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Demos, briefings highlight 68th SwRI annual meeting

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San Antonio — Feb. 22, 2016 — Today at the 68th Annual Meeting of the Advisory Trustees and Board of Directors, scientists and engineers at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) highlighted six of the more than 4,000 projects they conduct annually. Many of the attendees also toured facilities for first-hand demonstrations of project work.

“The breadth of the science and technology that the engineers and scientists at SwRI conduct is quite remarkable,” said Board Chairman Milton B. Lee, who presided at the meeting. “The projects that we get to hear about, and the demonstrations we see today are just a glimpse of the innovative solutions to real-world problems that are worked on every day out here. I am honored to be an integral part of one of the foremost research and development organizations in the world.”

Lee and David S. Zachry were elected chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of SwRI’s Board of Directors. Lee, retired general manager and CEO of CPS Energy, was Board vice chairman from 2014 to 2015. Both Lee and Zachry, CEO of the Zachry Corp., joined the SwRI Board in 2007.

Staff presented technical programs on a diverse range of subjects, from the SwRI-led New Horizons mission to Pluto, to SwRI lubricant research that helps modern vehicle engines be more efficient, and the Institute’s program in large-scale robotics development. Other highlights included a project overview using SwRI-developed software to understand man-made earthquakes and the latest findings on NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale mission to study magnetic reconnection. SwRI is also helping improve solar power and other green technologies.

Attendees also were treated to live, up-close demonstrations of the Institute’s capabilities in automated vehicles, guardrail crash testing, and fire technology.

Additionally, SwRI President Adam L. Hamilton, P.E., announced that former astronaut Col. Eileen Collins, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), and Mark Mays, principal, Mays Family Enterprises Inc., were elected to SwRI’s slate of Advisory Trustees.

Hamilton was re-elected president, just the fourth person to hold that position since the Institute was founded in 1947.

The re-election of Institute officers was also announced. In addition to Hamilton, SwRI officers include: Walter D. Downing, P.E., executive vice president; Beth Ann Rafferty, CPA,CFO, vice president–finance, and Institute secretary; John W. McLeod, vice president and general counsel; and Linda M. Boehme, CPA, treasurer and assistant Institute secretary.

Also re-elected are Vice Presidents Kenneth H. Bennett, Applied Physics; Dr. James L. Burch, Space Science and Engineering; Susan B. Crumrine, Automation and Data Systems; Danny M. Deffenbaugh, Mechanical Engineering; Paul D. Easley, Facilities and Services; Dr. Michael G. MacNaughton, P.E., Chemistry and Chemical Engineering; Steven D. Marty, P.E., Fuels and Lubricants Research; Mary C. Massey, P.E., Applied Power; Dr. Wesley C. Patrick, Geosciences and Engineering; Nils Smith, P.E., Defense and Intelligence Solutions; and Daniel W. Stewart, P.E., Engine, Emissions, and Vehicle Research.


68th Annual Meeting of Advisory Trustees and Board of Directors of Southwest Research Institute®, including six presentations on key SwRI research programs.


Monday, Feb. 22, 2016


Annual meeting begins at 9 a.m. Media are invited to attend technical presentations. Best access to interview presenters will be after 12:30 p.m.


Southwest Research Institute
Administration Building, first on left from main gate
6220 Culebra Road, San Antonio, TX 78238.

Special Media Availability:

SwRI experts are available for interviews and to answer questions about the Annual Meeting presentations after 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016. Please contact Deb Schmid to RSVP or to schedule an earlier visit. Please check in at the security entrance at 6220 Culebra Rd. where you will be directed to the SwRI Administration Building and escorted to demonstration sites or for interviews. B-roll available upon request. 

For more information, contact Deb Schmid, +1 210 522 2254, Communications Department, Southwest Research Institute, 6220 Culebra Road, San Antonio, TX 78238-5166.