infrastructure. Mr. Meyer supervises Zucrow staff and approximately 75 graduate students in the design, fabrication, setup, and safe operation of gas turbine, rocket, and other combustion experiments, including the specification of instrumentation; data acquisition and control systems; and fluid systems and components. Prior to joining Zucrow Laboratories, Mr. Meyer was a propulsion engineer at Beal Aerospace and a project engineer in the Propulsion Wind Tunnel group at Arnold Engineering Development Center. Mr. Meyer received both a B.S. and an M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics engineering from Purdue University.
Bobby L. Wilson is the L. Lloyd Woods Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Shell Oil Endowed Chaired Professor of Environmental Toxicology at Texas Southern University (TSU). He has held many positions during his more than 30 years at TSU, including provost and acting president. Dr. Wilson received his B.S. in chemistry from Alabama State University; an M.S. in chemistry from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Michigan State University.
Dr. Wilson’s research has focused on unusual metal-centered complexes of early first, second, and third row transition elements using spectroscopic techniques and in the area of environmental chemistry and toxicology, particularly water and air pollution. In addition to water and air, trace metal and radionuclide concentrations are also being investigated. Other areas of concerns are catalytic coal liquefaction to enhance the conversion yields and properties of the liquid products from coal and the synthesis of transition metal complexes as models in an effort to reduce lunar materials, such as titanium ilmenite (FeTiO3) and rutile (TiO2) with the production of molecular oxygen. This could lead to the production of molecular oxygen on the moon.
As founder of the TSU-NASA Research Center for Biotechnology and Environmental Health (RCBEH) at TSU, Dr. Wilson led a team to investigate the toxicology of the space travel environment by using the cutting-edge tools, approaches, and applications of nanotechnology and genomics. The overall goals, associated with the two focus areas of microorganisms and genotoxicology, are to identify “space genes” that may affect human adaptation in the space environment and to measure oxidative stress and DNA damage in human and mammalian cells.
Dr. Wilson has been instrumental in building the research component of the science programs at TSU. His efforts have generated over $60 million in research and training grants to the university. His commitment to promoting the TSU’s research agenda for its professors and producing future scientists led to the construction of the TSU Science Center, a $35 million structure with state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms, and computer labs. A 4,300 square foot lab houses the Houston Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program. This lab has 33 computers, two large printers, and two 50-inch plasma flat screen monitors. It also has teleconferencing capabilities, which enable students to interact with and present their research to other colleges and universities.
Perhaps his most ambitious and forward-looking venture has been the establishment of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) in seven Houston-area colleges and universities. He is the co-principal investigator of this consortium, which is designed to substantially increase the number of underrepresented minorities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Its success at Texas Southern University and other Houston-area colleges and universities has been judged to be among the best LSAMP program in the nation. This judgment bears witness to Dr. Wilson’s vision and leadership.