Operational Excellence Team Meetings Held at the BRIC
by Gary Stokes, Office of the Vice Provost for Research

Waco, Texas - A dozen Luminant employees gathered August 14-15 at the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) for the first of two scheduled team-building sessions sponsored by the BRIC's workforce development partner, Texas State Technical College Waco.

The Operational Excellence Team Meeting was the first official use of BRIC facilities for workforce training, a key element of the BRIC's mission. Gregg Wolffarth, Operational Excellence Consultant for Luminant, gave the event high marks.

"The BRIC served as a world-class training venue and both Baylor's and TSTC's staffs were stellar hosts," he said. "Their level of commitment -- combined with this superb facility -- ensures a bright future for the BRIC as a research hub and engine of innovation."

Luminant is a Texas-based electric utility. A wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings Corporation, Luminant's operations include electricity generation and wholesaling, mining, construction and development.

A second two-day training forum for more than 20 Luminant attendees is set for August 28-29 at the BRIC.

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.