TAMUCC College of Science and Engineering Renaming Ceremony 2012

TAMUCC College of Science and Engineering Renaming Ceremony 2012

November 6, 2019 1 By Stanley Isaacs


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pardpardeftab720ri720sl480slmult1 f0fs24 cf0 Texas A&M University-Corpus
Christi marked a new era in research and academic innovation on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 with
a renaming ceremony for the College of Science and Engineering, formerly the College of Science
and Technology.
The new name recognizes the integration of technologies and programs that will offer
University students a well-rounded, top-quality education and provide a highly-skilled workforce
that will attract new job-creating industries to the Coastal Bend.’a0
During the ceremony, Green Mountain Energy
presented the University with a $75,000 dollar donation to increase its use of sustainable
energy through the installation of a solar array panel on the roof of the Engineering
building.’a0
Following the ceremony, guests had an opportunity to get a first look at the University’92s
unmanned aerial systems aircraft which has the ability to produce and disseminate real-time
streaming video, infrared video, and high resolution imagery.
The University’92s remotely operated underwater
vehicle, which can be controlled from aboard a surface vehicle, was also on display.
>>The people in the Corpus area or potential
students who are saying “Well, how is this different from other engineering schools we’ve
seen” – what do you think really sets us apart?
>>PEZOLD: One thing that sets us apart is that we’re in Corpus Christi. This is a major
urban area that’s poised for a lot more growth. It’s kind of a undiscovered city in Texas
– it amazes me how many Texans haven’t really gotten to understand what’s down here or even
visit.
>>Why did your company make this donation to the university?
>>NAPOLILLO: Green Mountain Energy Company
was founded with the mission to change the way power’s made. So, this was a natural fit
for us because of what the university is going to do with this solar array. It’s actually
going to be incorporated into the classroom. The engineering classes are going to use it
to help advance the cause of solar energy, to figure out how solar energy can be more
efficient.
>>How important is it to have an engineering program that’s right in your hometown?
>>FERDIN: It was very important. Growing
up, I didn’t know college I was going to go to. For me, I was kind of questionable if
I had to travel far away to be able to have engineering in my background. I was fortunate
enough, fall of 2009, that the engineering program was started and I was able to come,
and it was a great opportunity because I was able to save money but still be able to have
all the opportunities any other student would be able to have.
>>You talked a lot about the three E’s. Tell
us how service learning and entrepreneurship kind of set our engineering program apart.
>>CHEN: Innovation drives our economy, so
students need to have that sense of innovation and how to prepare innovation. Now, the service
part is also important. Then, students will learn the real world problems.}