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, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CST Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CST Too busy working to work on your computer science or engineering career? Kathy Flores <> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/31/too-busy-working-to-work-on-your-computer-science-or-engineering-career <p><img width="122" height="267" src="/media/1911785/paul_122x267.jpg" alt="paul career services" class="leftalign"/>The Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University gets many requests from companies — who may or may not be members of our <a href="/cse/iap">Industrial Affiliate Program</a> — interested in hiring our students. This interest led us to contact Former Student Career Services (FSCS) for information on services available to our Former Students.</p> <p>Paul A. Pausky '78, associate director of FSCS, responded and gave some thought provoking answers to the title question, <i>Too busy working to work on your computer science or engineering career?</i></p> <p>"Take a moment to reflect upon the realities of our evolving employment marketplace," said Pausky. "In this environment you must maintain your competitive position by continuously strengthening professional connections and monitoring emerging technology within your organization and out in the marketplace for evolving needs and new opportunities."</p> <p>Pausky adds, "We want you to know that Former Student networking specialists have resources and strategies in place to help you build and maintain your network of connections!" He's talking about FSCS, which provides tools and resources for networking in addition to job listings and resume reviews. FSCS is located in the Texas A&amp;M Career Center on the Texas A&amp;M campus. It's mission is to help you align your interests with existing and evolving needs at companies, markets, industries, and organizations that participate in the Center.</p> <p>"In the past year," said Pausky, "more than 1,600 active recruiting employers sought Aggie engineering and technology talent through the Career Center and there were more than 8,600 job listings specifically seeking experienced hires. Moreover, our resources can help you identify and pursue work internationally as well as help our international Former Students identify visa-friendly employers across the United States."</p> <p>FSCS advisers, including Debbie Jackson '76 who works with new graduates, will introduce you to application strategies. "Knowing that individuals perform better after practice, we provide sample interview questions, resources to practice mock interviews and guides to help polish your interviewing skills," said Pausky.</p> <p>"You invested time and money at Texas A&amp;M preparing to earn income. We appreciate that commitment and we are committed to helping you succeed long after you have walked the stage at graduation. The resources available through the Texas A&amp;M Career Center can help you to maintain and protect that investment whether you want to move up the company ladder or move on to a new career.</p> <p>"If you are interested in learning more about our resources, please contact us at <a href="mailto:fscshelp@tamu.edu">fscshelp@tamu.edu</a> or visit some of our resources at <a href="http://www.aggienetwork.com/careers/">http://www.aggienetwork.com/careers</a>."</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/31/too-busy-working-to-work-on-your-computer-science-or-engineering-career http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/31/too-busy-working-to-work-on-your-computer-science-or-engineering-career Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CST El-Halwagi elected AIChE fellow Kidron Vestal <kidron@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/31/el-halwagi-elected-aiche-fellow <p><span class="leftalign" style="font-size: xx-small;"><img width="210" height="270" src="/media/520858/image-of-mahmoud-el-halwagi.jpg" alt="Image of Mahmoud El Halwagi" style="float: left;"/></span></p> <p><a href="/chemical/people/melhalwagi">Dr. Mahmoud El-Halwagi</a>, Holder of the McFerrin Professorship in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, has been elected as a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). El-Halwagi will receive the official pin and plaque at the AIChE annual meeting in November.</p> <p>“AIChE is the premier organization for chemical engineers, both in academia and in industry,” said El-Halwagi.</p> <p>El-Halwagi has been an active member on AIChE for nearly three decades.Throughout his time in AIChE, El-Halwagi has presented papers on a consistent basis at both the spring and annual meetings and has chaired numerous sessions. He has served as division chair of computing and systems technology (CAST) and participated in committees for energy initiatives and international programs.</p> <p>“I have enjoyed every bit of the collaboration and participation with AIChE," he said. "It is an organization that is very close to my heart."</p> <p>El-Halwagi also serves as faculty advisor for the local AIChE student chapter.