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A New Facility At UT Tyler Could Help Local Economy

A new state of the art facility on an East Texas campus had its grand opening Thursday. For years, former Lieutenant Governor and State Senator Bill Ratliff has wanted to bring an engineering department to East Texas. That dream is now reality at UT Tyler.  

From its state of the art classrooms, to its sophisticated equipment, the Bill Ratliff Engineering Science Complex can safely say its one of the best in the state.

"It will be technologically as advanced as anything we have," said UT Systems Chancellor Mark Yudof.  An engineer himself, Bill Ratliff, who the building is named after says the new facility will help bring new industry to East Texas.

"Industry really does look at places like East Texas and asks what is there to train our next level of employees, and this facility can't do anything, but enhance that," said Bill Ratliff, former Lieutenant Governor. More than that, Ratliff says young East Texans can now get a better education, without having to leave home.

"We get to keep our brightest and best students here and there is a better chance that when they graduate that they will want to stay here and practice their trade," said Ratliff. Something UT System Chancellor Mark Yudof agrees with.

"Having people who are engineers and scientists and computer scientists who can use that intellectual ability to establish companies and join existing companies is very important to economic development," said Mark Yudof, UT System Chancellor. A brand new building, with the newest technology is something not just the students will benefit from, but all of East Texas. Right now, the new facility provides mechanical, electrical and civil engineering along with computer science. UT Tyler says it hopes to expand to other branches of engineering in the near future.  

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com


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