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, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CST Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CST The Department of Mechanical Engineering hosts its Fall 2014 Industrial Advisory Council Meeting Hemali Tanna <hemalitanna@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/17/the-department-of-mechanical-engineering-hosts-their-fall-2014-industrial-advisory-council-meeting <p>The <a href="/mechanical">Department of Mechanical Engineering</a> hosted its Fall 2014 Industrial Advisory Council (IAC) meeting on October 17th at the Mechanical Engineering office Building at Texas A&amp;M University. The meeting was attended by distinguished board members of the IAC, who are leaders in industry and government agencies, and guide the department by providing a broad perspective on the changing requirements for engineering education and identifying new opportunities in research. The IAC helps the department to gain insight toward aligning its curriculum to be in pace with the latest industrial trends. </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/17/the-department-of-mechanical-engineering-hosts-their-fall-2014-industrial-advisory-council-meeting http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/17/the-department-of-mechanical-engineering-hosts-their-fall-2014-industrial-advisory-council-meeting Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CST CSE student serves as Student Engineers Council secretary Rachel Rose <rdaggie@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/16/cse-student-serves-as-student-engineers-council-secretary <p><img width="308" height="205" src="/media/1871247/linkedinjoanne_308x205.jpg" alt="Joanne Bruno" class="leftalign"/>Computer Science and Engineering student, Joanne Bruno, is the Student Engineers’ Council executive secretary at Texas A&amp;M University. The Student Engineers’ Council (SEC) is the representative body for all students in the Dwight Look College of Engineering. SEC consists of more than 100 members. Its mission is to serve as the representative voice, spread engineering awareness and foster the professional advancement of the college. It hosts prospective student conferences, the college student survey, the first year engineering 111/112 departmental/industry presentations, and the largest student-run career fair in the nation.</p> <p>Bruno was elected executive secretary for the 2014-2015 academic year. Her involvement with the organization began her freshman year at Texas A&amp;M. She served as a team leader for SEC’s prospective student conferences each semester (Future A&amp;M Engineers and Engineering EXPO). During that time, she was able to establish departmental contacts and organize the departmental tours and booth at the fair for the students in attendance interested in learning more about the various engineering disciplines.</p> <p>‪She was also actively involved in various areas throughout SEC, including marketing, serving as a volunteer for the career fair, assisting ENGR 111/112 presentations, and participating in philanthropic events.</p> <p>Bruno’s primary responsibility as the SEC executive secretary is to serve on the executive board as a basis for effective communication between all of the members of the council. She uses her computer skills to constantly invigorate communication by integrating technology to their advantage. Her tasks include, but are not limited to, the meeting minutes and agendas, the SEC calendar, and the by-laws.</p> <p>This is an exciting time for the council as it is an active part of the 25 by 25 initiative.</p> <p>”I am grateful for the unique opportunity to work with the leaders of the college, including Dr. Katherine M. Banks (vice chancellor and dean of engineering) and the department heads," Bruno said. "SEC has opened many doors for me in regards to professionalism and leadership."</p> <p>Students can become involved with the council in several ways. Students can become members, join a professional society that is represented in the council, or simply attend any of the Student Engineers’ Council's various events throughout the school year.</p> <p>The SEC general council meetings, which are held every Monday evening at 8:15 PM, are open to all engineering students. Individuals can attend these meetings to learn more about what the council does and voice their opinion about issues facing the college.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/16/cse-student-serves-as-student-engineers-council-secretary http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/16/cse-student-serves-as-student-engineers-council-secretary Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CST General Aviation Pilots: GOT WEATHER? Jan McHarg <> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/16/general-aviation-pilots-got-weather <p><img width="300" height="169" src="/media/1845385/0320141021b_300x169.jpg" alt="0320141021B" class="rightalign"/>Professor John Valasek in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Assistant Professor Thomas Ferris in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering have been awarded a two-year research project by the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Weather Technology in the Cockpit (WTIC) program titled “General Aviation Weather Alerting.”