Texas A&M Engineering Joins EDGE Innovation Network

September 16, 2011
| By: Aubrey Bloom

The Engineering Program of The Texas A&M University System (Texas A&M Engineering) announced today it has joined the EDGE® Innovation Network, a collaborative, open-environment initiative enabling industry and academia, with government input, to work together to enhance the delivery cycle of new technologies and innovative capabilities to first responders and warfighters.

"Becoming a member of the EDGE Innovation Network connects the dots between emergency professionals, industry, and academia. This will smooth the way for rapid transfer of advanced defense technologies and products that will revolutionize how disasters, big and small, are handled worldwide," said Dr. Robin Murphy, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering. "Focusing on emergency infomatics, the new EDGE center will bring together Texas A&M Engineering's unique testing and training facilities, subject matter experts, and leading researchers to help EDGE members to deliver critical data-to-decision capabilities that will save lives, reduce economic downtime from catastrophic events, and create new jobs by leveraging the most advanced unmanned systems, wireless networks, computing and decision-making systems currently available."

Pete Palmer, director of the EDGE Innovation Network, said, "The EDGE provides a new military and government acquisition paradigm by using both physical and virtual environments where EDGE members and users can collaborate and innovate together to deliver gap-filling capabilities in months rather than years."

Sponsored by General Dynamics C4 Systems, there are seven EDGE Innovation Centers worldwide and over 200 EDGE members. Recent new members include Simulation and Training Systems, Inc., Orlando, Fla.; Raytheon BBN Technologies Corp., Cambridge, Mass.; Abrams Learning and Information Systems, Arlington, Va.; Cognitive Engineering Research Institute, Mesa, Ariz.; and Sporian Microsystems, Inc., Lafayette, Colo. More information can be found online at www.edge-innovation.com.

About Texas A&M Engineering
Texas A&M Engineering encompasses four main components of The Texas A&M University System: Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University, Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and Texas Transportation Institute (TTI). With missions of teaching, research, training and response, Texas A&M Engineering is a cornerstone of one of the state's premier institutions of higher education and is uniquely positioned to leverage the capabilities each possesses in research, development, and training in emergency response. Its world-class facilities include the 279 acre Emergency Preparedness Campus which houses Disaster City®, the Emergency Operations Training Center, Brayton Fire Field and Riverside complexes. TEEX, a member of Texas A&M Engineering is the sponsor for the state's elite urban search and rescue team Texas Task Force 1, which is also one of the 28 FEMA federal response teams nationwide.

Emergency Informatics at Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University is the sixth largest university in the United States with enrollment of more than 49,000 students, with the second largest undergraduate and fourth largest graduate program in engineering. Its top-10 Dwight Look College of Engineering is third only to MIT and Georgia Tech in national research expenditures. Multidisciplinary emergency informatics expertise is reflected in the Dwight Look College of Engineering, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue, Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center, Internet 2 Technology Evaluation Center (next generation 9-1-1), Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center, and the Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute. More about the community of practice in emergency informatics at Texas A&M can be found here. (http://c-emergencyinformatics.tamu.edu/)

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