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 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CST Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CST Texas A&M Engineering entrepreneurs among Aggie 100 Timothy Schnettler <tschnettler@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/23/texas-am-engineering-entrepreneurs-among-aggie-100 <p><img width="184" height="143" src="/media/1885547/aggie100-icon_pbcnvergb-web.jpg" alt="Aggie 100-Icon _PBCNVE.RGB-Web" class="rightalign"/>The 100 fastest-growing Aggie-owned or Aggie-led businesses in the world were recognized recently at the 10<sup>th</sup> Annual Aggie 100 program, sponsored by the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship in the Mays Business School at Texas A&amp;M University.</p> <p>The Aggie 100 focuses on growth as an indicator of job creation, product acceptance and entrepreneurial vision. Of the companies on the list, three of the Top 10 companies — Southern Green Builders, NRI, Inc., and Team Trident LLC — are owned or led by Texas A&amp;M Engineering graduates and 29 of the 100 companies are owned or led by Aggie engineers.</p> <p>CIMA ENERGY, LTD., owned by petroleum engineering graduate Thomas K. Edwards ’87, won the Summit Award for the highest three-year average revenue. This is the third year the Summit Award has been presented.</p> <p>“We are extremely proud of our former students and applaud the success of their entrepreneurial spirit,” said Dr. M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of Texas A&amp;M Engineering. “This recognition will motivate and inspire our current students who may someday find themselves among the Aggie 100 in the future.”</p> <p><strong>All Aggie engineers making the list (company ranking in parenthesis)</strong></p> <p><strong>Southern Green Builders (2)</strong></p> <p>Drew Ondrey ’02, Owner, Partner</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Industrial Distribution</p> <p><strong>NRI, Inc. (3)</strong></p> <p>Harold E. McGowen III ’82, President and CEO, and Founder</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Mechanical Engineering</p> <p><strong>Team Trident LLC (6)</strong></p> <p>Rick Restivo ’91, Vice President, Owner and Founder</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Engineering Technology</p> <p><strong>Pinnacle Asset Integrity Services (15)</strong></p> <p>Ryan Sitton ’97, President &amp; CEO, Owner and Founder</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Mechanical Engineering</p> <p><strong>A-1 Rocket Industries, Inc. (19)</strong></p> <p>J. Ryan Zimmer ’06, President</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Civil Engineering</p> <p><strong>Ward, Getz &amp; Associates, LLP (23)</strong></p> <p>Ryan Getz ’01, Partner and Owner</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree Civil Engineering</p> <p>Steven Ward ’01, Partner and Owner</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Civil Engineering</p> <p>Stephanie Anderson ’05, Partner and Owner</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Civil Engineering</p> <p><strong>Houston Offshore Engineering (25)</strong></p> <p>Philip Poll ’88, Manager of Projects, Owner and Founder</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Aerospace Engineering</p> <p>Ngok Lai ’72, Manager of Operations, Owner and Founder</p> <p>Bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Civil Engineering</p> <p>Jun Zou ’97, Manager of Naval Architecture, Owner and Founder</p> <p>Master’s degree and Ph.D., Ocean Engineering</p> <p><strong>WildHorse Resources, LLC (27)</strong></p> <p>Jay Graham ’92, President and Founder</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Petroleum Engineering</p> <p>Anthony Bahr ’91, CEO and Founder</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Petroleum Engineering</p> <p><strong>LCM Industries, Inc. (28)</strong></p> <p>Tommy Crume ’96, President, Owner and Founder</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Industrial Distribution</p> <p><strong>Veritas Building Consultants LLC (29)</strong></p> <p>Donald J. Cunningham ’62, Founder and Owner</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Civil Engineering</p> <p><strong>KFW Surveying (30)</strong></p> <p>Blaine Lopez ’96, President, Owner and Founder</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Civil Engineering</p> <p>George Weron ’97, CEO, Owner and Founder</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Civil Engineering</p> <p>Criag Fletcher ’97, COO, Owner and Founder</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Civil Engineering</p> <p><strong>Forney Construction, LLC (32)</strong></p> <p>Tom Forney ’79, CEO, Owner and Founder</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Engineering Technology</p> <p><strong>Comflow Mechanical Services (34)</strong></p> <p>Jon Wiesmann ’00, President and Owner</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Industrial Distribution</p> <p><strong>Kidd Roofing (40)</strong></p> <p>Corey Wilson ’93, President and Owner</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Mechanical Engineering</p> <p><strong>KFW Engineers (41)</strong></p> <p>George Weron ’97, Principal and Founder</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Civil