</p> <p>The project is one of four under the WTIC program that are being researched by member universities of the FAA's Center of Excellence for General Aviation, called the Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety and Sustainability (PEGASAS). The six university WTIC team is led by Valasek, with four separate projects being conducted by team members Texas A&amp;M University, Purdue University, The Ohio State University, Western Michigan University, Southern Illinois University, and Kent State University. </p> <p><img width="300" height="533" src="/media/1845402/Screenshot_2014-06-10-22-34-02_300x533.jpg" alt="Screenshot 2014 06 10 22 34 02" class="leftalign"/>Valasek says that this is a classic problem of the role and proper use of technology.</p> <p>“General Aviation (GA) is currently the least safe segment of aviation," he said. "And while there are usually a number of causal factors which combine to cause most accidents, weather is a significant causal factor. Many accidents and incidents that occur in weather are preventable.</p> <p>"Despite the recent availability of low cost but high-performance hand-held devices with a near real-time weather data capability, such as the Myradar app for Android and Apple devices and the ForeFlight program for iPad, the GA accident rate per 100,000 flight hours are either flat or trending upward within certain segments of the community in recent years. GA pilots are taking these devices with them but are still getting into trouble. So clearly the weather information is there, but there is a problem with how pilots are interpreting it, using it, or not using it. This issue is what the FAA wants to get to the bottom of and fix.” </p> <p>What this means is refining and demonstrating resolutions to develop specification parameters for Part 91 WTIC Minimum Weather Service (MinWxSvc) that will hopefully reduce the accident rate due to weather. </p> <p><img width="349" height="262" src="/media/1845386/Image1410898598705_349x262.jpg" alt="Image1410898598705" class="rightalign"/>The goal of the WTIC General Aviation Weather Alerting research project is to assess the feasibility of developing agile, low latency and intuitive cockpit weather alerts to identify hazardous weather prior to encountering it. The focus is on meteorological (MET) information gaps and shortfalls that contribute to the safety risk that may be mitigated through the use of a more effective weather alerting functions. </p> <p>The project will be executed in two 12-month phases. In conjunction with researchers Lori J. Brown, Geoff Whitehurst, and William G. Rantz at Western Michigan University, a simulator study is being conducted during Phase I this fall using the Real-Time Engineering Flight Simulator in Valasek’s <a href="http://vscl.tamu.edu/valasek/index.php">Vehicle Systems &amp; Control Laboratory (VSCL)</a> in the aerospace engineering department. The study will use a group of 50 GA pilot participants of varying skill levels and experience, ranging from those who have just earned their Private Pilot License to those with thousands of flight hours. The results of the Phase I study will lead to a more extensive flight training device assessment in Phase II using low, medium, and high time pilots throughout 2015 at Western Michigan University. </p> <p>Human Factors are the heart of this study, according to Ferris.</p> <p>“This project offers an exciting opportunity to apply human factors engineering design to make a real impact in the quality and timeliness of pilot decisions regarding navigation prior to encountering adverse weather conditions," he said. "In addition to improving access to reliable and useful weather information, the effective design of weather alerts and associated displays – which must capture attention appropriately and be accurately interpreted by pilots while they conduct several other concurrent tasks – is critical to aviation safety, both in current flight operations and as we look ahead to NextGen air transportation systems."</p> <p>GA pilots are being solicited as participants in the flight simulator study funded by the FAA. The study involves studying the decision-making processes of pilots, and how mental workload affects those processes. Individuals are eligible to participate in this study if they are at least 18 years old and have a valid private pilot’s certificate and have flown in the last six months. Participants will fly two scenarios in the VSCL flight simulator, during which they will verbally enunciate their thought processes as they make flight-related decisions. Mental workload will be assessed through physiological measurement techniques (such as heart rate measures and galvanic skin response) as well as standard subjective workload surveys.</p> <p>Individuals who have questions, or are interested in learning more about this research, should contact Dr. Thomas Ferris at <a href="mailto:PilotStudyTAMU@gmail.com">PilotStudyTAMU@gmail.com</a> or 979-458-2340.</p> <p>*Although the FAA has sponsored this project, it neither endorses nor rejects the findings of this research. The presentation of this information is in the interest of invoking technical community comment on the results and conclusions of the research.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/16/general-aviation-pilots-got-weather http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/16/general-aviation-pilots-got-weather Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CST High school counselors participate in inaugural retreat and focus group Shelby Todd <shelbytodd@tees.tamus.