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 Mar 2017 00:00:00 CST Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 CST Former student’s research presentation places third at 2017 DVCon Shraddha Sankhe <shraddha@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/03/23/former-students-research-presentation-places-third-at-2017-dvcon <p>Dr. Honghuang Lin, a former graduate student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, received third place for the Best Paper Award at the 29th annual Design and Verification Conference (DVCon) in San Jose, California, this month. Lin also placed third place at 2016 DVCon last year.</p> <p>Lin, a design verification engineer at Texas Instruments Inc. (TI), along with TI researchers Zhipeng Ye and Asad Khan co-authored the paper, “Machine Learning-Based PVT Space Coverage and Worst Case Exploration in Analog and Mixed-Signal Design Verification.” In the paper they propose a machine learning-based coverage model to achieve more reliable analog and mixed-signal verification with respect to process-voltage-temperature (PVT) variations. Using an adaptive exploration method, the researchers showed that it is possible to reach a more accurate estimation of the worst case PVT configuration with an affordable simulation cost.</p> <p>More than 750 conference attendees voted on the recipients of the awards for best paper out of numerous submissions, so winning an award for their research paper is considered quite an honor.</p> <p>“Honghuang joined Texas Instruments in Dallas last year and has played a major role in leading some of the design verification efforts at Texas Instruments since,” said <a href="https://engineering.tamu.edu/electrical/people/pli">Dr. Peng Li</a>, professor in the electrical and computer engineering department and Lin’s graduate advisor.</p> <p>Lin received his bachelor’s degree in automation from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 2011 and his doctoral degree from Texas A&amp;M in computer engineering in 2016.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/03/23/former-students-research-presentation-places-third-at-2017-dvcon http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/03/23/former-students-research-presentation-places-third-at-2017-dvcon Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 CST Grimaji mentors Houston students to address impact of boat propellers on marine life Lorian Hopcus <lorian.hopcus@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/03/22/grimaji-mentors-houston-students-to-address-impact-of-boat-propellers-on-marine-life <p>Dr. Sharath Girimaji, a professor in the Department of Ocean Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, is helping mentor a team of seven students, ages 10 to 14, from the Houston area to solve a problem concerning the interactions of people and animals through the “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) LEGO League program.</p> <p>Coaches Janice Yoo and Katie Kelley, owner of Woodlands Robotics, lead the team of students, BrickSmart, from The Woodlands, Texas, who have chosen to focus their project on the issue of boat propellers harming animals under the water.</p> <p>“They were very interested in ocean animals and started looking into problems associated with them, and found how impactful boat propellers can be to animals through physical impact, noise, pollution, as well as turbulence, and how it also impacted many different species from the bottom of the food chain up to a whale,” Kelley said.</p> <p>With hours of initial research, and visits to Texas A&amp;M University at Galveston and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service Sea Turtle Laboratory in Galveston, the team began looking at three solutions to the boat propeller problem.</p> <p>“That’s where Texas A&amp;M has been very helpful in talking with the kids and trying to brainstorm,” Kelley said.</p> <p><img width="355" height="388" src="/media/4790027/16179285_764102270403821_102250557377683883_o_355x388.jpg" alt="BrickSmart Team Meeting" class="rightalign"/>The team contacted Girimaji, the Wofford Cain Chair II and department head in the ocean engineering department, who was already working on the same problem at a theoretical level with his students.</p> <p>“Our kids had already started working on prototypes, and he invited us up to show him what we already had,” Yoo said. “He was incredibly moving and insightful, and the kids walked away completely blown away. They became focused on the Dyson bladeless fan and started looking at how that could work in water.”</p> <p>BrickSmart returned home energized and with a deeper level of understanding of how the water is different from the air, why the Dyson fan concept could work and reasons their other ideas were not as promising. They soon developed a working prototype and were invited by Girimaji to demonstrate it at the Offshore Technology Research Center in College Station.</p> <p>“Requests for help such as the one BrickSmart sent are not uncommon,” Girimaji said. “However, I saw something different with this group that really excited me. That difference was their initiative to learn everything they could before coming to me. Their determination inspired me to help them and hopefully support their road to solving this animal/human interaction problem.”