Greg Fenves began his appointment as president of The University of Texas at Austin on June 3, 2015. Previously, he served the university as executive vice president and provost.
He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the highest national honor awarded to engineers in the United States, and holds the Cockrell Family Chair in Engineering #15 at UT Austin.
Bringing a career of teaching, research and administrative experience to his new position, Fenves' accomplishments included defining strategic academic goals and priorities to advance excellence, streamlining operations for more cost effectiveness, focusing on continuing UT Austin's leadership in transforming undergraduate education, and the launch of the Dell Medical School.
Wilhelmina E. (“Beth”) Robertson is president of Cockspur, Inc. (investments) and Chair of the Board of LSF LCC, a furniture company. Ms. Robertson served as a founding Director of the Board of Amegy Bank of Texas, at its inception in 1982 to 2005 and continues to serve on its Advisory Board.
A Houston native and graduate of the University of Texas, Ms. Robertson has served on many not-for-profit organizations. Currently she serves the boards of The Cullen Foundation, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the University of Texas Health Science Center Development Board (UTHealth), Houston Wilderness, and the Board of Advisors for the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. She served as Chair of the UTHealth “New Frontiers” Campaign from 2001-2005 that raised $250 million for Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine (IMM). She is a former Regent and Chair of the University of Houston System and former Chair of The Cullen Trust for Health Care.
Ms. Robertson’s honors include being the first recipient of the YWCA Carol Sterling Masterson Woman of the Year Award (1994), the Kinkaid School Distinguished Alumna Award (1998) and the Phi Beta Kappa Outstanding Contribution to Education Award (1995). She received an Honorary Doctors in Letters from University of Houston (1998), the University of Houston Alumni President’s Award (2003) and the University of Houston President’s Medallion (2011). She was named Houston’s Outstanding Community Volunteer Fundraiser of 2008 on National Philanthropy Day.
Professor, Department of Psychology; Founding Director, Human Dimensions of Organizations, College of Liberal Arts
Art Markman is the Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology and Marketing and Founding Director of the Program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations. He has written over 150 scholarly papers on topics including Reasoning, Decision Making, Motivation, and Innovation. Art brings insights from cognitive science to a broader audience through his blogs at Psychology Today, Fast Company, and Inc, as well as his radio show/podcast Two Guys on Your Head produced by KUT in Austin. Art has written several books including Smart Thinking, Habits of Leadership, and Smart Change. His most recent book is called Brain Briefs (written with his Two Guys co-host Bob Duke) and was published in October.
Professor and Director, Innovation Center, Cockrell School of Engineering; Ethernet Inventor, 3Com Founder
Bob Metcalfe is Professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. His mission is helping Austin be a better Silicon Valley.
Bob was an Internet pioneer starting in 1970, at MIT, Harvard, Xerox PARC, and Stanford. In 1973 at PARC he invented Ethernet. In 1979 he founded 3Com Corporation, which in 2010 merged into HP. In the 1990s Bob was publisher and pundit at IDG/Infoworld. In the 2000s he was a General Partner of Polaris Venture Partners. Bob is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and recipient of the National Medal of Technology.
Professor and Chair, Department of Management; Juanita Dreibelbis Fellow in Business; Herb Kelleher Chair in Entrepreneurship; Director, Herb Keller Center for Entrepreneurship, Growth, and Renewal, McCombs School of Business
Luis L. Martins is a professor of management, the Juanita Dreibelbis Fellow in Business, the Herb Kelleher Chair in Entrepreneurship, and the Director of the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, Growth, and Renewal at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. He earned his Ph.D. in Management and Organizational Behavior from the Stern School of Business at New York University. Prior to joining UT in January, 2010, he was on the faculty of the College of Management at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and before that at the School of Business at the University of Connecticut.
Dr. Martins conducts research on the cognitive underpinnings of entrepreneurship, innovation, organizational change, team dynamics, and work performance. His research has appeared in several top management journals, such as Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Organization Science, and has been covered in major newspapers such as the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. He has won several research awards and a 2012 study rated him among the top 20 in the world in terms of scholarly impact of management faculty who earned their doctorates within the previous 15 years.
Dr. Martins teaches strategic innovation and entrepreneurship, change management, leadership, and managing teams in the McCombs School’s full-time and professional MBA programs, and is a popular instructor on these topics in its executive programs. He has won several teaching awards, most recently the 2015 Houston MBA Professor of the Program Award, the 2013-14 Joe D. Beasley Award for Teaching Excellence in the MBA Curriculum and the 2012-13 Fawn and Vijay Mahajan Teaching Excellence Award for Executive Education at the McCombs School of Business, and is routinely on the Faculty Honor Rolls of the Full-Time MBA Program as well as the Working Professionals MBA Programs in Austin, Dallas and Houston. His consulting and executive development clients include Accenture, AT&T, BBVA Compass, The Boon Group, CNOOC Limited, Coca Cola, Dun & Bradstreet, Essilor, FBI Crime Labs, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, Lower Colorado River Authority, McKesson, NASA, Patni Computer Systems, Petrobras, Polycom, Powerwave Technologies, Rackspace, Samsung, Sinopec Corporation, SK Holdings, State Farm, SXSW, Texas Mutual, Waffle House, and WEG Electric.
