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Texas A&M-Kingsville receives grant to gear courses toward Naval workforce

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            KINGSVILLE (January 10, 2019) — Faculty in the mechanical engineering and electrical engineering and computer science departments at Texas A&M University-Kingsville were recent recipients of a grant from the Office of Naval Research that will help produce engineering graduates that will qualify for U.S. Navy related research and advanced technology as a career option. The group received over $675,000 for the next three years, 2018-21.


            As part of the project, engineering faculty from Texas A&M-Kingsville, will redesign the curriculum in existing courses to introduce and strengthen naval relevance in presentations, projects and applications, said Dr. Xue Yang, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and principal investigator for the grant.


            “The South Texas Naval Pathway is important because it could potentially provide engineering graduates that meet urgent naval workforce needs,” Yang said. “The shortage of qualified STEM workforce in naval areas, both military and civilian, is one of the major challenges and it must be addressed through this project.


            “This will create a STEM workforce with diverse backgrounds but familiar with engineering applications in naval fields,” he said.


            With NAS Kingsville and NAS Corpus Christi in close proximity to the university, staff members from both locations will be able to take classes at Texas A&M-Kingsville either on campus or online.


            “In addition, we will be collaborating with the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) to put Navy researchers in touch with graduate students. The research collaboration will couple Texas A&M-Kingsville engineering faculty members with either NAS engineers or NRL researchers to co-design and co-advise various undergraduate and graduate level research programs, such as senior design and service learning,” he said.


            “This collaboration will not only enrich the education experience for the students and motivate them to consider Navy related research and advanced technology as a career option in the short run, but also will foster a joint research platform between Texas A&M-Kingsville and NRL in the front run to benefit future students,” Yang said.



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