By Hayley Cox
Associate Professor and Department Head of electrical engineering at Texas A&M University Dr. Gregory Huff was presented with the Wells Fargo Honors Faculty Mentor Award in late August. This award recognizes Honors faculty members who are dedicated to excellence in education. Along the way, these faculty members provide opportunities for students to develop academically and professionally through relationships which extend beyond the realm of a classroom. They are strongly willed towards ushering in a new generation of thinkers and creators on the Texas A&M campus.
Dr. Gregory Huff was born in Oklahoma City in 1975 and has received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been a vital member of the Electromagnetics and Microwave Laboratory in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M since 2006. Dr. Huff received the Nation Science Foundation’s CAREER award and the Presidential Early Career Center Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). He was also the recipient of the 2012 Wells Fargo Honors Faculty Mentor Award, now earning the majority vote for two years in a row.
Students submitted letters in order to nominate Dr. Huff for the Wells Fargo Mentor Award. Student Amanda Couch wrote, “I noticed that he made a serious effort to make the class both understandable and enjoyable, despite the challenging material.” She wrote that the mentorship she received during Dr. Huff’s lab gave her the skills and experiences that she needs to be successful after graduation.
Student Ryan Brown wrote that he noticed how Dr. Huff loves to inspire and work with innovative students and that he is always an encouraging voice. And Alyssa Bennett, a student who conducted research under the guidance of Dr. Huff in the Aggie Challenge, said she was “surprised by his willingness to work with a student not in his major.” Bennett said, “Dr. Huff treats his student researchers with respect and trust, allowing them to not only work on projects, but to lead them as well.”
Students also remark about Dr. Huff feeding his students well! Before his time as a professor, Dr. Huff apprenticed the rank of Chef de Cuisine with specializations in French and Mediterranean fare, and reportedly still likes to break out the pots and pans every once in a while.
Honors and Undergraduate Research is so grateful to all of its dedicated faculty and staff who make such an impact on its students. Congratulations go out to Dr. Gregory Huff on receiving the 2013 Wells Fargo Honors Faculty Mentor Award!