</p> <p>“Our students have an advantage that I didn’t have: getting to be a member as an undergraduate student,” he said. </p> <p>In addition to his local leadership role for students, El-Halwagi, who has helped establish several chapter in the Middle East, will increase his level of mentorship to locales around the world.</p> <p>“I’ve been helping to establish AIChE chapters overseas because I see tremendous opportunities for professional development, learning and networking," El-Halwagi said. "I see this as being part of the responsibility of being a fellow.</p> <p>"It is easy for an undergraduate to not get involved in professional activities but I think it’s very important for students to get involved in AIChE. First, the opportunities to learn, to interact, to network…are tremendous. Also, students should attend the [national] AIChE meetings where the latest developments in chemical engineering are presented and collaboration for networking takes place."</p> <p>The nonprofit organization AIChE was founded in 1908. </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/31/el-halwagi-elected-aiche-fellow http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/31/el-halwagi-elected-aiche-fellow Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CST TAMUHack hosts successful first hackathon Rachel Rose <rdaggie@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/30/tamuhack-hosts-successful-first-hackathon <p><img width="387" height="258" src="/media/1906642/tamuhack_387x258.jpg" alt="TAMUHack 2014" class="leftalign"/>TAMUHack, a new student run organization in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, hosted its very first hackathon Oct. 24-25. The event, which was named after the organization, included almost 400 students from all over the country, including many who had never before participated in a hackathon.</p> <p>The co-founders of the organization, Robert Timm, Eleni Mijalis, Christopher Nolan and Rafa Moreno, have attended over 50 hackathons in their college career, and have done very well. Mijalis and Moreno placed first at Lousiana State University’s first hackathon, <a href="/news/2014/10/02/cse-students-take-first-at-national-hackathons">GeauxHack</a> and Timm and Mijalis received first place at the University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious hackathon, <a href="/news/2014/10/02/cse-students-take-first-at-national-hackathons">PennApps X</a>.</p> <p>"At the beginning of the hackathon, I asked whose first hackathon this was," Moreno said. "About 80 percent of the people present (including one of the companies) raised their hand. I'm glad to see we were able to take this first step in getting that many people involved in this type of community."</p> <p>Event sponsors Google, Microsoft and AT&amp;T had representatives at the event to provide application program interfaces to contestants.</p> <p>The winning team made a Chrome Extension called Google FFITI. The group was comprised of Texas A&amp;M computer science and engineering students Christopher Findeisen, David Zeng and Wei Lu, and University of Houston student, Aaron Dancer.</p> <p>“Googleffiti allows you to graffiti on websites, and also overlays a public 'wall' for each website you visit, containing past tags that were made there,” said Findeisen. “You can also share a private graffiti for use in annotations, tutorials, etc. It’s a great tool for both fun — allowing visitors to contribute, and work — providing for meaningful annotations that don’t remove functionality from the website.”</p> <p>The second place team created an app that allowed users to play musical instruments with the Leap Motion. The third place team made a game similar to "Attack on Titans" called "Attack on Oculus," which actually put you in the virtual world.</p> <p>TAMUHack was the largest hackathon to take place on campus at Texas A&amp;M and the student organization could not be happier with the turnout.</p> <p>TAMUHack has already begun planning for next year’s event and looks forward to giving other students the opportunity to see what “hacking” is all about. </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/30/tamuhack-hosts-successful-first-hackathon http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/30/tamuhack-hosts-successful-first-hackathon Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CST CSE continues to bring strong presence at Grace Hopper Conference Rachel Rose <rdaggie@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/30/cse-continues-to-bring-strong-presence-at-grace-hopper-conference <p><img width="356" height="237" src="/media/1906641/ghc_356x237.jpg" alt="GHC 2014" class="leftalign"/></p> <p>The Texas A&amp;M University Department of Computer Science and Engineering sent 21 students, including four male students, to the 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference (GHC). </p> <p>GHC is the largest conference for women in computing in the world.