Engineering</p> <p>Craig Fletcher ’97, Principal and Founder</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Civil Engineering</p> <p><strong>Sabre Commercial, Inc. (42)</strong></p> <p>John P. Cyrier ’95, President, Owner and Founder</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Mechanical Engineering Technology </p> <p><strong>Trilliant Surgical, Ltd. (47)</strong></p> <p>Jon Olson ’00, President, Owner and Founder</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Biomedical Engineering </p> <p>Chad Steitle ’98, Managing Partner, Owner and Founder</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Biomedical Engineering </p> <p><strong>MP2 Energy (48)</strong></p> <p>Mark Siismets ’87, COO and Owner</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Mechanical Engineering</p> <p><strong>OTA Compression, LLC (49)</strong></p> <p>Grant Swartzwelder ’85, President, Owner and Foudner</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Petroleum Engineering</p> <p><strong>McCord Engineering, Inc. (53)</strong></p> <p>Jimmy D. McCord ’69, President, Owner and Foudner</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Electrical Engineering</p> <p><strong>ESS Group (55)</strong></p> <p>Jeff Ross ’90, President and Owner</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Industrial Distribution</p> <p><strong>LJA Engineering, Inc. (63)</strong></p> <p>Calvin T. Ladner ’80, President</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Civil Engineering</p> <p><strong>Escondido Resources II, LLC (64)</strong></p> <p>William E. Deupree ’83, President, CEO, Owner and Founder</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Petroleum Engineering</p> <p><strong>Spiars Engineering, Inc. (67)</strong></p> <p>John Spiars ’89, President, Owner and Founder</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Civil Engineering </p> <p>Tim Spiars ’90, CEO and Owner</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Civil Engineering</p> <p>Kevin Wier ’98, Partner and Owner</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Civil Engineering </p> <p>Matt Dorsett ’93, Partner and Owner</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Civil Engineering</p> <p><strong>Service Nation, Inc. (78)</strong></p> <p>Matt Michel ’83, Chairman, President, CEO, Owner and Founder</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Industrial Technology </p> <p><strong>CJG Engineers (82)</strong></p> <p>Ross H. Eubanks ’98, Principal and Owner</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Civil Engineering </p> <p>Hunter T. Kornegay ’92, Principal and Owner</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Civil Engineering</p> <p><strong>HTS Texas (83)</strong></p> <p>Christopher “Mike” Donovan ’96, President and Owner</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Chemical Engineering</p> <p><strong>Lonquist &amp; Co. LLC (89)</strong></p> <p>Richard R. Lonquist ’87, President, Owner and Founder</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Petroleum Engineering</p> <p>Robert S. Crews ’90, Vice President, Owner and Founder</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Petroleum Engineering</p> <p><strong>Genesys Works (91)</strong></p> <p>Rafael Alvarez ’90, CEO and Founder</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Mechanical Engineering</p> <p><strong>Latshaw Drilling &amp; Exploration Company (96)</strong></p> <p>Trent B. Latshaw ’75, President and Owner</p> <p>Bachelor’s degree, Petroleum Engineering</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/23/texas-am-engineering-entrepreneurs-among-aggie-100 http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/23/texas-am-engineering-entrepreneurs-among-aggie-100 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CST Look College to hold tailgate, farewell to Zachry building Timothy Schnettler <tschnettler@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/23/look-college-to-hold-tailgate-farewell-to-zachry-building <p><img width="300" height="200" src="/media/1885546/tailgate_300x200.jpg" alt="Tailgate" class="rightalign"/>The first all-Aggie Engineering Tailgate is slated for Nov. 15, three hours prior to the kickoff of the Texas A&amp;M vs. Missouri football game. The tailgate, which will feature food, giveaways and fun, will be held on the lawn south of the Zachry Engineering Center on the Texas A&amp;M University campus.</p> <p>Current and former students, faculty, staff and friends of the engineering program are invited to attend the event.</p> <p>Attendees at the tailgate will have a chance to say farewell to the Zachry Engineering Center, which will close in December for a massive, multi-million dollar renovation and new construction project that begins in January 2015. Attendees are encouraged to leave notes describing their favorite memories and experiences in the facility and will be able to take home a piece of the old Zachry building.</p> <p>The Zachry Engineering Center opened in 1972. When the renovation and new construction project is completed in 2017, the building will be named the Engineering Education Complex, and at 533,000 square feet, will become the largest academic building on campus. The state-of-the-art building will be used exclusively for undergraduate engineering education to support the 25 by 25 Initiative.