Mike (left) and Sandra (right) Wilkinson. | Image: Paragon Innovations

Mike ’86 and Sandra Wilkinson ’86 have generously created the $25,000 George Wright Capstone Endowment to support students in the Electronic Systems Engineering Technology (ESET) program at Texas A&M University.

To graduate, ESET students must work in teams to develop, design and implement solutions for real-world industry problems. Past capstone teams’ accomplishments include helping the visually impaired and working with NASA on lunar rovers and exciting experiments in space.

Dr. Reza Langari, J.R. Thompson Department Head Chair for the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution, expressed his gratitude for the Wilkinsons’ contribution.

“Mike is a highly accomplished graduate of the electronics (now named ESET) program in the department. His successful venture, Paragon Innovations, focuses on smart products with embedded electronics and software, the knowledge of which he developed while a student at Texas A&M under George Wright, a former member of the (department’s) faculty.”

According to Langari, Wright’s dedicated teaching inspired him to pursue this field, which he did so with great success. The Wilkinsons have also started an endowment in the same program meant to help the next generation of electronics engineering technology students and memorialize Wright’s inspirational approach to teaching embedded systems and electronics.

“We appreciate Mike and Sandy’s contribution and hope to see this endowment grow and serve our students in the years ahead,” said Langari.

For more information about ESET and its capstone program, please visit the program website or contact program coordinator Dr. Ana Goulart.