What is the RELLIS Campus?
The RELLIS Campus was named for the seven Aggie core values of respect, excellence, leadership, loyalty, integrity and selfless service. The mission of the RELLIS Campus is to provide a collaborative environment for multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional teaching, research and workforce development instruction committed to blending industry expertise with innovative research and a polytechnic education. The collaborative nature of the RELLIS Campus as shown below offers unique opportunities for students and faculty. The concept is for one campus to have the ability to shift ideas from laboratories to the marketplace while providing new and multiple pathways toward a college degree.
When was the RELLIS Campus formed?
In September 2015, the 2,000-acre tract known as the Texas A&M University Riverside Campus was transferred to The Texas A&M University System and was renamed the RELLIS Campus. That was the beginning of the RELLIS transformation.
Why is the Texas A&M University System investing in this initiative?
The Texas A&M University System has long been a standard bearer of growth, service, academic success and research. The Texas A&M University System is investing in the RELLIS Campus to provide System members and industry partners unique opportunities for cutting edge research, technology development and quality education. Further, The Texas A&M University System is committed to expanding educational and research opportunities beyond institutional boundaries to support the 21st century education and research needs of the state and nation.
Does the RELLIS Campus have a master plan?
How is the RELLIS Campus being transformed?
The transformation will focus on eight functional elements as shown in the following figure. These elements are: Research Centers, the Historic Campus, the Training Campus, the Education Campus, Secure Industry Laboratories, Joint Research Facilities, the Testing Area and Storage Activities.
This transformation will include the development of world-class research centers focused on areas of exploration such as cyber-physical systems and robotics, advanced material sciences, autonomous transportation systems and vehicles, chemical process safety and industrial distribution innovations to name only a few. These research centers will allow faculty, students and private-sector partners to collaborate on cutting edge research and technology development activities while benefiting from the use of the proving grounds and testbeds that will be available at the RELLIS Campus. These testbeds and proving grounds will afford large-scale testing of the technologies developed through these collaborations in a safe and controlled environment.
A foundational element of the RELLIS transformation is the new education campus, which is the home of the RELLIS Academic Alliance. It will provide the state-of-the-art resources needed to support the education and training programs that will be offered by the education partners.
Underpinning the improvements that will be made to the RELLIS Campus is the intent to develop and provide a “living laboratory” environment throughout the campus for the development and refinement of new and emerging technologies. To this end, as each of the elements of the RELLIS Campus transformation will be designed to include the necessary features and flexibilities to support the insertion and testing of new technologies as part of the education and research collaboration that forms the foundation of the RELLIS Campus experience.
In what way is the RELLIS Campus a new model for higher education?
This new model is built around relationships. In many ways, the educational system is being turned on its side. Instead of a vertical ranking of institutions, the RELLIS campus turns the system sideways and draws from the strength of each institution at a single location. Faculty from the member institutions and agencies will be able to collaborate more easily because of their proximity, and that will further be enhanced through the industries that establish programs at the research park. It is all about opportunities for the students, faculty and the industry partners.
What is the role of the private-sector in this innovative educational model?
The goal would be that opportunities for research and job training become available to the students through the partnerships with industry. There is no better preparation for a career than to have some experience through an internship, whether within the industry or on a research program.