</p> <p>“We demonstrated our prototype for a group of graduate students there and showed them how little turbulence there was,” Yoo said. “They gave us some more advice and the kids were excited about that.”</p> <p>There are 29,000 FIRST LEGO League teams across the world. BrickSmart has competed in two competitions thus far, earning the “champion” title in each. The two top teams out of a total of 236 from the Houston area will compete at the FIRST World Festival in April. Here, 109 teams from all over the world will compete.</p> <p>“World Festival will have about 19,000 kids pushing robots all over Houston,” Kelley said. “NASA is usually there with their cars. Will.i.am. from the Black Eyed Peas has attended in the past as well.”</p> <p>BrickSmart was also invited to submit a proposal to Global Innovation, a separate competition through the FIRST program. If selected, the team could be one of the top 20 teams to go to Washington, D.C., and potentially win XPRIZE money to further develop their solutions while learning about the patent process from the U.S. Patent Office.</p> <p>Beyond the competition, the students have realized their potential in pursuing a college degree due to the interaction with Girimaji and students in the ocean engineering department.</p> <p><img width="426" height="320" src="/media/4790026/13254595_629777470502969_2051222644851361527_n_426x320.jpg" alt="FIRST Lego League Competition" class="leftalign"/>“One of our students who may or may not have thought about going to college in the future finally feels like he has met people who understand him,” Kelley said. “The competition is great, but getting them on campus and thinking about those kinds of things is also very important.”</p> <p>FIRST promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields for kids ages 6 to 18 through exciting competitions with applications in various fields. Teams are expected to design, build and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology, then compete against thousands of other teams on a table-top playing field. </p> <p>“Dean Kaman and others developed the FIRST program to get young people not only excited about STEM, but the events themselves are meant to sort of raise a STEM kid to the level of a basketball star,” Kelley said.</p> <p>“This is what makes these kids tick,” Yoo said. “This is what they enjoy.”</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/03/22/grimaji-mentors-houston-students-to-address-impact-of-boat-propellers-on-marine-life http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/03/22/grimaji-mentors-houston-students-to-address-impact-of-boat-propellers-on-marine-life Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 CST Computer science students create drone to assist first responders Rachel Rose <rdaggie@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/03/22/computer-science-students-create-drone-to-assist-first-responders <p><img width="454" height="260" src="/media/4790018/image-of-dimas-and-alejandro_454x260.jpg" alt="Image of Dimas Gonzales and Alejandro Suazo" class="rightalign"/>Unmanned vehicles could soon help provide first responders more context of unknown surroundings in crisis situations, thanks to Dimas Gonzales and Alejandro Suazo, two undergraduate students in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University.</p> <p>Dr. Jyh-Charn Lui, professor in computer science and engineering, tasked his students with designing and implementing a project that showcased the principles taught in his microcomputer systems course, such as signal processing and system design. Gonzales and Suazo took the project and ran with it.</p> <p>In order to dispel the negativity often associated with unmanned vehicles, they decided to build a tool that would demonstrate the potential of their use in emergency situations. The duo decided to create a 3-D rendering system that utilized drone video capture in the hopes to ultimately provide emergency services more context of unknown surroundings. </p> <p>They developed an automated system to generate 3-D point maps from footage manually captured on their phones. By using Structure from Motion (SfM), a process that approximates 3-D structures from 2-D images, they were able to create a point hub to generate an approximation of the target area.</p> <p>The goal was to create a drone that would have the capability to record and transfer video to a central server. This was complex and took a lot of effort to complete. Once finished, the drone was able to autonomously capture video of any real object and run a mathematical analysis on the footage to generate a 3-D model.  </p> <p>“Oftentimes our classes limit our project's scope such that most students can reasonably complete said assignments,” Gonzales said. “Dr. Liu gave us the opportunity to really push ourselves, but he focused on making sure that we learned for ourselves how not to lose sight of our limitations.”</p> <p>“This project gave me much satisfaction knowing that the skills I've learned the past few years are applicable in real applications which are both interesting and progressive when utilizing emerging technologies,” Suazo said.