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/16/high-school-counselors-participate-in-inaugural-retreat-and-focus-group <p>The Dwight Look College of Engineering hosted 35 high school counselors at the inaugural High School Counselor’s Retreat and Focus Group on Oct. 9-10. </p> <p>Dr. Sonia Garcia, senior director of access and inclusion in Engineering Academic and Student Affairs (EASA), organized the retreat to better understand high school counselor’s perspectives of what can be done to increase the enrollment numbers of underrepresented minority students in the engineering program at Texas A&amp;M University. The event was held in the Engineering Innovation Center.</p> <p>During the retreat, counselors learned about the Look College’s 25 by 25 initiative from Dr. M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, and how the college of engineering is transforming engineering education. The initiative aims to increase enrollment to 25,000 students by the year 2025. As enrollment increases, the expectation is that the percentage of underrepresented minorities will continue to rise.<img width="350" height="233" src="/media/1871227/img_1245-2_350x233.jpg" alt="IMG_1245 2" style="float: right;"/></p> <p>The counselors also learned about programs, culture and the Look College’s future plans to enable them to better advise their students. They also met with faculty, undergraduate advisors and administrators to development initiatives between high schools and the Look College. Counselors were given information about the access and inclusion programs and initiatives, retention initiatives and outreach programs.</p> <p>The counselors were also given tours of the engineering departments and listened to current engineering students’ experiences. Counselors participated in a focus group, in coordination with the College of Education and Human Development, to begin a conversation about how the high schools can collaborate with the Look College and how the college can recruit underrepresented students.</p> <p>Counselors received a better understanding of how the Look College plans to prepare the next generation of engineers and how a partnership between high schools and the college of engineering is critical. </p> <p>Due to the success of the retreat, Garcia plans to continue having the retreat on an annual basis with the goal of significantly expanding in size. </p> <p>The retreat was also intended to build partnerships between the college of engineering and high schools throughout Texas. Counselors who attended the retreat represented 24 of the Engineering Aggies Gaining Experience (EngAGE) partner schools that already have a relationship with the college of engineering. The EngAGE program replaced the previous E 12 program in order to expand beyond 12 schools. These schools were selected to participate in the EngAGE program based on demographics, TEA performance ratings, average SAT scores and the number of students attending Texas A&amp;M. The Look College provides these high schools with information about opportunities in the engineering disciplines and encourages students to pursue engineering as a career. After the retreat, five additional schools joined the EngAGE program. These schools are Porter High School, John Jay High School, Sam Houston High School, Bowie High School and Highlands High School.</p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/16/high-school-counselors-participate-in-inaugural-retreat-and-focus-group http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/16/high-school-counselors-participate-in-inaugural-retreat-and-focus-group Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CST Begovic appointed electrical and computer engineering department head Timothy Schnettler <tschnettler@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/15/begovic-appointed-electrical-and-computer-engineering-department-head <p><img width="210" height="316" src="/media/1864045/begovic_210x316.jpg" alt="Begovic" class="rightalign"/>Dr. M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, has appointed Dr. Miroslav M. Begovic head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University. The appointment is effective Jan. 5, 2015.</p> <p>Begovic currently serves as Professor and Chair of the Electrical Energy Technical Interest Group at Georgia Institute of Technology and is an affiliated faculty member of the Brooks Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems and the University of Excellence on Photovoltaic Research.</p> <p>Begovic received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and joined the faculty at Georgia Tech in 1989.</p> <p>Begovic’s research interests lie in wide area monitoring, protection and emergency control using smart grid apparatus; sustainable and resilient energy infrastructures; and managing large assets in energy infrastructure. He has participated in several collaborative research projects for the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy, resulting in more than $10 million of funding in collaborative research over the last five years.</p> <p>Begovic is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) Power and Energy (PES), Computer, and Circuits and Systems Societies. In 2011 he was elected president of PES. He is also a Fellow of IEEE, an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer and a member of Sigma Xi, Eta Kappa Nu, Phi Kappa Phi and Tau Beta Pi.</p> <p>Begovic has published approximately 200 journal and conference papers and has presented nearly 100 keynote speeches, invited talks and presentations.