About Dr. R. Bowen Loftin
- Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
- Texas Aggie interview (May-June 2010) (PDF)
- Maritime Executive interview (August 2011) (PDF)
- Texas A&M 2010 Academic Convocation & Installation of the Twenty-Fourth President
- Dr. Loftin Photo Set
Dr. R. Bowen Loftin was named the 24th president of Texas A&M on February 12, 2010. He had served as interim president since June 15, 2009.
Prior to that, he spent four years as vice president and chief executive officer of the university’s marine-oriented branch campus, Texas A&M University at Galveston, where he also was professor of maritime systems engineering.
Dr. Loftin is a 1970 physics graduate of Texas A&M. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from Rice University, earned in 1973 and 1975, respectively, both also in physics.
Prior to assuming leadership of Texas A&M at Galveston, Dr. Loftin served at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, as professor of electrical and computer engineering and professor of computer science. Additionally, he was Old Dominion’s director of simulation programs and had responsibility for the institution’s graduate programs in modeling and simulation. He also served as executive director of the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center. Earlier in his career, he was professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science and director of the NASA Virtual Environments Research Institute at the University of Houston.
Dr. Loftin is a frequent consultant to both industry and government in the areas of modeling and simulation, advanced training technologies, and scientific/engineering data visualization. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 technical publications.
He serves on numerous advisory committees and panels sponsored by governmental and professional organizations. His citations and honors include the University of Houston-Downtown Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Service (twice), the American Association of Artificial Intelligence Award for an innovative application of artificial intelligence, NASA’s Space Act Award, the NASA Public Service Medal, and the 1995 NASA Invention of the Year Award.