Alicia and Edelmiro “Ed” Muniz ’67
Support to Texas A&M: Alicia and Ed ’67 Muniz Foundation Excellence Award; Alicia and Ed Muniz ’67 Aggie Sat Lab Scholarship
Alicia and Edelmiro “Ed” Muniz ’67 reside just outside of Houston, but they grew up in the Rio Grande valley. “We shared everything in our household growing up, even our tortillas!” Alicia laughed. The two both come from large families, so they learned the values of sharing and practicing gratitude from a young age.
Education allowed the couple to achieve success in their respective fields. Ed received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M and later started his own company, Muniz Engineering (now MEI Technologies Inc.) to provide engineering and technical-related services to the U.S. government and the private sector in Houston. Alicia earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in multidisciplinary education before enjoying an 18-year teaching career.
Compelled by their strong value for higher education, the Munizes decided to give back in 2016 in the form of two scholarships: an Aggie Sat Lab Scholarship and a Foundation Excellence Award.
The Aggie Sat Scholarship supports students involved with AggieSat Lab, an aerospace engineering program that aims to develop modern technologies using a small-satellite platform. The Munizes like the idea of hands-on work, as they believe it leads to stronger graduates.
Foundation Excellence Awards recruit and retain outstanding undergraduates from historically disadvantaged groups often underrepresented in the student body. To give back to their community, the couple specified that their Foundation Excellence Award be awarded to Hispanic students who are pursuing aerospace engineering degrees and who graduated from high school in one of four Rio Grande Valley counties: Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr or Willacy. “With our gifts, we hope to encourage more minorities, especially first-generation students, to enter the aerospace engineering field,” Ed said. The Munizes have also made previous gifts to the Texas A&M Libraries for the advancement of collecting and preserving the history and literature of South Texas.