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/15/begovic-appointed-electrical-and-computer-engineering-department-head http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/15/begovic-appointed-electrical-and-computer-engineering-department-head Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CST Chemical engineering holds scholarship banquet Kidron Vestal <kidron@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/15/chemical-engineering-holds-scholarship-banquet <p class="p1"><img width="700" height="270" src="/media/1864040/final_web_scholarship.gif" alt="Final Web Scholarship"/></p> <p>Nearly 200 students, faculty and staff of the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering assembled for a scholarship banquet the evening of Friday, Oct. 10 at the Hilton College Station &amp; Conference Center</p> <p>C. D. Holland Scholarships were awarded to 26 students; J. D. Lindsay Scholarships were awarded to 69 students and 35 students received other endowed scholarships.</p> <p>New endowments came from Robert Bacon ’91, Amy Bacon ’91, Graham Bacon ’85 and Margaret Bacon ’85 in the name of their father. J. D. Slaughter ’96, Jeff McFerrin ’92 and Rudy Dismuke ’78 also created new endowed scholarships.</p> <p>The evening included a speech by Dr. M. Nazmul Karim, department head and T. Michael O'Connor Chair II Professor. The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Victor Ugaz, professor of chemical engineering and holder of the Charles D. Holland '53 Professorship.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/15/chemical-engineering-holds-scholarship-banquet http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/15/chemical-engineering-holds-scholarship-banquet Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CST ECE professor leads way to Nobel Prize Deana Totzke <deana@ece.tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/15/ece-professor-leads-way-to-nobel-prize <p><img width="200" height="258" src="/media/957967/biard.jpg" alt="Biard new" class="leftalign"/></p> <p>The recent awarding of the Noble Prize in Physics to a team of researchers for its invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes (LED) brings to light the work of Texas A&amp;M University faculty member, Dr. James R. “Bob” Biard.</p> <p>The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize to Isamu Akasaki from Meijo University, Nagoya, Japan and Nagoya University, Japan, Hiroshi Amano of Nagoya University, Japan and Shuji Nakamura of the University of California, Santa Barbara, California.</p> <p>However, long before their invention, Biard, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, created the infrared LED while working at Texas Instruments (TI). </p> <p>“We are proud that we have amongst us a colleague whose work is of the stature of a Nobel Prize,” said Dr. Chanan Singh, interim department head in the electrical and computer engineering department.</p> <p>In the fall of 1961 Biard, along with Gary E. Pittman, were working together in the Semiconductor Research and Development Laboratory (SRDL) at TI creating GaAs tunnel diodes and GaAs varactor diodes used in X-band radar receivers. While investigating the valley current region of a tunnel diode constructed on a zinc diffused area of gallium arsenide semi-insulating substrate, they discovered a significant drop in resistance between the two Ohmic side contacts, when the diode was operated in forward bias.</p> <p>This photoconductive response in the semi-insulating substrate material was a result of photon emission around the edge of the mesa of the tunnel diode. The photons were infrared, which cannot be seen by the human eye. Using an infrared image converter microscope recently brought in from Japan, they discovered all of the GaAs varactor diodes and tunnel diodes they had manufactured at the time emitted light.</p> <p>On Aug. 8th, 1962, Biard and Pittman filed a patent based on their findings. After establishing the priority of their work based on engineering notebooks predating submissions from G.E. Labs, RCA Research Labs, IBM Research Labs, Bell Labs and Lincoln Labs at MIT, the U.S. patent office issued the two inventors the first patent for the infrared LED, also known as the first modern day LED. After filing the patent, TI immediately began a project to manufacture infrared diodes. It announced the first commercial LED product, the SNX-100, which sold for a price of $130 per unit in October 1962. Not long after their invention Nick Holonyak, Jr. developed the first visible-spectrum (red) LED in December 1962.</p> <p>"We received $1 and other considerations for our patent," Biard joked, explaining that the amount they received was TI's policy whenever someone had received a patent while working there. Biard also received TI’s Patrick E. Haggerty Innovation Award for his many other contributions. "Of course it's not like I could have done that in my basement," he added.</p> <p>Biard is most proud of the fact that his invention is still being used, after more than 50 years, in many devices such as remote controls, automated card readers and video cameras for digital photography.</p> <p>"Not many inventions have a long life, he said. "The infrared LED is virtually unchanged and is used all the time."</p> <p>Biard's invention led him to a long career in the field of opto-electronics in which he has excelled, receiving 77 U.S. and foreign patents which include the infrared LED, the Schottky bipolar transistor logic and the MOS ROM.</p> <p>In 1969, Biard left TI to join Spectronics, Inc., when the company was founded, as vice president of research. While at Spectronics, Biard worked on the development of optical couplers used in a data bus developed for airborne avionics systems. He also worked on integrated circuits consisting of an LED driver and pin diode receiver used for digital fiber optic communications.