</p> <p>Upon graduation, Suazo plans to work at USAA as a software engineer and continue to grow as a programmer while earning his Master’s degree in Business Administration. Gonzales will begin his career as a software developer for Capital One. </p> <p>“I am delighted to see that Dimas and Alejandro used this opportunity to fully explore their potential in this class,” Liu said. “It is a very rewarding feeling to see so many students succeed in this class."</p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/03/22/computer-science-students-create-drone-to-assist-first-responders http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/03/22/computer-science-students-create-drone-to-assist-first-responders Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 CST Grunlan receives $1.9 million NIH grant for polymer scaffold Marcus Misztal <m_misztal@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/03/22/grunlan-receives-19-million-nih-grant-for-polymer-scaffold <p style="text-align: left;"><img width="532" height="355" src="/media/4790017/Grunlan Scaffold_532x355.jpg" alt="Grunlan Scaffold.JPG"/></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Dr. Melissa Grunlan, associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, was awarded a $1.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue the development and testing of a newly developed material that shows promise in the field of regenerative medicine. The material is designed to precisely fill and promote healing of cranial bone defects and gaps in the skull that occur due to an injury, a birth defect or surgery.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">The project, which started about five years ago, addresses the limitation of materials used to treat bone gap defects. Most commonly, this is currently done with a bone graft surgically harvested from the patient, such as from their hip. The limitation associated with this method is that the rigid bone graft cannot be readily manipulated to fit within the irregularly shaped bone defect. Due to the lack of fit and good contact with neighboring bone tissue, defect healing is compromised.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">“This is like trying to fill in a missing puzzle piece with the wrong piece,” Grunlan said. “These bone defects can cause tremendous functional problems and aesthetic issues for individuals, so it was recognized that a better treatment would make a big impact.”</p> <p style="text-align: left;">The new material is a scaffold that temporarily supports bone healing and then dissolves, leaving behind a healed bone defect. This is a shape-shifting foam that becomes malleable when exposed to warm saline, allowing it to perfectly conform and be press fitted into the irregular bone defect. Once in place, the foam becomes rigid and stays tightly fitted within the defect. This good fit is predicted to enhance bone integration and healing that is currently lacking in other treatment materials. </p> <p style="text-align: left;">The NIH grant was awarded in February to Grunlan and her co-investigators Dr. W. Brian Saunders and Dr. Roy Pool, professors from the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; Dr. Michael Moreno, professor from the Department of Mechanical Engineering; and Dr. Mariah Hahn, professor from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The grant will help support research focused on improving scaffold material properties that are critical to ensuring the best healing potential.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>About the Department of Biomedical Engineering</strong><br />Committed to solving the world’s greatest health problems through the exploration of new ideas, integrated research and innovation, the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&amp;M is producing the next generation of biomedical engineers, developing new technologies and new jobs, and achieving revolutionary advancements for the future of health care. The department has unique strengths in regenerative medicine, medical augmentation, molecular diagnostics/<i>theranostics</i>, tele-health, and precision medicine, and its faculty members are internationally recognized with collaborative relationships that span engineering, physical and natural sciences, medicine and veterinary sciences.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/03/22/grunlan-receives-19-million-nih-grant-for-polymer-scaffold http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/03/22/grunlan-receives-19-million-nih-grant-for-polymer-scaffold Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 CST Aggies Invent students tackle the problems of the future Melanie Balinas <mbalinas@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/03/21/aggies-invent-students-tackle-the-problems-of-the-future <p>At the most recent Aggies Invent, students solved the problems of the future, focusing on infrastructure and architecture. Students were challenged to incorporate the latest technology, 3-D printing, drones and robotics as they competed to create the most innovative and compelling solution for building horizontal or vertical buildings. This theme pushed students to think ahead into the next 100 years, and anticipate the drastically different and advanced technology of the future that would be incorporated into a job site. </p> <p>At Aggies Invent, students are given only 48 hours to solve the issue presented to them and create a prototype. Each Aggies Invent theme is different to keep students ready to tackle the next big issue. This competition is an environment built to host inspiration and support entrepreneurship and innovation.