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 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CST Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CST Lutkenhaus' research classified as "Hot" by Soft Matter journal Kidron Vestal <kidron@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/29/lutkenhaus-research-classified-as-hot-by-soft-matter-journal <p><img width="210" height="270" src="/media/1670322/image-of-jodie-lutkenhaus.jpg" alt="Image -of -jodie -lutkenhaus" class="leftalign"/><span>The research of Dr. Jodie L. Lutkenhaus, </span><span>assistant professor and the William and Ruth Neely Faculty Fellow in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering, </span>has received a "<a href="http://blogs.rsc.org/sm/2014/08/06/hot-articles-for-august/">Hot</a>" classification by the Royal Society of Chemistry's journal <i><a href="http://pubs.rsc.org/en/journals/journalissues/sm#!recentarticles&amp;all">Soft Matter</a>.</i></p> <p>The article<em>,</em> “Thermal Transitions in Hydrated Layer-by-Layer Assemblies Observed Using Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy” is available for <a href="http://pubs.rsc.org/en/Content/ArticleLanding/2014/SM/C4SM01269K#!divAbstract">free</a> thru Sept. 5, 2014.</p> <p>"For the first time, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy has been used to observe thermal transitions in thin polymer films called 'layer-by-layer assemblies," Lutkenhaus said. "This technique allows us to understand in great detail the temperature response of films as thin as 10's of nanometers (1/10000th of a human hair)."</p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/29/lutkenhaus-research-classified-as-hot-by-soft-matter-journal http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/29/lutkenhaus-research-classified-as-hot-by-soft-matter-journal Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CST Kuo's research among most cited in ECS Transactions journal Kidron Vestal <kidron@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/29/kuos-research-among-most-cited-in-ecs-transactions-journal <p><img width="210" height="270" src="/media/1670321/kuo.jpg" alt="Kuo" class="leftalign"/>Dr. Yue Kuo, professor and Holder of the Dow Professorship in the <a href="/chemical">Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering</a>, has one of the most cited papers in <em>ECS</em><i> Transactions</i>, a journal on solid-state and electrochemistry studies.</p> <p>"High-<i>k </i>Materials and Processing III" was published in 2006 and continues to be highly-referenced, ranking at the top in solid-state research for the journal (data collected Aug 2014.)</p> <p>"The high-<i>k</i> gate dielectric in this paper is critical to the success of the next generation of high-speed ICs widely used in computers and instruments," Kuo said.</p> <p>According to Kuo the research in this area continues in terms of how he plans to advance the research into the future generation of nonvolatile memories, which are also critical to advanced computers and instruments.</p> <p>"Our current result shows that a single electron or hole can be stored in one nanocrystal (of the size of 3-8 nm) embedded in this new high-<i>k</i> dielectric material," Kuo said.</p> <p>The research paper can be found at <a href="http://ecst.ecsdl.org/reports/most-cited">doi: 10.1149/1.2209294.</a></p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/29/kuos-research-among-most-cited-in-ecs-transactions-journal http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/29/kuos-research-among-most-cited-in-ecs-transactions-journal Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CST Dr. Valerie Taylor to serve as co-Pi on NSF I-Corps node Timothy Schnettler <tschnettler@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/28/dr-valerie-taylor-to-serve-as-co-pi-on-nsf-i-corps-node <p><img width="180" height="245" src="/media/1652327/taylor-1.jpg" alt="Taylor -1" class="rightalign"/>Dr. Valerie Taylor, senior associate dean for academic affairs and the Royce E. Wisenbaker professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, is a co-PI on a National Science Foundation (NSF) project establishing an <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132472&amp;WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&amp;WT.mc_ev=click">I-Corps Node</a> focused on promoting innovation in the Southwest region of the United States.</p> <p>The Southwest Alliance for Entrepreneurial Innovation Node (SAEIN) will leverage the combined entrepreneurial experience and extensive research capabilities of The University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&amp;M University and Rice University.</p> <p>The three universities received a three-year, $3.75 million grant from NSF to become a regional innovation hub that translates academic research into useful technologies with commercial applications.</p> <p>The SAEIN will be based at UT-Austin, which is the grant’s principal investigator.</p> <p>In addition to Taylor, Dr. Richard Lester, clinical associate professor and executive director of the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship at Texas A&amp;M’s Mays Business School, will serve as a co-PI.