Blinn College invited to join Texas A&M research campus

Texas A&M University plans a RELLIS campus that could also house some Blinn College programs.
Texas A&M University plans a RELLIS campus that could also house some Blinn College programs. | Contributed rendering

Blinn College is considering an invitation to build facilities at the Texas A&M University RELLIS Campus.

Representatives from Blinn met with Texas A&M officials Tuesday. Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp announced that the university system would be implementing research and development facilities at its former Riverside Campus. According to the announcement, this campus would have seven buildings initially with potential opportunities for companies to build research facilities on the campus.

Through the RELLIS campus, Blinn College would be able to enter partnerships within the Texas A&M system.

“This proposal has the potential to strengthen the Blinn College District’s exceptional reputation for leadership and innovation,” Blinn College Board President David Sommer said. “This invitation reflects Blinn’s longstanding tradition of partnering with the state’s leading institutions, and our community, to the benefit of students and taxpayers.”

The planned focus for the campus will be in robotics, driverless vehicle technology, large-scale testing, power grids and water systems.

“The trustees and I are honored to have been invited to partner with the Texas A&M System on the RELLIS Campus,”  Blinn District President and CEO Mary Hensley said. “The vision for this campus and the opportunity to establish a national model for collaboration between universities and community colleges is extremely exciting.”

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