</p> <p>In first place was It's A Climb, which consisted of petroleum engineering senior Abrar Alshaikh, mechanical engineering sophomore Mauricio Bailey, civil engineering freshman Erick Zaruma, mechanical engineering junior Jesus Maltos and master’s candidates in industrial engineering Komal Koya and Hemik Parikh. The team developed a sensor that attaches to a ladder to indicate if the ladder is not placed correctly. This device will help stop falls from ladders, responsible for a quarter of all falls in construction and will prevent $11 million from being lost in accident costs each year.</p> <p>Second place went to Green Is The New Black made up of civil engineering student Kush Daxesh Patel, applied math sophomore Diana Aviles, computer science freshman Justin Rodriguez, and civil engineering master’s candidates Nidhi Raut, Yash Menaria and Akash Bajaj. Green is the New Black’s project focused on recycling plastic for new uses, constructing roads and pavement. </p> <p>Third place was awarded to Aggieland Dynamics sophomores Alexander Perry in nuclear engineering, Cameron Rivera in electrical engineering, Cooper Burner in mechanical engineering, industrial engineering graduate student Nitlin Vingnesh, mechanical engineering junior Humberto Rocha and Austin Oneal in construction science. The team created a construction helmet designed to prevent its wearer from overheating by incorporating technology that warns the wearer when they are at a dangerously high temperature. This invention will improve the safety measures already being taken on a construction site.</p> <p>The top three winning teams were awarded $1,000, $750 and $500, respectively and will gain global exposure through Aggies Invent’s partners. Joeris and JB Knowledge sponsored the weekend.</p> <p><em>Written by Jessica Spence</em></p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/03/21/aggies-invent-students-tackle-the-problems-of-the-future http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/03/21/aggies-invent-students-tackle-the-problems-of-the-future Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 CST Civil engineering student works to impact K-12 education Kristina Ballard <kristina.ballard@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/03/21/civil-engineering-student-works-to-impact-k-12-education <p>What if you could change the way students are educated and inspired? Suparna Mukhop, a student in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, worked to do just that at the Aggies Invent on Education, held Feb. 3-5.</p> <p><img width="400" height="267" src="/media/4784796/aggiesinvent2-5-17-198_400x267.jpg" alt="Aggies Invent 2-5-17-198" class="rightalign"/>In partnership with students from the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture in the College of Education and Human Development, students from the Texas A&amp;M College of Engineering worked to develop solutions to issues encountered in classrooms and schools to make a difference for the 54 million K-12 students in the United States.</p> <p>Mukhop, a graduate student specializing in environmental engineering, worked with a team called “The Visualizers.” Her team of six was comprised of students from different engineering backgrounds: electrical, chemical, industrial and computer engineering. The team’s vision was to infuse virtual reality into the learning process.</p> <p>According to their research, one of the most frequently failed courses in high school is chemistry. Seeing the need for improvement in this area, Mukhop and her team decided to find a solution that allowed students to better visualize difficult concepts like the molecular orbital theory of the valence shell electron repulsion theory. Using the rapid prototyping facilities at the Engineering Innovation Center, they were able to build a device that successfully projected 3D holograms that help students more successfully visualize and understand molecular structure.</p> <p><img width="400" height="267" src="/media/4784795/aggiesinvent2-5-17-242_400x267.jpg" alt="Aggies Invent 2-5-17-242" class="leftalign"/>Mukhop helped her team build and test the prototype using AutoCAD, and aided in researching the feasibility of the use of 3D holograms in high schools, including a cost-benefit analysis of the implementation of such a project. Their team placed third overall.</p> <p>“I enjoyed the brainstorming sessions a lot because it was there that we came up with an idea that could possibly change the way chemistry is being taught in high schools,” said Mukhop. “Aggies Invent was a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend that students participate in future editions.”