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Technical briefings, tours highlight 69th SwRI annual meeting

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San Antonio — Feb. 20, 2017 — Scientists and engineers at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) highlighted key areas of research in transportation, infrastructure, space, healthcare and biosciences as well as energy and the environment today at the 69th Annual Meeting of the Advisory Trustees and Board of Directors. Many of the attendees also toured new facilities.

“We’re excited to tell the story of the remarkable range of science and technology that SwRI engineers and scientists conduct,” said SwRI President and Chief Executive Officer Adam L. Hamilton, P.E. “The projects that we’ll hear about and the new facilities we’ll see today are just glimpses of the diverse, innovative solutions to real-world problems we develop every day out here, ranging from deep sea to deep space.”

Lee and David S. Zachry were re-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 Board in 2007.

Meeting highlights included briefings on the SwRI-led Juno mission to Jupiter and the SwRI-built CYGNSS satellites now in orbit around Earth. Other presentations focused on powerful computer technology used to improve drug development and new technology to identify methane gas leaking from pipelines. Attendees also toured a new gas gun facility featuring a hypervelocity air gun and received a demonstration of the human performance initiative, which is integrating expertise in biomechanics, image processing, neural networks, sensor fusion, and systems engineering to optimize human physical performance, particularly for military special forces and professional sports.

In addition, Hamilton announced new advisory trustees serving 2017-2020 including Sam Dawson of Pape-Dawson Engineers, Renée Flores of AT&T Services, Gregory Goff of Tesoro Corporation, Joe Gorder of Valero Energy Corporation, Tracy Hayes of CWS Corporate Housing, Dr. Kennon Guglielmo of EControls, Gordon Logan of Sports Clips, Chris May of Deloitte Transactions & Business Analytics, Richard Perez of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, Jenna Saucedo-Herrera of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, Dr. Peter Hennings of The University of Texas at Austin Center for Integrated Seismicity Research, and Brad Morrison of Innové. New advisory trustees serving the 2016-2019 term include John Barton of Texas A&M University, Dr. Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado Laboratory of Atmospheric and Space Physics, George Cotter of Isologic, and Gary Frashier of Targeted Technology Funds.

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

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