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The Association of Former Students’ 12 Under 12 Young Alumni Spotlight was created to recognize the contributions of young alumni.

Meet the latest cohort: These Aggies who graduated in the past 12 years are leading by example in business and service.

Founder, chief technology officer and vice president of business development at Nelumbo, an advanced materials startup. Technologist with more than 20 issued and pending patents, and more than 10 peer-reviewed journal articles. Former Department of Energy Entrepreneurial Fellow and researcher at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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Dr. Lance Brockway '09

Mentors other startup founders.

"Lance’s mission is to build a company that can not only create returns, but also solve hard problems faced by people worldwide."

LinkedIn: Lance Brockway

Deputy attorney general for legal strategy, Texas Attorney General’s Office. Plan, staff and execute Attorney General Ken Paxton’s affirmative lawsuits and legal initiatives on matters involving state-federal and state-local relations, election integrity, Big Tech, immigration and the U.S. and Texas constitutions.

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Maj. Aaron Reitz '09

Major in U.S. Marine Corps Reserve after five years of active duty, including deployment to Afghanistan.

"Aaron knows how to take charge of complex, chaotic situations and make them wins for our team and for Texas."

LinkedIn: Aaron Reitz

Veterinarian and owner, Lazy 3 Animal Care. Became equal shareholder two years out of veterinary school. Started mobile orthopedic practice that services more than 35 veterinary clinics.

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Dr. Jayton Bailey '10

Board member, Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation, Eastland Fine Arts Association. Chair, Texas Veterinary Medical Association’s Leadership Development Committee. Deacon.

"The veterinary profession is full of very intelligent, hardworking and dedicated individuals, but even amongst this high achieving group of individuals, Dr. Bailey has managed to become a standout in a very short period of time."

Operations officer in Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group ONE, U.S. Navy. Was the senior explosive disposal officer with Ronald Reagan Strike Group during U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Employed unmanned underwater vehicles and divers to dispose of sea mines hampering European trade routes.

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Lt. Cmdr. Jon Dobbins '10

Mentored Texas A&M students into Navy EOD and SEAL communities.

"Jonathan is someone that will not only excel in whatever environment you put him in, but he will elevate the performance of those around him."

Medical director and CEO, Neighborhood Veterinary Centers, which prides itself on providing industry-leading benefits to more than 120 employees, while offering affordable and accessible pet care. Opened state-of-the-art surgical facility in Nederland.

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Dr. Brady Hanson '10

Offers advanced imaging, orthopedic and neurologic surgery, and free and discounted services to animal rescue groups.

"Dr. Hanson [has a] passion for the profession, love for his clients and patients, unwavering commitment to excellence and life-long learning, generosity of spirit, and commitment to his community."

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Technical director, Social Impact. Provided insights to the U.S. government on the effectiveness of anti-trafficking programs across Asia. Facilitated development of foreign aid programming strategies in multiple countries.

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Paige Mason '10

Board member of New Friends New Life, which serves women and girls who have been trafficked and sexually exploited. Serves in CityBridge Community Church’s Re|Engage program.

"Paige excels at facilitating tough conversations and decisions with leadership and has carefully worked with clients who are still learning about how to strengthen their programs in [a] graceful manner."

LinkedIn: Paige Mason

Owner of Ment Marketing & Creative Services, a marketing agency with a focus on mentorship. Co-founder of Women Entrepreneurs Texas.

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Amelia McCracken '10

Fish Camp namesake in 2020. City director, Lemonade Day BCS. Volunteer for Black Former Student Network, Aggie Women Network, Brazos Valley African American Museum, Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce and more.

"Her engagement with others and her ability to serve is key to not only her achievements, but also her ability to engage in selfless service."

LinkedIn: Amelia McCracken

Assistant professor in Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago. Joint appointment at Argonne National Laboratory. Researches sustainable energy technologies with a focus on materials for next generation batteries and carbon dioxide conversion.

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Chibueze Amanchukwu ’12

Mentors and advises students. Recruits minority and African students to graduate research.

"Chibueze is an exceptional researcher. He has the ability to identify important fundamental problems and has an excellent ability to plan and execute his intended experiments. He is a rising star in energy research."

LinkedIn: Chibueze Amanchukwu

Founder and principal of DUDLEY engineering firm. Professor at Texas A&M colleges of engineering and architecture. Structural design engineer for 2015 Kyle Field renovation.

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Drew Dudley '12

Volunteer with ACE Mentor Program of America. Structural specialist at FEMA.

"I’ve led and mentored thousands of men and women. I remember very few who have passionate hearts for service, intelligent minds for solving problems, and strong shoulders for carrying the load to accomplish great feats on the level of excellence that Drew Dudley accomplishes."

LinkedIn: Drew Dudley

Director, Science and Regulatory Affairs for BIO, a biotechnology trade association. CropLife America Rising Star awardee. Helped remove regulatory hurdles for hand sanitizer production when COVID-19 emerged.

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Dr. Atashi Mukherjee Bell '14

Consulted Fortune 500 and U.S. Navy leaders on barriers to inclusion resulting in report molding Pentagon policy changes.

"Advocacy work within a corporation requires marshaling different functions within the company, persons not necessarily focused on advocacy. Atashi’s intelligence, learning flexibility and personal skills allowed her to succeed in all areas."

LinkedIn: Atashi Mukherjee Bell

Food safety specialist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Worked in conjunction with World Health Organization to provide scientific advice to member countries, which helps to develop robust food safety standards and facilitate international trade. Authored book highlighting impact of climate change on food safety within global agri-food systems.

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Dr. Keya Mukherjee '18

Advocated for federal funding for Texas A&M research.

"For Keya, her contributions to the field of food safety on a global scale are not just a career, but a passion being realized."

LinkedIn: Keya Mukherjee

Master’s student at Harvard Business School. Chief financial officer and co-founder, Opifex Equipment Rental. He sourced millions in early stage financing from global manufacturing giants like John Deere to build the first minority-owned construction equipment company in Texas.

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Jay Vaughn III '19

Endowed a scholarship for undergraduate construction science students at Texas A&M. Diversity committee member, Young Men's Business League in Austin.

"Jay teamed up with his fellow Aggies to form a progressive company to help improve the quality and efficiency of his fellow builders in Texas."

LinkedIn: Jay Vaughan III


The Association of Former Students' 12 Under 12 Young Alumni Spotlight was created to recognize the contributions of young alumni. Award recipients must have graduated from Texas A&M University within the past 12 years and be leading by example in business and service.

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