by George Zamora
SOCORRO, N.M., May 6, 2005 – Top officials from New Mexico Tech and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) recently signed off on a revision and extension of a strategic agreement forged in 2003 between the public university and the private company to continue jointly pursuing research and educational opportunities in new and expanding areas of mutual interest.
New Mexico Tech President Daniel H. López signed the document on behalf of the university, and Charles Zang, senior vice president and general manager of SAIC's Engineering, Test & Analysis Unit, signed on behalf of the employee-owned research and engineering company. The formal signing ceremony for the addendum to the original strategic agreement was held on Thursday, May 5, 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 increasing the university’s U.S. Senator Pete V. Domenici Endowed Faculty Professorship in Science and Technology for National Security into a fully endowed chair. Establishment of the Domenici Endowed Professorship was made possible last year through a donation provided by SAIC.
Other mutual goals agreed to by New Mexico Tech and SAIC include expanding efforts, programs and facilities related to Homeland Security technology and training, international law enforcement and counter-terrorism training, cyber-security issues, and scientific research related to astronomy and directed energy topics.
Established in 1889, New Mexico Tech is a state-supported research university that was recently ranked by The Princeton Review as the nation’s second-best overall value available for a college education.
Founded by a small group of scientists in 1969, SAIC, a Fortune 500 company with current revenues of more than $7 billion per year, now ranks as the largest employee-owned research and engineering firm in the United States.