Texas A&M Engineering Education Complex receives major donation from Phillips 66

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Texas A&M University’s Dwight Look College of Engineering has accepted a $1 million contribution from Phillips 66, a growing energy manufacturing and logistics company. The donation to the Texas A&M Foundation will support the university’s new Engineering Education Complex (EEC).

“Phillips 66 is committed to investing in education,” said Greg C. Garland, chairman and CEO of Phillips 66, and a Texas A&M chemical engineering graduate. “We need leaders from schools such as Texas A&M who will challenge the status quo and create solutions to meet rising energy needs in the decades ahead.”

The company’s contribution will be used to create the “Phillips 66 Experiential Learning Laboratory” within the EEC. The new lab will help better prepare engineering students to meet the evolving needs of the engineering marketplace, a guiding principle of Look College’s 25 by 25 initiative.

“Experiential, hands-on learning is critically important to the engineering education we provide to our students,” said Dr. M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering. “Phillips 66’s contribution will help us provide a multidisciplinary environment where students from different academic disciplines work together, side by side, preparing them for success in the workplace.”

Construction on the EEC will begin in early 2015.  Once completed, this hub of undergraduate engineering will house nearly 533,000 square feet of state-of-the-art learning space with  flexible classrooms, design and fabrication shared-use laboratories, collaborative workspace, and tutoring services.

About Phillips 66: Phillips 66 is the only integrated downstream company to combine leading midstream, chemicals, refining and marketing and specialties businesses. With its diverse portfolio, the company is uniquely positioned to capitalize on the huge growth in domestically produced oil and natural gas from shale resources.