</p> <p>For more information, or to RSVP, visit <a href="/tailgate">engineering.tamu.edu/tailgate</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/23/look-college-to-hold-tailgate-farewell-to-zachry-building http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/23/look-college-to-hold-tailgate-farewell-to-zachry-building Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CST Engineering Academic and Student Affairs hosts inaugural SophoMORE Week Shelby Todd <shelbytodd@tees.tamus.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/23/engineering-academic-and-student-affairs-hosts-inaugural-sophomore-week <p><img width="350" height="233" src="/media/1885544/img_3103_350x233.jpg" alt="IMG_3103" class="rightalign"/>Sophomore students are familiar with the demands of an engineering academic schedule; now their focus turns to gaining professional skills and learning about various resources beyond the classroom.</p> <p>To aid them in their efforts, the Dwight Look College of Engineering’s Engineering Academic and Student Affairs (EASA) office recently hosted the inaugural SophoMORE Week.</p> <p>“The purpose of SophoMORE Week is to help second-year students become more engaged with engineering and learn about various career opportunities for engineers”, said Dr. Kristi Shryock, senior director of retention in the Look College.</p> <p>Different events were held during SophoMORE Week to facilitate interaction among students and between students, faculty and staff members.  The week started with an ice cream social to help students socialize and get to know each other better. Students also had an informal luncheon with engineering academic advisers to become familiar with the faculty and staff advisors and to practice the art of networking. The informal luncheon helped students feel comfortable approaching their advisors as resources throughout their time at Texas A&amp;M. While networking is crucial for engineers, most sophomores have not had the chance to practice networking, which is useful when students seek jobs or internships.</p> <p>SophoMORE week also included three short, but informative presentations. Representative from the Texas A&amp;M Career Center talked about career and professional development with regards to building careers, obtaining internships and becoming well-rounded applicants. The Engineering Global Programs office informed students of the different study abroad opportunities that the Look College offers. Studying abroad is a great way for students to stand out among their peers in the workforce. The students also heard about several undergraduate research opportunities, including the Undergraduate Summer Research Grant (USRG) program.</p> <p>SophoMORE Week ended with a bowling social, which allowed students to relax after a difficult week of midterm exams and mingle with other students they met during the week.</p> <p>Shryock looks forward to continuing to focus on activities related to the sophomore year and is already making plans for next year’s SophoMORE Week.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/23/engineering-academic-and-student-affairs-hosts-inaugural-sophomore-week http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/23/engineering-academic-and-student-affairs-hosts-inaugural-sophomore-week Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CST Texas A&M SPE Career Enhancement Event Daniel Forero and Clarisse Natividad http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/22/texas-am-spe-career-enhancement-event <p><img width="639" height="250" src="/media/1878973/spe_cee_presentations2.jpg" alt="2014 SPE CEE presentation"/></p> <p>Texas A&amp;M University's Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Student Chapter held its SPE Career Enhancement Event (CEE) recently at Texas A&amp;M’s Memorial Student Center. Over 600 students interested in a career in the petroleum industry attended the CEE.  Nearly 100 recruiters from 28 oil and gas companies were present to seek out potential full-time employees and interns. Since all attendees were required to be SPE members, the event had a direct impact on SPE membership. The membership increased by approximately 400 members. This was one of the largest events the Texas A&amp;M University SPE Student Chapter has ever hosted.</p> <p><img width="253" height="250" src="/media/1878975/spe_cee_check-in.jpg" alt="2014 SPE CEE check-in" class="leftalign" style="float: left;"/>The Career Enhancement Event is a recruiting event exclusive to Texas A&amp;M University students interested in the petroleum industry, which provides opportunities for students to learn more about the petroleum business and develop career goals.  All 28 companies presented for five minutes to explain their own company strategy and the opportunities they have for students. Companies ranged from large-scale integrated corporations like BP, to service companies and independent companies such as Vanguard Natural Resources. </p> <p>During the career networking, students were able to speak to companies of their interest. With new accomodations, more opportunities, and more involvement of SPE members, the 2014 Career Enhancement Event was an outstanding improvement to last year’s event. </p> <p><img width="284" height="250" src="/media/1878976/spe_cee_lunch.jpg" alt="2014 SPE CEE lunch" class="rightalign" style="float: right;"/>SPE would like to thank the corporate sponsors and attendees for making the CEE a success. SPE hopes that all students involved were open to several opportunities and were able to develop their own personal career goals.