25 By 25 Texas A&M's Transformation of the Engineering Program

Posted by Terrence Murphy Sr. on Thursday, December 19th, 2013 at 1:35pm

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Kyle Field is not the only renovation to come to Aggieland. Big changes are soon ahead for the Texas A&M Engineering Program. By 2025, Texas A&M is to grow the engineering enrollment to 25,000 students!

 This new development was inspired by the critical demand in the engineering workforce in the state and nation. With more than 11,000 engineering students enrolled, Texas A&M is one of the largest and highly ranked engineering programs. “We are taking measures to provide access to a high quality engineering education for more students to keep our nation competitive in the global landscape.” said John Sharp, Texas A&M University System Chancellor, who announced the new plans for the university.

 With the massive increase of students in the future, renovations are on their way to the Engineering Education Complex, as well as the Zachry Engineering Center. When the renovated construction is completed, the two buildings together will feature 600,000 square feet of state-of-the-art learning technology. The complex will be the innovated learning environment for the 25,000 expected engineers by 2025.

 The $62 million project fund began with a $10 million gift to the Texas A&M Foundation. Amy and Tim Leach ’82 are among the first contributors to the private fund.

 Tim Leach earned his bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering in 1982, who is the chairman and CEO of Concho Resources in Midland, Texas. His wife, Amy and him have been advocate supporters to the Texas A&M University over the years. “Aggies have always given back and supported Texas A&M when the school needs us and I think it needs us now, more than ever,” said Tim.

 The EEC (Engineering Education Complex) is said to be the key component of the Dwight Look College of Engineering’s 25 by 25 initiative. “This complex is going to be built to deliver an education in the way students learn and allow us to open our doors to more students and raise the quality of their education,” Tim Leach.

 With the dramatic increase of population in the future of Bryan/College Station, the real estate economy without a doubt will sky rocket! More students means more faculty, which then means the housing inventory will be in a great demand. The infrastructure to be able to support more traffic will make the landscape on the north side of campus forever indifferent. 

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