Brattons endow civil engineering scholarship at Texas A&M University

A $100,000 gift from Aileen and Jimmie L. Bratton of Colleyville has endowed a civil engineering scholarship at Texas A&M University.The Aileen and Jimmie Bratton '63 Scholarship in Civil Engineering is funded through the Texas A&M Foundation and a part of the Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program.Aileen and Jimmie Bratton '63"The Brattons' gift will have a profound impact on students for years to come, and we truly appreciate their generosity," said Don Birkelbach, assistant vice president for development-Dwight Look College of Engineering with the Texas A&M Foundation.Preferred recipients of the Bratton scholarship will be members of the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M, graduates of small or rural high schools and the first in their families to attend college.Jimmie Bratton is co-chairman of Applied Research Associates Inc., an Albuquerque-based research and engineering company with over 1,200 employees worldwide.A native of Brady, Texas, Bratton grew up on a cattle ranch and graduated from Brady High School in 1959. He and Aileen married after his freshman year at Texas A&M.As a student at Texas A&M, Bratton was a member of Squadron 15 in the Corps of Cadets and a member of the Ross Volunteers honor guard. He worked at the Memorial Student Center and then the civil engineering department while Aileen was employed in the physical education department.Bratton earned a B.S. degree in civil engineering in 1963 and then a master's degree, working as a research assistant engineer for the Texas Transportation. He then was commissioned and assigned to the Air Force Weapons Laboratory (AFWL) at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M., where his focus was nuclear weapons effects associated with protective construction. He was associated with AFWL in a series of engineering administrative roles for a dozen years before entering private industry.Since 1980 he has been with Applied Research Associates, an international research and engineering company devoted to technical solutions related to the physical sciences. He was co-chief executive officer before his current position.Bratton also is board chairman for Geo-Marine Inc. and serves on the Engineering Advisory Council at Texas A&M. Formerly he was a board member of Geomil Equipment and Coastal Operations Institute. He served two terms as vice chairman of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Foundation and one term as president of the New Mexico Math, Engineering and Science Achievement.The Texas A&M Foundation is a non-profit organization that receives major gifts and manages endowments for the sole benefit of Texas A&M University.