The University of Texas-Pan American welcomed top executives from Texas Instruments Feb. 15-16 and discussed innovative collaborations between both organizations including teacher preparation in mathematics and continued support of Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology (HESTEC) Week. HESTEC is scheduled for Sept. 25-Oct. 1 on the UTPA campus. Texas Instruments will play a major role during the event by educating students, teachers and the community about the importance of math and science literacy. The global semiconductor company and the world's leading designer and supplier of real-time processing solutions, got involved with HESTEC for the first time last year. Pictured from left to right are Gilbert Maldonado, UTPA director of foundation and corporate support; Dr. Cynthia Brown, director of the Center for Border Economic Studies; Dr. Ed LeMaster, interim dean of the College of Science and Engineering at UTPA; Lori Jarusel, Texas Instruments regional manager, Midwest/Southcentral, Educational and Productivity Solutions; Olga Vargas-Lester, Texas Instruments state policy manager, Office of Education Policy; Roland Arriola, UTPA vice president for the Division of External Affairs; Heidi Pomerantz, Texas Instruments marketing manager; Ann Minnis, Texas Instruments educational consultant and Sylvia Aldape, associate executive director of Office of Center Operations and Community Services. For more information on HESTEC 2005 or to become a sponsor, call 956/381-3361.