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Dr. Eric Hequet, Associate Director
Eric Hequet is Associate Professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Science at Texas Tech University, Associate Director of the Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute and Associate Director of the International Cotton research Center both at TTU. He holds a joint appointment with the Texas AgriLife Research (Texas A&M system). He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Haute Alsace in France. Before joining the TTU, his experience progressed from cotton breeding at experiment stations in Africa, to head of CIRAD’s Cotton Technology Laboratory in Montpellier - France, to Director of the international cotton program for CIRAD. Dr. Hequet has generated 41 refereed journal publications, 2 books and more than 170 conference papers. He has provided international leadership in research on the measurement of cotton fiber properties and contaminants, including the impacts of these on textile processing performance. He is currently focused on collaborative research with the cotton breeding and cotton biotechnology community to develop improved properties in cotton fibers.
Hequet has been PI or Co-PI on 10 funded projects during the period 1992-1997 in France, totaling $2,381,897. He joined Texas Tech University in November 1997, since this date he has been PI or Co-PI on more than 150 funded projects totaling $15,131,086 ($4,067,786 credited to Dr. Hequet). Dr. Hequet is teaching the following graduate courses "Advanced Studies in Cotton Fibers" and "Cotton Fiber: Genotype to Phenotype Characterization" Texas Tech University and Texas A&M University, and "U.S. and Global Cotton Fiber – Textile Industries" Texas Tech University. Hequet is member of International Committee on Testing Methods, International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF), American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), Committee on Cotton Quality Measurements (United States Department of Agriculture), Fiber Society. Hequet is Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Cotton Science and manuscript reviewer for Textile Research Journal, Transactions of the ASAE (American Society of Agricultural Engineers), Journal of Electronic Imaging, Agronomy Journal, Journal of Engineered Fibers and Fabrics and Journal of the Textile Institute.
Dr. Sukant Misra, Co-Director
Dr. Sukant Misra has served as the Associate Dean for Research for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources since 2002 after serving both the College and Texas Tech University in various faculty and administrative capacities since his initial employment as a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics in 1993. Prior to joining Texas Tech, he was a researcher at the University of Georgia for three years. Beyond his service to the college and university, he has served in several local, state, regional, and national positions with professional organizations involved in the advancement of the agricultural and natural resource industries.
He received his Bachelor and Master's degrees in Analytical and Applied Economics from Utkal University, India, in 1979 and 1981, respectively. He obtained a second Master of Science degree in 1986 and his doctorate in Agricultural Economics in 1989, both from Mississippi State University.
Misra’s research program has focused on cotton price analysis, economic analyses of optimal cotton cleaning strategies (harvesting and ginning), optimum organization of the ginning industry, analysis of the cotton agribusiness sector, analysis of organic cotton production and marketing, and crop insurance as a risk management tool for the cotton industry. He also served as the Associate Director of the Cotton Economics Research Institute from 1999 to 2005.
Dr. Norman Hopper, Co-Director
Dr. Norman Hopper joined the faculty at Texas Tech University in July of 1976. He served as a professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Science until 1998 when he joined the Dean's Office as Associate Dean for Student Affairs with responsibilities for recruiting, retention, and placement.
Recently he transitioned responsibilities in the Dean's Office, where he now serves as the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs. Prior to coming to Texas Tech he was a faculty member in the Department of Agronomy at Ohio State University. Hopper received his baccalaureate (1965) and master's (1967) degrees in Agronomy from Texas Tech University. Subsequently, he was awarded a Ph.D. (1970) degree from Iowa State University with a major in Crop Physiology (Department of Agronomy) and a minor in Plant Physiology (Department of Botany). During his tenure at Texas Tech University he has served on many departmental, college, and university committees in addition to several graduate student committees—both as a member and a major professor. In addition, he has served his professional societies (American Society of Agronomy and Crop Science Society of America) in numerous positions and has been named a Fellow in both societies.