Kezunovic, Akin receive Regents Awards
Dr. Mladen Kezunovic and Lisa K. Akin were named recipients of The Texas A&M University System’s Regents Professor Award and Regents Fellow Service Award, respectively.
Kezunovic is the Eugene E. Webb Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and serves as the director of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station’s (TEES) Smart Grid Center.
Akin is the director of Risk and Compliance for TEES.
The Board established the Regents Professor Awards program in 1996 and the Regents Fellow Service Awards program in 1998 to recognize employees who have made exemplary contributions to their university or agency and to the people of Texas.
Cliff Thomas, chairman of The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents, said the newest Regents Professors and Regents Fellows are vital members of the Texas A&M System family who bring with them unique skills and perspectives.
“These folks are integral to steering the System toward continued excellence,” Chairman Thomas said. “With them at the helm, the universities and agencies under The Texas A&M System can only keep improving.”
Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp said the new Regents Professors and Regents Fellows have proven their commitment to the System’s success.
“The recently recognized professors and professionals represent the best of our great System and higher education in Texas,” Sharp said. “Their work consistently elevates Texas A&M System campuses and agencies.”
The Regents Professor Award honors individuals at the rank of professor or equivalent whose distinguished performance in teaching, research and service have been exemplary. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the A&M System on faculty members.
The performance of those selected is considered meritorious and worthy of recognition of their achievements that had an impact on not only their institution or agency, but also the community, the State of Texas, and/or at the national and international levels.
The Regents Fellow Service Award honors and recognizes extension, research and service professionals within the agricultural and engineering agencies, health science center and veterinary medical diagnostic laboratory.
These professionals must have demonstrated a significant commitment and contributions to their respective agency by providing exceptional leadership in educational or program delivery/scholarship, research or service that ha