Abbott Initiative Lures 10 Top Researchers to Texas, 3 to UH

_Throughout the next year, the researchers will join the faculty at three schools: Texas A&M University, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston. The researchers’ positions are being backed by more than $34 million in one-to-one matching grant commitments from each college. _

They represent the first recipients of the Governor’s University Research Initiative, a new effort under Abbott to lure Nobel Laureates and other world-class academics to the Lone Star State. Among the 10 researchers named Thursday are members of The Royal Society in the United Kingdom, the National Institutes of Health, the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences.

Andrea Prosperetti

School: University of Houston

Start date: July 1

Background: former professor of mechanical engineering, Johns Hopkins University and member, National Academy of Engineering

Grant total: $3,060,500

John Suppe

School: University of Houston

Start date: Sept. 1

Background: former geology professor, National Taiwan University, and member, National Academy of Sciences

Grant total: $2,427,700

Ganesh Thakur

School: University of Houston

Start date: Sept. 1

Background: president and global adviser, Thakur Services, and member, National Academy of Engineering

Total grant: $3,044,350

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