Texas A&M Engineering News The Texas A&M University College of Engineering 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 college of engineering 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 Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:00:00 CST Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:00:00 CST Texas A&M graduate students win the Excellence in Societal/Technical Impact Award Taylor Phillips-Rodriguez <tphillipsrodriguez@exchange.tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/10/18/texas-am-graduate-students-win-the-excellence-in-societaltechnical-impact-award <p style="text-align: left;" align="center">Two graduate students working for the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution recently won the <a href="https://www.nae.edu/MediaRoom/20095/164396/173485.aspx" target="_blank">Excellence in Societal/Technical Impact Award</a> at the 2017 <a href="http://engineeringchallenges.org/14500/23671.aspx" target="_blank">Global Grand Challenges Summit</a> (GGCS) in Washington, D.C. The biennial GGCS, is jointly organized by the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, U.K. Royal Academy of Engineering and Chinese Academy of Engineering.</p> <p style="text-align: left;" class="leftalign" align="center"><img width="480" height="727" src="/media/5367888/poster-1_480x727.jpg" alt="Poster Research Award 1"/></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Rana Soltani-Zarrin and Amin Zeiaee, mechanical engineering doctoral students in the Texas A&amp;M University College of Engineering, presented their research poster at the competition, titled “<a href="http://theconversation.com/moving-exoskeletons-from-sci-fi-into-medical-rehabilitation-and-therapy-59951" target="_blank">Virtual reality enhanced intelligent upper-limb exoskeleton for rehabilitation of stroke patients</a>.”</p> <p style="text-align: left;">The project aims to help stroke patients relearn motor skills they have lost and regain abilities to perform activities of daily living using an intelligent upper limb robotic device.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">The device provides assistance and resistance to patients with various levels of disability to increase strength, flexibility and range of motion of their upper-limb, making it a more effective recovery as an alternative to labor-intensive, limited-time manual therapy. Furthermore, training developed in augmented and virtual reality environments can be used as additional features to provide more entraining and motivating therapy for patients.   </p> <p style="text-align: left;">Originally a proposal from the <a href="http://lcra.tamu.edu/" target="_blank">Laboratory for Control, Robotics and Automation</a>, directed by <a href="https://engineering.tamu.edu/etid/people/langari-reza" target="_blank">Dr. Reza Langari</a>, department head in the engineering technology and industrial distribution department, Soltani and Zeiaee began their research to bring the idea into reality in 2015.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="text-align: left;">Using a combination of electrical, mechanical and mechatronic engineering, Soltani and Zeiaee have been developing a prototype for clinical settings that will hopefully one day be provided as a home-based exoskeleton for rehabilitation.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Only 37 graduate and 49 in undergraduate level students were selected for this competition among more than 150 submitted abstracts from United States, United Kingdom and China. There were three awards for each category (graduate and undergraduate). The winners were selected for societal/technical impact of the research, the novelty of research or the poster design. Judges were professionals from academia, government and industry.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Soltani and Zeiaee’s research was selected as the winner of the societal/technical impact award. Each winning team was awarded a certificate and a cash prize of $2,000, by the National Academy of Engineering. Among the six winners, one was from China, one from the United Kingdom and four winners from the United States.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/10/18/texas-am-graduate-students-win-the-excellence-in-societaltechnical-impact-award http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/10/18/texas-am-graduate-students-win-the-excellence-in-societaltechnical-impact-award Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:00:00 CST Keeping it clean: Mechanical engineering students work to develop clothes dryer fit for space travel Jennifer Reiley <jreiley@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/10/18/keeping-it-clean-mechanical-engineering-students-work-to-develop-clothes-dryer-fit-for-space-travel <p>Even astronauts have to do the laundry.</p> <p><img width="514" height="335" src="/media/5367885/img_3830-gigem-web.jpg" alt="NASA Capstone Project" class="rightalign"/>Five seniors from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University are working together to develop clothes dryer technology to help astronauts save on clothes and supplies during future long-term missions.</p> <p>“The possibility that our dryer could go into space on the Mars mission is really awesome,” said team member Mason Herpin.