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Key Initiatives

The Academy’s scientists are committed to strengthening interdisciplinary research and learning at Texas A&M University by providing and exploiting advanced computing, data, networking, visualization, and other cyberinfrastructure. As an interdisciplinary bridge between theoretical work and high-performance applications, the Academy provides leadership and exceptional expertise in communications technology, networking and cyberinfrastructure on behalf of A&M researchers and the state’s higher education community. Following are our key initiatives toward this end.

Internet2 Technology Evaluation Center (ITEC)

Texas State Wireless Association – $13,000.  This project provided support for the FirstNet, State of Texas DPS and Harris County Public Safety Broadband Network.  The project has funded an undergraduate student for one year to complete LTE drive tests for FirstNet, the National Broadband initiative.

MICTA (Michigan purchasing cooperative) – $13,900.  This project funded research in enterprise location determination, a critical part of the NG 9-1-1 national initiative.  Mr. Chris Miller, the undergraduate student who worked on this project, was invited to the MICTA Board of Directors’ meeting in Michigan to present the results.

Parallel Wireless – $34,000.  Parallel Wireless is a startup communications firm that specializes in public safety broadband technology.  The project tasks include interoperability testing with disparate systems. This firm has been strategic in other interoperability exercises and experiments

iCert – $29,858.  This is the NG 9-1-1 industry association and the ITEC was funded to complete research related to the status of NG 9-1-1 transitions in the United States.  This study was released in February 2015, and not only was it well received, but it has been cited often in local, state and national policy discussions.

Harris County, Texas – $30,000. This was an Interlocal Agreement to support Harris County as an early adopter of FirstNet.  Work included network and application support.

CSEC – State of Texas Commission on State Emergency Communications – $439,872.  This is a two-year agreement for the ITEC to support an NG 9-1-1 testlab for the State of Texas.  Under this agreement our research will support the State’s transition to NG 9-1-1.  There has been a secondary benefit of this agreement in that it has led to the donation of hundreds of thousands of dollars of leading edge hardware and software to the iTEC.

Brazos High-Throughput Cluster

Brazos cluster is a major computational resource at A&M. Brazos is designed to meet the high-throughput computing needs of A&M’s computational scientists and engineers. In addition to managing Brazos, the Academy itself also functions as a stakeholder. The stakeholders have included:


  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: Jim Woolley of Entomology, Mariana Mateos of Wildlife Science, and Robert Washington-Allen of Ecosystem Science and Management
  • Dwight Look College of Engineering: Akhil Datta-Gupta and Behnam Jafarpour of Petroleum Engineering, and Tiffani Williams of Computer Science
  • College of Geosciences: John Nielsen-Gammon of Atmospheric Sciences
  • College of Liberal Arts: Laura Mandell of English and the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture (IDHMC)
  • College of Liberal Arts: Joseph Orr of Psychology and the Institute for Neuroscience
  • College of Science: Jean-Luc Guermond and Wolfgang Bangerth of Mathematics