</p> <p>This year the conference took place in Phoenix, Arizona, and the theme was “Everywhere. Everyone.” The department was a silver sponsor and hosted a booth at the career fair that was visited by nearly 1,000 people. </p> <p>CSE Associate Professor, Dr. Tiffani L. Williams, was general co-chair for this year's conference. Dr. Dilma Da Silva, Ford Motor Company Design Professor II and CSE department head, and Unocal Professor Dr. Nancy Amato, were speakers in the <a href="http://gracehopper.org/program-highlights/cra-w-career-workshops/">CRA-W Career Workshops</a>. These workshops were designed to provide guidance to graduate students, early professionals and mid-career academics. During these workshops, Da Silva spoke on ”Preparing for promotion” and Amato spoke on “Senior Career Mentoring Topic Tables”. Da Silva was also a speaker on the panel, <a href="http://gracehopper.org/2014-schedule/?subject=show_details&amp;_year=2014&amp;sid=2361#2361">“Why Women in Technology should patent their ideas”</a> and Amato was also co-chair of the scholarship committee and a member of the faculty-track committee.</p> <p>Texas A&amp;M traditionally brings a large group to the conference and is expected to have an even bigger presence next year when it will be held in Houston. The department was able to send so many students this year due to support from the college and from CSE <a href="/cse/iap">Industrial Affiliate Program</a> members Chevron and ConocoPhillips. Corporations or individuals interested in sponsoring the participation of students for next year's conference are encouraged to make a donation to the department's<a href="/cse/giving"> Excellence Fund</a>.</p> <p>“The Grace Hopper conference is an inspiring, encouraging and exciting conference to attend, regardless of age, education or gender,” said Kathy Waskom, CSE organizational services manager. “The diverse group of attendees and presenters made for a very welcoming and inclusive event. The conference is one that will raise awareness and influence for its attendees. It is an amazing experience to see the sheer number of powerful, influential and impressive women in one venue.”</p> <p>GHC was founded with the intention of acknowledging women who have made significant contributions in technology and this year was the very first to also recognize the men who have also influenced the computing world. The very first male keynote speaker, Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, gave a presentation during this year’s event.</p> <p>The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is named for Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, a mathematician who played a vital role in the early expansion of computer science. The conference is produced by the Anita Borg Institute and presented in partnership with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).</p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/30/cse-continues-to-bring-strong-presence-at-grace-hopper-conference http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/30/cse-continues-to-bring-strong-presence-at-grace-hopper-conference Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CST SWE receives prestigious awards at annual conference Donald St. Martin <dstmartin@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/30/swe-receives-prestigious-awards-at-annual-conference <p>The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at Texas A&amp;M University received two prestigious awards during the SWE annual conference, WE14, which was held recently in Los Angeles. The Texas A&amp;M chapter received the Outstanding Collegiate Section Award and the Outreach Event/Series Award. </p> <p>The Collegiate Section award is based on the section’s activities throughout the academic year. It is the highest level of recognition given to collegiate SWE sections based on a holistic review of the section’s outreach and professional development programs, events, membership and communication.</p> <p>The Outreach award was award to the Texas A&amp;M chapter for its various outreach programs including the 38<sup>th</sup> Annual SWE High School Conference that brought 100 high school students to Texas A&amp;M, the SWE12 middle school mentoring program where SWE members mentor seventh and eighth graders at A&amp;M Consolidated Middle School, and the SWE Summer Camp that exposed 64 middle school girls to engineering during their week-long stay on the Texas A&amp;M campus during the summer.</p> <p>Sixteen member from Texas A&amp;M’s SWE chapter attended the conference, taking advantage of a career fair and seminars on various topics.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/30/swe-receives-prestigious-awards-at-annual-conference http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/30/swe-receives-prestigious-awards-at-annual-conference Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CST Texas A&M disaster expert identifies nine ways robots can protect Ebola workers Timothy Schnettler <tschnettler@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/30/texas-am-disaster-expert-identifies-nine-ways-robots-can-protect-ebola-workers <p><img width="249" height="249" src="/media/1906632/murphy.jpg" alt="Murphy" class="rightalign"/>Dr. Robin R. Murphy, Raytheon Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and director of the Center for Robot Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR) has identified <a href="http://crasar.org/2014/10/13/robots-and-ebola/">nine ways robots can protect Ebola workers</a>. Murphy also <a href="http://crasar.org/2014/10/24/more-about-our-workshop-on-safety-robotics-for-ebola-workers-nov-7-8/">cautions that military and civilian robots often do not directly transfer to disaster situations and more work is needed to identify the use cases for robots.