Buildings to be lit up in blue at 13 Texas A&M University System campuses for World Teachers’ Day

The Texas A&M University System News Release

BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Blue lights will shine bright on Texas A&M University System campuses across Texas on Monday in recognition of World Teachers’ Day. The 11 universities in the A&M System, the RELLIS Campus in Bryan and the Texas A&M Health Sciences Center Dallas campus will illuminate a total of 30 iconic buildings and landmarks.

“We want to celebrate World Teachers’ Day in a big way all across Texas this year,” said Elaine Mendoza, Chairman of the Texas A&M System Board of Regents. “2020 has taught us all to better appreciate the importance of those who choose to spend their lives teaching others.”

World Teachers’ Day was conceived by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, in 1994. The day provides the occasion to celebrate the teaching profession worldwide, take stock of achievements and draw attention to the voices of teachers who are at the heart of efforts to attain the global education target of leaving no one behind.

“We teach Texas, and we are proud of it,” Mendoza said. “The Texas A&M University System is proud to graduate more fully-certified teachers than any public university system in Texas.”

Graduates from education colleges at Texas A&M University System campuses are highly sought-after because they are so well prepared, said Chancellor John Sharp.

“From Day One, our teacher candidates are working with students and getting the tools they need so they are ready for the classroom,” Chancellor Sharp said. “We give them the tools they need to make the world a better place, one child at a time.”

The theme for this year’s World Teachers’ Day is “Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future.” All 11 universities in the Texas A&M System will, via social media and other online efforts, be encouraging their communities to consider the contributions teachers have made to provide remote learning, support vulnerable populations, re-open schools and ensure learning gaps are mitigated.

The buildings and landmarks to be illuminated in blue are:

  • The Performing Arts Center, the three fountains in Garvin Lake, Talbot Hall and Memorial Stadium at Texas A&M University-Commerce;
  • The Jack K. Williams Administration Building, the Harrington Education Center, Albritton Bell Tower and the dome of the Academic Building at Texas A&M University;
  • Trailblazer Tower, the Vergara Planetarium and the front of Killam Library at Texas A&M International University;
  • College Hall and the javelina statues at Texas A&M University-Kingsville;
  • The Building for Academic and Student Success at Texas A&M University-Texarkana;
  • The Momentum Wave at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi;
  • The tower of Founders Hall at Texas A&M University-Central Texas;
  • The Clock Tower in the Central Quad area at the Texas A&M Galveston campus;
  • The Original Texans sculpture on the Charles K. and Barbara Kerr Vaughn Pedestrian Mall at West Texas A&M University, the Hayward Spirit Tower and The Eternal Flame monument in Victory Circle;
  • The Smokestack at Tarleton State University;
  • The Wilhelmina Delco Building and John B. Coleman Library at Prairie View A&M University
  • The Torre de Esperanza, the fountain at the intersection of University and Jaguar Way and the Central Academic Building at Texas A&M University-San Antonio;
  • The top floor of the Texas A&M Health Sciences Center Dallas Campus;
  • And the entrance to The Texas A&M University System’s RELLIS Campus in Bryan.

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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U.S. Army Secretary visits Texas A&M System Bush Combat Development Complex

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 30, 2020

McCarthy praises Texas A&M project for collaboration among
researchers, industry and soldiers in pursuit of high-tech military innovation

BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Army Secretary Ryan D. McCarthy visited the RELLIS Campus today to see progress on The Texas A&M University System’s new and unique contribution to military modernization.

McCarthy toured construction of the George H.W. Bush Combat Development Complex (BCDC), where leading U.S. researchers will work with warriors on high-tech solutions to real-world national security challenges.

The BCDC’s first strategic partner is the U.S. Army Futures Command (AFC), which has contracted with the Texas A&M System to research, experiment with and test prototypes for next-generation soldiering.

McCarthy started at the Research Integration Center, a three-story facility where engineers, scientists, soldiers and other stakeholders will collaborate on emerging technologies.

Find video of his tour here: https://vimeo.com/463612070

The secretary also saw the locations for two soon-to-be-built test ranges — one for hypersonic delivery systems, the other for battlefield communications and autonomous vehicles.

“This complex for collaboration in applied research is beyond any expectation I could have had,” McCarthy said. “There is a tremendous opportunity here with Texas A&M for the U.S. Army, obviously, but also for the defense industry.

“It’s a tremendous opportunity for industry to come, establish a footprint and vertically integrate research with manufacturing. The opportunity ceiling is very high.”

