Dickson named Regents Fellow
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System has named Texas A&M Engineering's Dr. Don Dickson a Regents Fellow for his service to the A&M System and the state of Texas. The board honored recipients of the regents service awards at its monthly meeting Jan. 27 at Texas A&M University. Dickson is the executive director of the Texas Center for Applied Technology in the Texas Engineering Experiment Station. He came to TEES in 1994 to establish the Center, which expands the A&M System's research and technical expertise and establishes alliances with industry, government agencies, the military and other universities. Under his direction, the center has grown from one employee to more than 75 and has brought in more than $12.5 million in research expenditures in fiscal year 2004. TCAT has offices in Fort Hood, Corpus Christi, Brooks City-Base in San Antonio and the Department of Homeland Security. Dickson has had key roles in numerous innovative projects, including the Academic Center for Aging Aircraft, which was created in 2003 with three partner organizations to help the U.S. Department of Defense develop, test and implement new technologies for the maintenance and repair of older aircraft. Another, called the SAVER (System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders) Program, develops and implements processes to test equipment used by emergency responders in collaboration with three other members of the A&M System and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The regents service awards honor professors and senior-level researchers and service delivery professionals who have provided exemplary service not only to their university or agency but also to the community, the state, the nation and the world. Eligibility requires a minimum of five years employment at an A&M System university or agency; a distinguished record of public service, research, teaching and creative or scholarly activity; recognition within his or her field; and a demonstrated commitment to his or her institution. Each recipient is given a $9,000 stipend, an A&M System medallion and a commemorative certificate.