STEM Professional of the week

Jorge Seminario, Ph.D.      
Texas A&M

Professor of Chemical Engineering & Professor of the Materials Science and Engineering Program

Dr. Seminario is the 2012 recipient of the HENAAC Outstanding Technical Achievement Award in Academia.

Professor Jorge Seminario, a native of Lima, Peru, is performing research in nanotechnology, which has a strong connection with his multidisciplinary education. Dr. Seminario holds a bachelor's degree in electrical sciences and a professional degree in electronics from the Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria in Peru, in addition to a master's in physics and Ph.D. in molecular science from Southern Illinois University. He was licensed in electronics engineering by the National Board of Engineers of Peru in 1980. As electronic engineer, before his graduate studies, Dr. Seminario worked in broadcasting (radio and TV) and participated in the construction of the first nuclear reactor in Peru. After getting his Ph.D., he did postdoctoral work in chemistry departments at the University of New Orleans and University of South Carolina in the fields of quantum and theoretical chemistry. In 2001 he was appointed as associate professor to the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of South Carolina until joining Texas A&M University as a full professor in 2004.

Presently, Dr. Seminario is a professor of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and he is also a Professor of the Materials Science and Engineering Program. He has taught control theory and currently teaches Materials Science and Engineering for undergraduates and advanced Mathematics for graduates, as well as courses that he developed on nanotechnology and molecular engineering for graduate and undergraduate students. His merit in research and teaching was recognized in 2006, when he was named the inaugural holder of Lanatter and Herb Fox Professorship, as well as in 2009, when he was named Honorary Professor of the Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria (UNI) and he is a member of the Peruvian Academy of Sciences. Moreover, he is a researcher in the Chemical Engineering Division of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station, the engineering research agency of the State of Texas and a member of The Texas A&M University System. His research was highlighted as success story by the Army Research Office during 2001-2003.

More than 190 peer reviewed scientific publications can be attributed to Dr. Seminario, in addition to have edited six books in the fields of computational chemistry and nanotechnology. He is the author of two US patents and has also participated in several invention disclosures. He is a member of the Technical Guidance Committee for the “US Army Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center International Symposium on Spectral Sensing Research (ISSSR)” and for the “Nanoelectronic Devices for Defense and Security Conference (nano-DDS)”. Furthermore, he is the president of a Committee for Engineering and Energy of the International Scientific Board of the ECI. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Nanotechnology and also of the Journal of Applied Physics. Dr. Seminario is currently an active member of the IEEE, APS, ACS, AIChE, SPIE and ISQBP societies.

Since he joined Texas A&M University in 2004, Dr. Seminario’s research has focused on nanotechnology, working on the analysis, design and simulation of systems and materials of nanometer dimensions; especially those involved in the development of nanosensors and molecular electronics. One of his major goals is to design smaller electronic devices and other systems in order to increase their efficiency, speed and energy savings, as well as reduce their costs. He has developed totally new scenarios for molecular devices and systems using molecular potentials and molecular vibrations for processing and transport of information at nanometer scales.

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