</a></p> <p>Murphy, who is a pioneer in the field of rescue robotics, has been trained for biological response and has participated in medical disaster exercises with the US Marines Corps Chemical Biological Incident Response Forces, making her a perfect fit for the project, which she has been working on since September. Murphy has deployed ground, aerial, and marine robots to 16 disasters including the World Trade Center, Hurricane Katrina, the Japanese Tsunami, and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident.</p> <p>CRASAR will be hosting one of four concurrent workshops with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy/National Robotics Initiative on Safety Robotics for Ebola Workers on Nov. 7-8. The Texas A&amp;M workshop will focus on learning from medical and humanitarian relief experts and. The invitation-only workshop will have a second day focused on developing use cases and requirements suitable for industry to better understand how their technologies might be used. The workshop will also identify what technological barriers require further research investments.</p> <p>“The real issue to me is what are the real needs that robots can play in such a complex event,” said Murphy.</p> <p>According to Murphy, the ways ground, aerial, and marine robots can protect Ebola workers include:</p> <p>— Mortuary robots to respectfully transport the deceased</p> <p>— Reducing the number of health professionals within the biosafety labs and field hospitals</p> <p>— Detection of contamination</p> <p>— Disinfection</p> <p>— Telepresence robots for experts to consult/advise on medical issues, train and supervise worker decontamination to catch accidental self-contamination, and serve as “rolling interpreters” for the different languages and dialects</p> <p>— Physical security for workers</p> <p>— Waste handling</p> <p>— Humanitarian relief</p> <p>— Reconnaissance</p> <p><strong>About CRASAR</strong>: CRASAR is a Texas A&amp;M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) center whose mission is to improve disaster preparedness, prevention, response and recovery through the development and adoption of robots and related technologies. Its goal is to create a “community of practice” throughout the world for rescue robots that motivates fundamental research, supports technology transfer, and educates students, response professionals, and the public. CRASAR is a dynamic mix of university researchers, industry and responders.</p> <p>For more information, contact Dr. Robin R. Murphy by email: <a href="mailto:murphy@cse.tamu.edu">murphy@cse.tamu.edu</a>, or by phone: 979-845-8737</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/30/texas-am-disaster-expert-identifies-nine-ways-robots-can-protect-ebola-workers http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/30/texas-am-disaster-expert-identifies-nine-ways-robots-can-protect-ebola-workers Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CST Texas A&M Engineering Education Complex receives major donation from Phillips 66 Donald St. Martin <dstmartin@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/30/texas-am-engineering-education-complex-receives-major-donation-from-phillips-66 <p class="rightalign"><strong>Photo courtesy of Phillips 66 Company ©</strong></p> <p class="rightalign"> </p> <p> </p> <p>Texas A&amp;M University’s Dwight Look College of Engineering has accepted a $1 million contribution from Phillips 66, a growing energy manufacturing and logistics company. The donation to the Texas A&amp;M Foundation will support the university’s new Engineering Education Complex (EEC).</p> <p>“Phillips 66 is committed to investing in education,” said Greg C. Garland, chairman and CEO of Phillips 66, and a Texas A&amp;M chemical engineering graduate. “We need leaders from schools such as Texas A&amp;M who will challenge the status quo and create solutions to meet rising energy needs in the decades ahead.”</p> <p>The company’s contribution will be used to create the “Phillips 66 Experiential Learning Laboratory” within the EEC. The new lab will help better prepare engineering students to meet the evolving needs of the engineering marketplace, a guiding principle of Look College’s 25 by 25 initiative.</p> <p>“Experiential, hands-on learning is critically important to the engineering education we provide to our students,” said Dr. M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering. “Phillips 66’s contribution will help us provide a multidisciplinary environment where students from different academic disciplines work together, side by side, preparing them for success in the workplace.”</p> <p>Construction on the EEC will begin in early 2015.  Once completed, this hub of undergraduate engineering will house nearly 533,000 square feet of state-of-the-art learning space with  flexible classrooms, design and fabrication shared-use laboratories, collaborative workspace, and tutoring services.