Designed in consultation with the military and the defense industry, the BCDC will fill critical gaps in the current modernization infrastructure. It will host experiments by researchers from Texas A&M University, other leading universities, the U.S. Army, other military branches, federal agencies, defense contractors and tech entrepreneurs.

“It’s no wonder that Secretary McCarthy marveled at the breadth of what we’re building,” said Col. Ross Guieb, BCDC executive director. “This will be a mini-research Pentagon — a high-tech hub for Army, industry and university-based experts to collaborate in one state-of-the-art location. Together we’ll develop next-generation defense capabilities to deter adversaries and convincingly win on any battlefield.”

Thanks to help from the Army and the State of Texas, the Texas A&M System is able to invest $200 million in the BCDC.

“We are proud to have Secretary McCarthy visit RELLIS as we prepare the campus to become America’s warfare innovation nexus,” said John Sharp, chancellor of the Texas A&M System. “We’re ready to meet the mission with an unmatched combination of facilities, researchers, expertise and devotion to service.”

Once completed, the BCDC will feature the largest enclosed hypersonic and directed energy testing range in the United States. It’s called BAM, which stands for Ballistic, Aero-optics and Materials. BAM will be one kilometer long and two meters in diameter, with instrumentation to test and evaluate high-energy lasers, hypersonic flight and the hypervelocity impact on various protective materials.

The Innovation Proving Ground (IPG) will host highly instrumented outdoor experiments on autonomous aerial, ground and subterranean vehicles as well as the smart communication systems, equipment and instruments needed in next-gen battlefield conditions.

“We are honored by Secretary McCarthy’s visit and pleased to show him how we are leveraging the state and federal investments with world-class researchers,” said Dr. M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor for engineering and national laboratories of the Texas A&M System. “The BCDC reflects our enduring commitment to excellence in pursuit of national security.”

McCarthy also toured two other Texas A&M research laboratories for hypersonics and directed energy, and he met with students from the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M.

Texas A&M was McCarthy’s first stop in Texas to check on Army innovation initiatives. Tomorrow he visits AFC’s headquarters in Austin.

About the Bush Combat Development Complex
The George H.W. Bush Combat Development Complex (BCDC), located on the 2,000-acre RELLIS Campus, is the result of a partnership between the U.S. Army Futures Command (AFC) and The Texas A&M University System, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station and the State of Texas. The $200 million complex will bring together researchers from U.S. universities, the military and the private sector for collaboration, demonstrations and high-tech testing of initiatives to help accelerate military innovation. The BCDC is funded with $50 million from the State Legislature, $65 million from AFC and $85 million from the Texas A&M System. More on the BCDC 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 Texas A&M 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 office
(512) 289-2782 cell
lcopelin@tamus.edu

Or:

Mike Reilly
Marketing and Communications
(402) 679-0456
mreilly@tamus.edu

 

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Army Secretary to visit RELLIS Wednesday

The Texas A&M University System News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 28, 2020

MEDIA ADVISORY: Army Secretary to visit RELLIS Wednesday

Who? What?

Army Secretary Ryan D. McCarthy will visit the RELLIS campus Wednesday to see construction underway at the George H.W. Bush Combat Development Complex (BCDC) and hear from Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) experts about the one-of-a-kind military modernization center.

Secretary McCarthy will meet with members of the media. Media members also will have an opportunity to tour the construction zone just prior to the secretary’s tour and talk with TAMUS experts.

When?

2 p.m. Media Tour
3:30 p.m. Brief press conference with Secretary McCarthy

Complete Timeline

1:45 to 2:30 p.m.
Members of the Media can tour the first major building under construction, the Research Integration Center (RIC), at 2 p.m.  Arrive at the parking lot by 1:45 p.m. for media tour.

2:45 p.m.
Secretary McCarthy will arrive for his tour.  Secretary McCarthy will be accompanied by Chancellor John Sharp, BCDC Executive Director Ross Guieb and other key university leaders.

3 p.m. to 3:30
Secretary McCarthy will tour the Research Integration Center (RIC) from 3 p.m. to 3:30. He will see progress on the facility and look over the future home of two soon-to-be-built test ranges — one for hypersonic delivery systems, the other for battlefield communications and autonomous vehicles.

3:30 p.m. to 3:40 p.m.
Secretary McCarthy will make remarks to news media and take questions at about 3:30 p.m., immediately after his tour. A tent will be set up in a parking area just outside of the construction zone. (See attached map)

Additional details:
Secretary McCarthy’s tour of the RIC will by videotaped Texas A&M and be available to interested media outlets Wednesday afternoon following the tour. Still photos also will be made available upon request.Media members who tour the RIC will need to dress for entering a construction zone: Long pants, long-sleeved shirt and closed-toed shoes.  Construction helmets and vests will be provided.

