Computer Engineering and Systems Group welcomes back Dr. Peirce Cantrell as a tenured professor for the department. He returns after serving in the Texas A&M Administration as the Vice President and Associate Provost for Information Technology for 16 years. He will rejoin colleagues within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering to engage in ongoing research as well as teaching.
Under Dr. Cantrell’s leadership, he was responsible for significant improvements that increased the accessibility and capabilities of technology for everyone at the University. This included continuing the Faculty Workstation program that strives to provide computing devices for each of the 3000+ faculty members.
Dr. Cantrell also developed important updates to the Code Maroon system that allowed more Texas A&M University System sites to be included. As a result of his work, Code Maroon was also able to send messages through several channels at once. He was vital in securing a collection of grants, which included a National Science Foundation grant for $500,000, a Broadband Technology Opportunities Program grant for $6.6 million, and several grants for telecommunications, data and videoconferencing infrastructure that totaled $4.8 million.
Dr. Cantrell received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1970, 1971, and 1981 respectively. He also saw active military duty from 1976 to 1981 with the Computer Networking Support Branch in the Intelligence Division at the NORAD/Cheyenne Mountain complex.