</p> <p>The project is the team’s senior capstone design project, which aims to bridge the gap between classroom and industry by requiring students to use their knowledge and skills to complete an engineering design project. The NASA team in MEEN 402 have been working since January to develop a clothes dryer prototype that will work in space.</p> <p>“Currently what they do with the clothes is they wear them once, they put them back in a supply pod, and the supply pod is designed to burn up on reentry because they don’t have any way to wash and dry clothes in space right now,” said team member Nicholas Hill.</p> <p>The prototype dryer uses forced evaporation to dry the clothes, with 12 fans blowing air over the material. To test the design, the team dries a dry-fit t-shirt, a pair of gym shorts and a thick pair of cotton socks, an outfit similar to an astronaut’s workout gear.</p> <p>So far, the team has run the test for two hours at the most, running at about 30 watts of power. The teams allowable power usage, 150 watts, is a tenth of an average hair dryer.</p> <p>One major obstacle the students have to tackle is developing something that will function in zero gravity, a challenge difficult to test at Texas A&amp;M’s Engineering Innovation Center.</p> <p>“When you’re in zero gravity, if you have a big barrel rotating inside a spaceship, the angular momentum of the ship will change,” said team member Casey Peterson. “That will throw off the trajectory of the spaceship, so that was one of the biggest issues we had to work through.”</p> <p>The team is also working on an adjacent project to develop a long-term trash stowage system that can be used on longer voyages. Currently, trash is handled similarly to dirty laundry — loaded into a supply pod and burned in the atmosphere. However, on a longer mission astronauts have to consider space and the possibility of bacterial growth. The team has developed a box that food vacuum bags can be placed in and compressed. As the bags are vacuum compressed, an opening in the compactor allows astronauts to heat seal the bags.</p> <p>Team member Julia DeVinney said the team has considered how either prototype, or something similar, could be have broader uses.</p> <p>“Even though this is something we’re working on for NASA, maybe this dryer could also be used in many different applications,” DeVinney said.</p> <p>The senior capstone program is meant to help students develop skills needed to succeed in diverse industry design teams. All of the NASA team members agreed that teamwork was a large component of the learning experience.</p> <p>“It’s been a really good learning experience for all of us too, because this is kind of how projects work in industry. Everyone has got a different schedule and everyone has different meetings going on at different times and different places they have to be,” said project manager Bailey C. Robbins. “Being able to work together or separate to get the same end goal and bring it together is great experience.”</p> <p>The team members are expected to present a final presentation of their prototypes to NASA officials in Houston in December.</p> <p>For more information about the capstone program, email Dr. Joanna Tsenn at joanna.tsenn@tamu.edu.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/10/18/keeping-it-clean-mechanical-engineering-students-work-to-develop-clothes-dryer-fit-for-space-travel http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/10/18/keeping-it-clean-mechanical-engineering-students-work-to-develop-clothes-dryer-fit-for-space-travel Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:00:00 CST Da Silva co-chairs USENIX Annual Technical Conference 2017 Rachel Rose <rdaggie@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/10/18/da-silva-co-chairs-usenix-annual-technical-conference-2017 <p><img width="258" height="344" src="/media/5303450/dasilva_web_258x344.jpg" alt="Da Silva Fall 2017" class="rightalign"/>Dr. Dilma Da Silva, department head, professor and holder of the Ford Motor Company Design Professorship II in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, served as co-chair of the 2017 Advanced Computing Systems Association (USENIX) annual technical conference (ATC) in Santa Clara, California, July 12-14.</p> <p>As co-chair with Dr. Bryan Ford, associate professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Da Silva led the program committee responsible for the event. The conference boasted industry talks, a poster session and Birds-of-a-Feather sessions, where attendees had the opportunity to meet in an informal setting.</p> <p>The three-day conference, which highlights innovative research, brought together professionals from academic and industrial backgrounds and provided students the opportunity to interact with senior researchers in the field. USENIX is committed to providing open access to research. The conference hosted over 300 attendees and had almost 300 paper submissions, 60 of which were accepted.</p> <p>In addition to serving as co-chair of the conference, Da Silva was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation, which allowed the conference to provide travel awards to 20 graduate students.</p> <p>“Serving at large conferences is always a lot of work, but the USENIX ATC experience left me inspired by the dedication of the 33 program committee members,” Da Silva said. “Altogether, they wrote more than 920 detailed reviews and traveled to California for a two-day program committee meeting. The result was an outstanding program.”