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Sherri and Todd Elder
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Sherri and Todd Elder ’84 have established the Sherri and Todd Elder ’84 Scholarship to provide one or more scholarships to full-time students in good standing pursuing an undergraduate degree in industrial and systems engineering at Texas A&M University.
 
When it came time to choose a college to attend, the answer was an easy one for Todd Elder.
 
“I knew I wanted to be an engineer. After going through the curriculum book, I was drawn to industrial engineering because I liked the automation and manufacturing process,” he said. “The curriculum and prestige of the program drew me in and the description was the perfect match for what I wanted to do.”
 
The couple has found a passion working with students in the west Texas community, specifically encouraging them to get involved in STEM.
 
“My wife has her Ph.D. in chemistry and I, of course, have a background in engineering,” Todd said. “Together we mentor, intermittently counsel students and work with local associations to encourage students to get into construction, engineering and chemistry.”
 
When asked about establishing a scholarship in the department, Todd said he was encouraged by Hunter Slaton, assistant director of development for the College of Engineering, to give at a larger level.
 
“He expressed a true need for support in the department and we saw it as a perfect opportunity to leave a lasting impact on the department with the goal of helping students complete their degrees at Texas A&M," he said.

How to Give

The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering is celebrating its 80th anniversary in the coming years. The department's goal for this celebration is to have 80 scholarships for the 80 years that the department has existed. 

Endowments supporting the students in the college have an immeasurable impact on their education. If you are interested in supporting the department or would like more information on how you can give, please contact Hunter Slaton, assistant director of development.