Speaker Date Topic
Randy Light and Mark Spearman Jan 26, 2022 12:00 PM
Brazos Valley Astronomy Club
Brazos Valley Astronomy Club
Colonel Ross Guieb, Executive Director Feb 02, 2022
George H. W. Bush Combat Development Complex on the Rellis Campus

Executive Director
George H.W. Bush Combat Development Complex
Ross Guieb is the Executive Director for the George H.W. Bush Combat Development Complex at the Texas A&M University System RELLIS Campus in Bryan, Texas. He is a husband, Aggie Dad, and a “Soldier for Life.”
As Executive Director, Ross provides oversight of a unique ecosystem of state-of-the-art facilities, researchers, staff and faculty, organized and focused to accelerate priority Department of Defense technologies from the lab to the field. This includes developing strategic partnerships across DoD, academia, and the defense industrial base. BCDC represents a more than $200M combined investment from the Texas A&M University System, State of Texas, and Army Futures Command.
A decorated combat Veteran, Ross retired in 2020 as a Colonel with 29 years of service in the U.S. Army. As an senior staff executive, Ross played an instrumental role in the development of Army Futures Command and the reorganization of the Army’s modernization enterprise, and brings to the Texas A&M University System tremendous insight on how to best support national security research priorities.
Ross holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of California, a Masters of Arts in Business and Organizational Security Management from Websters University, a Masters of Science in Adult Education from Kansas State University and a Masters of Science in National Security Policy and Resource Strategy from the Eisenhower School at the National War College. He is also a graduate of the FBI Academy, and received professional certification from the University of St Andrews (Scotland) Centre for the Study of Terrorism.
Ross is married and is the proud father of three sons, two are currently on ROTC scholarship with the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University.

Matt Prochaska Feb 09, 2022 12:00 PM
Valentine's Social
Valentine's Social

Bryan Rotary Valentine's Lunch Social

Enjoy live music and a select meal with a dessert treat for you and your special guest!

The guest lunch on this day is $20.00 and pre-registration is required.

Click Here to Register your Guest. 

Send a wedding photo to Cameron Comire at ccomire@ffin.com for our celebratory slide-show. 



James K. Nelson, Ph.D., P.E. | Assoc Vice Chancell Feb 16, 2022
RELLIS Academic Alliance

Dr. James K. Nelson received a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from the University of Dayton in 1974. He received the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in civil engineering from the University of Houston. During his graduate study, Dr. Nelson specialized in structural engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in three states, a Chartered Engineer in the United Kingdom, and a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is also a member of the American Society for Engineering Education and the SAFE Association.
Prior to receiving his Ph.D. in 1983, Dr. Nelson worked as a design engineer in industry and taught as a lecturer at the University of Houston and Texas A&M University at Galveston. In industry he was primarily involved in design of floating and fixed structures for the offshore petroleum industry. After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Nelson joined the civil engineering faculty at Texas A&M University. He joined the civil engineering faculty at Clemson University in 1989 as Program Director and founder of the Clemson University Graduate Engineering Programs at The Citadel and became Chair of Civil Engineering in 1998. While at Clemson he received the Award for Faculty Excellence.
In July 2002, Dr. Nelson joined the faculty at Western Michigan University as Chair of Civil and Construction Engineering. At Western Michigan he started the civil engineering undergraduate and graduate degree programs and also chaired the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Industrial Design. In May 2005 he joined the faculty at The University of Texas at Tyler. At UT Tyler he was the founding chair of the Department of Civil Engineering and instituted the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. In 2006 he became the Dean of Engineering. While serving as Dean, enrollments in the college grew over 250 percent. He returned to Texas A&M in January 2016 and currently serves as Associate Vice Chancellor and Director of the RELLIS Academic Alliance for the Texas A&M University System. His current responsibilities focus on development of the RELLIS Academic Alliance on the A&M System RELLIS Campus, which is a collaborative initiative among all A&M System institutions for offering degree and workforce programs in the Brazos Valley in collaboration with Blinn College District.
Dr. Nelson's primary technical research interest is the behavior of structural systems. For over 35 years he has been actively involved in evaluating the behavior of free-fall lifeboats and the development of analytical tools to predict that behavior. His research has formed the basis for many of the regulations of the International Maritime Organization for free-fall lifeboat performance. Since 1988, Dr. Nelson has served as a technical advisor to the United States Delegation to the International Maritime Organization, which is a United Nations Treaty Organization. In that capacity, he is a primary author of the international recommendation for testing free-fall lifeboats and many of the international regulations regarding the launch of free-fall lifeboats. In 1996 Dr. Nelson received the United States Marine Safety Award for accomplishments furthering the cause of safety in the marine industry.
He has authored many technical papers that have been presented in national and international forums and co-authored three textbooks. Dr. Nelson chaired a national committee of the American Society of Civil Engineers for curriculum redesign supporting the civil engineering body of knowledge. He is actively engaged in developing strategies for enhancing the STEM education pipeline in Texas and nationally, and has testified before the Texas Senate and House Higher Education Committees in that regard. He chaired the councils for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board developing statewide articulation compacts for several engineering and science programs. He chaired the Engineering Field of Study Committee for the Coordinating Board. Dr. Nelson was the primary architect of the UT Tyler Houston Engineering Center through which UT Tyler’s engineering programs are available to students in Houston. He also served on the Texas State Board of Education committee preparing the standards for career and technical education. In addition, Dr. Nelson served as the chair of the academic advisory committee for the Texas Board of Registration for Professional Engineers, and chaired the task committee to enhance faculty licensure.
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Donna Weese Feb 23, 2022
Texas Workforce Solutions - What it is and what it does

Married almost 29 years, 4 kids ranging from 26 – 31, 6 grandkids and 1 on the way

Graduated high school 1993

Graduated community college 1998

Got fired from my first “real” job after college

Worked for Goodwill Industries, Hewitt Associates and Security Finance before landing my job at Workforce Solutions in September 2004. Started as Business Services working with Employers then moved into supervision, program management and then leadership.

I was a Workforce Solutions customer and success story.