</p> <p>Contributing author: Ryan Terry</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/03/21/civil-engineering-student-works-to-impact-k-12-education http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/03/21/civil-engineering-student-works-to-impact-k-12-education Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 CST Lutkenhaus to participate in World Economic Forum's Young Scientists Program Drew Thompson <d.thompson@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/03/20/lutkenhaus-to-participate-in-world-economic-forums-young-scientists-program <hr /> <p>Dr. Jodie Lutkenhaus, associate professor and holder of the William and Ruth Neely Faculty Fellowship in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, has been invited to participate in the World Economic Forum’s Young Scientists program in Dalian, China, in June.</p> <p>The Young Scientists program is part of the <a href="https://www.weforum.org/events/annual-meeting-of-the-new-champions-2017">Annual Meeting of the New Champions</a>. The meeting, one of four major annual meetings, focuses on innovation, science and technology, and brings together “the next generation of fast-growing enterprises shaping the future of business and society, and leaders from major multinationals, government, media, academia and civil society.”</p> <p>The Young Scientists are honored for their “contributions to advancing the frontiers of science, engineering and technology and benefit from a tailored program that exposes them to policy leaders, decision-makers and entrepreneurs.” Lutkenhaus will be one of 50 scientists under the age of 40, from all regions of the world and a wide range of fields, to offer perspectives on the latest and emerging global trends.</p> <p>The meeting theme this year is “Achieving Inclusive Growth in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/03/20/lutkenhaus-to-participate-in-world-economic-forums-young-scientists-program http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/03/20/lutkenhaus-to-participate-in-world-economic-forums-young-scientists-program Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 CST Robonaut: perception in space Rachel Rose <rdaggie@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/03/20/robonaut-perception-in-space <p><img width="460" height="388" src="/media/4773607/robonaut_460x388.jpg" alt="Robonaut" class="rightalign"/>In order to remain safe, robots are commonly used to reach what human hands cannot. Often a robot is used to uncover victims from rubble or bring them safely to shore. These helpful hands can even reach a world far beyond our own – outer space.</p> <p>Dr. Dezhen Song, a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, is working on a collaborative project with NASA’s Johnson Space Center to develop localization and mapping algorithms for an astronaut robot (Robonaut) to make better use of the crew’s time, and to perform dangerous tasks in lieu of a human.</p> <p>To utilize all tools and facilities developed for human astronauts, the team is working together to build a human-like robot with similar body configurations such as arms and hands. Due to the lack of GPS signals, the current Robonaut prototype cannot localize itself in the International Space Station (ISS).</p> <p>Most tasks performed by Robonaut are limited to the vicinity of the robot. To enable further functionalities, such as transporting items in the ISS or performing panel maintenance, the robot needs to move around the station. This also means it must establish a mental map of the visited region and localize itself in the process. In the field of robotics, this is known as simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM).</p> <p>“SLAM is part of the robot perception capability,” Song said. “Our study is to try to bring better and more accurate information to the robot to facilitate its decision process so that more smart robots can be developed for different applications. If successful, we can significantly increase the robots’ ability in handling different environments, which will have significant impact on manufacturing, daily life, defense and many other areas that can benefit from the increasing capability from mobile robots.”</p> <p>A reliable, low-cost SLAM capability has been an obstacle for many robotic applications in the past. A camera is a low-cost sensor compared to laser range finders, but the drawback to using a camera is lighting and baseline limits in calculating stereo information.</p> <p>Since cameras measure bearing instead of absolute size, they have difficulty measuring distance.</p> <p>One idea to combat this is to use two or more cameras with known baselines to provide distance reference; this is known as stereo vision. However, the joint coverage region between fields of views of the two cameras is too limited to be directly useful. Therefore, during the process, Robonaut’s head will be activated from side to side. This will allow it to scan the surroundings to enlarge the field of view. By using neck encoder readings, the team can track Robonaut’s head scanning motion.