Texas A&M Engineering News The Look College is one of the largest engineering schools in the country, ranking third in undergraduate enrollment and sixth in graduate enrollment by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) in its 2011 survey. The Look College also ranked seventh in the number bachelor's degrees awarded, 13th in master's degrees awarded and 10th in doctoral degrees awarded. And our college consistently ranks among the nation's top public undergraduate and graduate engineering programs, according to U.S. News & World Report. http://engineering.tamu.edu Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CST Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CST Zou to be featured in IISE’s Industrial and Systems Engineer magazine Lorian Hopcus <lorian.hopcus@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/10/24/zou-to-be-featured-in-iises-industrial-and-systems-engineer-magazine <p><img width="528" height="396" src="/media/4247813/img_3334_528x396.jpg" alt="Dr. Zou" class="leftalign" style="font-size: 10px;"/>Dr. Na Zou, instructional assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, will be featured in the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineer’s (IISE<i>) Industrial and Systems Engineer </i>magazine. Her article is titled, “Modeling and Change Detection of Dynamic Network Data by a Network State Space Model.”</p> <p>Zou’s work focuses on the difficulty of detecting change in dynamic networks that naturally evolve over time. She worked closely with the email communication networks of Enron Corporation, an energy trading company ranked as the seventh largest in the United States.</p> <p>“The experiment achieved a high level of accuracy in modeling the natural evolution of networks during an eight-month in-control time period from September 2000 to April 2001,” Zou said. “It successfully detected changes in two new months with one change due to the launch of a new initiative in May 2001 and another change due to disclosure of a scandal in October 2001.”</p> <p>Zou will be featured in the December issue of <i>IISE Industrial and Systems Engineer</i> and her paper will be published in the January 2017 issue of <i>IIE Transactions</i>.</p> <p>“There are a number of future research directions that can be further pursued from the current methodology.” Zou said. “I will continue to explore a broader spectrum of networks and also to integrate network and non-network data.”</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/10/24/zou-to-be-featured-in-iises-industrial-and-systems-engineer-magazine http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/10/24/zou-to-be-featured-in-iises-industrial-and-systems-engineer-magazine Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CST Roady part of winning student team at HFES usability design competition Lorian Hopcus <lorian.hopcus@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/10/24/roady-part-of-winning-student-team-at-hfes-usability-design-competition <p><img width="195" height="292" src="/media/4247812/roady-2016-web_195x292.jpg" alt="Trey Roady" class="leftalign" style="font-size: 10px;"/>Trey Roady, Ph.D. student in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, was on the winning team of the UX Guerilla Design Challenge at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) annual meeting. </p> <p>Roady’s team, Agile in Action, consisted of Megan Nyre and Yash Shah from Purdue University, Stephanie Hornung from Target and The University of Minnesota, and Roady. </p> <p>“In 48 hours, we had to evaluate the WeddingWire app with two usability methods, produce a prototype, evaluate that prototype with two methods, again, then iterate a new prototype model based off of the feedback,” Roady said. “We developed prototype models in InVision and Balsamiq and performed an online survey of the target demographic with Qualtrics.”</p> <p>The team also received the audience choice award for Best Presentation. </p> <p>The HFES annual meeting is the principal conference for human factors, and consists of a week of panels, posters and competitions. Topics include, among others, user experience, perception &amp; performance, cognitive engineering, education, aerospace and surface transportation.</p> <p>“This conference connected me with all of the most notable members of the human factors field and provides invaluable insight on both research and professional matters,” Roady said.