Research connects students to faculty members and a world of ideas. Research connects faculty members to each other as well as to industry and government partners. Research connects our institution to the lives of citizens in our community, the state, the nation and the world. As the University progresses toward Emerging Research University status, evidence of the changes and connections inspired by research are all around us.
Since our 2013 report, the University has added three new research centers: The South Texas Economic Development Center, the Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation and the Texas OneGulf Center. We have also added two new degree programs: a Doctorate of Philosophy in Geospatial Computing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice. Please review our 2016 Annual Report for more information.
The Division of Research, Commercialization and Outreach has offered more professional development opportunities for faculty and researchers, supported more research proposal development and facilitated its first commercialization of a faculty member’s research into a startup company. Our Office of Community Outreach continues to support summer camps — with a new Unmanned Aircraft Systems summer institute continuing the tradition of helping local high school students learn about research and our campus.
Research on campus provides students with access to the latest tools, creates knowledge and prepares them for 21st century careers. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi’s growing reputation for research and innovation has attracted visitors from the Department of Homeland Security, NASA, the FAA, NOAA, DOD and Fortune 500 corporations. These national networks will continue to foster internships and job opportunities for our students.
The Island University continues to grow and connect more of the world to our region. In my six years here, the change has been remarkable. As we approach Emerging Research University status, we are better prepared to deliver on our unparalleled commitment to every student’s success. Our growing research culture will continue to help close gaps in achievement and deliver a robust campus experience to all who visit A&M-Corpus Christi.
Vice President for Research, Commercialization and Outreach
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