Gregory McKenna was awarded the fellowship by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Gregory McKenna, Horn Professor and John R. Bradford Chair in the Department of Chemical Engineering in the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
As part of the engineering section, McKenna was elected as an AAAS Fellow for his seminal contributions to understanding the constitutive behavior in glassy polymers and highly influential experimental studies of phase transitions in confined systems.
"I'm honored to be recognized by one of the world's most prestigious scientific societies," McKenna said. "The opportunities available in chemical engineering at Texas Tech made the recognition possible. I hope I will live up to the recognition in my future work here."
Sindee Simon, Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and a Horn Professor, praised McKenna for his work in earning this achievement.
"The AAAS is the most important scientific society in the U.S., and I'm delighted Greg has been recognized as fellow," Simon said. "He has made major discoveries related to glass transition and melting at very small size scales, as well as to our understanding of the response of materials to mechanical loads, including the nonlinear response of glass. It's quite an honor that his accomplishments in the area of soft matter and polymer science have been acknowledged by the AAAS."
McKenna will be presented with an official certificate and a gold-and-blue rosette pin representing science and engineering on Feb. 17 at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2018 AAAS annual meeting in Austin.