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 Tue, 24 May 2016 00:00:00 CST Tue, 24 May 2016 00:00:00 CST Hirsch helps Aggie Triathletes take fourth at nationals Kristina Ballard <kristina.ballard@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/05/24/hirsch-helps-aggie-triathletes-take-fourth-at-nationals <p><img width="370" height="236" src="/media/3669984/img_6530_370x236.jpg" alt="Hirsch Triathalon 1" class="leftalign"/>Maddie Hirsch, a junior in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, is not your typical engineering student. She recently competed in the USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championship in Clemson, South Carolina, with the Texas A&amp;M Triathlon Team. The Aggies finished fourth out of 132 teams competing and individually Hirsch finished 33<sup>rd</sup> out of the 478 women competing. Hirsch is a native of College Station, Texas, and a graduate of A&amp;M Consolidated High School.</p> <p>Growing up, Hirsch loved the water and started swimming competitively at the age of 8. She continued her swimming career through high school, competing with both her school team and club teams resulting in a strenuous 20-plus hours of practice per week. After her swimming career ended following her senior year of high school, Hirsch entered her first triathlon. Her background in swimming, combined with a love for running and an interest in cycling instilled in her by her father, made Hirsch a perfect competitor for triathlons. She heard about Texas A&amp;M’s triathlon team and attended its informational meeting her freshman year.</p> <p>“I did my first triathlon and I was immediately hooked,” said Hirsch. “I enjoyed being around athletic and academically driven people. It’s not so much about the competition, but about representing this team the best I can.”</p> <p><img width="377" height="283" src="/media/3669985/g0012147_377x283.jpg" alt="Hirsch Triathalon 2" class="leftalign rightalign"/></p> <p>What makes Hirsch unique is her fierce determination both as a teammate and as a student. As a general civil engineering student, Hirsch explores varying topics of interest from water resources to transportation.</p> <p>In any subject, she discovered that what she learned in class was impactful and allowed her to serve people. She recently became interested in transportation engineering for this reason.</p> <p>“I like that transportation engineering is about balancing the technical side of the engineering field with the social side as well,” she said.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/05/24/hirsch-helps-aggie-triathletes-take-fourth-at-nationals http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/05/24/hirsch-helps-aggie-triathletes-take-fourth-at-nationals Tue, 24 May 2016 00:00:00 CST Texas A&M University System leads research and education consortium joined by University of Texas System to bid for Sandia Laylan Copelin <lcopelin@tamus.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/05/24/texas-am-university-system-leads-research-and-education-consortium-joined-by-university-of-texas-system-to-bid-for-sandia <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong class="leftalign"><img width="388" height="99" src="/media/3669982/systemlogo1-1-copy.jpg" alt="System Logo 1-1 Copy"/></strong></span></p> <p class="p1">The Texas A&amp;M University System is partnering with Battelle, The Boeing Company, the University of Texas System and the University of New Mexico in a joint bid to manage the Sandia National Laboratories — one of three DOE laboratories responsible for the nation's nuclear arsenal.</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Battelle is the world's largest independent nonprofit research and development organization, and Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">The Texas A&amp;M University System, which will lead the Texas Research and Education Partnership that includes the University of Texas System, joins the University of New Mexico to provide research expertise, workforce training and independent peer review of the crucial research and development conducted at Sandia. These academic entities will be members of the board of directors for the laboratories.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><img width="499" height="294" src="/media/3674801/unknown_499x294.jpg" alt="Unknown" class="rightalign"/>In May 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that it would seek a request for proposal (RFP) for the management of Sandia. Currently the laboratory is managed by the Sandia Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, and has an operating budget of $3 billion with 10,000 employees. The final request for proposals was issued on May 18, 2016, and a contract decision is anticipated by the end of the year.</span></p> <p class="p1">The idea for creating the team to compete for the Sandia contract started at a November dinner hosted by Texas A&amp;M System Chancellor John Sharp. Battelle's Ron Townsend, executive vice president of Global Laboratory Operations, and M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering for the Texas A&amp;M System, among others, attended that first meeting.