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/10/24/roady-part-of-winning-student-team-at-hfes-usability-design-competition http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/10/24/roady-part-of-winning-student-team-at-hfes-usability-design-competition Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CST Valero contributes $1.5 million for High Bay Laboratory in Texas A&M’s new Zachry Engineering Education Complex Donald St. Martin <dstmartin@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/10/21/valero-contributes-15-million-for-high-bay-laboratory-in-texas-ams-new-zachry-engineering-education-complex <p>Valero Energy Corp., a Fortune 500 company headquartered in San Antonio, has given $1.5 million through the Texas A&amp;M Foundation to support the construction of the Zachry Engineering Education Complex (EEC). To recognize the company for its generosity, the Texas A&amp;M University College of Engineering will name a laboratory within the complex the Valero High Bay Lab. The gift will be counted toward the $4 billion goal of the university’s <i>Lead by Example </i>campaign.</p> <p>“This gift from Valero will allow us to develop a pivotal component of the Zachry EEC — the High Bay Laboratory space,” said M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of Texas A&amp;M Engineering. “This lab will be truly interdisciplinary, allowing students from multiple engineering fields the opportunity to participate in experiential learning and transformational research.”</p> <p>The lab will consist of two distinct areas: a four-story high bay area and a one-story low bay area. The high bay area will allow for the installation and development of undergraduate experiments that require a large vertical space. The low bay will house a number of large-footprint experiments such as a double-effect vaporizer and a steam-based heat exchanger system. The space will feature movable work benches and seating, making it easily reconfigured. Departments expected to use the space include aerospace, chemical, mechanical, nuclear and petroleum engineering.</p> <p>“Valero is proud of the longstanding partnership with the Texas A&amp;M College of Engineering.” said Lane Riggs, executive vice president-refining operations and engineering. “Our investment in the Valero High Bay Laboratory demonstrates our continued commitment to the institution and to current and future students.”</p> <p>The Zachry Engineering Education Complex, dedicated to undergraduate engineering education, will be completed in the spring of 2018 and will double the size of the original engineering center, with more than 500,000 square feet of space. The complex was designed with the college of engineering’s future growth in mind, specifically the 25 by 25 initiative, which aims to increase the college’s total enrollment to 25,000 students by 2025. Many learning spaces within the building, including the Valero High Bay Lab, will provide unprecedented accessibility to students by creating educational opportunities that can be customized to their schedules.</p> <p><strong>About the Texas A&amp;M Foundation </strong></p> <p>The Texas A&amp;M Foundation is a nonprofit organization that solicits and manages investments in academics and leadership programs to enhance Texas A&amp;M’s capability to be among the best universities. </p> <p>For additional information, please contact Monika Blackwell at <a href="mailto:mblackwell@txamfoundation.com" title="Monika Blackwell">mblackwell@txamfoundation.com</a> or (979) 845-7468.</p> <p><strong>About the Texas A&amp;M University College of Engineering</strong></p> <p>With more than 500 tenured/tenure-track and academic professional track faculty and 17,000 students, the college of engineering is one of the largest engineering schools in the country. The college is ranked seventh in graduate studies, eighth in undergraduate programs, and second in research expenditures among public institutions by <i>U.S. News &amp; World Report</i>. </p> <p><strong>About the 25 by 25 Initiative</strong></p> <p>The 25 by 25 initiative is a transformational engineering education program designed to address the national and state need for more engineers and to better prepare these students for the changing needs of the engineering workforce. The college of engineering is answering this call by providing an opportunity for more qualified students to pursue an engineering education at Texas A&amp;M by increasing its total enrollment to 25,000 engineering students by 2025.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/10/21/valero-contributes-15-million-for-high-bay-laboratory-in-texas-ams-new-zachry-engineering-education-complex http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/10/21/valero-contributes-15-million-for-high-bay-laboratory-in-texas-ams-new-zachry-engineering-education-complex Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CST Bhattacharya selected as 2017 AIAA Associate Fellow Jan McHarg <> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/10/20/bhattacharya-selected-as-2017-aiaa-associate-fellow <p><img width="210" height="270" src="/media/2357504/Raktim-Bhattacharya.jpg" alt="Raktim Bhattacharya" class="rightalign"/>Dr. Raktim Bhattacharya, associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, has been selected by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) as a 2017 AIAA Associate Fellow.