May 21, 2014
This Faculty Scholar position has been established through a gift from alumnus, Mr. James M. Morris of Houston, Texas, to commemorate his parents.
Hammack has pioneered new areas of communicating science and engineering to the general public, and he has expanded the role of an engineering professor. He developed a unique radio series that shares the ‘hows and whys’ of engineering to the public, which was broadcast around the world. More recently, he has pioneered the use of new media, specifically videos accompanied by books, to communicate engineering marvels to the next generation of engineers. His YouTube channel has been viewed by more than eight million people as of January 2014. In the classroom he has had an equally pioneering career. His popular course The Hidden World of Engineering gives a diverse mix of students majoring in commerce, architecture, photography, history, and graphic arts an appreciation for engineering and for how engineers think.
His achievements have been recognized by a broad range of scientific, engineering, and journalistic professional societies, including: The National Association of Science Writer’s Science in Society Award; the American Institute of Physics’ Science Writing Award; the Grady-Stack Medal from the ACS; the Edwin F. Church Medal from the ASME; The Service to Society Award from the AICHE; The President’s Award from the ASEE; and the IEEE-USA Award for Distinguished Literary Contributions Furthering the Public Understanding of the Profession. Additionally he has been elected a fellow of the AAAS and the APS.