</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">"When rumors about this opportunity arose in 2012, Dr. Banks and I knew we were in a unique position to serve our nation. Our first call was to Battelle and over the last four years, this ideal team was created," Chancellor Sharp said. "The Texas A&amp;M System has the capability and long history of national service that are unmatched by any other university system. Texas A&amp;M's faculty expertise and our top-ranked engineering graduate programs position us well as a key partner for this opportunity. The leadership of Governor Greg Abbott made this partnership possible for the Texas university systems."</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Governor Abbott said the Texas A&amp;M System approached him almost a year ago about bidding to manage the Sandia National Laboratories.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">"From the moment Chancellor Sharp first approached me about bidding on the Sandia National Laboratory, we have worked hard to build a coalition to take advantage of this unparalleled research opportunity," Abbott said. "Today's announcement reflects months of work building a robust coalition that includes The Texas A&amp;M University System, the University of Texas System, and the University of New Mexico. I am grateful to Chancellor Sharp for spearheading this remarkable effort, to [UT System] Chancellor [William H.] McRaven for working closely with the Governor's Office to ensure that Texas fielded a unified and robust research team. Together, Texas and New Mexico can bring unprecedented research opportunities to our great state universities and would be honored to be entrusted with the management of one of our nation's premier national laboratories."</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">The University of Texas System is the second-largest public university system in the nation with an enrollment of 217,000 students across 14 institutions. The UT System has a long-standing relationship with Sandia National Laboratory and has worked closely with the Laboratory to supply the skilled scientists and engineers needed to support Sandia's mission and on numerous science and engineering projects that are important to the nation's security.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">"Partnering with industry and academic leaders in research and development areas that ultimately will help safeguard America is a phenomenal opportunity and the UT System is proud to be doing its part," said UT System Chancellor William H. McRaven. "This collaboration is a perfect fit, leveraging the research power of stellar universities as well as the expertise of Battelle and Boeing to elevate the already remarkable development coming out of Sandia National Laboratories."</span></p> <p class="p1">Banks, with the Texas A&amp;M System, said the academic partnership is a critical component.</p> <p class="p1">"Combined, the Texas A&amp;M and University of Texas systems are among the nation's largest research enterprises and include two of the most respected engineering programs," Banks said. "Both have been involved in our nation's nuclear security enterprise for decades and are deeply familiar with the personnel, mission and research at Sandia National Laboratory."</p> <p class="p1">"Sandia ensures the U.S. nuclear stockpile is safe, secure, and reliable and can fully support the nation's deterrence policy," said Ed Dolanski, president, Boeing Global Services &amp; Support. "Their mission of service to the nation is directly aligned with our team's mission. Battelle's leadership in national lab management and Boeing's leadership in weapons and systems engineering will provide new capabilities to help NNSA more effectively meet their nuclear objectives."</p> <p class="p1"> </p> <p class="p1"><strong><span class="s1">About The Texas A&amp;M University System</span></strong></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">The Texas A&amp;M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation with a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies, a comprehensive health science center and a budget of $4.2 billion. The Texas A&amp;M System educates more than 140,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $946 million and help drive the state's economy.</span></p> <p class="p1"> </p> <p class="p1"><strong><span class="s1">About Texas A&amp;M Engineering</span></strong></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Within the A&amp;M System, nine of the 11 universities offer engineering degree programs with a combined enrollment of more than 25,000 engineering students and more than 600 engineering faculty members. The largest engineering program is at Texas A&amp;M University in College Station with more than 16,500 students, including approximately 12,500 undergraduates and approximately 3,500 graduate students, and $308 million in engineering research expenditures annually, among the highest in the U.S. The A&amp;M System engineering program also includes three state agencies: Texas A&amp;M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) which conducts engineering research, performs education and workforce development and transfers technology discoveries into the marketplace; Texas A&amp;M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) which delivers emergency response, homeland security and workforce training and exercises; and Texas A&amp;M Transportation Institute (TTI) which conducts transportation research and transfers technology to industry and the public. The Texas A&amp;M Engineering enterprise strategic areas have strong alignment with SNL: defense systems and assessments; international, homeland and nuclear security; informatics/knowledge economy; energy, climate and infrastructure security; cybersecurity; transportation and infrastructure; and energy and the environment.