Research Highlight: Eric Hequet
Dr. Hequet holds a Ph.D. from the University of Haute Alsace in France. Before joining 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. Eric Hequet is 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). Dr. Hequet has generated 54 refereed journal publications, 4 patents (1 pending), 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.
Dr. Hequet is a senior member of the 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), Technical Committee on Cotton Quality (United States Department of Agriculture), and the Fiber Society. Dr. Hequet is member of the Editorial Board 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, Journal of the Textile Institute, and Journal of Industrial Textiles.
Importance of Graduate Students
Graduate students are critically important to his research program. Regular lab meetings allow graduate students to interact and collaborate. New ideas, concepts, research topics regularly emerge from such meetings resulting in grant proposals and publications. Graduate students are strongly encouraged to publish the results of their research in peer reviewed journals. "Graduate students, I like to see them develop into mature, independent thinkers" says Hequet.
Dr. Hequet's research program has been organized around four main areas of interest:
- Metrology and development of new measurement methods to assess fiber, yarn, and fabric quality.
- Modeling the relationships between fiber and yarn properties.
- Guide and advise cotton breeders, biotechnologists, and agronomists to optimize fiber quality.
- Develop a better understanding of the impact of the genotype and the environment on gene expression (phenotype) for fiber quality.
In short, the goal of Dr. Hequet is to contribute to the evolution of the cotton industry in order to better compete with man-made fibers now and in the future.Eric Hequet, Horn Professor and Chair, J.A. Love
Eric Hequet, Horn Professor and Chair, J.A. Love Endowed Chair for Sustainable Agriculture