Executive Director and William Powers, Jr. Chair, Clements Center for National Security
William Inboden holds the William Powers, Jr. Director’s Chair for the Clements Center for National Security at e University of Texas at Austin. He also serves as Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public A airs and Distinguished Scholar at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law. Inboden’s other current roles include Non- Resident Fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States and Associate Scholar with Georgetown University’s Religious Freedom Project. Previously he served as Senior Director for Strategic Planning on the National Security Council at the White House, where he worked on a range of foreign policy issues including the National Security Strategy, strategic forecasting, democracy and governance, contingency planning, counter-radicalization, and multilateral institutions and initiatives. Inboden also worked at the Department of State as a Member of the Policy Planning Staff and a Special Advisor in the Office of International Religious Freedom, and has worked as a staff member in both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives.
Inboden has also served as Senior Vice President of the London-based Legatum Institute, and as a Civitas Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a contributing editor to Foreign Policy magazine, and his commentary has appeared in numerous outlets including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, Sky News, Los Angeles Times, Weekly Standard, and BBC. He has lectured widely in academic and policy settings, and received numerous research and professional development fellowships. He is the author of Religion and American Foreign Policy, 1945-1960: e Soul of Containment (Cambridge University Press) as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Inboden received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in history from Yale University, and his A.B. from Stanford University.
Professor Inboden has received multiple teaching awards, and his classes Ethics & International Relations and Presidential Decision-making in National Security have each been selected in recent years as the “Best Class in the LBJ School.”
Undergraduate Fellow, Clements Center for National Security
An emigrant from his hometown of Plano, Texas, Trey quickly converted to the Austin lifestyle through paddle boarding on Lady Bird Lake, exploring the various hiking trails of the Greenbelt, and eating a food truck-centric diet. He is currently in the midst of his fourth year pursuing a dual-degree in Aerospace Engineering Honors and Plan II Honors. Trey recently returned from a semester abroad in Madrid, Spain, and interned at the U.S. Department of State this past summer. His previous work experience includes research at MIT Lincoln Laboratory during the summer of 2015, where he developed enhanced the space surveillance capabilities for the United States Air Force. He hopes to be able to create national security solutions through leveraging advanced technical knowledge against a firm foundation of historical and political contexts.
Professor, Department of Astronomy, College of Natural Sciences
Karl Gebhardt is the Herman and Joan Suit Professor of Astrophysics in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Texas at Austin. He grew up in the snow-filled winters of Rochester, NY. His career has taken him through Michigan State University, Rutgers University (where he received his PhD in 1994), fellowships at the University of Michigan and University of California at Santa Cruz, and eventually to University of Texas in 2000. Dr. Gebhardt works on a variety of galaxy studies, ranging from black holes to dark matter to dark energy. He has won numerous awards, including Northeaster Graduate Schools Dissertation Award (1995), a Hubble Fellowship from NASA (1997), Teaching Excellence Awards from the University of Texas (2003) and McDonald Observatory Board of Visitors (2004), and a National Science Foundation Career Award. In 2012, he received the Edith and Peter O'Donnell Award in Science from the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas. He works with numerous undergraduate and graduate students, and involves them in all levels of his research. Most of his career has focused on understanding the role that black holes play in the formation of a galaxy. He has measured more black hole masses than anyone in the world. His recent work focused on understanding dark energy with the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment (HETDEX). It was shown a few years ago that the Universe is expanding much faster than what had been expected. Dr. Gebhardt and his colleagues have outlined a unique approach to study dark energy using the Hobby-Eberly Telescope.
Research Professor, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences
Dr. Sean Gulick has been at The University of Texas at Austin since he completed his post-doctoral fellowship there in 2001. He was co-chief scientist on a 2005 seismic study of Chicxulub and received the Jackson School Outstanding Researcher Award in 2014. Current projects include tectonic and climate interactions in the St. Elias Mountains and surveyor submarine fan, geohazards and margin evolution of subduction and transform faulting in Alaska, Sumatra, and Japan, and the geologic processes and environmental effects of the Cretaceous-Paleogene Chicxulub meteor impact. Gulick served as co-chief on the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Expedition 341: Southeast Alaska tectonics and climate and is currently the co-chief science on IODP Expedition 364: Drilling the Chicxulub impact crater.
Dean, College of Natural Sciences; Robert E. Boyer Chair in Natural Sciences
Linda Hicke joined the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin as dean in July 2012. She holds the Robert E. Boyer Chair in Natural Sciences. Prior to her appointment at UT, Hicke was at Northwestern University, where she had been on the faculty since 1996.
Hicke began her career at Northwestern as an assistant professor of biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology and was promoted to full professor in 2006. At Northwestern, she served as the director of the Center for Cell and Developmental Biology and as an associate chair in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology. From 2008 to 2012, she served as associate vice president for research.
Hicke received a bachelor's degree from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California where she majored in chemistry and graduated summa cum laude. She then received a doctorate degree in biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. Immediately after, she completed two postdoctoral fellowships, the first at the University of California at San Francisco and the second at the University of Basel in Switzerland.
Hicke's research interest is the role of ubiquitin in regulating protein traffic in eukaryotic cells, a subject that she has published about widely in journals such as Cell, Molecular Cell, The EMBO Journal, Nature Cell Biology and the Journal of Cell Biology.
She has received multiple awards, including a Searle Scholars Award, a Burroughs Wellcome Fund New Investigator Award in the Basic Pharmacological Sciences, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and the Women in Cell Biology Career Recognition Junior Award from the American Society for Cell Biology.
Hicke was elected to the governing council of the American Society for Cell Biology from 2004 to 2006 where she was the program chair for the society's national meeting in 2005. As a council member, she was involved in setting policy for the society on scientific, educational and political issues. In addition, she has chaired other international meetings or conferences and served on NIH study sections and as an ad hoc reviewer for numerous scientific journals.