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UT Permian Basin is proud to have outstanding faculty members who’ve received STAR Faculty Grants. The University of Texas System supports this effort to recruit world-class faculty by providing funding for faculty positions, facilities and equipment. The result is ground breaking research and innovation which benefits our students and the entire region.

STAR Faculty Members

  • Sumit Verma, College of Arts and Sciences, Geology Program
  • Redha Wahidi, College of Engineering, Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering Track
  • Joonghyeok Heo, College of Arts and Sciences, Geology Program 
  • Sepehr Arbabi, College of Engineering, Chemical Engineering 
  • Xuemin Xu, College of Arts and Sciences, Biology Program 
  • Mei-Zhen Cui, College of Arts and Sciences, Biology Program
  • Mohsin Jamali, College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering 
  • George Nnanna, College of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
  • Lauren Neal, College of Arts and Sciences, Psychology Program
  • Zhengwen Zeng, College of Engineering, Petroleum Engineering
  • Forest Flocker, College Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
  • Mohanmed Zobba, College of Arts and Sciences, Physical Sciences
  • Omar Beg, College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering
  • Nin Dingra, College of Arts and Sciences, Chemistry Program
  • Rajib Mukharjee, College of Engineering, Chemical Engineering
  • Theb Ayudha, College of Arts and Sciences, Chemistry Program
  • Miles Henderson, College of Arts and Sciences, Geology Program

How Stars Are Chosen

UT System awards up to $300,000 for the recruitment of qualifying faculty members. Promising faculty members are nominated for the grant by their institution and must show evidence of accomplished research.

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