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Engineering Staff Advisory Council (ESAC) has several committees that help to meet needs and your assistance is needed!

We are requesting volunteers to serve and share their knowledge and expertise to further develop the engineering program staff. Please refer to the below committee descriptions. If you would like to volunteer for one or more of the committees, email us at

ESAC Personnel

Juan Rodriguez

2021-22 ESAC Chair
Assistant Director
Civil and Environmental Engineering | Graduate Programs

Travis Burks

2021-22 ESAC Vice-Chair
Program Specialist
Nuclear Power Institute | Texas Engineering Experiment Station

Kendall Lackey

2021-22 ESAC Secretary
Administrative Coordinator I

UCAH - University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics

Communications Committee

Chair: Lorri Thomas

Identifies ideas to improve and increase internal communication across Texas A&M Engineering. Works with Engineering Communications to handle ESAC promotion and marketing, as needed.

Employee Engagement Committee

Chair: Katie Bradshaw

Includes working with Engineering HR to identify professional development needs and opportunities to further develop our staff throughout the year. The Engagement Initiative focuses on formulating functional groups led and influenced by Engagement Leaders.

Staff Development Committee

Chair: Chris Grunkemeyer

Includes researching current practices across the Texas A&M University System and developing a scholarship/tuition reimbursement proposal for employees seeking relevant degrees.

Staff Appreciation Committee

Chairs: Ashley Schmitt

Includes coordinating events for Engineering’s staff appreciation week.

Staff Workshop Committee

Chair: Randy McDonald

There are three specialty areas in this committee. These subcommittees will work together to develop the Annual Engineering Staff Workshop.

Service Committee

Includes coordinating events for Engineering service opportunities.