</p> <p>The AIAA is the world's largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. The grade of Associate Fellow recognizes individuals who have accomplished or been in charge of important engineering or scientific work, or who have done original work of outstanding merit, or who have otherwise made outstanding contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics.</p> <p> To be selected as an Associate Fellow an individual must be an AIAA Senior Member in good standing with at least 12 years professional experience, and be recommended by a minimum of three current Associate Fellows.</p> <p>Bhattacharya’s research interests are uncertainty quantification in dynamics and control, control theory, optimization, aerospace robotics, embedded systems, verification and validation. He directs the Laboratory for Uncertainty Quantification where the focus is on understanding the influence of uncertainty in engineering systems and developing algorithms to control them in the presence of such uncertainties.</p> <p>The Class of 2017 Associate Fellows will be officially recognized during the Associate Fellows Recognition Ceremony and Dinner, to be held in conjunction with the AIAA SciTech Forum on Jan. 9, 2017, at the Gaylord Texan, in Grapevine, Texas.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/10/20/bhattacharya-selected-as-2017-aiaa-associate-fellow http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/10/20/bhattacharya-selected-as-2017-aiaa-associate-fellow Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CST Air Force Office of Scientific Research awards le Graverend Young Investigator Research Program grant Jan McHarg <> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/10/20/air-force-office-of-scientific-research-awards-le-graverend-young-investigator-research-program-grant <p><img width="210" height="270" src="/media/2357493/Jean-Briac-le-Graverend.jpg" alt="Jean Briac Le Graverend" class="rightalign"/>Dr. Jean-Briac le Graverend, assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, is one of 58 scientists and engineers who will receive approximately $20.8 million in grants from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) through its Young Investigator Research Program (YIP).</p> <p>Le Graverend, whose research goals are to predict the mechanical behavior and lifetime of materials at high temperature by means of a multi-scale approach combining experimental, theoretical and computational tools, was selected for his research on “Microstructural Instabilities in Single Crystal Metals for Extreme Environments.”</p> <p>As the U.S. Air Force’s fleet continues to age, a greater portion of its budget will be required to ensure safe and effective operations beyond the design service life. For various military vehicles and platforms the recommended service life for safe operation is projected to increase by a factor of 1.5 to five. The high demand for safety and cost reduction culminates in the case of materials systems operating under extreme environments such as turbine blades made of Ni-based single crystal superalloys.</p> <p>Turbine blades are used in the hot section of the engine and are therefore subjected to multiaxial high-temperature viscoplastic deformations due to both their complex geometry and their advanced design (internal cooling channels aimed to increase the exhaust-gas temperature during in-service operations). Uniaxial thermo-mechanical environments have already been shown to lead to microstructural instabilities such as phase transformations, microstructure gradients, and lattice rotations, which dramatically alter the mechanical properties.</p> <p>This raises the question of how does in-service thermo-mechanical loading modify the kinetics of microstructural instabilities? The development of predictive deformation and damage models tailored for such extreme conditions are necessary and has recently been emphasized through the Digital Twin (DT) paradigm for future NASA and Air Force vehicles. The synergetic experimental and modeling approach developed in this project is a first step toward a fully integrated computational materials engineering.</p> <p>The YIP is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the United States who received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years and who show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. The objective of the program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering; enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators; and increase opportunities for the young investigator to recognize the Air Force mission and related challenges in science and engineering.