Texas A&M Galveston Professors offer Port Protection Plan for Gulf Coast

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BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas — A group of scientists at Texas A&M University at Galveston have developed a unique blueprint for protecting Houston and Galveston against hurricane devastation.
Sometimes called the Ike Dike or Coastal Spine, the concept includes a series of barriers and giant sea gates across the Houston Channel.
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About The Texas A&M University System
The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation with a budget of $6.3 billion. The System is a statewide network of 11 universities; a comprehensive health science center; eight state agencies, including the Texas Division of Emergency Management; and the RELLIS Campus. The Texas A&M System educates more than 151,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceeded $1 billion in FY 2019 and helped drive the state’s economy.

Contact: Tim Eaton
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Office of Marketing & Communications
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Statement from Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp on arrest of professor:

The Texas A&M University System News Release

“We worked closely with the FBI on this case, and we gladly will work with them again as needed,” said Chancellor John Sharp of the Texas A&M System. “No one in higher education takes security as seriously as we do at The Texas A&M University System. In fact, we have received several awards from the Department of Defense’s Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency, including one just last month.

About The Texas A&M University System
The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation with a budget of $6.3 billion. The System is a statewide network of 11 universities; a comprehensive health science center; eight state agencies, including the Texas Division of Emergency Management; and the RELLIS Campus. The Texas A&M System educates more than 151,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceeded $1 billion in FY 2019 and helped drive the state’s economy.

 

Contact: Tim Eaton
Executive Director, Marketing and Communications
Office of Marketing & Communications
1122 TAMU | College Station, TX 77840-7896
Tel. 979.458.6018 | www.tamus.edu
teaton@tamus.edu

 

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A Letter to the Aggie Community

The Texas A&M Board of Regents

The members of the Board of Regents at The Texas A&M University System cannot remain silent or inactive after recent social media posts and actions by faculty members who should be held to the highest standard of our core values.

First and foremost, the board respects and celebrates the constitutional right to free speech. We also believe that free speech can – and should – incorporate decency, respect and a good amount of listening.

We have not seen enough civil discourse around campus lately. To that end, the board strongly condemns the recent vulgar, disrespectful and divisive language of a few members of the faculty at the flagship university in Bryan-College Station. We expect – and know – our faculty to be among the best in the nation and to exercise the academic freedom that comes with being a member of this great university. That freedom, however, does not include speech that is full of hate and serves to destroy our campus community. Aggies should not tolerate such divisive behavior, and we should hold each other accountable to preserve the spirit that generations of Aggies have forged for us.

Our issue is not with debate. In fact, we welcome it. Our issue also is not with academic freedom. It is of paramount importance to the board. Further, we also do not oppose peaceful protests. We want everyone to be heard.

As Aggies, we lead by example. The board believes that we can show other universities how to engage civilly, appropriately and with mutual respect.

All we ask – actually insist upon – is a dialogue that is productive, thoughtful and consistent with our core values of Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect and Selfless Service.

 

The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents

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Texas A&M System Regents OK $60.3 Million for Army Innovation

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Hypersonic Test Facility, Combat Vehicle Test Track Attracting Global Interest

BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Texas A&M University System soon will operate the biggest enclosed hypersonic testing facility in the nation and a new place to try out high-tech combat vehicles.

In two votes Thursday, members of The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents appropriated $60.3 million for projects at the George H.W. Bush Combat Development Complex (BCDC) on the RELLIS Campus in Bryan.

The BCDC is being built as part of an agreement between the Texas A&M System and Austin-based U.S. Army Futures Command.

Its facilities will be used to conduct research and test prototypes as the Army tries to accelerate high-tech development for next-generation battlefield readiness.

Leaders of other military branches, tech entrepreneurs, defense industry executives and U.S. allies already have shown interest in using Bush Complex facilities once they are completed, said John Sharp, chancellor of the Texas A&M System.

“There will be no other place like it in the world,” Sharp said.

