JANUARY 20, 2022 – Brendy Rincon Troconis, Assistant Professor of mechanical engineering at UTSA’s Margie and Bill Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design (Klesse College), was announced as one of six recipients of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s (NASEM) Early Career Research Fellowship through the Offshore Energy Safety track of their Gulf Research Program. The two-year program, which commenced on January 1, 2022, will see cohort participants further research geared towards improving safety, reliability and efficiency in off-shore energy production in the Gulf of Mexico. Awardees receive $76,000 in funding, facilitating unrestricted research in bold and novel avenues they may not otherwise pursue.
“Safe, reliable offshore operations will ensure the Gulf is a beacon of innovation, energy security, and economic opportunity. These exceptional Early-Career Research Fellows are working every day to pursue new research, technical capabilities, and approaches that promote environmental stewardship and ensure the safety of hardworking crews offshore,” said Karena Mary Mothershed, program head and senior program manager for the Gulf Research Program’s Board on Gulf Education and Engagement. “We are incredibly excited to announce this cohort of fellows, and to continue supporting them as they take on some of the biggest challenges in the offshore energy sector.”
“We are incredibly proud of Dr. Rincon Troconis’ achievement in being selected for this fellowship,” remarked JoAnn Browning, dean of Klesse College. “Involvement in prestigious programs such as those offered by NASEM is a significant event in academic careers, and I know the support and training Dr. Rincon Troconis will receive through this fellowship will only further strengthen her contributions to UTSA and the academy as a researcher and a mentor.”