</span></p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/05/24/texas-am-university-system-leads-research-and-education-consortium-joined-by-university-of-texas-system-to-bid-for-sandia http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/05/24/texas-am-university-system-leads-research-and-education-consortium-joined-by-university-of-texas-system-to-bid-for-sandia Tue, 24 May 2016 00:00:00 CST Reed selected to receive 2016 Kate Gleason Award from ASME Jan McHarg <> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/05/24/reed-selected-to-receive-2016-kate-gleason-award-from-asme <p><img width="210" height="270" src="/media/563621/image-of-helen-reed.jpg" alt="Image of Helen Reed" class="rightalign"/>Dr. Helen Reed, professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, has been selected to receive the prestigious 2016 Kate Gleason Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Reed was selected for her lifetime achievements in the fundamental understanding and control of boundary layer transition for high-efficiency aerospace vehicles and in pioneering small satellite design and implementation.</p> <p>The Kate Gleason Award was established in 2011 by the ASME Foundation to recognize the contributions of distinguished female leaders in the engineering profession. As the first woman to be welcomed into ASME as a full member, Gleason helped pave the way for other women to enter and thrive in the field of engineering.</p> <p>The Gleason Award seeks to honor an individual female engineer who is a highly successful entrepreneur in a field of engineering, or someone who had a lifetime of achievement in the engineering profession.</p> <p>Formal presentation of the award, which consists of a $2,000 honorarium, a bronze medal and a certificate, will take place during the ASME Mechanical Engineering Congress &amp; Exposition’s Honors Assembly on Nov. 14.</p> <p>Reed joined the Texas A&amp;M faculty in 2004 and served as department head for four years before returning to teaching and research on a full-time basis. Widely regarded as an expert in hypersonics, energy efficient aircraft and small satellite design, Reed has led research projects totaling millions of dollars and is a member of the National Research Council’s Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board. She has received numerous professional awards and honors, including being a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics &amp; Astronautics (AIAA), the American Physical Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. She received the Atwood Award from the American Society for Engineering Education and AIAA, and she was inducted into Academy of Engineering Excellence at her alma mater Virginia Tech University. At Texas A&amp;M, she has been named a 2013 Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/05/24/reed-selected-to-receive-2016-kate-gleason-award-from-asme http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/05/24/reed-selected-to-receive-2016-kate-gleason-award-from-asme Tue, 24 May 2016 00:00:00 CST Chemical engineering AggiE_Challenge team wins top prizes at 2016 Engineering Project Showcase Donald St. Martin <dstmartin@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/05/20/chemical-engineering-aggie_challenge-team-wins-top-prizes-at-2016-engineering-project-showcase <p>The 2016 Engineering Project showcase provided an opportunity for students to display and demonstrate their projects designed to solve real-world engineering problems. More than 700 students gathered in the Hall of Champions at Texas A&amp;M University’s Kyle Field to showcase more than 150 projects. Industry representatives from nearly 40 different companies also attended the event.</p> <p>Among the participants were 16 teams from the AggiE_Challenge program. AggiE_Challenge is a college of engineering program designed to actively engage engineering undergraduate students in multidisciplinary team projects related to the engineering challenges facing our society.</p> <h4>THE PROJECT</h4> <p>The team under Dr. Zhengdong Cheng in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering placed first among the 16 AggiE_Challenge teams. The team also tied for the top overall prize at the showcase. Its project, “Mitigation Methods for Accidental Offshore Oil Spillages,” focused on exploring ways in which oil spillages at sea can be effectively cleaned up to minimize their environmental impact. When oil is spilled offshore, the remote location’s harsh conditions make the oil spill response difficult. In an open water region, the spilled oil could spread quickly due to natural forces such as gravity, wind, current, and wave effects. The team explored unique methods to quickly mitigate the spill and prevent its spreading.</p> <h4>THE TEAM</h4> <p>Under the supervision and guidance of Cheng and graduate mentor Lecheng Eric Zhang, the team worked on the project for two semesters.</p> <p>Team members include Monica Cuerno, Andrew Nguyen, Chang-Hyun Choi, Khuong Le, Matthew Carlin, Ehab Abo Deeb, Magy Avedissian, and Nian Wei Tan.