</p> <p>There is an inertial measurement unit (IMU) installed in Robonaut that delivers body movement information. An IMU also helps establish view correspondence when Robonaut is moving. The primary challenge with this research project lies in combining the multiple camera views and other sensors with different, uncertain characteristics to provide robust SLAM results.</p> <p>Interest in these developments extend beyond the space and aeronautics industry and into one that is a bit more grounded.</p> <p>“They are interested in using our motion-sensor based technology in detecting railway status for better and low-cost railway maintenance,” Song said.</p> <p>This project first came about in 2005 when the group developed SLAM algorithms for vehicles while developing an autonomous motorcycle for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Grand Challenge.</p> <p>Along with their partnership with NASA, the group is also collaborating with industry contacts and Texas A&amp;M faculty on their research for Robonaut. They are working with Dr. Tim Davis, a professor in the computer science and engineering department, to improve visual SLAM optimization algorithms using sparse matrices, and Dr. Jun Zou, an associate professor in the electrical and computer engineering department, to develop a new line of ranging and communication sensors for underwater robots. </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/03/20/robonaut-perception-in-space http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/03/20/robonaut-perception-in-space Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 CST Texas A&M College of Engineering fares well in latest U.S. News graduate rankings Donald St. Martin <dstmartin@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/03/15/texas-am-college-of-engineering-fares-well-in-latest-us-news-graduate-rankings <p>Texas A&amp;M Engineering’s graduate program was again ranked 11th overall nationally in the latest U.S. News &amp; World Report survey, “America’s Best Graduate Schools 2018.” The college also ranked seventh among public institutions.</p> <p>Individual programs ranked were: aerospace engineering, 7 (4 public); agricultural engineering 2 (2); biomedical engineering 39 (20); chemical engineering 27 (17); civil engineering 12 (8); computer engineering 21 (11); electrical engineering 22 (13); industrial engineering 13 (10); materials 39 (25); mechanical engineering 17 (8); nuclear engineering 4 (3); and petroleum engineering 3 (2).</p> <p>Computer science, which was last ranked in the Sciences category in 2014, was 40th nationally and 22nd among public institutions.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/03/15/texas-am-college-of-engineering-fares-well-in-latest-us-news-graduate-rankings http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/03/15/texas-am-college-of-engineering-fares-well-in-latest-us-news-graduate-rankings Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:00:00 CST TTI demonstrates new pavement recycling technologies for civil engineering students, TxDOT Kristina Ballard <kristina.ballard@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/03/14/tti-demonstrates-new-pavement-recycling-technologies-for-civil-engineering-students-txdot <p><img width="381" height="329" src="/media/4773611/aaa_2784-1_381x329.jpg" alt="TTI Demo picture 3.14" class="leftalign"/>Civil engineering graduate students were able to witness the latest in pavement recycling technology at the RELLIS Campus Feb. 23–24 as the Texas A&amp;M Transportation Institute (TTI) demonstrated “next generation” equipment.</p> <p>Students with the Civil Materials Student Organization (CMSO) at Texas A&amp;M University were also able to interact with personnel who supervise and construct rehabilitated pavements. The mission of CMSO is to “enhance the students’ learning experience with seminars and field visits in the area of infrastructure materials.”</p> <p>“Oftentimes students learn about some of the newest techniques in the classroom setting, but to see them in operation and be able to speak with the people who are directly involved with the procedures is certainly worthwhile,” explains Research Scientist <span>Stephen Sebesta</span> of TTI’s <a href="https://tti.tamu.edu/group/pavements/groups/flexible-pavements/">Flexible Pavements Group</a>.</p> <p>The pavement recycling equipment used in the demonstration is computer controlled and recycles the roadway while applying a new pavement using the recycled material, all in the same process. Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) personnel were on-site for the demonstration as they learn to use the equipment and prepare to apply a research section of pavement in the Austin District. The activities were supported as part of TxDOT research project 0-6880.</p> <p>Article originally posted on March 2 by TTI, <a href="https://tti.tamu.edu/2017/03/02/tti-demonstrates-new-pavement-recycling-technologies-for-students-txdot/?hootPostID=548aaed7a55fe47e944d59d724f84d3e" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/03/14/tti-demonstrates-new-pavement-recycling-technologies-for-civil-engineering-students-txdot http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2017/03/14/tti-demonstrates-new-pavement-recycling-technologies-for-civil-engineering-students-txdot Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:00 CST