Title: Retired Professor
Company: Texas Tech University
Location: Lubbock, Texas, United States
Richard Strauss, Retired Professor at Texas Tech University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in academia.
With nearly 50 years of professional experience, Dr. Strauss has been retired since 2016, having been a professor at Texas Tech University since 2007 and associate professor since 1993. Prior to obtaining these roles, he was an associate professor at the University of Arizona from 1992 to 1993, where he previously served as assistant professor from 1986 to 1992.
From 1983 to 1986, Dr. Strauss was an assistant research scientist at the University of Michigan, from 1982 to 1985 he was an instructor at Michigan Technical Institute, and from 1980 to 1983 he was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Michigan. Earlier in his career, he was an instructor at Pennsylvania State University from 1975 to 1980, a computer programmer at General Electric Corporation from 1974 to 1975, and a computer programmer at Westchester State University from 1970 to 1974. Dr. Strauss became involved in this profession because he knew early on that he wanted to be a college professor. He was fascinated with biology and mathematics, which became his areas of expertise.
Dr. Strauss began his career as a student at the Institute of Computer Management, where he received a diploma in computer programming in 1970. He then joined the Westchester University of Pennsylvania, completing a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, in biology in 1974. He continued his studies with Pennsylvania State University, where he obtained a Master of Science in ecology in 1977 and earned a PhD in ecology in 1980. The highlight of Professor Strauss’ career was when he was graduating with his PhD; he wrote the National Science Foundation a proposal to go work at the University of Michigan. It was funded by the NSF, which allowed him to go to Michigan as a research scientist, which was unusual for NSF to do, because he was still untested. That proposal was instrumental because it gave him the push to become a professional after he got his PhD.
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