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Our Founder

Edwin deSteiguer "Ned" Snead

Edwin deSteiguer “Ned” Snead (1929-2015) graduated from Texas A&M University in 1951 with a degree in mechanical engineering.  Over the course of his career he obtained 26 patents for inventions in the rail industry.  He had three daughters, and although he tried very hard to get them to study engineering, at that time it was unusual for women to enter the field.  Now that it has become commonplace for women to excel in engineering, his daughters would like to honor his memory by encouraging female high school students who show promise in this challenging course of study. 

Our Vision

The Snead Institute seeks a better world by:

  • The exchange of knowledge and ideas between people, school, and/or businesses across political, religious, racial, linguistic, and social boundaries.

  • Encouraging people, especially young women, to find innovative solutions to society’s modern problems by creative work and study in the fields of science, technology, and engineering.

  • Encouraging young women to help advance human rights and the rights of women by pursuing careers in law and justice.

  • Promoting early foreign language study to help foster world understanding and peace.

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