</p> <p>“Through researching experiences, I know that teamwork is the most important factor for the success of any project,” said Zhang. “That’s why I always encourage my students to build professional relationships and learn to work together. Outside of weekly meetings, I encouraged them to have more bonding time by planning game nights where we could all play games together.”</p> <p>“I think that the most important thing that I’ve learned from AggiE_Challenge is to take leadership,” said Cuerno. “I think it’s important for you to be able to take leadership so that you can learn valuable things from the experience.”</p> <p>The undergraduate students are grateful the opportunity provided by the college of engineering AggiE_Challenge program to allow them to participate in and experience research in their education career. Since 2012, more than 750 students have participated in the program. The college of engineering with the AggiE_Challenge program is a member of the national Vertically Integrated Project (VIP) Consortium of 20 or more institutions from around the world. For more information on the program, visit the <a href="/easa/areas/enrichment/aggie-challenge" title="AggiE_Challenge ">AggiE_Challenge website</a>.</p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/05/20/chemical-engineering-aggie_challenge-team-wins-top-prizes-at-2016-engineering-project-showcase http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/05/20/chemical-engineering-aggie_challenge-team-wins-top-prizes-at-2016-engineering-project-showcase Fri, 20 May 2016 00:00:00 CST Zeng receives Best Applications Paper award Lorian Hopcus <lorian.hopcus@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/05/20/zeng-receives-best-applications-paper-award <p><img width="184" height="242" src="/media/3199340/li-zeng_184x242.jpg" alt="Image of Li Zeng" class="leftalign"/></p> <p>Dr. Li Zeng, assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, received the Best Applications Paper award from the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE).</p> <p>Zeng’s paper, “Bayesian Hierarchical Modeling for Monitoring Optical Profiles in Low-Emittance Glass Manufacturing Processes,” will be featured in <i>IIE Transactions’</i> issue focused on design and manufacturing. Her paper discusses an approach for controlling quality and reducing variation in the energy-efficient glass manufacturing industry.</p> <p>Zeng’s work is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and studies the special quality measurements in the energy-efficient glass industry and develops systematic methods to improve the current quality control system. This work introduces a new application area of industrial engineering (IE) tools and reveals the many research needs and potentials in energy-efficient glass manufacturing.</p> <p>“I am very appreciative and honored to be receiving this significant award,” Zeng said. “When I started the collaboration with a local glass company four years ago, I had no idea where this project would lead my career.”</p> <p>Zeng’s research focuses on developing new data-driven methodologies for process control and quality improvement in complex systems. She has expertise in statistics and data mining. She has conducted research in various applications, particularly in complex manufacturing systems and healthcare delivery systems. The NSF, the Air Force, the University of Texas System and the American Heart Association support Zeng’s work.</p> <p>“This award will be a motivation for me to continue exploring new industrial engineering solutions to emergent real-world problems in the future,” she said.</p> <p>Zeng will be honored at the IIE annual conference on May 23.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/05/20/zeng-receives-best-applications-paper-award http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/05/20/zeng-receives-best-applications-paper-award Fri, 20 May 2016 00:00:00 CST Electrical and computer engineering international student first to speak at Texas A&M commencement ceremony Deana Totzke <deana@ece.tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/05/20/electrical-and-computer-engineering-international-student-first-to-speak-at-texas-am-commencement-ceremony <p><img width="327" height="218" src="/media/3653282/vyas-copy_327x218.jpg" alt="Vyas" class="rightalign"/>Yashwant Prakash Vyas, graduating senior in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, became the first international student in Texas A&amp;M history to speak at a commencement ceremony.</p> <p>Vyas was chosen as the student voice to represent the college of engineering and give the first speech at the commencement ceremony on Thursday. To be selected, Vyas submitted an application, a sample speech and biography.</p> <p>“I applied because I had an important message to convey,” Vyas said in an article published by <em>International Student Voice Magazine</em>. “My primary message to my fellow classmates and many people who listened to the speech was to engage as active global citizens and help fellow citizens in need. I wanted to tell them how important their contributions (big or small) are to make our world a better place to live. Secondly, I understand that bringing a positive change is difficult. It is very easy to get disheartened and discouraged by the cruelties of our world, hardships of our lives and unfair and unjust systems. But it is important to develop a healthy disregard to these things and continue to ethically strive for excellence, help those in need and make our world a better place to live.”