SMU’s Chang to be Inducted as TAMEST Member

TAMEST is composed of 270 members from 18 member institutions in Texas, and promotes top achievers in engineering, medicine, and science.

Fred Chang

Frederick R. Chang, director of Southern Methodist University’s Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security, is being inducted Tuesday into The Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas.

It’s a high honor for Chang to become a member of TAMEST, which was founded in 2004 to promote broader recognition of Texas’ top achievers in engineering, medicine, and science. 

“I am humbled by the prestigious company I will be keeping as a TAMEST member,” Chang said in a release. “I am looking forward to the opportunities to support and promote research in Texas that TAMEST membership will provide.”

Chang said the membership will bolster research through teamwork.

“I am humbled by the prestigious company I will be keeping as a TAMEST member.”
Fred Chang

“We are so much stronger when we approach problem-solving as a group, and TAMEST is well-positioned to bring us together for unique and important collaborations,” Chang said in the release.

Chang is joining two other SMU faculty members who are already in TAMEST — Delores Etter, founding director of the Lyle School’s Caruth Institute for Engineering Education, electrical engineering professor, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering; and David Metzer, Henderson-Morris professor of pre-history (anthropology) in Dedman College, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Members of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and the state’s nine Nobel Laureates comprise the 270 members of TAMEST. The group has 18 member institutions, including SMU, across Texas.

Chang, a former director of research for the National Security Agency, became an SMU faculty member in 2013 as the Bobby B. Lyle Centennial Chair of Cyber Security, a computer science and engineering professor, and senior fellow in the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies in Dedman College.

He was named director of The Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security when it was launched in the Lyle School of Engineering in January 2014.

SMU officials said Chang’s induction is a reminder of the high quality of the school’s faculty.

“The induction of Fred Chang into TAMEST is emblematic of the ever-increasing excellence and visibility of SMU’s faculty members,” SMU Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Steven C. Currall said in the release. “Through TAMEST, Fred will catalyze additional collaborative relationships with other outstanding professors at other Texas universities, thereby advancing our state as a leading hub of scholarship and innovation.”

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