The purpose of this guide is to serve as a reference for Texas A&M University College of Engineering/Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station communicators, administrators, staff and researchers to help ensure our branding is cohesive and our messaging is clear.
It is intended for use with print and web articles providing news and information for internal and external audiences — not for scholarly manuscripts or academic materials. This guide is not exhaustive; however, it is meant to provide a solid base for your written communications. Writing consistency within the agency helps build credibility of our brand and aids in conveying a cohesive, professional image.
This guide is a supplement to the Associated Press (AP) Stylebook and Libel Manual and Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (11th edition or later), which are the official style and spelling references for The Texas A&M University System and Texas A&M University. When a choice of spelling is given, use the first option. The listings in this guide include the most frequently used rules as well as several departures from the AP Stylebook, where noted.
Note: The AP Stylebook and our Editorial Style Guide may be updated periodically. For additional guidance, contact the Office of Engineering Communications.
Referencing the university, college, departments, system, agencies
- “Texas A&M University” on first reference, “Texas A&M” after
- Do not use TAMU (exceptions — @tamu on Twitter or TAMUmobile)
- No space between letters and ampersand.
- “Texas A&M University College of Engineering” on first reference, or “College of Engineering” after
- TAMU Engineering is incorrect.
- For departments, capitalize only the full and correct name:
- “Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering” or “chemical engineering department”
- “Department of Computer Science and Engineering” or “computer science and engineering department”
- Use “The Texas A&M University System” on first reference (with “The” capitalized) and “Texas A&M System” on second reference (if used, “the” is lowercase on second reference). Do not put a space between the letters and ampersand (e.g., A & M).
- TAMUS or TAMU System are incorrect.
- “Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station” on first reference, “TEES” thereafter.
Texas A&M University System members
- All Texas A&M System universities, agencies and health science center institutions should be referred to as “members” of the system, not parts or components.
- When referencing Texas A&M System universities and agencies, always use the institution’s complete name on first reference and its preferred acronym or abbreviation on second reference. Texas A&M’s two branch campuses use “at” in their names, and the other universities use an en dash.
Lowercase “university,” “college,” “department,” “system” or “agency” unless using the full and correct name of the university, college, system or agency.
For more on how to reference the university, system, agencies, Board of Regents or other A&M System universities, see A&M System Written Style Guidelines.
In general, use the Associated Press Stylebook. Texas A&M has a style unique to our organization. These types of rules are known as “house style.”
Photos, graphics and videos should be credited as the following:
- Multimedia produced by Texas A&M Engineering:
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The following outlines the way writers should refer to the agencies, centers, institutes, initiatives and offices that make up the The Texas A&M University System and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station.
- The Texas A&M University System (with a capital “T” in “the”)
Subsequent reference: Texas A&M System or the A&M System
Do not use TAMUS or TAMU System.
For more information, visit The Texas A&M University System’s Written Style Guidelines
- Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station
Subsequent reference: TEES
- Texas A&M University
Subsequent reference: Texas A&M
Do not use TAMU.
For more information, visit Texas A&M University’s style guidelines.
- Texas A&M University College of Engineering
Subsequent reference: College of Engineering.
Do not use TAMU Engineering.
- Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Subsequent reference: TTI
- Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service
Subsequent reference: TEEX
- Texas A&M-RELLIS
Subsequent reference: RELLIS campus
Note: It is acceptable to write “Texas A&M-RELLIS campus” (lowercase “campus”) if necessary for readability or context within a sentence. If the word campus is not necessary, use only the official name, “Texas A&M-RELLIS.” In press releases regarding Texas A&M-RELLIS, please use a version of the following within the first five paragraphs: “The research will be conducted at Texas A&M-RELLIS, a 2,400-acre applied research campus in Bryan, Texas.”
- Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station Research Centers and Institutes
When writing about a center or institute that involves both the university and TEES (or outside partnerships), add a reference to the collaborating institutions, either in combination with the official name or as an explanation next to it, to establish the relationship.
Example: The Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) at Texas A&M University conducted the 2013 Nuclear Facilities Experience in Japan.
Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station Centers and Institutes List
- Advanced Scientific Computing Center
Subsequent reference: the “center” (lowercase)
- Center for Advanced Small Modular and Nuclear Reactors
Subsequent reference: CASMR or the “center” (lowercase)
- Center for Autonomous Vehicles and Sensor Systems
Subsequent reference: CANVASS or the “center” (lowercase)
- Center for Infrastructure Renewal
Subsequent reference: CIR or the “center” (lowercase)
- Center for Innovation in Mechanics for Design and Manufacturing
Subsequent reference: CIMDM or the “center” (lowercase)
- Center for Large-scale Scientific Simulations
Subsequent reference: CLASS or the “center” (lowercase)
- Center for Nuclear Security Science and Policy Initiatives
Subsequent reference: NSSPI or the “center” (lowercase)
- Center for Remote Health Technologies and Systems
Subsequent reference: CRHTS or the “center” (lowercase)
- Energy Systems Laboratory
Subsequent reference: Energy Systems Lab or the “lab”
Note: Avoid the acronym, ESL in external communications to avoid confusion with the more commonly known usage, “English as a second language”
- Gas and Fuels Research Center
Subsequent reference: GFRC or the “center” (lowercase)
- Hewlett Packard Enterprise Center for Computer Architecture Research
Subsequent reference: the “center” (lowercase)
- Institute for Engineering Education and Innovation
Subsequent reference: IEEI or the “institute” (lowercase)
- Institute for Manufacturing Systems
Subsequent reference: IMS or the “institute” (lowercase)
- Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center
Subsequent reference: MKOPSC or the “center” (lowercase)
- National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing
Subsequent reference: NCTM or the “center” (lowercase)
- Nuclear Engineering and Science Center
Subsequent reference: NESC or the “center” (lowercase)
- Nuclear Power Institute
Subsequent reference: NPI or the “institute” (lowercase)
- Offshore Technology Research Center
Subsequent reference: OTRC or the “center” (lowercase)
- SecureAmerica Institute
Subsequent reference: SAI or the “institute” (lowercase)
- Smart Grid Center
Subsequent reference: SGC or the “center” (lowercase)
- Texas A&M Center for Applied Technology
Subsequent reference: TCAT or the “center” (lowercase)
- Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center
Subsequent reference: Cybersecurity Center or the “center” (lowercase)
- Texas A&M Energy Institute
Subsequent reference: Energy Institute or the “institute” (lowercase)
- Texas A&M Institute of Data Science
Subsequent reference: TAMIDS or the “institute” (lowercase)
- The Texas A&M Global Cyber Research Institute endowed by Ray Rothrock ’77 and Anthony Wood ’90
Second reference: To be finalized, pending approval
Subsequent reference: the “institute” (lowercase)
- Thomas and Joan Read Center for Distribution Research and Education
Subsequent reference: Read Center or the “center” (lowercase)
- Turbomachinery Laboratory
Subsequent reference: Turbo Lab
Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station Initiatives List
- Ocean Energy Safety Institute
Subsequent reference: OESI or the “institute” (lowercase)
- Texas A&M RGV Advanced Manufacturing Hub
Subsequent reference: the hub
Note: RGV refers to the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. “Rio Grande Valley” should be included in copy shortly before or after the first mention on a page of the entity’s full name. The Texas A&M RGV Advanced Manufacturing Hub (internally referred to as RAMI) serves as a workforce development and training program funded by the Texas State Legislature. “TRAIN >> Es Tu Futuro” now functions as a motto and is not to be used in place of “Texas A&M RGV Advanced Manufacturing Hub” or “the hub.”
- University Consortium of Applied Hypersonics
Subsequent reference: UCAH or the “consortium” (lowercase)
Certificates and Programs List
- Spark!: PK-12 Engineering Education Outreach
Subsequent reference: Spark!
- TEES EDGE: Professional and Continuing Education
Subsequent reference: TEES EDGE
- Texas A&M Engineering Academies (when writing about both the Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academies, Texas A&M-Concho Engineering Academy and the engineering academies at Blinn College District)
Subsequent reference for all academies: engineering academies or academies
Texas A&M Engineering Academies List
- Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy at Alamo Colleges District
- Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy at Austin Community College
- Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy at Dallas College
- Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy at Houston Community College-Spring Branch
- Texas A&M-Concho Engineering Academy at Midland College
- Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Blinn College–Brenham
- Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Tarrant County College
- Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Tyler Junior College
- Texas A&M Engineering Academy at South Texas College
About the Texas A&M University College of Engineering
With 725 faculty members and more than 22,500 students, the Texas A&M University College of Engineering is the second-largest engineering school in the country. In U.S. News & World Report rankings, the college is ranked sixth in graduate programs (2023 rankings) and eighth in undergraduate programs (in 2022 rankings) among public institutions.
About Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University is a community of scholars dedicated to solving diverse, real-world problems through determination, innovation and above all, fearlessness. Texas A&M opened its doors in 1876 as the state’s first public institution of higher education and is today a tier-one research institution holding the elite triple land-, sea- and space-grant designations. Research conducted at Texas A&M represented annual expenditures of almost $1 billion in fiscal year 2018. Texas A&M’s 71,000 students and half a million former students are known for their commitment to service, as well as dedication to the university’s core values and rich traditions.
About the Engineering Program of The Texas A&M University System
The Texas A&M University System Engineering Program is comprised of the Texas A&M University College of Engineering and three state engineering agencies: the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, which conducts research to provide practical answers to critical state and national needs; the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, which offers hands-on, customized, first-responder training, homeland security exercises, technical assistance, and technology transfer services that have an impact in Texas and beyond; and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, which addresses major issues in all transportation modes (including surface, air, pipeline, water and rail), as well as policy, economic, finance, environmental, safety and security concerns.
About the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station
Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) is the official research agency of Texas A&M Engineering and is pivotal in advancing interdisciplinary research across The Texas A&M University System. TEES is dedicated to addressing complex challenges through applied engineering research, managing research grants and contracts and actively fostering partnerships with industry, government and academia, benefitting Texas A&M Engineering faculty and researchers.
About The Texas A&M University System
The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $9.6 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, a comprehensive health science center, eight state agencies and Texas A&M-RELLIS, the Texas A&M System educates more than 152,000 students and makes more than 24 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Systemwide, research and development expenditures exceed $1 billion and help drive the state’s economy.
About Texas A&M-RELLIS
Founded in 2016 by The Texas A&M University System, Texas A&M-RELLIS in Bryan, Texas, fosters cutting-edge research, technology development, workforce training, and two- and four-year college degrees by tapping the A&M System’s state agencies and multiple universities, along with academic, corporate and government partners outside the A&M System.