TEES offering low-cost assistance to Texas technology industry

May 17, 2013
| By: Aubrey Bloom

One obstacle to growth for small technology-based businesses is not having access to affordable assistance to solve technical problems.

The Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) is expanding its Technical Assistance Program (TAP) to link Texas small businesses to the broad spectrum of engineering and technology research capital within The Texas A&M University System and its partner network statewide.

"The Texas A&M University System has an enormous amount of expertise within its 11 universities and seven state agencies and as the land grant institute for the state, our mission is to serve," said Texas A&M System chancellor John Sharp. "For a century, TEES has helped grow the engineering and technology portfolio in Texas. This program will make it easier than ever for small business to access solutions with the Texas A&M System, and ultimately, encourage innovation and economic growth in Texas."

The Technical Assistance Program (TAP) provides low-cost technical assistance for small companies of 500 employees or less based in Texas to find solutions to increase efficiency of their operations, develop new market strategies for their technologies, evaluate and improve manufacturing processes and facilitate partnerships.

"TEES works with some of the brightest research engineers and has some of the finest engineering laboratories. TAP can match specific technical problems with expert researchers and provide cost effective solutions for a company," said Dale Cope, TEES director of industry assistance. "The Texas A&M Engineering enterprise ranks among the best and most comprehensive engineering programs in the nation, consisting of three state engineering agencies that provide engineering research and development, education and outreach."

Specific areas of assistance include: software development; modeling; simulation; energy efficiency and assessment; environmental impacts and analysis; air quality and emissions; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; technology transfer; test and validation and process analysis and improvement.

For more information regarding low cost technical assistance, contact Cope at (979) 458-7477

About the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES)
As an engineering research agency of Texas, TEES conducts research to provide practical answers to critical state and national needs. TEES partners with academic institutions, governmental agencies, industries, and communities to solve problems to help improve the quality of life, promote economic development, and enhance the educational systems of Texas.

About The Texas A&M University System
The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $3.3 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, nine state agencies and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 120,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $780 million and help drive the state's economy.

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