</p> <p>Le Graverend joined the department in 2014 after receiving a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering/aerospace from the National School of Mechanics and Aeronautics (ENSMA, Poitiers, France)/National Office for Studies and Aerospace Research (ONERA, Chatillon, France) in 2013 and doing a post-doc at Caltech in the aerospace department (GALCIT). He will receive $120,000 per year for the next three years from the AFOSR grant. </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/10/20/air-force-office-of-scientific-research-awards-le-graverend-young-investigator-research-program-grant http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/10/20/air-force-office-of-scientific-research-awards-le-graverend-young-investigator-research-program-grant Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CST TAMUHack 2016 continues tradition of innovation and creativity Rachel Rose <rdaggie@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/10/20/tamuhack-2016-continues-tradition-of-innovation-and-creativity <p><img width="396" height="265" src="/media/4241215/TAMUHack_3_396x265.jpg" alt="TAMUHack_3.jpg" class="rightalign"/>TAMUHack is Texas A&amp;M University’s annual hackathon event that brings together students from around the nation to share their passion for learning, creativity and self-expression through technology.</p> <p>The hackathon was held at the Memorial Student Center on the Texas A&amp;M campus and was sponsored by several companies including Google, Facebook and Capital One. The Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&amp;M and Startup Aggieland were a couple of the many partners that also helped to make the event possible.</p> <p><img width="394" height="263" src="/media/4241210/TAMUHack_2_394x263.jpg" alt="TAMUHack_2.jpg" class="leftalign"/></p> <p>Each year, TAMUHack brings the most creative and driven student hackers from all over the country to make their most innovative ideas come to fruition. Workshops were held throughout this year’s 24-hour event, allowing students to learn just as much in their time at the event as they did creating and tinkering on projects.  </p> <p>TAMUHack student organization officers, Sahil Dhanju, Himank Yadav and Denise Irvin helped put the event together, as well as other students from computer science and engineering and various departments within the Texas A&amp;M University College of Engineering.</p> <p>“Our goal has always been to try to strengthen this mentality and culture here at A&amp;M, by having students realize just how easily they are able to create with nothing but an idea and their 13-inch laptop,” Dhanju said. “We hope this year's hackathon has either instilled this passion for creation to first time hackers or strengthened it for those already accustomed to it.”</p> <p><img width="407" height="272" src="/media/4241222/tamuhack_6_407x272.jpg" alt="TAMUHack_6" class="rightalign"/>The organizers are dedicated to forming a unique atmosphere that harbors creativity and motivates students each year to push the limits and pursue novel ideas. They are committed to continually making the event even better than the last.</p> <p>“We had a record high of 540 hackers from around the state,” said Jeff Zhao, junior mechanical engineering student who helped organize the event. “This year, we had the budget to send out buses to The University of Texas, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Texas at San Antonio and University of Texas at Dallas. Because of these efforts, over 150 non-Texas A&amp;M hackers attended. The organizing team and I put in a lot of work, and in the end, everyone had a great time and learned a lot. We hope to increase attendance further and come back next year with an even better event."</p> <p>Rafa Moreno, computer science and engineering senior who played an instrumental part in creating the very first TAMUHack, said, "Four years ago I started traveling the country mostly on my own attending these hackathon and networking events. After pulling some friends in and starting the hackathon, I'm very excited and pleased to see how many students are now going to these events across the country, and preparing themselves for industry as a result."</p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/10/20/tamuhack-2016-continues-tradition-of-innovation-and-creativity http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/10/20/tamuhack-2016-continues-tradition-of-innovation-and-creativity Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CST Murphy presents at White House Frontiers Conference; receives new robotics grant from NSF Rachel Rose <rdaggie@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/10/19/murphy-presents-at-white-house-frontiers-conference-receives-new-robotics-grant-from-nsf <p>Dr. Robin Murphy, director of the Texas A&amp;M Engineering Experiment Station’s Center for Emergency Informatics, presented at the White House Frontiers Conference on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Her “lightning talk” focused on the importance of artificial intelligence for the future of rescue robotics. President Barack Obama also took the stage at the conference and gave what Murphy described as an inspiring speech.</p> <div class="video-container"><!