</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/10/18/da-silva-co-chairs-usenix-annual-technical-conference-2017 http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/10/18/da-silva-co-chairs-usenix-annual-technical-conference-2017 Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:00:00 CST Accessibility in Computing: One student’s commitment to success Rachel Rose <rdaggie@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/10/18/accessibility-in-computing-one-students-commitment-to-success <p>Cameron Cassidy, a senior in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, does not let his visual impairment slow him down as he pursues a degree in computer science.<img width="550" height="309" src="/media/5367883/cassidy-cameron.jpg" alt="Image of Cameron Cassidy" class="rightalign"/></p> <p>He uses several adaptive technologies to help him in class, such as a camera to help see text on the board and a closed-circuit television, which is a digital magnifier that enlarges text on paper versus text at a distance.</p> <p>Each new course provides a new set of challenges. So every semester he has to find new solutions to mediate the unique challenges that he faces. This has led to becoming a skilled problem solver.</p> <p>“Each semester everything is new, you don’t know how the professor teaches, etc.,” Cassidy said. “In terms of problem-solving, you learn to quickly respond and find a solution for things to prevent falling behind in the course.”</p> <p>Cassidy is working closely with Dr. J. Michael Moore, an instructional assistant professor in the department, on an undergraduate research project to create a new course.</p> <p>“I actually met Dr. Moore at a conference in Seattle,” Cassidy said. “This conference was focused on creating courses regarding universal design and accessibility. Together, we came up with this idea of creating a one-hour class to be taught at Texas A&amp;M as an elective for people who are majoring in university studies.”</p> <p>The department is also dedicated to helping those with the need for accessibility to succeed in this field. Dr. Dilma Da Silva, department head, professor and holder of the Ford Motor Company Design Professorship II, is a member of the Alliance for Access to Computing Careers, or AccessComputing.</p> <p>The alliance introduced Cassidy to Dr. Jeffery Bigham, an assistant in the Human Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Over the summer, Cassidy worked closely with Bigham on a project relating to Indoor Navigation Systems in Pittsburgh, funded by AccessComputing.</p> <p>This grant program, which supports the innovation of adaptive technologies, is led by the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering, the Information School, and the Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology Center at the University of Washington, and is supported by the National Science Foundation.</p> <p>Upon graduation, Cassidy hopes to attend graduate school to study computer-human interaction. Though he has faced challenges, Cassidy has learned that through hard work and commitment, great things can be achieved.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/10/18/accessibility-in-computing-one-students-commitment-to-success http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/10/18/accessibility-in-computing-one-students-commitment-to-success Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:00:00 CST Hoff ‘98 named recipient of the 2017 ISEN Distinguished Alumni Award Megan Sharp <msharp@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/10/17/hoff-‘98-named-recipient-of-the-2017-isen-distinguished-alumni-award <p><img width="196" height="245" src="/media/5367843/dr-hoff1.png" alt="Dr. Hoff image" class="rightalign"/>Dr. Randy Hoff has been awarded the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University for his significant contributions in promoting the profession of industrial engineering. He is one of the youngest recipients of the distinguished alumni award. </p> <p>Hoff has been the chief executive officer of <a href="http://www.cenergistic.com/">Cenergistic</a>, an energy conservation company in the Dallas, Texas, area for almost 14 years. He graduated in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering.</p> <p>Hoff has supported the industrial and systems engineering department as a member of the industry advisory council since 2010. In 2012, he created the Trecie A. '96 and Dr. Randy D. Hoff '97 Endowed Scholarship, in addition to others in the industrial and systems engineering department, funded through the <a href="https://www.txamfoundation.com/">Texas A&amp;M Foundation</a>.</p> <p>“Randy’s contribution to the community and industry leadership of excellence is a great example of Texas A&amp;M’s finest,” said Dr. Mark Lawley, department head of the industrial and systems engineering department. “We consider him to be an ideal role model for our students.”</p> <p>Hoff received his master’s degree in business administration from Marquette University in 2000, and his doctoral degree in engineering management from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in 2011. He also holds a certificate in environmental and civil engineering and sustainability from SMU.</p> <p>He joined Cenergistic after a broad and varied career at General Electric Corporation, during which he became a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Hoff is a Certified Energy Manager and Certified Measurement and Verification Professional through the Association of Energy Engineers. He is also a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.