</p> <p>Vyas earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering with double minors in mathematics and leadership studies. In addition, he earned three academic certificates, was recognized as an undergraduate leadership scholar and graduated with high honors.</p> <p>During his time at Texas A&amp;M, Vyas has belonged to numerous student organizations, such as the International Student Association, the Student Government Association Diversity Commission, the India Association, Aggie Replant, the Texas A&amp;M UNICEF Chapter, the Aggie Orientation Leaders Program and many more. He also works as an Ask Us Aggie worker in the library and offers diversity training to student organizations, schools and community centers.</p> <p>Other honors include participating in the 9th Annual Brazos Valley World Fest where he won the culture display booth competition, being inducted into The National Society of Leadership and Success and being awarded the National Engaged Leader award from the society.</p> <p><em>International Student Voice Magazine</em> serves as a voice for international students studying in the United States and for Americans studying abroad. This magazine is distributed to over 1,000 universities and colleges in the United States. Visit <a href="http://www.isvmag.com/2016/05/for-the-first-time-an-international-student-speaks-at-texas-am-commencement-ceremony/">its website</a> to see the article and a video of Vyas’ speech.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/05/20/electrical-and-computer-engineering-international-student-first-to-speak-at-texas-am-commencement-ceremony http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/05/20/electrical-and-computer-engineering-international-student-first-to-speak-at-texas-am-commencement-ceremony Fri, 20 May 2016 00:00:00 CST Dehghanian receives poster award at IEEE conference Deana Totzke <deana@ece.tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/05/20/dehghanian-receives-poster-award-at-ieee-conference <p><img src="/media/2357539/payman-dehghanian-1-.jpg" width="209" height="209" src="/media/2357539/payman-dehghanian-1-.jpg" alt="Payman" class="leftalign"/>Payman Dehghanian, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, won the “2nd Place Prize for Best Poster Award” at the 2016 IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Transmission and Distribution (T&amp;D) Conference and Exposition.</p> <p>The IEEE PES T&amp;D Conference and Exposition is the largest and most comprehensive of its type in the world. With more than 15,000 attendees, 900 exhibitors and electric companies, it is the best place to see the latest technology and latest equipment available in the electric utility industry.</p> <p>Dehghanian, who’s under the advisement of Dr. Mladen Kezunovic, the Eugene E. Webb Professor in the department, is the current leader of the Texas A&amp;M student branch joint chapter of the IEEE PELS-PES-IAS. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Tehran in 2009 and his master's degree from Sharif University of Technology in 2011, both in electrical engineering. His research interests include power system protection and control, power system reliability, asset management, maintenance scheduling, renewable integration and smart-grid applications.</p> <p>His recent honors include receiving a research grant scholarship from the American Public Power Association (APPA) under the Demonstration of Energy and Efficiency Development (DEED) Program, being awarded the Roland and Margaret Prove Southerland Aggie Leader Scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year and being selected as the IEEE Industry Application Society (IAS) Electric Safety Workshop (ESW) 2017 student program chair.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/05/20/dehghanian-receives-poster-award-at-ieee-conference http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/05/20/dehghanian-receives-poster-award-at-ieee-conference Fri, 20 May 2016 00:00:00 CST Civil engineering students awarded TWRI scholarships Kristina Ballard <kristina.ballard@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/05/20/civil-engineering-students-awarded-twri-scholarships <p>Kyungtae Lee and Gang Zhao, graduate students in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, were recently awarded scholarships from the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI). The scholarships will be used to support the students’ research in the field of water resources.</p> <p>Lee received the Mills scholarship, which is given to Texas A&amp;M students engaged in research regarding the Texas water issues. His proposed research will extend the research scope of ongoing research over the impacts of future climate change on agroclimate and surface hydrology in Baja California and Texas.</p> <p>The scholarship will allow Lee to extend the scope from surface hydrology to agricultural impacts, especially irrigation water availability and crop yields under a changing climate. His research results are expected to contribute to future agricultural production management and planning in Texas.</p> <p>Zhao was awarded the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Graduate Research scholarship, which funds graduate research projects in the area of water resources and hydrology that have the potential to help Texas solve future water issues.