BRIC Foundations Lecture Series

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 invaluable 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."

These twice-yearly events host experts from a virtually limitless array of fields, including science and engineering, education, business and industry, public service and administration and others. This is evidenced in the first two speakers.

Inaugurating the series in November 2013, Dr. John C. Mather, co-winner with Dr. George Smoot of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics, spoke on current cosmological theory and NASA's James Webb Space Telescope project, of which he is chief scientist.

In the second event of the series, Mr. Nick Farah, current Sector President of Platform Systems and Division President of Platform Integration for aerospace technology firm L-3 Communications, stressed the importance of collaborative research between industry and higher education.

The next BRIC Foundations lecture is scheduled for fall 2014.

Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.