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/22/texas-am-spe-career-enhancement-event http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/22/texas-am-spe-career-enhancement-event Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CST Singh receives Professor Visitante Especial award Donald St. Martin <dstmartin@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/22/singh-receives-professor-visitante-especial-award <p><img width="210" height="270" src="/media/455750/singh1.jpg" alt="Chanan Singh" class="rightalign"/>Dr. Chanan Singh, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, recently received a prestigious award from the Brazilian Research Council.</p> <p>Singh, interim department head, Regents Professor and Irma Runyon Chair Professor, received a Professor Visitante Especial (PVE) award from the Brazilian Research Council.</p> <p>The award, based on a competitive research proposal, is for a two-year period and supports collaborative research with faculty members in Brazil. Singh’s collaborators are Professor Carmen Lucia Tancredo Borges from UFRJ-Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and Professor Mauro Augusto da Rosa from UFSC - Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina.</p> <p>The goal of this collaboration is to investigate the reliability of the power grid in the presence of high penetration of variable generation sources. This will include examination of safe penetration levels of renewables and examination of cost-effectiveness of reliability enhancement using energy storage technologies. More realistic forecasting of renewable power will be developed and then integrated, and stochastic reliability models of power systems, including variable power generation and energy storage, will be developed at different levels. Based on these models, optimization and control schemes for planning and operations of modern grid systems will be investigated for enhancing the overall system reliability. This collaborative research will provide tools for making informed decisions under uncertainties introduced by the variable energy sources.</p> <p>Singh is an IEEE Fellow and is internationally recognized as an expert on the reliability and security of power systems. Other honors he has received include the Merit Award by the Probabilistic Methods Applied to Power Systems (PMAPS) International Society, the IEEE Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award, being holder of the J.W. Runyon, Jr. Professorship II, the Halliburton Professorship, the Dresser Professorship, the University Level Association of Former Students' Distinguished Achievement Award for Research and the University of Saskatchewan awarded him a D.Sc. in 1998 for his research contributions. In 2010, he was the inaugural recipient of the IEEE-PES Roy Billinton Power System Reliability Award.</p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/22/singh-receives-professor-visitante-especial-award http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/22/singh-receives-professor-visitante-especial-award Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CST Vyas receives UNICEF Member of the Year Award Deana Totzke <deana@ece.tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/22/vyas-receives-unicef-member-of-the-year-award <p><img width="210" height="325" src="/media/1885538/vyas-new_210x325.jpg" alt="Vyas" class="leftalign"/>A student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University was recently awarded the UNICEF Member of the Year 2014-2015 Award.</p> <p>Yashwant Prakash Vyas, a senior in the department, was the first student from Texas A&amp;M to receive the award, which was presented at the UNICEF Campus Initiative Summit 2014-2015 in collaboration with the Millennium Campus Conference.This is a national award given every year at the annual summit to a member for his/her contribution to US Funds for UNICEF. Only one award is given in this category. Previously Vyas received the UNICEF Service Honor Stole, which is given to a member for their outstanding service to UNICEF. </p> <p>Vyas is an international student at Texas A&amp;M from India studying electrical engineering with a minor in mathematics. He transferred to Texas A&amp;M in the fall of 2012 from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Hyderabad India.</p> <p>Other honors he has received include the Buck Weirus Spirit Award 2014 from the Association of Former Students &amp; Department of Student Activities, the Margaret Rudder Community Service Award 2014 from the Department of Student Activities, a Class Star Award for Leadership 2014, a Diversity Certificate 2014 from the Department of Multicultural Services, a Leadership Certificate 2014 from the Student Government Association, a first place award at ArtFest 2014, an Outstanding Service Award 2014 from the International Student Association and a Brazos Valley World Fest 2013 first prize.