Initiated in 2013, the BRIC Foundations: Perspectives from Leaders in Innovation lecture series brings highly regarded scientists, engineers, executives and others prominent in their fields to the BRIC to impart their experience and ideas. The notion of a series of colloquia at the BRIC has been an integral part of the discovery park's basic concept from the very beginning, as Dr. Truell Hyde, Baylor University vice provost for research relates.

"Great innovations are always preceded by great ideas. Great ideas come from people who are both knowledgeable and experienced in their field but who also think outside the box," Hyde says. "One of the ways the BRIC promotes such innovation is to bring proven visionaries to town to share their perspectives with the rest of us."

The twice-yearly series hosts influential experts from many fields, among them science and engineering, education, business and industry, public service and administration. This is evidenced in the series’ first two speakers.

Dr. John C. Mather, co-winner with Dr. George Smoot of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics inaugurated the series in November 2013. In April 2014, Mr. Nick Farah, Sector President of Platform Systems and Division President of Platform Integration for aerospace technology firm L-3 Communications delivered the second Foundations lecture.

In November 2014, Mr. Paul T. Evans, P.E., noted expert in advanced manufacturing processes and technologies and director of the Production and Simulation Technologies Department at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas, presented the third Foundations lecture in the series titled, Enabling Manufacturing Innovation in America.

The fourth BRIC Foundations event was held April 8-9, 2015 and featured Swiss-born physicist and entrepreneurship expert Dr. Thomas H. Zurbuchen of the University of Michigan. In his first lecture, Zurbuchen related his use of entrepreneurship principles as design team leader of a scientific instrument aboard NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft that gathered much revealing data while in orbit around the planet Mercury. His second lecture detailed elements of a highly successful entrepreneurship program at the University of Michigan.

Prof. Philip "Uri" Treisman delivered the fifth set of BRIC Foundations lectures on November 8-9, 2015. Emphasizing the importance of mentorship, on Thursday Prof. Treisman told how one professor’s habit of seeking out a single student to help when having a bad day set Treisman on the path to becoming an accomplished educator and mathematician. The following day, he strongly urged the teachers in the audience to seek out successful teachers, to emulate them and to make them their mentors.

One of the world's most highly regarded scientists, theoretical quantum chemist Dr. Henry "Fritz" Schaefer, delivered the sixth set of BRIC Foundations lectures on January 21-22, 2016. In his first talk Schaefer chronicled his personal development from a stereotypical geek in high school into an respected and oft-cited researcher. He credited this success in large part to the guidance and mentorship he received as a graduate student under Harvard's Dr. George Whitesides and numerous other scientific luminaries. The next day Schaefer related details of his more recent work with gallium-based nanostructures.