Two National Academy members have joined the faculty of Texas Tech’s engineering school.

Fazle Hussain is now the President’s Distinguished Engineering Chair, and Chau-Chyun Chen is the new holder of the Jack Maddox Distinguished Engineering Chair in Sustainable Energy.

“We are grateful Drs. Chen and Hussain have chosen to come to Texas Tech to work with our faculty to help us address many of the global scientific problems of our day,” said Al Sacco, dean of the Whitacre College of Engineering.

Chen received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the National Taiwan University in 1973, and his master’s and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1977 and 1980, respectively.

Hussain received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 1963, and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Stanford University in 1966 and 1969, respectively.

Election to the National Academy is considered one of the highest professional honors among engineers.