Dr.  William J. Merrell

Dr.  William J. Merrell
Department of Marine Sciences

Texas A&M University
Bld# 3003, Office 104

E-mail: merrellw@tamug.edu
Phone: (409) 740-4732
Fax: (409) 740-4429
Website: tamug.edu/ikedike

Dr. William J. Merrell Biography:

William J. Merrell holds a B.S. in physics and a M.A. in mathematics from Sam Houston State University and a Ph.D. in oceanography from Texas A&M University.  He is the George P. Mitchell chair of marine sciences at Texas A&M University at Galveston and served as president of the university.  He has been chair of the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment, vice chancellor for Strategic Programs of The Texas A&M University System, vice president for Research Policy of Texas A&M University, chair of the Ocean Studies Board, served on the Space Studies Board and the Board on Sustainability of the National Research Council and has held presidential appointments with the National Science Foundation.  Among his awards are the Distinguished Achievement Medal from the Geosciences and Earth Resources Council and he is the only person to receive the Distinguished Service Award of the National Science Foundation twice.  Following the devastation of Hurricane Ike, Dr. Merrell began the Ike Dike project to provide hurricane surge protection for the Upper Texas Coast including all of Houston and Galveston.


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