</p> <p>According to Cenergistic’s website, Hoff is passionate about achieving 30 percent energy reduction for all clients. He led the company to achieve the <a href="https://www.energystar.gov">ENERGY STAR</a> Partners status. His clients were able to earn the ENERGY STAR recognition as well, thanks to his efforts. As a result, the company received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year, and Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Awards for eight consecutive years.</p> <p>“Randy exhibits the outstanding work ethic and levels of accomplishment that we look for in choosing our distinguished alumni,” said Lawley. “He is richly deserving of this honor and we are very proud of him.” </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/10/17/hoff-‘98-named-recipient-of-the-2017-isen-distinguished-alumni-award http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/10/17/hoff-‘98-named-recipient-of-the-2017-isen-distinguished-alumni-award Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 CST Highly regarded national figure in STEM speaks at Texas A&M Jessica Spence <> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/10/10/highly-regarded-national-figure-in-stem-speaks-at-texas-am <p class="leftalign"><img width="360" height="169" src="/media/5343767/gcsp-carpenter-.jpeg" alt="GCSP and Carpenter"/></p> <p>The Grand Challenge Scholars Program (GCSP) in the College of Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University hosted Dr. Jenna Carpenter on Friday, Sept. 29 at a seminar on how success in the GCSP translates to success in one’s field.</p> <p>Carpenter is a highly regarded national figure within STEM higher education, and is chair of the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenge Scholars Program. As chair she is charged with leading a steering committee, of which Dr. Nancy M. Amato, senior director for engineering honors and director of the Texas A&amp;M GCSP, is a member. Carpenter ensures that the programs currently implemented at more than 40 engineering schools worldwide, with 122 more schools to follow, support the overall GCSP objective of “<a href="http://www.engineeringchallenges.org/GrandChallengeScholarsProgram.aspx#tabs">educating a new generation of engineers expressly equipped to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing society in the 21st century</a>.”  </p> <p>Carpenter is also the founding dean of Campbell University’s School of Engineering, launched in 2016. Previously, Carpenter was a Wayne and Juanita Spinks Endowed Professor, an associate dean for undergraduate studies, and director of the Office for Women in Science and Engineering at Louisiana Tech University’s College of Engineering and Science. </p> <p>At the seminar Carpenter spoke about the GCSP, its five main focus areas—research experience, interdisciplinary curriculum, entrepreneurship, global dimension and service learning—and its objective. Her main point at the seminar was to explain how success in the GCSP would equal success in a career.</p> <p>The Texas A&amp;M GCSP is a selective three-year program that aims to help students achieve in-depth understanding of technical areas, as well as experience in its focus areas.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/10/10/highly-regarded-national-figure-in-stem-speaks-at-texas-am http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/10/10/highly-regarded-national-figure-in-stem-speaks-at-texas-am Tue, 10 Oct 2017 00:00:00 CST Researchers to develop technology restoring power in Hurricane Harvey-hit areas with NSF RAPID grant Shraddha Sankhe <shraddha@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/10/09/researchers-to-develop-technology-restoring-power-in-hurricane-harvey-hit-areas-with-nsf-rapid-grant <p>In August, Hurricane Harvey caused unimaginable devastation to homes and infrastructure in Texas, and  communities are now working tirelessly to rebuild neighborhoods. Restoring power after a major natural disaster is a significant step toward recovery. Many areas would take weeks or even months to fully restore the power infrastructure.</p> <p>Researchers in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University are on a mission to help develop a bank of knowledge about electricity needs in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey and create technology to quickly reconfigure power electronics intelligence at the network edge (PINE).</p> <p><a href="/electrical/people/lxie">Dr. Le Xie</a>, associate professor in the electrical and computer engineering department, along with <a href="/electrical/people/penjeti">Dr. Prasad Enjeti</a>, TI Professor III in Analog Engineering and associate dean for academic affairs, and <a href="https://engineering.tamu.edu/electrical/people/pkumar">Dr. P. R. Kumar</a>, College of Engineering Chair in Computer Engineering and Distinguished Professor, received a <a href="https://www.research.gov/research-portal/appmanager/base/desktop;jsessionid=LQr2JGnVhh7VT0qLqTdZ0WRDNYwlbhYQwC9gdrbTzT549Lxyy1wL!412446119!643111751?_nfpb=true&amp;_windowLabel=rsrRecentAwards_2&amp;wsrp-urlType=blockingAction&amp;wsrp-url=&amp;wsrp-requiresRewrite=&amp;wsrp-navigationalState=eJyLL07OL0i1Tc-JT0rMUYNQtgBZ6Af8&amp;wsrp-interactionState=wlprsrRecentAwards_2_action%3DviewRsrSearchResults%26wlprsrRecentAwards_2_ORG_ST%3DTX&amp;wsrp-mode=wsrp%3Aview&amp;wsrp-windowState=">Rapid Response Research</a> (RAPID) grant from the National Science Foundation for their project titled, “RAPID: Powering Through the Hurricane: Self-organizing Power Electronics Intelligence at the Network Edge.”