Worth noting
Ross Guieb, the BCDC Executive Director, Guieb once served as executive officer to then Army Under-Secretary McCarthy. The two men worked together on the organization and startup of Army Futures Command, the new modernization command that has formed a strategic partnership with The Texas A&M System and led to construction of the BCDC.

Contact: Mike Reilly
Marketing and Communications
(402) 679-0456
mreilly@tamu.edu

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Texas A&M System Engineering Agency to Partner with Pantex

The Texas A&M University System News Release

Texas A&M System Personnel Will Support Nation’s Nuclear Weapons Stockpile

AMARILLO, Texas — Officials with The Texas A&M University System announced Thursday that Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) will help address critical needs in the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile by providing technical expertise, workforce development and training at the Pantex Plant, the nation’s primary facility for the final assembly, dismantlement and maintenance of nuclear weapons.

The Pantex Plant, northeast of Amarillo, is one of the Panhandle region’s largest employers with nearly 4,000 employees, including nuclear, electrical, mechanical and computer engineers as well as pipefitters and maintenance workers.

Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS), which manages and operates the plant, signed a memorandum of understanding with TEES, a state agency within The Texas A&M University System, in February. Then in April, The Texas A&M System Board of Regents authorized the engineering state agency to sublease up to 16,000 square feet of space at the newly opened John C. Drummond Center, located adjacent to the Pantex Plant. 

“CNS approached TEES about the many opportunities for collaboration in research and training, education, professional development and joint program development at Pantex,” said John Sharp, Texas A&M System Chancellor. “The partnership accelerates access for TEES to partner with U.S. Department of Energy employees and researchers housed inside the secured-areas of Pantex Plant.”

Chancellor Sharp and Texas A&M System officials see the partnership with CNS at the Pantex Plant as a natural extension of the System’s commitment to the nuclear weapons industry. In November, Triad National Security, LLC of which The Texas A&M System is a partner, began the management and operation of the nation’s premiere nuclear weapons laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

CNS manages the Pantex facility under a contract from the U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration. As an additional way to elevate and grow this collaboration, CNS has expressed interest in TEES leading a consortium of universities in specific research areas. This would include Texas A&M University in College Station and West Texas A&M University in Canyon, as well as other universities from Texas and other states.

“CNS is pleased to partner with Texas A&M System researchers in this joint venture and is confident of a mutually beneficial relationship going forward in research and development for national defense,” said Mike Beck, CNS Vice President of Mission Engineering. “The goal is to increase the level of interaction between the two organizations to address areas of mutual interest and mission-critical challenges and to serve as an incubator for new ideas in developing technical approaches to national defense challenges.”

The Texas A&M System’s statewide network of universities will provide a substantial amount of qualified future Pantex workers from around the state and is a natural partner due to a long standing commitment to national security as demonstrated by our 2017 DOD Defense Security Service Award for Excellence in Counterintelligence.

“Nuclear safety and security are paramount to our national defense, and The Texas A&M University System recognizes that our strengths and purpose align well with the mission and overall efforts at Pantex,” said M. Katherine Banks, Texas A&M System Vice Chancellor of Engineering and National Laboratories, Texas A&M University Engineering Dean and TEES Agency Director. “We are excited to establish research and development activities with Pantex and look forward to future collaborations as we work together in service to the National Nuclear Security Administration.”

“As an academic research institution serving the geographical region where this exciting partnership is unfolding, West Texas A&M University proudly partners with CNS and The Texas A&M University System at the Pantex Plant to focus attention, research and resolution on the challenges and opportunities that are unique in the advancement of nuclear security,” Dr. Walter Wendler, president of West Texas A&M University, said. “Our faculty and students will work in collaboration with the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station to drive new knowledge generation, benefiting the region, the state and the nation.”

Partnership opportunities include designing sensors and instrumentation for blast measurements, investigating the use of augmented and virtual reality training for plant operations, additive manufacturing certification, training for first responders and facility safety and security.

Further, potential workforce development programs could include certificate and continuing education courses on cybersecurity, nuclear safety, fire safety, criticality engineering and data analytics, as well as local programmatic opportunities by TEES-Nuclear Power Institute programs available to school districts and community colleges in the Panhandle region.

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About Consolidate Nuclear Security, LLC
Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS) operates the Pantex Plant, located in Amarillo, Texas, and the Y-12 National Security Complex, located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, under a single contract for the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration. Pantex and Y-12 are key facilities in the U.S. Nuclear Security Enterprise. CNS performs its work with a focus on performance excellence and the imperatives of safety, security, zero effects and delivery as promised.

