Construction begins on Texas A&M System’s STEM Education Center at Texas A&M- RELLIS

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BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Officials from The Texas A&M University System gathered at Texas A&M-RELLIS Tuesday to mark the beginning of construction on a $43.4 million building for science-minded students.

At 50,000 square feet, the STEM Education Center project will be ready for students and professors in fall 2025. A&M System Regents, who approved the project in August, had identified a need for education and high-quality educational facilities to support STEM-related education disciplines.

“We recognize that American companies need more workers with strong STEM backgrounds,” John Sharp, chancellor of the Texas A&M System, said. “And we want to do whatever we can to make sure A&M System institutions are filling the technical roles that will advance American industry.”

Located at the corner of Bryan Road and the Academic Complex parking lot, the STEM Education Center building is designed to encourage students to take a hands-on approach to learning and experimentation. It will have a machine shop, a wood shop, makerspaces, 3D printing and prototyping capabilities, an augmented reality simulation area and offices.

“This new building will be a place for students to learn the skills they need for careers in virtual reality, artificial intelligence, robotics and other emerging fields,” said Joe Elabd, vice chancellor for research at the Texas A&M System and interim dean of engineering at Texas A&M University. “I can’t wait to see what our students will accomplish.”

The facility also will offer a shared space for students to collaborate directly with people from various industries and scientists from the A&M System’s eight state agencies, including Texas A&M AgriLife Research, the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service.

“This new building will have a direct benefit for the students of the Texas A&M System and the companies that hire them,” said David Staack, associate vice chancellor for research at the Texas A&M System.

About The Texas A&M University System
The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $7.8 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, a comprehensive health science center, eight state agencies, and the RELLIS Campus, the Texas A&M System educates more than 153,000 students and makes more than 23 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceed $1 billion and help drive the state’s economy.

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