</p> <p>His study focuses on connecting climate variability with water supply reliability, specifically in the Trinity River Basin, which supplies water to two of the top 10 largest cities in the United States, Dallas and Houston. The research will result in optimal plans to improve the adaptive capacity of the water supply while mitigating the losses due to disasters in the Trinity River Basin.</p> <p>For more information visit <a href="http://twri.tamu.edu/what-we-do/educate/scholarships/">http://twri.tamu.edu/what-we-do/educate/scholarships/</a></p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/05/20/civil-engineering-students-awarded-twri-scholarships http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/05/20/civil-engineering-students-awarded-twri-scholarships Fri, 20 May 2016 00:00:00 CST Tippey to receive PEGASAS Outstanding Student Researcher Award Lorian Hopcus <lorian.hopcus@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/05/20/tippey-to-receive-pegasas-outstanding-student-researcher-award <p>Kathryn Tippey, Ph.D. student in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, was selected to receive the Outstanding Student Researcher award through the Partnership for Enhancing General Aviation Safety and Sustainability (PEGASAS) program.</p> <p><img width="156" height="158" src="/media/3653278/tippey-web.jpg" alt="Kathryn Tippey" class="leftalign"/></p> <p>Tippey is being recognized for her contribution to a collaborative project among researchers at Texas A&amp;M, Western Michigan University, Purdue University and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).</p> <p>“Katie played a prominent role in the design of flight simulator scenarios, the installation of these scenarios at the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and the conduction of human subject experiments at the technical center in July 2015,” said Dr. Thomas Ferris, assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.</p> <p>Tippey also coordinated with FAA researchers and third-party commercial groups in the development of the technologies used in these experiments, including a touchscreen-based graphical map with embedded alert text and a smart watch-based vibrotactile messaging system.</p> <p>She will be recognized at the PEGASAS annual meeting on June 8 at Iowa State University.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/05/20/tippey-to-receive-pegasas-outstanding-student-researcher-award http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/05/20/tippey-to-receive-pegasas-outstanding-student-researcher-award Fri, 20 May 2016 00:00:00 CST REEcycle wins 2016 Texas A&M New Ventures Competition Ryan Garcia <ryan.garcia99@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/05/20/tnvc-2016 <p><img width="470" height="313" src="/media/3653277/first-place-2016_470x313.jpg" alt="TNVC first-place company" class="rightalign"/>An innovative approach to recycling consumer electronics to reclaim the essential elements inside of them is a step closer to reality after startup company REEcycle was awarded $50,000 in funding as the top company at the 2016 Texas A&amp;M New Ventures Competition (TNVC) at Texas A&amp;M University. </p> <p>The Houston-based based company headed by Co-founder and CEO Casey McNeil was named first-place winner of the competition. The competition, which awarded a total of $150,000 in cash prizes this year, promotes the commercialization of emerging technology by recognizing companies with high growth potential. It was hosted by the Texas A&amp;M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES).</p> <hr /> <h3><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; letter-spacing: 0px;">“This competition is important because lack of funding and visibility can be challenging for a fledgling company to move to the next level,” said M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of Texas A&amp;M Engineering and director of TEES. “We must support our faculty, students and researchers as they move research ideas into the marketplace.”</span></h3> <hr /> <p>REEcycle reclaims materials known as rare earth elements from recycled electronics. REEcycle primarily targets neodymium and dysprosium, two rare earth elements essential to the production of consumer electronics, clean energy technologies and national defense systems. </p> <p>“This win for us really means the advancement of a lot of different technologies that we are working on,” McNeil said. “There are some really interesting additions that we would like to make to our technology in the way of purifying our materials a little bit further and also expanding on the conversion of our material alloys – so really just advancing some of the research we are working on, this funding is absolutely critical towards furthering.” </p> <p>REEcycle is the second company to earn top honors at TNVC, which began in 2015 and was won by Noninvasix, a Galveston-based company developing medical technology that enables monitoring of a baby’s brain oxygen levels during labor and delivery.</p> <p>"The Texas A&amp;M New Ventures Competition helps elevate real companies with credible prospects, and win or lose, the benefits of competing in such events is invaluable," said Graham Randall, CEO of Noninvasix. “Since participating, we've been able to further develop our prototype, make inroads with high-level investors and clarify our regulatory path with the FDA.”