-- <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QP4VUiZAY4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> --> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5QP4VUiZAY4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></div> <p>Murphy, who is the Raytheon Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, was also recently awarded a National Science Foundation National Robotics Initiative grant. Funded by the Department of Energy, the grant will allow Murphy to continue her current research on autonomous robot assistants.</p> <p>For this three-year project, Murphy will be studying the use of autonomous robot assistants, which will improve the efficiency of and help overcome the perceptual limitations of just one robot in various situations. By providing an external and secondary viewpoint, this project will enable co-robots to build more resilience to disasters and public safety incidents.</p> <p>Although the use of a secondary robot to assist is not a new concept, research on assistant robots has been limited because users tend to rule out the use of aerial robots and instead consider only ground robots. Additionally, users often choose suboptimal viewpoints, which reasonably diminishes efficiency.</p> <p>Having the assistant robot act autonomously should reduce the work demands on the operator, as long as the operator trusts the assistant and the actual motion of the assistant does not move so quickly so as to distract or disorient the operator. Trust that an autonomous robot will perform correctly without supervision has not been widely explored.</p> <p>The project will create the fundamental, principled understanding of perception and control needed to tackle the cognitive demands on co-robot operators, which will increase productivity and reduce costly errors. This research aims to contribute to practical methods for human supervisory control of multiple robots and quantification of risk.</p> <p>Murphy was previously awarded the Department of Energy Science of Safety grant this summer, which was used to develop the prototype of the air-ground collaborative system that will be used for this current project.</p> <p>Murphy’s research in this area has the potential to change the landscape of co-robotics by increasing the effectiveness of future ground and aerial robots. In turn, this can impact our society and economy in a positive way by increasing the country’s resilience in disasters and daily routine emergencies. There will be numerous life-saving co-robot applications such as bomb-squads, SWAT teams and disaster robots.</p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/10/19/murphy-presents-at-white-house-frontiers-conference-receives-new-robotics-grant-from-nsf http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/10/19/murphy-presents-at-white-house-frontiers-conference-receives-new-robotics-grant-from-nsf Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CST Duffield receives NSF grant to explore network traffic classification Deana Totzke <deana@ece.tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/10/19/duffield-receives-nsf-grant-to-explore-network-traffic-classification <p><br /><img width="178" height="228" src="/media/1652295/duffield_178x228.jpg" alt="Duffield" class="leftalign"/>Dr. Nick Duffield, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) that will allow him to research network traffic classification.</p> <p>Duffield, in collaboration with Dr. Minlan Yu from Yale University, received the grant, which is titled “Distributed Approximate Packet Classification.” It is funded from 2016 to 2019 with a budget of $350,000.</p> <p>Network traffic classification —  assigning incoming packets to classes for processing based on pattern-matching rules — is critical for many network management tasks, including performance monitoring and fault diagnosis. However, as the number of classification tasks grows, the resources required to store and apply the rules, switch memory in particular, can become scarce. Duffield’s project takes an end-to-end view of traffic classification, observing that in addition to the memory usage at switches, other cheaper resources are involved in packet processing, specifically bandwidth to transfer selected packets to the receivers and downstream receivers that run applications. Trading off resources and even classification accuracy amongst these resources can lead to a better overall performance once the needs of downstream applications are factored in.</p> <p>“The big research challenge now is how to realize these benefits in large and complex communications networks, such as in data centers, which can encompass millions of servers connected by hundreds of thousands of switches,” Duffield said.</p> <p>Duffield, who also has a courtesy appointment in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and is director of the Texas A&amp;M Engineering Big Data Initiative, received his bachelor's degree in natural sciences in 1982 and a master’s in mathematics in 1983 from the University of Cambridge. He received his Ph.D. in mathematical physics from the University of London in 1987. His research focuses on data and network science, particularly applications of probability, statistics, algorithms and machine learning to the acquisition, management and analysis of large datasets in communications networks and beyond.