</p> <p>During his time at Texas A&amp;M Vyas has belonged to several student organizations and has held major leadership positions including the International Student Association, the Student Government Association Diversity Commission, the India Association, the Aggie Orientation Leaders Program, Camp Kesem, Muster 2014, Host, Aggie Replant, Texas A&amp;M University-UNICEF Chapter, Texas Aggies Making Changes (12th CAN), Student Government Association, Indian Graduate Student Association, Texas A&amp;M Emergency Care Team, Keep Brazos Beautiful, counselor at Fish Camp and transfer student ambassador for the Office of the Dean of Student Life, NSFP.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/22/vyas-receives-unicef-member-of-the-year-award http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/22/vyas-receives-unicef-member-of-the-year-award Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CST Banks presents award to Congressman John Culberson Timothy Schnettler <tschnettler@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/22/banks-presents-award-to-congressman-john-culberson <p><img width="400" height="265" src="/media/1885532/dsc_3874_a_400x265.jpg" alt="DSC_3874_a" class="rightalign"/>The Science Coalition presented Congressman John Culberson with its Champion of Science Award during a ceremony in Houston on Tuesday (Oct. 21). The award was presented in recognition of his commitment to funding the basic research that keeps the United States and the state of Texas at the forefront of scientific and medical discovery and technological innovation.</p> <p>The Science Coalition is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of more than 50 of the nation's leading public and private research universities including Texas A&amp;M University. The Coalition is dedicated to sustaining the federal governments investment in basic scientific research as a means to create jobs, grow the economy and spur innovation.</p> <p>“We are pleased to honor Congressman Culberson for his commitment to the federally funded research enterprise at universities across the nation,” said Texas A&amp;M University System Chancellor John Sharp. “Since serving together in the State legislature, I’ve known John to be both fiscally responsible and visionary. He has continued that balance in Washington where he recognizes the impact of agencies like NASA and the National Science Foundation on our nation’s competitive advantage and economic development at home.”</p> <p>Dr. M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, and Kate Miller, dean of the College of Geosciences at Texas A&amp;M, presented the award to Culberson. </p> <p>“As a space-grant university, Texas A&amp;M has been especially impacted by Congressman Culberson’s support of the sciences and engineering,” said Banks. “One of many examples is his long-standing support of NASA. We have graduated thousands of Aggies who work in the space program — from payload specialists to flight engineers and even astronauts.</p> <p>“We are grateful that Congressman Culberson serves as out champion, a person who has a clear vision for the future in science, engineering and technology.”</p> <p>The event was held at Stress Engineering where Dr. Joe Fowler ’68 is president and co-founder of Stress Engineering. Fowler graduated from Texas A&amp;M with a mechanical engineering degree and is chairman of the Dwight Look College of Engineering’s Advisory Council.</p> <p>Stress Engineering provides engineering services for a broad range of industries and counts almost 70 A&amp;M graduates among its employees. Culberson toured the facility with Fowler prior to the ceremony.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/22/banks-presents-award-to-congressman-john-culberson http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/22/banks-presents-award-to-congressman-john-culberson Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CST Reed and Imbrie co-authors of article featured in "PRISM" Timothy Schnettler <tschnettler@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/22/reed-and-imbrie-co-authors-of-article-featured-in-prism <p><img width="160" height="170" src="/media/1885530/teri-reed.jpg" alt="Teri -reed" class="rightalign"/>Dr. Teri Reed and Dr. P.K. Imbrie are co-authors of an article that was published in the September issue of <em>PRISM</em>, a publication of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). The article is also featured on the ASEE <a href="http://www.asee-prism.org/jee-selects-2/">website</a>.</p> <p><img width="160" height="170" src="/media/1885531/p-imbrie.jpg" alt="P -imbrie" class="leftalign"/>The article titled “The Ultimate Diversity App” focuses on how to change the face of engineering by changing admissions policies.</p> <p>Institutional data at a Midwestern public university indicated that from 2006 through 2010 the number of women engineering applicants increased by 46 percent, correlating with increased recruiting efforts.</p> <p>However, over that same time period the number of women admitted into engineering increased by only 24 percent, a mismatch that was unexpected and raised questions about equity in the admissions process.