A unique program in the Dwight Look College of Engineering is connecting former students in industry with high-achieving high school students interested in studying engineering at Texas A&M University.
The E12 receptions bring together successful Aggie engineering graduates with Texas high school juniors and seniors. The events are hosted by industry and offer seniors admitted to the college an opportunity to visit with engineering faculty and staff, admissions and financial aid staff, and interact with Aggie engineers from industry. In addition, the juniors have an opportunity to get information about the quality of the engineering programs, admission requirements and visit with financial aid staff. High school principals, teachers, counselors, and parents and siblings are invited to the event.
E12 is a recruitment program sponsored by the Dwight Look College of Engineering in collaboration with industry partners. The program aims to increase the number of qualified and diverse students pursuing degrees in engineering at Texas A&M.
One of the most valuable aspects of these events is the opportunity for former engineering students — success stories, all — to share their personal stories and advice with the prospective students, as well as their passion for Texas A&M. Each presenter highlights the impact their Texas A&M engineering educations has had on their careers and what each individual values most from their time at Texas A&M.
At a recent reception in Houston hosted by Bray International Inc. and Stress Engineering Services, civil engineering graduate Craig Brown, Class of 1975, shared with the audience his passion for Texas A&M University and the college of engineering. Brown is president, CEO, co-founder and owner of Bray International. At the same reception, Dr. Joe Fowler, president and co-founder of Stress Engineering Services, also visited with students. Fowler is the current chair of the college’s advisory council and received both his bachelor's and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering at Texas A&M.
“Because of our generous supporters, the college of engineering is able to host these receptions," said Dr. Robin Autenrieth, associate dean for academic affairs. "Our program is extremely fortunate to have Aggie former students who support our outreach and recruitment efforts.”
The evenings typically conclude with multiple scholarship awards of $1,000 each as door prizes. The scholarships are provided by the host companies and the Texas A&M Scholarships and Financial Aid Office.
The full list of receptions and their hosts include:
Del Rio High School
Hosted by Hector Cavazos, from Chevron
Roosevelt High School and John Marshall High School
Hosted by Walt Downing, from the Southwest Research Institute
Judson High School
Hosted by Dr. Carl Raba Jr., from Raba Kistner Inc.
G.W. Carver High School and Yes College Preparatory School
Hosted by Craig Brown, from Bray International, and Dr. Joe Fowler, from Stress Engineering Services
Klein Forest High School and Westside High School
Hosted by Michael Walzel, from Dow
Duncanville High School and Skyline High School
Hosted by Bill Thomson, from CISCO
Paschal High School
Hosted by Sheena Werling, from Jacobs