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/28/dr-valerie-taylor-to-serve-as-co-pi-on-nsf-i-corps-node http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/28/dr-valerie-taylor-to-serve-as-co-pi-on-nsf-i-corps-node Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CST CSE welcomes new Adjunct Faculty Rachel Rose <rdaggie@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/28/cse-welcomes-new-adjunct-faculty <p><img width="159" height="209" src="/media/1652329/gabby-silberman-photo_150x198.jpg" alt="Image of Gabby Silberman" class="leftalign"/>The Department of Computer Science at Texas A&amp;M University is excited to announce two additions<br />to their faculty; Dr. Gabriel (Gabby) Silberman, Executive Director of Technology Strategy and University Alliances in Dell Research, is serving as Adjunct Professor and Dr. Amy Gooch, Research Scientist with the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute at the University of Utah, is now serving as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the department.</p> <p>In Silberman’s role as Executive Director of Technology Strategy and University Alliances in Dell Research, he is responsible for leading collaborative and innovative research projects involving Dell Inc. and universities worldwide. He also manages the invention disclosure/patent process for Dell Software Group.</p> <p>Silberman’s research interests are aligned with the principal technology themes guiding Dell Research: data insights, Internet of Things, mobility and next generation UX, next-generation infrastructure and cloud, and security. He has more than 25 patents in process or awarded, 20 refereed journal publications, and has presented at over 50 international conferences and workshops.</p> <p>“As an adjunct, I hope to bridge between Texas A&amp;M faculty and Dell Research on a variety of technical topics, such as High Performance Computing, Big Data and Analytics, and spanning multiple industry verticals of interest to Dell, such as Healthcare, Security, and Manufacturing,” said Silberman. “I also intend to collaborate with my Dell colleagues in recruiting Texas A&amp;M students and sponsoring capstone and other projects as appropriate.”</p> <p><img width="150" height="212" src="/media/1652328/amy_150x212.png" alt="Image of Amy Gooch" class="leftalign"/>Gooch’s current research includes user interfaces that span wall displays to mobile devices and gigapixel computational photography <br />for histology and pathology. Additionally, she is applying for the National Institutes of Health’s Small Business Innovation Research program Phase 2 funding for application development in collaboration with PAMS, Inc., headed by Norman L. Foster, M.D. Professor of Neurology and Director, Center for Alzheimer’s Care, Imaging and Research at the University of Utah, and ViSUS LLC. She will also be actively collaborating with faculty within the department in research areas of Human-Centered Systems and Digital Humanities.</p> <p> “At Texas A&amp;M, I look forward to participating in women in computing group (AWICS), give seminars in the department, collaborate with CSE faculty and establish a relationship with the department and my current research group at Utah,” Gooch said. “I look forward to applying for funding to further cement my relationship with the department and its faculty, as well as become more involved in the department.”</p> <p>CSE is enthusiastic about bringing these two esteemed researchers on as Adjunct Faculty and believe they will make a great impact on the department.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/28/cse-welcomes-new-adjunct-faculty http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/28/cse-welcomes-new-adjunct-faculty Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CST Professor Emeritus Udo Pooch (1943 - 2014) Kathy Flores <> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/27/professor-emeritus-udo-pooch-(1943-2014) <p><img width="210" height="270" src="/media/1652306/pooch.jpg" alt="Image of Udo Pooch" class="leftalign"/>Dr. Udo Pooch passed away on Sunday, August 24. He was 71 years old.</p> <p>Dr. Pooch began his teaching career in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University in 1969 after earning his doctoral degree in theoretical physics from the University of Notre Dame that same year. During his tenure, he supervised in excess of 250 MS/MCS graduates and over 55 PhD graduates. He had been principal or co-principal investigator for research projects sponsored by such organizations as NSF, IBM, U.S. Department of Transportation, George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA, USAF, and US Navy. Dr. Pooch retired from the University in May 2009.</p> <p>"Given the long and distinguished career of Dr. Pooch and the large number of students that he either mentored or taught, his full impact is immeasurable," commented Dr. Jim Wall '93, a former student of Dr. Pooch. "He is especially well-known for being the primary research adviser for a large number of military officers receiving advanced computer science degrees. Again, this translates into a significant contribution to our national defense."