Munster, Yates receive SEC travel grants

Photo of Dr. Clyde Munster and Dr. Justin YatesDr. Clyde Munster (pictured on the left) and Dr. Justin Yates were among four Texas A&M University faculty members who were selected as 2013 SEC Faculty Travel Grant recipients. 

A program of SECU, the academic initiative of the Southeastern Conference, the SEC Faculty Travel Grant Program is intended to enhance collaboration that stimulates scholarly initiatives between SEC universities. The program offers faculty from each SEC university the opportunity to travel to other SEC universities to develop grant proposals and conduct research.

Munster is a professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. Munster will travel to the University of Arkansas to develop a joint study abroad experience for students in biological and agricultural engineering at both universities. Munster has led a study abroad experience for Texas A&M students to Belgium the past nine years and said he looks forward to setting up curriculum and processes with his faculty colleagues to include students from the University of Arkansas into this high-impact learning experience.

Yates is an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Yates will travel to Auburn University to collaborate with Dr. Chase Murray on research for passive and active civil violence monitoring and response systems. The research of both faculty members has impacts for national defense and homeland security, where each have completed funded projects and published scholarship in the past.

“Collaboration among our faculty and those of our peer universities in the SEC exists across a number of disciplines already," said Dr. Michael Benedik, associate provost and dean of faculties.  “These travel grants provide a new resource that will support faculty in building more and better partnerships.”

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said, “This academic initiative provides an opportunity for our schools to work together to enhance and share academic resources. Through SECU, the Southeastern Conference supports a diverse set of programs and events for students, faculty and administrators from across the conference."