Gan Liang

Gan Liang (Chinese)

Professor of Physics, Department of Physics, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, 77340

Jan. 1999- Jan. 2006 and Nov. 2007 - present:

President of Overseas China Education Foundation

Phone: 936-294-1608, E-mail: phy_gnl@shsu.edu

The paragraphs below are from an article in a local newspaper in the year of 2000.

Excellence in Research

Gan Liang, associate professor in the Department of Physics, earned his bachelor's degree in 1982 at Peking University, Beijing, China, and his doctorate in 1990 at Rutgers University. In 1990 he also began working on design and construction of superconducting magnets at the Houston Advanced Research Center in The Woodlands and began his teaching and research at SHSU.

The high regard with which his colleagues hold Liang and his research projects is evidenced by his selection for three consecutive Advanced Research Program/Advanced Technology Program Awards from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

The program's oversight and policy guidelines are provided by a panel of distinguished scientists and engineers from Texas, and research proposals are solicited from all public and private institutions of higher education in the state. Less than 10 percent of all proposals are funded, and less than five percent of those funded are to scientists at institutions like SHSU which do not offer science Ph. D. programs.

"Dr. Liang's selection in three consecutive funding periods is particularly striking and may be unique," said Russell L. Palma, a physics colleague who was the Excellence in Research winner in 1993.

Liang's 1995-98 grant for $102,960 was to study how electrons scatter due to magnetic fields generated by atoms within materials. His 1997-2000 grant of $64,200 was for the development of a novel cable-in-conduit conductor suitable for use with the new generation of high temperature superconductors.

"The second grant represents one of the first practical attempts to bring the enormous potential of superconducting materials to everyday use," said Palma. "His latest 2000-2003 grant for $45,710 is with research scientists at the Texas Center for Superconductivity.

"In this project he will develop superconducting wires and thick tapes. The success of this project is likely to provide a major breakthrough in the industrial use of superconducting materials."

In addition to his grant success, Liang has numerous international publications and conference presentations. He oversees a large graduate and undergraduate research effort, supporting the students financially with external funds. He also serves as the graduate adviser in the Department of Physics, an important and time-consuming task.