</p> <p>Among Dr. Pooch's many academic honors were his Endowed E-Systems Professorship of Computer Science, which he held from 1993 to 2008, and the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching from the Texas A&amp;M College of Engineering presented in 1974. His research interests were in operating systems, system architecture, computer networking, fault-tolerant systems, real-time computing, and network and computer system security. Dr. Pooch wrote more than 115 papers and co-authored several books on systems, security, and networking.</p> <p>Family, friends, students and colleagues are saddened by the loss of Udo Pooch but will remember him for the caring and understanding with which he enhanced their relationships.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/27/professor-emeritus-udo-pooch-(1943-2014) http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/27/professor-emeritus-udo-pooch-(1943-2014) Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CST Dezhen Song awarded NSF grant to study new robotic system Kathy Flores <> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/27/dezhen-song-awarded-nsf-grant-to-study-new-robotic-system <p><a href="http://faculty.cse.tamu.edu/dzsong/"><img width="210" height="270" src="/media/552464/image-of-dezhen-song.jpg" alt="Image of Dezhen Song" class="leftalign"/>Dr. Dezhen Song</a> received a three-year <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1426752">National Science Foundation (NSF) grant</a> to develop a new robotic system, algorithms and control schemes for sustainable civil infrastructures. The project, "Collaborative Research: Minimally Invasive Robotic Non-Destructive Evaluation and Rehabilitation for Bridge Decks (Bridge-MINDER)," is a collaborative effort between Texas A&amp;M University and Rutgers University. Song is the principal investigator.</p> <p>"Bridges are critical components of modern transportation infrastructure," said Song. "Bridges deteriorate over time as a result of material aging, excessive use and overloading, environmental conditions, inadequate maintenance, and deficiencies in inspection and evaluation. Building on the recent advances in robotics and automation technologies, the objective of this project is to develop a novel Minimally Invasive robotic Non-Destructive Evaluation and Rehabilitation (MINDER) for bridge decks."</p> <p>Song's research has a relationship of mutual benefit with the National Robotics Initiative, which is supported by NSF, NASA, NIH and the USDA.</p> <p>"The project outcomes, including source code, datasets, and publications, are to be shared among research community and the general public," said Song. "The project also includes a number of integrated research and education programs to attract students from underrepresented groups into engineering and involve students into robotics research."</p> <p>Song is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&amp;M and director of the <a href="http://telerobot.cs.tamu.edu/">NetBot Laboratory</a>. He received his doctoral degree in industrial engineering and operations research from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004, and joined the CSE faculty the same year. His research interests include robot sensing, networked robots, vision systems, and stochastic modeling.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/27/dezhen-song-awarded-nsf-grant-to-study-new-robotic-system http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/27/dezhen-song-awarded-nsf-grant-to-study-new-robotic-system Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CST Duffield joins ECEN faculty Deana Totzke <deana@ece.tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/27/duffield-joins-ecen-faculty <p><img width="203" height="260" src="/media/1652295/duffield.jpg" alt="Duffield" class="leftalign"/>Dr. Nick Duffield recently joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University as professor in the Computer Engineering and Systems Group (CESG).</p> <p>Before joining the department, Duffield was a research professor at the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS) at Rutgers University, from 2013 until 2014. From 1995 until 2013, he worked at AT&amp;T Labs-Research, Florham Park, NJ, 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 received his BA in natural sciences in 1982 and a MMath (Part III Maths) in 1983 from the University of Cambridge, UK. He received his PhD in mathematical physics from the University of London, U.K., in 1987.</p> <p>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.  In fall 2014, he will be teaching an ECEN 689 Special Topics course in Data Science for Communications Networks.