Regents appropriated $22.5 million for the hypersonic and directed energy testing range called BAM, which stands for Ballistic, Aero-Optics, and Materials. Construction is scheduled to begin in February, with substantial completion by October 2022.

BAM will be the largest enclosed testing range of its kind in the United States, bridging a critical gap in U.S. research between lab-scale experiments and open-range testing.

When complete, BAM will be one kilometer long and two meters in diameter, with instrumentation to fully support testing and evaluation of high-energy lasers, hypersonic flight, and hypersonic impact of materials.

Regents also approved $37.8 million for a next-generation vehicle test track called the Innovation Proving Ground (IPG). Building is scheduled to start in May, and completion is expected a year later.

The IPG will host experiments on autonomous aerial, ground and subterranean vehicles and the various systems, equipment and instruments needed to operate them in battlefield conditions.

Time, space and position tracking will capture precisely what’s going on with vehicles and their payloads. Data will be stored on the vehicles and sent for analysis to the BCDC’s Research Integration Center (RIC), which is already under construction at RELLIS.

State funding to establish and equip the IPG was appropriated in 2019 by the Texas Legislature, which specifically instructed the Office of the Governor to transfer $50 million to the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), for supporting critical emerging technologies for national defense.

More details about BAM, IPG and other aspects of the BCDC can be found here: https://engineeringmagazine.tamu.edu/

About The Texas A&M University System
The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation with a budget of $6.3 billion. The System is a statewide network of 11 universities; a comprehensive health science center; eight state agencies, including the Texas Division of Emergency Management; and the RELLIS Campus. The Texas A&M System educates more than 151,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceeded $1 billion in FY 2019 and helped drive the state’s economy.

Contact: Laylan Copelin
Vice Chancellor of Marketing and Communications
(979) 458-6425
(512) 289-2782 cell
lcopelin@tamus.edu

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Media Advisory: Texas A&M System Regents to Meet Thursday

The Texas A&M University System News Release

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents will convene in the Century Ballroom of the Doug Pitcock ’49 Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center, 177 Joe Routt Boulevard, at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 20. The board will immediately recess to executive session.

The Board will reconvene in open session at approximately 3 p.m. in the ballroom. The Board will consider:

  • Approval of Fiscal Year 2021 Operating Budgets, A&M System
  • Approval of System Capital Plan for FY 2021 – FY 2025, A&M System
  • Approval for construction of the Instructional Laboratory & Innovative Learning Building (ILSQ) Project, Texas A&M University
  • Approval for construction of the Aquatics Center Project, Tarleton State University,
  • Approval for construction of  Phase III of the Amarillo Center Phase, West Texas A&M University
  • Approval for construction of the Ballistic Aero-Optics and Materials Facility Project, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station
  • Approval for construction of the Innovation Proving Grounds Project at the Bush Combat Development Complex, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station
  • Adoption of a Resolution Honoring the Memory of The Honorable John C. Otto for His Extraordinary Contributions to The Texas A&M University System and the State of Texas
  • Approval of the Community Report: Progress Update, Reflections and Updates to the Strategic Plan, A&M System

Meetings of the Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System are open to the public except for any posted executive session held in compliance with the Texas Open Meetings Act.

A copy of the full meeting agenda can be found at https://www.tamus.edu/regents/meetingmaterials/regular/

The meeting may be viewed live at https://www.tamus.edu/regents/live-streams/

About The Texas A&M University System
The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation with a budget of $6.3 billion. The System is a statewide network of 11 universities; a comprehensive health science center; eight state agencies, including the Texas Division of Emergency Management; and the RELLIS Campus. The Texas A&M System educates more than 151,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceeded $1 billion in FY 2019 and helped drive the state’s economy.

Contact: Laylan Copelin
Vice Chancellor of Marketing and Communications
(979) 458-6425
(512) 289-2782 cell
lcopelin@tamus.edu

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