</p> <p>In addition to REEcycle, five other companies were recognized as finalists and received prize money. TriFusion Devices earned second-place honors and received $35,000 for its 3-D printing technology aimed at revolutionizing the health care and sports equipment industries. Voyager Biomedical Corp. ranked third and received $25,000 for its development of better vascular access technologies for use in dialysis and other treatments requiring long-term blood access. Fourth-place honors and $15,000 in prize money were awarded to NuPark, Inc. for its technology to create a virtual parking permit. Siva Therapeutics Inc., a company developing technology for targeting therapeutic heat to treat melanoma, was awarded fifth place and $10,000. CartoFusion Technologies, Inc., ranked sixth and was awarded $5,000 for its mapping and planning tool for use by public safety and emergency management organizations.</p> <hr /> <h3><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; letter-spacing: 0px;">“As one of the first universities to include research commercialization as part of the tenure-granting process, Texas A&amp;M believes passionately in the transfer of new and innovative technologies that will improve the lives of the citizens of Texas and beyond,” said Vice President for Research Glen A. Laine. “The Division of Research is excited to be a sponsor of the Texas A&amp;M New Ventures Competition – recognizing and helping viable young companies execute their ideas."</span></h3> <hr /> <p>As part of the TNVC elevator pitch competition, which gave eight companies the opportunity to present their technologies in the format of a one-minute pitch, ECM Technologies took top honors, winning $5,000 for its unique platform technology that enables non-animal bacterial collagens for medical devices. Acoustic Shield earned second place and $3,000 for its one-minute pitch of an acoustic gunshot detection sensor. Rounding out the honorees, Astrapi Corp. ranked third and received $2,000 for its proprietary spiral modulation technology. </p> <p>“It is exciting for us to see this competition continue to grow and attract such an amazing group of entrepreneurs,” said Dimitris Lagoudas, deputy director of TEES. “It’s the work of innovators and thought leaders like the ones who took part in this competition that will make it into the marketplace and into the hands of the public.”</p> <p>The daylong competition, which was open to all Texas-based companies seeking to bring new or enhanced technology to the marketplace, required 16 companies in the pre-seed/seed, start-up or early growth stages to pitch their ideas to judges that included angels and venture capitalists, experienced entrepreneurs, non-profit founders, legal professionals, patent experts and banking/investment professionals. The esteemed group of companies was previously selected from a larger pool of competition applicants prior to the event. In the days leading to the competition, participants received personal coaching and access to mentor strategists as they developed their competition business plans and presentation pitches. </p> <p>“Mays Business School takes very seriously its sustained commitment to support entrepreneurial excellence fueling innovation and collaboration across local, state, national and global economies,” said Blake Petty, director of the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship at Mays Business School. “In that respect, we are proud to partner in and support the Texas A&amp;M New Ventures Competition, the distinction this program bestows on its participants, and its celebration of entrepreneurial success for societal benefit.”</p> <p>Funding for TNVC was made possible by TEES, Texas A&amp;M Division of Research, Mays Business School, Texas A&amp;M Health Science Center, The Texas A&amp;M University System and Spirit of Texas Bank. In kind support was provided by the Aggie Angel Network, the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship, the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Texas A&amp;M Technology Commercialization. </p> <p>“We are proud to support the Texas A&amp;M New Ventures Competition, an important asset for building the startup ecosystem at Texas A&amp;M, particularly in Bryan-College Station,” said Paul Ogden, M.D., interim senior vice president and chief operating officer, Texas A&amp;M Health Science Center and interim dean, College of Medicine. “This event is helping develop a culture of entrepreneurship and fills the gap that exists locally in providing companies with early-stage, non-dilutive funding, ensuring the most promising ideas end up in the marketplace.” </p> <p>For more information on the Texas A&amp;M New Ventures Competition, including a full list of the day’s competitors, visit <a href="http://www.texasnvc.org/">www.texasnvc.org</a>.  </p> <p align="center">-30-  </p> <p>Contact: Duncan Maitland, TEES Assistant Agency Director for Commercialization and Entrepreneurship, at 979.458.3471 or via email: <a href="mailto:djmaitland@tamu.edu">djmaitland@tamu.edu</a> or Ryan Garcia at 979.847.5833 or via email: <a href="mailto:ryan.garcia99@tamu.edu">ryan.garcia99@tamu.edu</a>.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/05/20/tnvc-2016 http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/05/20/tnvc-2016 Fri, 20 May 2016 00:00:00 CST