</p> <p>Duffield, the author of numerous papers and holder of many patents, is a co-inventor of the Smart Sampling technologies that lie at the heart of AT&amp;T’s scalable Traffic Analysis Service. He was charter chair of the IETF working group on Packet Sampling and was an associate editor for the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking from 2007-2011. He will serve as Specialty Chief Editor in Big Data for the journal Frontiers in ICT. Duffield is an IEEE Fellow and was a co-recipient of the ACM Sigmetrics Test of Time Award in both 2012 and 2013 for work in Network Tomography. </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/27/duffield-joins-ecen-faculty http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/27/duffield-joins-ecen-faculty Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CST Former grad student Bailey wins Acta Award Ryan Garcia <ryan.garcia99@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/27/bailey-acta-award <p><img width="120" height="120" src="/media/1652302/bailey-brennan.jpg" alt="Bailey, Brennan" style="float: right;"/>Brennan Bailey, a former graduate student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, has been named recipient of the Acta Student Award for her contribution to the manuscript, "Continuous gradient scaffolds for rapid screening of cell-material interactions and interfacial tissue regeneration."</p> <p>As part of the award, which is presented by the Acta journal “Acta Biomaterialia,” Bailey will receive a $2,000 cash prize. She is scheduled to receive the award this October at the annual Materials Science and Technology meeting in Pittsburgh.</p> <p>Bailey, who recently completed her dissertation under Associate Professor Melissa Grunlan, is a postdoctoral researcher and Marie Curie Fellow at the Laboratory of Polymer and Composite Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland. While at Texas A&amp;M, her research was focused on developing tissue engineering scaffolds to heal osteochondral tissue defects in knees and in other joints.</p> <p>“Dr. Bailey’s efforts importantly form the foundation of an alternative treatment for total joint replacement,” Grunlan said. </p> <p>Several factors are considered in the evaluation of each nominee: the quality of paper, or papers, for which he or she was nominated, recommendation letters, and leadership potential. The awardees were selected from papers published in 2013 in Acta Journals.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/27/bailey-acta-award http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/27/bailey-acta-award Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CST Arroyave part of TMS panel Donald St. Martin <dstmartin@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/26/arroyave-part-of-tms-panel <p><img width="225" height="338" src="/media/1652293/dsc_2356_225x338.jpg" alt="Dsc _2356" class="rightalign"/>Dr. Raymundo Arroyave, associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is part of a group from The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) that is leading a new study on behalf of the Material Measurement Laboratory of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).</p> <p>The 14-member panel will develop recommendations for critical steps and pathways needed to link computational materials models and simulations across various length scales in a accurate, automated fashion.</p> <p>The need for quantitative, accurate models and codes that link existing simulation codes across different length scales and stages of integrated computational materials engineering (ICME)-accelerated product development cycles was identified as a significant barrier to broader ICME implementation in a 2013 TMS study.</p> <p>NIST awarded the grant to TMS in April and the study is scheduled to be unveiled at the 3<sup>rd</sup> World Congress on ICME in May 2015 in Colorado Springs.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/26/arroyave-part-of-tms-panel http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/26/arroyave-part-of-tms-panel Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CST Malavé featured speaker at 2014 Undergraduate Convocation Timothy Schnettler <tschnettler@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/26/malave-featured-speaker-at-2014-undergraduate-convocation <p><img width="250" height="350" src="/media/1652291/7495063864_607e354696_k_250x350.jpg" alt="7495063864_607e 354696_k" class="rightalign"/>Dr. César O. Malavé, professor and holder of the Sugar and Mike Barnes Department Head Chair in Industrial and Systems Engineering, has been chosen as the featured speaker for the 2014 Undergraduate Convocation Aug. 31 in Reed Arena.</p> <p>Undergraduate Convocation is a special welcoming program for incoming freshmen and transfer students and is a prelude to the start of fall semester classes the next day.</p> <p>Malavé joined the Industrial and Systems Engineering faculty at Texas A&amp;M in 1987 and has occupied several administrative positions in The Texas A&amp;M University System, including associate dean of engineering in the Dwight Look College of Engineering.</p> <p>He was named head of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in June 2012 after serving as the department’s interim head for a year. </p> <p>Malavé holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a master’s degree in operations research, both from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the University of South Florida.</p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/26/malave-featured-speaker-at-2014-undergraduate-convocation http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/26/malave-featured-speaker-at-2014-undergraduate-convocation Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CST