</p> <p><strong>About Phillips 66</strong>: Phillips 66 is the only integrated downstream company to combine leading midstream, chemicals, refining and marketing and specialties businesses. With its diverse portfolio, the company is uniquely positioned to capitalize on the huge growth in domestically produced oil and natural gas from shale resources. </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/30/texas-am-engineering-education-complex-receives-major-donation-from-phillips-66 http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/30/texas-am-engineering-education-complex-receives-major-donation-from-phillips-66 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CST International nuclear official praises Texas A&M's contributions Emily Wilkins, The Eagle <emily.wilkins@theeagle.com> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/30/international-nuclear-official-praises-texas-ams-contributions <p><img width="521" height="347" src="/media/1906627/5452423c6e370image_521x347.jpg" alt="5452423b 08673.image" class="leftalign"/></p> <p>When Yukiya Amano, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, made his first trip to the U.S. this week, Texas A&amp;M was the first public university he visited.</p> <p>"Texas A&amp;M is known globally as a university having very high technology including in the area of nuclear science and technology," Amano said on Wednesday, the final day of his three-day trip. "IAEA and A&amp;M have cooperated for many years and that is why I am visiting the university to further increase cooperation."</p> <p>A&amp;M and International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA, have worked together since 1998 to further nuclear technology. In 2013, A&amp;M was the first site in North America to host the IAEA's School for Nuclear Energy Management, attended by 24 participants from around the world.</p> <p>"The future of the world lies in technology," Amano said. "In order to use technology, training and investing in people is essential."</p> <p>Amano's visit comes a week before his annual address to the United Nations on the agency's progress and accomplishments.</p> <p>During his time at A&amp;M, he designated the National Center for Electron Beam Research at A&amp;M as the IAEA Collaborating Centre for Electron Beam Technologies for Food, Health and Environmental Applications. The center, located in the Texas A&amp;M Research Park, is operated by Texas A&amp;M AgriLife Research. Its research includes increasing the shelf life of fruit and vegetables and eliminating disease in them.</p> <p><img width="398" height="265" src="/media/1906629/5451d00d137eaimage_398x265.jpg" alt="Amano 1" class="rightalign"/></p> <p>The designation is the first given to a U.S. university and will allow researchers to more easily build international relationships with other nuclear scientists, said Chad Wootton, associate vice president for external affairs.</p> <p>"We already are at the forefront," Wootton said. "But what this allows us to say is we're further verified with this skill set."</p> <p>A&amp;M Interim President Mark Hussey expressed to Amano the university's willingness to continue working with the IAEA.</p> <p>"I hope you found new ideas for collaboration for your agency, as well as those entities you engage with regularly in your international leadership role," Hussey said. "We stand ready to serve and look forward to building opportunities for extramural partnership where you and your member states can benefit from our efforts here."</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/30/international-nuclear-official-praises-texas-ams-contributions http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/30/international-nuclear-official-praises-texas-ams-contributions Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CST Chemical engineering Ph.D. students create mobile apps Kidron Vestal <kidron@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/29/chemical-engineering-phd-students-create-mobile-apps <p>Current statistics indicate over 900 mobile apps are created daily. Aashish Priye, a Ph.D. student studying chemical engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, and Nan Shi, who earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Texas A&amp;M, have created apps that are more than just statistics. </p> <p>Priye's app, PCR To Go, uses fluorescence analysis to photocopy DNA using the existing technology of a smartphone’s camera and optics. Shi's app, Brownian Dynamics, offers a behind-the-scenes approach to learning in an interactive physics engine that can be used by teachers, researchers and science-minded youth. </p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pcr-to-go/id909227041?ls=1&amp;mt=8"><span style="font-size: 10px;"><img width="312" height="286" src="/media/1892735/PCR-to-Go-app-icon_312x286.jpg" alt="PCR To Go App Icon" style="float: right;"/></span></a>“<a href="https://sites.google.com/site/pcrtogo/">PCR To Go</a>” is a free, portable solution that optimizes the tracking of data during convective flow polymerase chain reaction (PCR), the cycles of heating and cooling required in duplicating DNA—an important and common process in molecular biology.