Manufacturer Drawn to University’s Efforts to Enroll Minorities and Women

With a $1.5 million donation to Texas A&M University to build a new laboratory, Emerson hopes to develop the next generation of engineers.

The manufacturer, which provides foodservice solutions in addition to its work in automation, commercial, and residential systems, is helping fund the construction of the Emerson Advanced Automation Laboratory. The facility will give Texas A&M engineering students a modern, high-tech environment that can simulate real-world plant operations found in facilities across the world. About 1,400 engineering students are expected to use the laboratory each year. It will be part of the university’s Zachry Engineering Education Complex, a 525,000-square-foot facility expected to open in the fall.

“Emerson is partnering with Texas A&M not only because it’s one of the leading engineering schools in the country and has a great research component, but also because we are impressed with its efforts to enroll and graduate higher numbers of underrepresented groups in engineering, especially women,” said Mike Train, executive president of Emerson Automation Solutions.