Texas A&M University’s approach to modernizing research through the cloud

IMAGINE: The New World of Education webinar series

Join us for the inaugural session of IMAGINE: The Future of Education, a series of conversations with (and for) education leaders who are adapting and thriving in our new normal.

Join us for IMAGINE: The New World of Education, a global series of conversations with (and for) education leaders.

IMAGINE: The New World of Education, a global webinar series presented by Amazon Web Services (AWS), showcases education institutions and organizations that have innovated in the cloud to ensure that learners of all ages have access to the education, training, and resources needed to keep our world moving forward.

The ability to implement change quickly is imperative for universities and research institutions who need to secure research and meet the needs of a remote teaching environment and virtual workforce. Texas A&M University developed the Secure Technologies for Aggie Researchers (STAR), a new platform built on the Amazon Web Services Cloud that’s secure and cost effective. It offers robust and scalable servers, storage, data analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, secure data transfer, data collaboration, and more.

Join this fireside chat to learn from Dr. Joshua Kissee about how STAR replaces the lengthy purchasing and research procurement and implementation process for grants and agreements that have regulated data requirements. Discover how the platform uses a self-service workflow and offers new tools to expand the portfolio of research resources that are already enabling transformational research and innovation.


60 minutes


Joshua Kissee, PhD

Director of research, academic, and health IT services, Texas A&M University

Dr. Kissee has 19 years of IT experience. In his role at Texas A&M University (TAMU), Dr. Kissee oversees the integration of critical TAMU health research, education, and clinical systems with TAMU systems, manages strategic and tactical planning for TAMU health IT services, oversees the project portfolio for TAMU health-focused initiatives, and is accountable for all compliance outcomes.

Moderator: Paul Saxman

Paul Saxman, Principal Solutions Architect, Academic Medical Centers, AWS

As principal solutions architect for academic medical centers at AWS, Paul accelerates healthcare advancement and innovation by working with clinicians, biomedical researchers, and IT staff at academic medical centers to adopt and leverage cloud technologies in a secure and compliant (HIPAA, GDPR) manner. He provides high-level guidance at the C-suite and director level, as well as deep, technical guidance to biomedical research teams, around interoperability and federated research, artificial intelligence, and machine learning techniques for medical inferencing and high-performance computing, and data storage and processing (data lakes) for precision medicine.

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