</p> <p>They aim to collect initial data and develop novel power electronics interface at the end-users level so that communities can restore at least portions of the critical power needs with distributed energy resources before the main power infrastructure is restored.  </p> <p>“Electricity is the lifeblood of modern civil society and it has not been fully restored in many neighborhoods yet,” said Xie. “It takes a long time to repair the bulk of the power infrastructure.”</p> <p>The RAPID project’s goal is to enable end users to quickly restore prioritized electric loads during the recovery phase.</p> <p>The researchers will collect data about the shortage of power in communities affected by Hurricane Harvey. Then, based on the data, they will formulate and compute energy-constrained microgrid scheduling. Lastly, they will design and test the power-limiting control of power electronics interface at the end-user level.</p> <p>“Almost half of the students at Texas A&amp;M’s main campus and all of the Texas A&amp;M at Galveston campus were affected by Hurricane Harvey,” said Enjeti. “This project will provide direct benefits to the students and their families in this rebuilding phase.”</p> <p>“This project will also provide relief to many remote areas, which may have to wait for weeks or even months before the full restoration of the bulk power infrastructure.”</p> <p>The researchers believe their project is well aligned with the statewide Rebuild Texas Initiative led by Texas A&amp;M University System Chancellor John Sharp.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/10/09/researchers-to-develop-technology-restoring-power-in-hurricane-harvey-hit-areas-with-nsf-rapid-grant http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/10/09/researchers-to-develop-technology-restoring-power-in-hurricane-harvey-hit-areas-with-nsf-rapid-grant Mon, 09 Oct 2017 00:00:00 CST Exploring the fundamentals of blockchain protocols Rachel Rose <rdaggie@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/10/09/exploring-the-fundamentals-of-blockchain-protocols <p dir="ltr">Because of the way it is constructed, the virtual currency bitcoin offers a novel realization of a central bank-free financial instrument, as well as an alternative approach to classical distributed computing problems, and to numerous other applications, such as smart electronic contracts.</p> <p dir="ltr">At the core of bitcoin is the blockchain, which is essentially a long line of chained blocks containing data (namely, fund-transferring transactions) that is the enabling technology underneath the application. Those who attempt to build blockchains are called miners.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img width="237" height="316" src="/media/5264000/garay2_web_237x316.jpg" alt="Juan Garay" class="rightalign"/>Dr. Juan Garay, a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, is focused on understanding the fundamental properties of the blockchain data structure and protocol.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It is called a protocol because it is a collection of programs, one for each participant,” Garay said. “There are multiple participants that perform so-called 'proofs of work' and exchange messages. My work was the first to formally define this, analyze it and prove the basic properties of the underlying data structure.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Garay’s paper titled, “The Bitcoin Backbone Protocol: Analysis and Applications” was among<a href="https://www.coindesk.com/10-must-read-cryptocurrency-research-papers-from-2015/"> Coindesk’s top 10 2015 cryptocurrency research papers.</a></p> <p dir="ltr">The blockchain implements a distributed ledger, which keeps records of the transactions between the bitcoin users. New transactions are added to the ledger when one of the miners generates a proof of work, generating a new block, which is then added to the blockchain.</p> <p dir="ltr">Proofs of work are generated by miners solving an algorithmic problem ─ these days using specialized hardware, which expends energy to compute. In bitcoin, a solution to a proof of work is found when the output of a cryptographic hash function ─ a random function that maps arbitrary inputs to a small domain ─ applied to the current state of the blockchain and new transactions is smaller than a predetermined value.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Proofs of work, a cryptographic primitive originally designed to combat spam email, and which also goes by the name of 'cryptographic puzzles', allows a party (the prover) to convince another party (the verifier), that she/he has invested a considerable amount of effort in solving a computational problem,” Garay said. “My work aims to rigorously formulate such properties, and then show how applications can be formally derived from them. This entails the specification and contrast of computational models on which blockchain protocols are run, together with the required trusted setup and computational assumptions and the cryptographic tools that enable their operation.