Issue: December 2005 Issue
Brains Over Brawn
Gregg Lowe, a senior vice president at Texas Instruments, knows global competition. He spent five years working in Germany and traveling the globe marshalling the $12.5 billion technology firmâ€™s European sales force.
â€œThe basics of science and technology are taught very early on in China and India,â€ Lowe says. â€œI do a lot of business over there, and itâ€™s something thatâ€™s very strongly promoted.â€
Thatâ€™s why when Brother Peter Graham, president of St. Edwardâ€™s High School in Lakewood, visited him in Dallas to ask for a donation for the school, Lowe, a 1980 St. Edâ€™s grad, wanted to do more than just cut a check.
â€œFrankly, the first thing they wanted me to fund was a weight room,â€ Lowe says. â€œI used to lift weights a lot, and I can appreciate that, but theyâ€™re going to have a weight room whether my nameâ€™s on it or not.â€
In 2000, Lowe pledged $750,000 to create a pre-engineering program at St. Edâ€™s, which includes an emphasis on math, science and technology. To date, 48 students have completed the three-year program. Of those 48 students, 44 are majoring in engineering at college.
The program started with one part-time instructor, but now has one full-time instructor assisted by two other teachers. More than 300 students are involved in the program.
To accommodate the growth, Lowe pledged another $750,000 to add classroom space and equipment for the tech-heavy classes. The area will be called Helen and Joseph Lowe Pre-Engineering and Technology Center.
â€œA third of the student population is now involved in the program,â€ Lowe says. â€œWeâ€™re bursting at the seams.â€
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