</p> <p>Traditionally, large equipment and patience is often needed for photocopying DNA, but Priye asked, “Why not do this with something we have with us in our daily life?”</p> <p>Since these cameras often have a CMOS sensor, light can be detected as it enters the camera’s lens.</p> <p>“Normally, we don’t care about this, we just take pictures," said Priye. "It’s a point-and-shoot kind of camera. But we can transform this handheld device into lab equipment."</p> <p>Using inexpensive, clip-on microscopic lenses, the camera is outfitted to take images on a timer; the algorithms embedded in the app translate the data.</p> <p>Over a period of six to seven months, Priye devoted his focus to preparing and publishing “PCR To Go,” which is currently available in the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pcr-to-go/id909227041?ls=1&amp;mt=8">iPhone</a> market with plans for an Android app in the future.  </p> <p>Shi's app, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/brownian-dynamics/id922660798?ls=1&amp;mt=8">Brownian Dynamics</a>, uses technology similar to the highly popular app, “Angry Birds.” A video demonstration can be seen <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJhkf3eTYPU&amp;feature=youtu.be">here</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/brownian-dynamics/id922660798?ls=1&amp;mt=8"><img width="272" height="270" src="/media/1892736/Brownian-Dynamics-app-icon_272x270.jpg" alt="Brownian Dynamics App Icon" style="float: left;"/></a>“This is for education," Shi said. "The major point I want to convey through this app, especially for the undergrads [is to discover] that math is cool and programming is cool because they can use this app to do cool things.</p> <p>“Research should not be isolated to collegiate academia but can also have educational functions to high school kids and even younger kids.”</p> <p>The app is newly released, having previously been in production for close to one year. The second edition of the app is also underway, utilizing newer iPad hardware.</p> <p>Priye and Shi have performed research for Dr. Victor Ugaz, holder of the Charles D. Holland ’53 Professorship in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering and director of the undergraduate program.</p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/29/chemical-engineering-phd-students-create-mobile-apps http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/29/chemical-engineering-phd-students-create-mobile-apps Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CST Russell named CIGRE Distinguished Member Deana Totzke <deana@ece.tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/29/russell-named-cigre-distinguished-member <p><img width="210" height="270" src="/media/455520/bdrussell.jpg" alt="Russell, B. Don" class="rightalign"/>Dr. B. Don Russell, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, has been named a Distinguished Member by the Council of Large Electric Power Systems (CIGRE). The award was presented in Washington, D.C. at the annual meeting of the United States Committee of CIGRE.</p> <p>The designation of distinguished member is given to those few individuals who have demonstrated long-term commitment to CIGRE’s objectives of improving the reliability and availability of electric power worldwide.</p> <p>Russell, the Harry E. Bovay, Jr. Chair Professor in the department, has served as a member of the administrative committee of CIGRE, chair of the technical committee for the United States and currently serves as vice president for administration of the United States CIGRE Secretariat. He previously received the Atwood Award from CIGRE.</p> <p>Russell is a University Distinguished Professor and Regents Professor of The Texas A&amp;M University System, and serves as director of the Power Systems Automation Laboratory in the department. He is a member and vice chair for membership of the National Academy of Engineering and is past president of the IEEE Power and Energy Society. He is in his 39th year on the faculty of Texas A&amp;M.</p> <p>Russell is internationally recognized for his development of automated techniques for detecting arcing faults and failures on electric power systems. His recent work has emphasized predictive diagnostic tools for detecting failing power system equipment before catastrophic failure. This will allow utilities to repair systems before an outage occurs. His work is currently being extended to detect power system failures that cause wildfires, an area of great importance given the increasing drought conditions in the United States.</p> <p>CIGRE is an international organization of 90 countries with each country represented by a national committee. It is the largest international technical organization in the electric power industry.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/29/russell-named-cigre-distinguished-member http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/29/russell-named-cigre-distinguished-member Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CST