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Garay’s broader research focus is cryptographic protocols and schemes, which play a fundamental role in enabling new functionalities and privacy-preserving ways of interaction in today’s digital world. Garay first began studying the subject of blockchain protocols over three years ago and has since played a vital role in the continuous research on the subject.</p> <hr /> <p>Header Image: An abstract representation of blocks in a blockchain. G and H are cryptographic hash functions, and the x<sub>i</sub><span>'s r</span>epresent transactions. The second block is linked to the first block by a solution of the cryptographic puzzle that includes information from the first block.</p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/10/09/exploring-the-fundamentals-of-blockchain-protocols http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/10/09/exploring-the-fundamentals-of-blockchain-protocols Mon, 09 Oct 2017 00:00:00 CST Harris named Outstanding Engineering Graduate Student Jan McHarg <> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/10/09/harris-named-outstanding-engineering-graduate-student <p><img width="220" height="224" src="/media/3337614/Josh-Harris-small.jpg" alt="Josh Harris Small" class="rightalign"/>Joshua Harris, a graduate student in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, was selected by the College of Engineering as the recipient of the 2017-18 Outstanding Engineering Master of Science Graduate Student Award.</p> <p>This award was created to recognize current graduate students who have demonstrated excellence above and beyond usual levels of achievement for their field. Candidates are evaluated by faculty in the College of Engineering on the basis of scholastic achievements, leadership, service and character. Recipients receive a commemorative memento of recognition and a monetary award of $5,000 as a one-time scholarship. There are a total of 1,134 currently enrolled M.S. students in the College of Engineering.</p> <p>Harris is a graduate research assistant in the Vehicle Systems &amp; Control Laboratory, and has been working with his advisor, Dr. John Valasek, for six years. Harris earned his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering, Summa Cum Laude, from Texas A&amp;M in 2014. He is a recipient of the National Defense Science Engineering Graduate Fellowship, the NASA Aeronautics Scholarship, the Federal Aviation Administration’s PEGASAS Center of Excellence Outstanding Student Researcher Award and the Sigma Gamma Tau Outstanding Texas A&amp;M University Aerospace Engineering Senior for 2014. Harris is currently a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Intelligent Systems Technical Committee. This semester he will be defending his master’s thesis, “Nonlinear Adaptive Inversion Control for Variable Stability Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems.”  He has accepted a position as a software engineer with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Fort Worth, Texas.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/10/09/harris-named-outstanding-engineering-graduate-student http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/10/09/harris-named-outstanding-engineering-graduate-student Mon, 09 Oct 2017 00:00:00 CST Mechanical engineering former student honored with Distinguished Alumnus Award Jennifer Reiley <jreiley@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/10/09/mechanical-engineering-former-student-honored-with-distinguished-alumnus-award <p><img width="150" height="190" src="/media/5342687/ed-wulfe.png" alt="Wulfe" class="leftalign"/>Mechanical engineering alumnus Ed Wulfe, ’55, has been named a recipient of Texas A&amp;M University Association of Former Student’s 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award.</p> <p>Wulfe, who now lives in Houston, is the founder, CEO and chairman of the Wulfe and Co. commercial real estate brokerage, development and property-management firm. Wulfe was also named a “Houston Hero” by the Houston Chronicle, which cited his “tireless efforts toward</p> <p>making Houston a better place to live” through his developments, civic leadership and volunteer service, which included steering the Houston Symphony out of a budget deficit.</p> <p>He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&amp;M.</p> <p>Wulfe serves as a guest on Texas A&amp;M’s Master of Real Estate Advisory Board, and has been a lecturer for MBA students and created an endowed scholarship in the Mays Business School. He contributed an auditorium in the Texas A&amp;M Hillel Building.</p> <p>Wulfe serves as chairman of the Houston Symphony, a director of the Greater Houston Partnership, the Symphony and Scenic Houston and on the boards of the Center for Houston’s Future, Trees for Houston; Uptown Houston, Holocaust Museum Houston, the African American Museum of Houston; the Methodist Hospital Center for Performing Arts Medicine; and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.</p> <p>In 2003, he chaired a city wide referendum to expand Houston’s light rail and transit systems.</p> <p>Wulfe was unable to attend the gala on Sept. 29 in Reed Arena. He will be recognized during next year’s ceremony.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/10/09/mechanical-engineering-former-student-honored-with-distinguished-alumnus-award http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/10/09/mechanical-engineering-former-student-honored-with-distinguished-alumnus-award Mon, 09 Oct 2017 00:00:00 CST