2016 Academy Gold Medal of Honor Award Recipients

As vice chancellor, Banks oversees coordination and collaboration among the engineering, academic and research programs at seven universities throughout the A&M System, as well as three state agencies: the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI). Banks also is TEES director, overseeing research administration of more than 4,400 projects and $157M million in sponsored research awards. As dean of the Look College and holder of the Harold J. Haynes Dean's Chair in Engineering, Banks leads one of the largest engineering schools in the country, with more than 13,000 students and nearly 400 faculty. Recently, Dr. Banks initiated the 25 by 25 program, which will increase the engineering enrollment at Texas A&M to 25,000 by 2025. Banks was previously the Bowen Engineering Head for the School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University and the Jack and Kay Hockema Professor at Purdue. She received her B.S.E. from the University of Florida, M.S.E. from the University of North Carolina, and Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from Duke University. Banks is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. She has received numerous awards including the ASCE Petersen Outstanding Woman of the Year Award, ASCE Rudolph Hering Medal, Purdue Faculty Scholar Award, Sloan Foundation Mentoring Fellowship and the American Association of University Women Fellowship.

Dr. Juan M. Sanchez is the past Vice President for Research at The University of Texas at Austin and holder of the Temple Foundation Endowed Professorship #4 in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He obtained his B.S. in Physics at the University of Cordoba, Argentina, 1971; M.S. in Materials Science, 1974; and Ph.D. in Materials Science, 1977 at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Sanchez is the author and co-author of over 140 technical publications on a wide range of topics in materials science and engineering. His current research interests are in the electronic, thermodynamic and structural properties of materials including intermetallic compounds, magnetic and non-magnetic alloys, thin films and magnetic multilayers. Primary interest is the development and application of first principles computational methods for the construction of phase diagrams of multicomponent material systems. Other research interests include the development of laser-controlled selective chemical vapor deposition processes for metals, alloys and ceramics. Dr. Sanchez serves on the Council of Federal Relations of the Association of American Universities; the Board of Trustee of the Southwestern Universities Research Association; the National Scientific and Policy Advisory Council for the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health; the International Advisory Board of the University of Nuevo Leon, Mexico; and the External Evaluation Committee of the Instituto Potosino de Investigacion Cientifica y Technologica, Mexico. Dr. Sanchez is a past member of the Board of Visitors of the US Army War College; the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and the Board of Directors of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities.