Eagle Editorial Board
With the exception of the football and basketball teams, most of what makes A&M so special takes place out of the limelight. Unless you are on campus every day, it is easy to overlook the advances being made in agriculture, medicine, engineering and so many other areas
We know that Texas A&M is making the world better for all of us, but we just don't know the specifics of how that is happening. Part of that is because the ideas being discussed, the research being conducted is far beyond our capability to understand fully. Some of it is because the Aggie scientists are too busy to toot their own horn.
But some of that is changing this weekend as teams of more than 1,000 students from more than 100 universities and three high schools gathered at A&M to discuss their ideas for implementing Hyperloop, an exciting concept for moving people from point A to point B rapidly and safely.
Hyperloop first was touted in 2013 by Elon Musk -- founder of Tesla and SpaceX. The broad concept is moving 20-30 passengers at a time in pods that race through a 12-foot diameter tube at speeds up to 700 mph. Imagine zipping from Dallas to Houston in less than 300 minutes.
While the concept is exciting, how to make it a reality is yet to be determined. That's where the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition Design Weekend at A&M comes into play. One hundred twenty-four teams from 26 states and 20 foreign countries will be showing off their best ideas how to make Hyperloop a reality.
Some of those ideas might seem pretty far out to many of us, but who knows how they will morph into a final product. If people reject all ideas that are different or unusual, we would still be riding horses to work and reading by candle light. Imagination is a marvelous thing and should be nurtured and encouraged.
That this weekend's events were held at A&M speaks well for the university and its Dwight Look College of Engineering. Simply put, A&M was invited to host this weekend because of the reputation the college has in the engineering community. Already, a number of Aggies are working for SpaceX, helping design the future of space travel.
The competition speaks to the importance of A&M's efforts to increase the size of its engineering school. AS the world becomes more technologically complicated, we need people who can work within those existing technologies but also have the vision and expertise to create new ones that benefit all of us.
This has been an incredible weekend for Texas A&M and we hope many ideas presented will help bring the Hyperloop dream to fruition.
Who knows? Maybe some day heere we'll be saying, "Remember, Hyperloop leads both ways."