The Academy for Advanced Telecommunications and Learning Technologies (Academy) was established by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents in March 1996 to provide a focal point for university-wide activities and services which demonstrate on-going leadership in integrating advanced telecommunications and information technologies into teaching and research programs which meet the real needs of the 21st century.
Founded and first led by Dr. Richard Ewing, The Academy fostered collaborations for teaching and research in the development and deployment of communication technologies, data structures and analysis, high performance computing, visualization, and other aspects of cyberinfrastructure. Dr. Guy Almes directed the Academy from 2006 until his retirement in 2016, Dr. Michael B. Hall was named Director.