Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Dr. Philippe Tissot

An Outstanding Islander

Outline photo of Dr. Philippe Tissot

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Dr. Philippe Tissot comes from a long line of scientists, physicists and engineers. The associate professor in the College of Science and Technology grew up in the mountains of Switzerland and earned a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University. While vacationing in Corpus Christi in 1988, he fell in love with the city. Tissot, who arrived at the Island University 10 years ago from the Houston Advanced Research Center, is a Conrad Blucher Institute (CBI) research scientist and Harte Research associate. CBI operates one of the world's largest coastal ocean observation networks. Tissot and his colleagues combine the network's real-time information with artificial intelligence techniques to make predictions to improve the safety and the management of our coast. He also collaborates with the National Weather Service to develop a model to predict thunderstorms in South Texas. The 2007 Faculty Advisor of the Year is a member of the American Meteorological Society Committee on Artificial Intelligence Applications to Environmental Science. He teaches classes to future teachers, and with the National Science Teacher Association's local chapter, organizes science activities for local schools. He owns a patent and has worked in various areas including cryogenics and environmental radioactivity. This summer, he'll publish "A Teacher's Guide to Physical Science" with Galina Reid.

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