(Nov. 17, 2010)--To honor lifetime achievements in the advancement of physics and particularly nanotechnology research, the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon (UANL) in Monterrey, Mexico, has awarded UTSA Professor Miguel Jose Yacaman an honorary doctorate degree. The honorary degree is a first for Yacaman, who is chair of the UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Sciences and has served on the president of Mexico's Scientific Advisory Council of Sciences.
Yacaman is recognized internationally for his expertise in nanotechnology, electron microscopy and the physics of materials. His career spans 40 years and includes expertise in electron microscopy; the synthesis and characterization of new materials; their surfaces, interfaces and defects; quasicrystals; archaeological materials; and catalysis, the introduction of a chemical to increase the rate of a chemical reaction.
Born in Mexico City in 1946, Yacaman received his bachelor's and master's degrees in physics from the National University of Mexico in the late '60s and his doctorate degree in materials science there in 1972.
From 1976 to 1977, he was a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science at the University of Oxford, England. The following year, he was a research associate in the Materials Science Branch of the NASA-AMES Research Center at Moffett Federal Airfield in Sunnyvale, Calif.
Yacaman's productive career includes a series of academic, industry and government appointments. In the early '70s, he served on the faculty at the National University of Mexico, where he earned tenure and became director of the university's Institute of Physics, one of the top research institutes in Mexico.
Later, he served as executive secretary of the National System of Research in Mexico and as deputy director for scientific research at the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia (CONACYT). The latter is Mexico's equivalent of the U.S. National Science Foundation. Yacaman's career includes time as the general director of the National Institute of Nuclear Research of Mexico. From 1997 to 2006, he served on the University of Veracruz Board of Regents. In 2000, he was recruited to the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin. Two years ago, he joined UTSA's faculty.
Yacaman currently is engaged in the new and rapidly growing field of nanotechnology. He teaches undergraduates and graduates and researches the development of nanoparticles, nanorods, nanowires and nanocrystals for a variety of applications including nanoelectronics, health and catalysis. In 2009, his reputation and knowledge in electron microscopy led industry leader JEOL to install the world's most advanced electron microscope on the UTSA Main Campus. The JEM ARM-200F microscope magnifies samples up to 50 million times and up to 150 million times with the help of advanced software. The microscope and was made possible with a gift from the Robert J. Kleberg Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation.
UANL presented Yacaman with his honorary degree at a ceremony commemorating the bi-centennial of Mexican Independence Day. The ceremony included UANL leaders, Mexican elected and appointed officials, and colleagues from throughout Yacaman's career.
"The Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon has strengths in physics, engineering and nanotechnology and is located in one of Mexico's most economically important states, Monterrey," said Yacaman. "It is a pleasure and an honor to receive this honorary doctorate degree. I am very humbled at the recognition."
The UTSA community is invited to the Community Networking events hosted by the Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion during Roadrunner Days. Various opportunities will be available that will focus on our diverse population.
H-E-B University Center Ballrooms (HUC 1.104 and HUC 1.106), Main Campus
Start in the Paseo then branch out around campus so you know where to go on the first day of classes.
University Center Paseo, Main Campus
This event offers a preview of the UC’s programs and services that students can enjoy throughout the year. There will be food and giveaways too.
University Center Paseo, Main Campus
There will be a special UCinema showing following Kickback at the UC at 9pm in Retama Auditorium (located on the 2nd floor of UC North).
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
The Honors College welcomes all new freshmen to UTSA. Join them for breakfast and meet Honors College administrators, staff, and connect with other new Honors students.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
Convocation is UTSA’s ceremony to launch the new academic year. Attendance is mandatory for all incoming freshmen because it marks the first step students will take in their higher education journey of discovery. It is also highly recommended for transfer students as they continue their higher education journey at UTSA and become members of the Roadrunner Family.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
Visit your College to explore your major before the first day of classes.
Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
Successful first-year students at UTSA are those who learn how to utilize resources, recognize and resolve problems, and prepare themselves to take advantage of their time on campus. The Student Success Series promotes this achievement by offering workshops on the common concerns and questions first-year students have during their transition to university life.
University Center Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
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