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 $4.7 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities and seven state agencies, the Texas A&M System educates more than 152,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Systemwide, research and development expenditures exceeded $972 million in FY 2016 and helped drive the state’s economy.

About the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES)
As an engineering research agency of Texas, TEES performs quality research driven by world problems; strengthens and expands the state’s workforce through educational partnerships and training; and develops and transfers technology to industry. TEES partners with academic institutions, governmental agencies, industries and communities to solve problems to help improve the quality of life, promote economic development and enhance educational systems. About West Texas A&M University West Texas A&M University is a member of The Texas A&M University System located at the heart of the Texas Panhandle serving the top 26 counties of the state. With a budget of more than $138 million, the University serves more than 10,000 students with 59 undergraduate programs, 38 graduate programs and two doctorate programs. Most programs have the option to be completely online and rank competitively in national publications such as U.S. News and World Report.

Contact: Marilyn M. Martell
Senior Assistant Vice Chancellor for Marketing & Communications
Texas A&M Engineering Program
The Texas A&M University System
 

Contact: Laylan Copelin
Vice Chancellor of Marketing and Communications
The Texas A&M University System
(979) 458-6425
(512) 289-2782 cell
lcopelin@tamus.edu

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Gov. Abbott, Texas A&M To Dedicate McAllen Education Center

The Texas A&M University System News Release

McAllen, TX — Officials from Texas A&M University, the City of McAllen and Hidalgo County will join several local elected officials to participate in a dedication ceremony of the Multipurpose Academic Building and the Texas A&M University Higher Education Center at McAllen.
Who:
Governor Greg Abbott, Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp, Texas A&M President Michael K. Young, McAllen Mayor Jim Darling, Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia and special guests.
What:
Dedication for the Multipurpose Academic Building and the Texas A&M University Higher Education Center at McAllen.
When:
Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Where:
6200 Tres Lagos Blvd, McAllen, Texas (Site of Higher Education Center), Tres Lagos Community
Entrance off of Ware Road, south of Monte Cristo Road

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Texas A&M Named New Host of the Texas Science and Engineering Fair

The Texas A&M University System News Release

Texas Science & Engineering FairAUSTIN ⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and the Texas Science and Engineering Advisory Board have named Texas A&M Engineering as the new host and of the 2019 Annual Texas Science and Engineering Fair (TXSEF), becoming the third host in the 18-year history of the prestigious science and engineering competition. TWC anticipates nearly 4,000 students, parents, school officials, and industry representatives will attend the fair at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, on March 29-30, 2019.

“We look forward to welcoming Texas’ brightest student innovators to Texas A&M University this year, and commend them on their dedication to encourage students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupations,” said TWC Chair Ruth Ruggero Hughs. “As we begin our new partnership with Texas A&M Engineering and continued partnership with ExxonMobil Corporation, we look forward to expanding the number of students participating in the Texas State Science and Engineering Fair and creating new ways to engage and inspire our future scientists and our next generation of influencers.”

“I am pleased to make this announcement and congratulate Texas A&M,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “With our partnership and commitment to support programs that encourage students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupations, Texas A&M, a world-class educational institution, is the perfect venue to inspire them,” he said. “Our Texas students participating in this year’s Texas Science and Engineering Fair are ushering in a new era for this statewide event that serves as an opportunity for students to showcase their classroom education to solve real-world problems.”

“The Texas A&M University System is committed to serving citizens statewide and this is an excellent opportunity to welcome the state’s best and brightest to the flagship campus at Texas A&M University,” said John Sharp, chancellor for The Texas A&M University System. “Both the Texas Workforce Commission and ExxonMobil recognize the strength of Texas A&M Engineering and how this partnership will foster innovation among our future engineers and scientists.”

For 18 years, TWC and ExxonMobil have spearheaded the Texas Science and Engineering Fair where middle and high school students from 13 regional divisions across Texas compete in over 20 categories judged by experts in the field. Top finishers from the high school division are awarded scholarships to attend the prestigious Governor’s Science and Technology Champions Academy summer camp and also have the opportunity to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in May 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona.

“The Texas Science and Engineering Fair offers a great opportunity for the youth of Texas to learn more about science and engineering, which can lead to future career choices in these areas,” said Truman Bell, chairman of the TXSEF Advisory Board and manager of community relations for ExxonMobil Corporation. “ExxonMobil is pleased to support this effort which will inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.”

For more information on the Texas Science and Engineering Fair visit www.tx.ag/txsef

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