</p> <p>Before joining the department, Duffield worked at AT&amp;T Labs-Research, Florham Park, New Jersey, where he held the position of distinguished member of technical staff and was an AT&amp;T Fellow. He previously held post-doctoral and faculty positions in Dublin, Ireland, and Heidelberg, Germany.</p> <p>Duffield, the author of over 150 refereed journal and conference papers and inventor of 50 U.S patents, is co-inventor of the smart sampling technologies that lie at the heart of AT&amp;T’s scalable Traffic Analysis Service. He is specialty editor-in-chief for Big Data of the journal Frontiers in ICT and he was charter chair of the IETF working group on packet sampling. Duffield is an IEEE Fellow, an IET Fellow and serves on the board of directors of ACM SIGMETRICS. He is an associate member of the Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance. He is a Texas A&amp;M principal investigator on the DARPA funded consortium DEDUCE: Distributed Enclave Defense Using Configurable Edges, and has received faculty research awards from Google and Intel.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/10/19/duffield-receives-nsf-grant-to-explore-network-traffic-classification http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/10/19/duffield-receives-nsf-grant-to-explore-network-traffic-classification Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CST Saghati receives Fouraker Fellowship Deana Totzke <deana@ece.tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/10/19/saghati-receives-fouraker-fellowship <p><img width="176" height="234" src="/media/4223175/saghati_165x219.jpg" alt="Saghati" class="leftalign"/>Ali Pourghorban Saghati, a graduate student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, has been awarded the Fouraker Fellowship from the department.</p> <p>This competitive Fellowship is awarded to one top graduate student in the department who has demonstrated an outstanding educational and research record. Saghati, who is advised by Dr. Kamran Entesari. has been the first author of seven publications in high-impact IEEE peer-reviewed international journals and conferences. His recent paper on microwave miniaturization techniques was listed as the most popular paper of IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques in January 2016.</p> <p>Saghati received his Master of Science degree with honors in electrical engineering from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad in Iran in 2014. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at Texas A&amp;M. His research interests include miniaturized RF/microwave antennas and filters, reconfigurable multiband and broadband antennas, and microwave chemical sensing suitable for lab-on-a-board applications. Saghati was a recipient of the department’s graduate student scholarship in fall 2014.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/10/19/saghati-receives-fouraker-fellowship http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/10/19/saghati-receives-fouraker-fellowship Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CST Texas A&M University well represented at annual Society of Petroleum Engineers international conference Nancy Luedke <> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/10/19/texas-am-university-well-represented-at-annual-spe-international-conference <p>Faculty, staff, advisory board members and students of the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&amp;M won several awards, volunteered time and effort, and presented academic papers at the recent Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) held Sept 26-28 in Dubai. The conference is an annual gathering of the international members of SPE, celebrating the dedication, distinction, service and endeavors of those who strive to promote petroleum engineering both in academia and industry. Recognition is given during the SPE Annual Awards Banquet at the conference.</p> <p><img width="477" height="200" src="/media/4223162/2016-spe-distinguished-members.jpg" alt="2016 SPE ATCE distinguished members"/></p> <p>Professor of Engineering Practice Fred Dupriest, Professor John Killough, and Professor Jenn-Tai Liang (shown above) were all awarded Distinguished Member status. Established in 1983, this award recognizes SPE members who achieve distinction deemed worthy of special recognition. In the past few years, Dupriest has received several awards for engineering and teaching, Killough has received recognition for his distinguished reservoir simulation research and Liang has received honors for his research endeavors with nanotechnology.