SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENTS OF MY GRADUATE AND UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS:
- (6) National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship recipients
- (6) National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG) recipients
- (1) Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation Fellowship (SMART) recipient
- (1) Texas A&M University Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research – PhD Level
- (1) Aerospace Engineering Department Graduate Research Excellence Award – PhD Level
- (6) Texas A&M University Graduate Merit Fellowship Recipients
- (2) NASA Aeronautics Undergraduate Scholarship Recipients
- (2) Texas A&M University Undergraduate Research Fellows
- (1) Texas A&M University Undergraduate Research Scholars
- (10) Texas A&M Undergraduate Engineering Honors Research Scholars
- (2) Travel Award to Present at Professional Conference (IFAC)
- (4) Graduate placers (two 1st , one 2nd, one 3rd) Texas A&M Student Research Week Competition
- (7) Graduate placers (four 1st, two 2nd, two 3rd) Regional AIAA Student Paper Conferences
- (9) Undergraduate placers (two 1st, four 2nd, four 3rd ) Regional AIAA Student Paper Conferences
- (1) Undergraduate team 1st place winner Regional AIAA Student Paper Conferences
- (3) Undergraduate placers (one 2nd, two 3rd ) AIAA Airplane Design Competitions
MY STUDENTS . . . are the reason I am here. My philosophy is to measure my success by their success: If they are successful in achieving their professional goals, then I am successful.
GIVING BACK . . . is one of the most important things we can do. Each of my graduate students experience teaching by substitute lecturing in my classes, giving special lectures on their work to my classes, and helping students one-on-one outside of class with service activities.
PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES . . . to present papers at professional conferences, publish work in archival journals, and gain professional experience through internships in industry and government laboratories is something that I work toward for all of my students.
HELPING A STUDENT GROW AS A PERSON . . . is important to me, since touching a student’s life in a positive way is what being a teacher is all about.
I am a teacher.
Material wealth is not one of my goals, but I am a full time treasure seeker in my quest for new opportunities for my students to use their talents, and in my constant search for these talents that sometimes lie buried in self-defeat.
And so I have a past that is rich in memories. I have a present that is challenging, adventurous, and fun because I am allowed to spend my days with the future.
I am a teacher… and I thank God for it every day.
– John W. Schlater
If you are interested in working with me, please feel free to contact me via email at valasek.tamu.edu. I look forward to hearing from you.