</p> <p>According to the article, “if admissions policies have a significant role in the opportunity to become an engineer, changing such policies may play a role in increasing the representation of groups such as women and minorities in engineering.”</p> <p>Reed is the assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs, the assistant agency director of workforce development for the Texas A&amp;M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), and an associate professor in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering.</p> <p>Imbrie is the director of undergraduate academic programs in the Engineering Academic &amp; Student Affairs office and an associate professor in the Dwight Look College of Engineering.</p> <p>The other authors of the article include Beth M. Holloway, assistant dean for undergraduate education and director of the Women in Engineering program at Purdue University and Ken Reid, associate professor of engineering education at Virginia Tech.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/22/reed-and-imbrie-co-authors-of-article-featured-in-prism http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/22/reed-and-imbrie-co-authors-of-article-featured-in-prism Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CST Thermal interface materials: Akbulut refines soft materials, copper Kidron Vestal <kidron@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/22/thermal-interface-materials-akbulut-refines-soft-materials-copper <p>In the microelectronics world, the military and private sectors alike need solutions to technologic challenges. <a href="/chemical/people/makbulut">Dr. Mustafa Akbulut</a>, assistant professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering, and two students are leading a project funded by DARPA to create thermal interface materials (TIMs) that have a superior ability to transfer heat and a strong capacity to keep cool.</p> <p>In evaluating a central processing unit, as an example, there are many pieces that individually need temperature management.</p> <p>“As you get smaller and smaller, there is higher heat dissipation per unit area," Akbulut said. "Locally, you have higher temperatures…you have a harder time operationally—you need better thermal interface materials. This is especially important for radars, laser systems and also for military electronics.” </p> <p>Essentially and most critically, the device needs the ability to avoid overheating.</p> <p>"Unless you cool it, it fails,” he said. </p> <p>In evaluating an electronic device and a cooling system that need to be placed together as they function, if there is an absence of thermal material in between, the heat created by the electronic device can potentially erode the device. According to Akbulut, non-soft materials are considered less effective as a TIM because they do not adequately cover all interior openings or gaps, even though the naked eye may not detect this space.</p> <p>“If you look at the very fine scale, [these two pieces] are not smooth," Akbulut said. "If you look at these with an electron microscope, you see they are like mountains. If you bring these surfaces together, they do not have perfect contact. Thus, the objective of a traditional TIM is not fully met."</p> <p>Soft materials, including paste, often minimize the gap, said Akbulut. The invention of his new metal-based, soft material leads to high thermal conductive activity and because of its malleable nature, consistent contact is achieved. His research group has recently developed TIMs with thermal conductivities greater than 100 W/m-k and elastic modulus values in the order of 20 GPa, signficantly advancing the current state of art for TIMs. As a comparison, this material is ten times softer than steel and three times more thermally conductive.</p> <p>Using copper and nanomaterials together, Akbulut believes his new TIM can lead to greater optimization and large-scale implementation in the future.</p> <p>For more information about Akbulut’s research, visit his <a href="/chemical/people/makbulut">webpage</a>.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/22/thermal-interface-materials-akbulut-refines-soft-materials-copper http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/22/thermal-interface-materials-akbulut-refines-soft-materials-copper Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CST Dromgoole awarded HPS fellowship Kelley Ragusa <kelleyragusa@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/21/dromgoole-awarded-hps-fellowship <p><span><img width="188" height="282" src="/media/1881182/students-2014-fall-3_188x282.jpg" alt="Dromgoole" class="leftalign"/></span></p> <p>Lainy Dromgoole has been awarded the 2014-2015 Robert Gardner Memorial Fellowship from the Health Physics Society. The fellowship includes a $5,000 stipend and a travel grant to attend the HPS Annual Meeting in Indianapolis in the summer of 2015. Dromgoole works with Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) faculty member Dr. Craig Marianno on research in the area of health physics.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/21/dromgoole-awarded-hps-fellowship http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/21/dromgoole-awarded-hps-fellowship Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CST