</p> <p>Spectronics, Inc. was acquired by Honeywell in 1978. From 1978 to 1987, Biard worked as chief scientist of the Honeywell Optoelectronics Division in Richardson, Texas. He started its MICROSWITCH IC &amp; Sensor Design Center and served as a member of the Components Group Sensor Planning Team. He also was the Components Group representative on the Honeywell Technology Board (HTB), which was concerned with the development and transfer of technology throughout the Honeywell corporate structure.</p> <p>Biard's product development responsibilities included optoelectronic components (light emitting diodes and photodetectors), fiber optic components, transmitter and receiver modules, silicon Hall effect sensors and pressure sensors.</p> <p>After his time at Honeywell, Biard retired in December 1998 only to be hired back as a consultant. As a consultant, he became part of a team developing Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs). He also was involved in the interface between the MICRO SWITCH division, the Honeywell Corporate R&amp;D Laboratory and universities.</p> <p>Biard is a life fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He received the Honeywell Lund Award in 1989 and has been recognized as a distinguished alumnus of Texas A&amp;M and has served at Texas A&amp;M as an adjunct professor of electrical and computer engineering since 1985. In 1991 Biard was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering.</p> <p>Despite his many accomplishments and the knowledge that his invention led to a Nobel Prize for these scientists, Biard remains humble. "I was in the right place at the right time," he said. "I'm happy for them."</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/15/ece-professor-leads-way-to-nobel-prize http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/15/ece-professor-leads-way-to-nobel-prize Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CST CSE hosts tailgate before Texas A&M vs. Ole Miss game Amelia Tanner <amelia.tanner@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/14/cse-hosts-tailgate-before-texas-am-vs-ole-miss-game <p><img width="232" height="155" src="/media/1864027/olemisstailgate_232x155.jpg" alt="ole miss" class="leftalign"/>A little rainy weather could not dampen the Aggie spirits at the CSE Tailgate, which preceded the Texas A&amp;M vs. Ole Miss game this past Saturday. Current and former students, advisory council members, faculty and staff all enjoyed barbecue and fellowship in Spence Park before the 2014 Maroon Out game at Kyle Field. Aggies who attended the game set the Texas and SEC record for game attendance, as 110,633 fans came to watch the battle between No. 3 Ole Miss and No. 14 Texas A&amp;M.</p> <p>“This was my first tailgate event and college game," said Dr. Aakash Tyagi, professor of practice in the department. "Both served as examples of the fervor that I always used to hear about for such events. I had family visiting from Louisiana and after sumptuous food at the tailgate and seeing the Aggie pride and identity reflected in everything from the Tailgate and the March-in, they were converts before the game even began."</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/14/cse-hosts-tailgate-before-texas-am-vs-ole-miss-game http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/14/cse-hosts-tailgate-before-texas-am-vs-ole-miss-game Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CST CSE announces exceptional new faculty Kathy Flores <> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/14/cse-announces-exceptional-new-faculty <p><img width="495" height="330" src="/media/1858816/new_faculty_495x330.jpg" alt="Image of new faculty" class="leftalign"/>The Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University is on the start of a growth period as part of the Dwight Look College of Engineering's <a target="_blank" href="/25by25">25 by 25</a> initiative. As part of this plan, we have added five tenure track faculty and two teaching-focused faculty, including our first professor of practice. We also introduce our first Texas A&amp;M University Institute for Advanced Study (TIAS) fellow and two adjunct faculty members.</p> <p>Join us in welcoming:</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="/news/2014/08/13/dr-dilma-da-silva-named-head-of-department-of-computer-science-and-engineering">Dr. Dilma M. Da Silva</a> as our new department head. Da Silva is dedicated to making the computer science research community stronger and more diverse. She says that she "is excited about joining the CSE community and contributing to its path towards greatness."</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="/news/2014/07/01/renowned-professor-of-computer-science-joining-cse-faculty">Dr. Timothy Alden Davis</a>, a professor and world leader in algorithmic research for sparse matrix computations. Davis comes to us from the Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the University of Florida.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="/news/2014/07/22/dr-aakash-tyagi-is-cses-first-professor-of-practice">Dr. Aakash Tyagi</a>, our first professor of practice. Tyagi retired from Intel Corporation to return to teaching, which is a passion of his. "I want to bring this passion to Texas A&amp;M in the capacity of a professor of engineering practice and play a role in the formative years of our bright engineering professionals of tomorrow."