Lee designated Regents Professor for 2006-2007
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Dr. W. John Lee, professor and holder of the L.F. Peterson Endowed Chair in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering, received the designation of Regents Professor for 2006-2007 during a recent meeting of The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. Lee, who holds a joint appointment with the Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), was one of five Texas A&M professors who were named Regents Professors. The Board established the Regents Professor Award program in 1996 to recognize employees who have made exemplary contributions to the university or agency and to the people of Texas. To date, 106 faculty members have been named Regents Professors. Recipients received a $9,000 stipend, a commemorative medallion and a certificate during a dinner Thursday (Dec. 6) that was held in their honor. Lee came to Texas A&M in 1977 and was the initial director of the Petroleum Engineering Department's distance learning program. He received the Distinguished Achievement in Continuing Education Award in 2001 from the Texas A&M Association of Former Students, and was recently appointed Academic Engineering Fellow by the Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Corporation Finance.