Daniels honors grandson with professorship in Texas A&M Engineering

RubinEdwin R. Daniels ’48 of Dallas has pledged to endow a prestigious faculty position at Texas A&M University in honor of his grandson.

The $500,000 pledge gift, to be funded through the Texas A&M Foundation, will establish the Eric D. Rubin ’06 Endowed Professorship in Electrical and Computer Engineering. 

“I am immensely proud of Eric,” Daniels said. "He was a bright student and I was proud he decided to attend my university. I was prouder still to see how well he did while at Texas A&M. This gift is about him and I hope it will inspire others to give."

Eric Rubin (pictured), a National Merit Scholar, had his choice of elite universities to attend. Upon visiting Texas A&M, Rubin selected his grandfather’s school, finding the honors program superior to his other choice universities. Rubin was also won over by the family atmosphere and traditions of Texas A&M. He excelled at Texas A&M, graduating magna cum laude with honors in electrical engineering in 2006. While in college, Rubin was very active in a variety of student organizations, including Hillel Jewish Student Association, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Student Engineers’ Council and LeaderShape. He also served as president of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. Rubin is married to Lisa Rubin and works as a data analyst for JT3 in Las Vegas. 

“We very much appreciate the generous gift provided by Mr. Daniels to endow a professorship in our department,” said Dr. Costas N. Georghiades, former head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and current associate dean for research. "Professorship endowments make it possible for us to reward some of our most deserving faculty or attract new faculty with national and international reputation to our department, for the benefit of our students."

The Dwight Look College of Engineering has more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled as of Fall 2011 and has been ranked seventh in graduate studies among top universities in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report

The Texas A&M Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises major gifts and manages endowments for the sole benefit of Texas A&M University for generations to come.