. Dr. Stoutenborough currently researches institutional and behavioral paradigms and integration of these paradigms.
John C. Tracy
Dr. Tracy is a professor for the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering in the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University and serves as the Director of the Texas Water Resource Institute. Dr. Tracy works to connect Texas A&M University faculty and staff with a wide range of local, state, federal, and private entities, to develop and move forward initiatives that address pressing water resources issues facing Texas, the region, and the nation. His research interests are in water resources planning and management, hydraulics, sustainability, and hydrology.
Sierra C. Woodruff
Dr. Woodruff is an assistant professor for the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning in the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University. Dr. Woodruff’s research focuses on climate change adaptation, resilience, ecosystem services, plan integration, planning networks, multi-level governance, and hazard mitigation. Current projects include using data from the Houston area to analyze the network connections of planners, responders, and community members and the ways in which those connections helped mitigate loss due to flooding and help communities recovery following such disasters.
Dr. Zhang is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Administration and Policy at Renmin University of China. His research focuses on bureaucratic politics, policy process, and collaborative governance. Dr. Zhang has empirically examined these topics in the areas of education, lobbying, environmental policy, and administrative reform.