</p> <p>“SPE Distinguished Members represent less than 1 percent of the current SPE professional membership of about 80,000, so this is truly a distinction,” said Dan Hill, head of the petroleum engineering department. “Their receipt of this award brings the total number of our faculty who are SPE Distinguished Members to 18, which is more than any other petroleum engineering department in the world.”</p> <p><img width="156" height="200" src="/media/876275/zhu_ding_11-2013_156x200.jpg" alt="Image-of-Zhu,-Ding"/></p> <p>Professor Ding Zhu received the SPE Completions Optimization and Technology Award. The award honors her many contributions to well completion technology, including her outstanding research in horizontal and multilateral well completion design, and intelligent completion application of downhole monitoring and control.</p> <p><img width="155" height="200" src="/media/3616025/makogon_yuri_05-2016_155x200.jpg" alt="image of Makogon, Yuri"/></p> <p>Dr. Yuri Makogon, retired TEES Research Engineer with the department, received the Robert Earll McConnell Award. This achievement recognizes beneficial service to mankind by engineers through significant contributions that advance a nation’s standard of living or replenish its natural resource base. Makogon’s career spans nearly 60 years and includes significant discoveries and research involving gas hydrates.</p> <p><img width="386" height="200" src="/media/4223160/tamu-spe-officers.jpg" alt="2016 SPE ATCE awards TAMU-SPE outstanding chapter award"/></p> <p>The Texas A&amp;M student chapter of SPE won the Outstanding Student Chapter Award for the second year in a row. This prestigious award recognizes SPE student chapters with exceptional programs in industry engagement, operations and planning, community involvement, professional development and innovation.  The Texas A&amp;M chapter is the second largest student chapter in the world. The 2016 officers accepting the award in photo are (from left to right) Jordan Argamany, Hanyu Li, Alex Lambros, Benjamin Bates, and Courtney Walker.</p> <p><img width="308" height="200" src="/media/4223159/2016-international-student-paper-contest.jpg" alt="2016 SPE ATCE awards international paper contest students"/></p> <p>Yhree students from Texas A&amp;M participated in the international student paper contest. This competition pits regional winners from around the world in undergraduate, Masters, and Ph.D. divisions against each other in a display of research and presentation skills. This is the first time all three Texas A&amp;M students placed. </p> <ul> <li>Melissa LeRoy (right in photo) – second place, undergraduate division (Adviser – Terri Smith)</li> <li>Hanyu Li (middle in photo) – first place, Masters division (Adviser – Mike King)</li> <li>Karin Gonzalez (left in photo) – third place, Ph.D. division (Adviser – Maria Barrufet)</li> </ul> <p>The SPE ATCE is the world’s foremost technical conference in oil and gas drilling and production. This year over five hundred technical papers were presented. Several people from petroleum engineering at Texas A&amp;M volunteered their time, effort and research to help make this possible.</p> <ul> <li>TEES Research Engineer Frank Platt, who works with the Global Petroleum Research Institute housed within the department, served as the management and information specialty coordinator for the event.</li> <li>Former student and Industry Board member Janeen Judah, the incoming 2017 president for SPE, was a featured speaker for the sessions <i>the Value of Gender Diversity in Leadership </i>and<i> Managing the Oil Industry Cycles – Employee, Students, and Employer Perspective. </i>She also served as moderator for the session: <i>Early Identification of Future Leaders</i>.</li> <li>Professor Tom Blasingame was a featured speaker and moderator for the session <i>The Way to Move Forward is to Look Back</i>.</li> <li>Professor A. Dan Hill was a featured speaker for the session <i>Managing the Oil Industry Cycles – Employee, Students, and Employer Perspective.</i></li> <li>Assistant Professor Sam Noynaert was a featured speaker for the session <i>How is Academia Managing in a Cyclic Environment</i>.</li> <li>Adjunct Professor Oliver Mullins was a featured speaker for the session <i>Getting the Most from Mature Fields</i>.</li> <li>Professors Hisham Nasr-El-Din and Ding Zhu served as technical session chairpersons.</li> <li>Associate Professor I. Yucel Akkutlu, Professor Maria Barrufet, University Distinguished Professor Akhil Datta-Gupta, Assistant Professor Berna Hascakir, Professor A. Dan Hill, Professor John Killough, Professor W. John Lee, Professor Duane McVay, Professor George Moridis, Professor Nobuo Morita, Professor Hisham Nasr-El-Din, Associate Professor David Schechter, and Professor Ding Zhu were authors of papers presented in technical sessions.</li> </ul> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/10/19/texas-am-university-well-represented-at-annual-spe-international-conference http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/10/19/texas-am-university-well-represented-at-annual-spe-international-conference Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CST