Texas A&M University’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISEN), part of Texas A&M’s College of Engineering, has recognized Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) Senior Research Scientist Bob Brydia for his ongoing collaboration with ISEN. Brydia was presented with ISEN’s Partner of Excellence Award during the department’s annual gala April 13. He was also recently appointed an ISEN adjunct professor of practice.
“Over the last 18 months, Bob has worked closely with our students on 30 different projects he brought us as part of his leadership role with the Campus Transportation Technology Initiative [CTTI],” explains Jose Vazquez, director of the ISEN Student Resource Center. “His one-on-one interactions with the students and his interest in furthering their education with hands-on research has truly been appreciated. This Partner of Excellence Award is our way of saying thank you to someone who has made a significant impact.”
The team projects become part of the students’ capstone design course, a two semester-long course designed to “equip future engineers with important design, communication and presentation experience.”
“Seeing the ingenuity and enthusiasm the students bring to the projects has been invigorating and rewarding.” Brydia says. “The immersive involvement with ISEN in the capstone course also helps build on the overall collaboration between research and academia across campus and can create new opportunities for both TTI and the academic departments.”
Peter Lange, Texas A&M’s Associate Vice President of Transportation Services who works closely with Brydia on CTTI, also received an ISEN Partner of Excellence Award.