by George Zamora
(Left to right) New Mexico Tech President Daniel H. Lopez; David Williams, SAIC vice president for business development; and Charles W. Zang, SAIC senior vice president and general manager of the science and systems engineering solutions business unit.
SOCORRO, Nov. 20, 2007 – Top officials from New Mexico Tech and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) recently signed off on an extension of a strategic agreement forged in 2003 between the public university and the private company to continue jointly pursuing research and educational programs in areas of mutual interest until January 2013.
New Mexico Tech President Daniel H. López signed the document on behalf of the university, and Charles W. Zang, senior vice president and general manager of SAIC's Science and Systems Engineering Solutions Business Unit, signed on behalf of the research and engineering services company. The formal signing ceremony for addendum No. 2 to the original strategic agreement was held on Tuesday afternoon, November 20, at Brown Hall, the university's main administration building.
One of the immediate objectives as outlined in the revised agreement calls for New Mexico Tech and SAIC to collaborate on developing priorities and implementation strategies for new programs and expanding existing programs.
Other mutual goals agreed to by New Mexico Tech and SAIC include increasing efforts, funding sources, programs and facilities related to Homeland Security technology and training, international law enforcement and counter-terrorism training, and energy development and transportation initiatives.