Richard Tapia, University Professor and professor of computational and applied mathematics at Rice University, has been honored with the Outstanding Support of Hispanic Issues in Higher Education Award from the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE).
The award is given annually to an educator who demonstrates “outstanding sustained accomplishments and support of Hispanics issues in higher education.” Tapia is the son of Mexican immigrants and the first in his family to attend college. He is director of the Center for Excellence and Equity in Education, and in 1992 became the first Mexican-American elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
Tapia, who joined the Rice faculty in 1970, received the Vannevar Bush Award from the National Science Board in 2014, and in 2011 President Barack Obama named Tapia a recipient of the National Medal of Science. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2013.
Tapia will formally receive the award at the 13th annual AAHHE National Conference on March 10 in Irvine, Calif.