</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="/news/2014/06/24/cse-welcomes-dr-bruce-gooch-to-its-faculty">Dr. Bruce Gooch</a>, an associate professor in digital humanities. Gooch has a master's and doctoral degree in computer science from the University of Utah. He is well-known for motivating his graduate and undergraduate students, many of whom are now employed with top companies and national labs.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="/news/2014/07/17/dr-jeff-huang-joins-cse-faculty">Dr. Jeff Huang</a>, an assistant professor. Huang comes to Texas A&amp;M from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he was a postdoctoral research associate working with Dr. Grigore Rosu. Huang is teaching courses in software engineering and is well-known as a guest lecturer in the subject.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="/news/2014/07/23/cse-introduces-new-faculty-member-dr-ruihong-huang">Dr. Ruihong Huang</a>, who joins us as an assistant professor in fall 2015. Huang completed her doctoral degree in computer science at the University of Utah under the guidance of her adviser Dr. Ellen Riloff, and is spending this year as a postdoc with Dr. Dan Jurafsky at Stanford. She is looking forward to teaching courses close to her research such as natural language processing and computational linguistics.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="/news/2014/09/02/cse-welcomes-back-dr-j-michael-moore-07">Dr. J. Michael Moore '07</a>, lecturer. Moore received his doctoral degree in computer science from our department. He is teaching undergraduate courses in Intermediate Programming and Design, Discrete Structures for Computing, and Design and Analysis of Algorithms.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="/news/2014/09/25/dr-jack-dongarra-first-tias-faculty-fellow-in-department-of-computer-science-and-engineering">Dr. Jack Dongarra</a>, our first TIAS Faculty Fellow. Dongarra is the University Distinguished Professor of Computer Science in the Computer Science Department at the University of Tennessee and the director of the Innovative Computing Laboratory, which coordinates and facilitates IT research efforts at the University.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="/news/2014/08/28/cse-welcomes-new-adjunct-faculty">Dr. Gabriel (Gabby) Silberman</a>, an adjunct professor and executive director of technology strategy and university alliances in Dell Research. Silberman said that he intends "to collaborate with my Dell colleagues in recruiting Texas A&amp;M students and sponsoring capstone and other projects as appropriate and subject to budget availability."</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="/news/2014/08/28/cse-welcomes-new-adjunct-faculty">Dr. Amy Gooch</a>, now an adjunct assistant professor in CSE. Gooch is a research scientist with the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute at the University of Utah. She is looking forward to becoming more involved with our department through collaborations with faculty and participation in the Aggie Women in Computer Science organization.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/14/cse-announces-exceptional-new-faculty http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/14/cse-announces-exceptional-new-faculty Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CST Hsieh serves as manufacturing program chair for ASEE conference Bill Coats <> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/14/hsieh-serves-as-manufacturing-program-chair-for-asee-conference <p><img width="209" height="254" src="/media/1858810/hsiehr.jpg" alt="Hsiehr" class="rightalign"/>Dr. Sheng-Jen (“Tony”) Hsieh, professor in the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution (ETID) at Texas A&amp;M University, served as manufacturing division program chair for the 2014 American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference in Indianapolis. In this role, he received 56 abstracts, recruited dozens of reviewers, coordinated the paper review process, scheduled presentations for the 28 accepted papers, and planned the division banquet. He also wrote a successful proposal to fund the division’s first Junior Faculty Travel Support award. </p> <p>Hsieh also led two National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored summer programs — one for undergraduate students and one for teachers. The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program focused on mechatronics, robotics, and automated system design. The objectives were to help participants understand the research process, acquire laboratory skills, and be well positioned for graduate school and career success.</p> <p>Program activities included joining a research group led by a faculty mentor, completion of a 10-week research project, and participation in weekly faculty seminars, field trips, and career development workshops. Undergraduate students from 10 different institutions participated.</p> <p>Faculty mentors included Hsieh, Dr. Rainier Fink and Dr. Jyhwen Wang, both from ETID; Dr. Dezhen Song from computer science and engineering; Dr. Jun Zou from electrical and computer engineering; and Dr. Aaron Ames from mechanical engineering. At the end of the program, the students participated in the annual REU poster session sponsored by the University’s Honors and Undergraduate Research Office.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/14/hsieh-serves-as-manufacturing-program-chair-for-asee-conference http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/10/14/hsieh-serves-as-manufacturing-program-chair-for-asee-conference Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CST