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 Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 CST Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 CST Esmaeilian receives fellowship for energy research Deana Totzke <deana@ece.tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/07/01/esmaeilian-receives-fellowship-for-energy-research <p><img width="202" height="199" src="/media/2542208/ahad_1_3_202x199.jpg" alt="Esmaeilian" class="leftalign"/>Ahad Esmaeilian, a graduate student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, was awarded the 2015 ConocoPhillips Graduate Fellowship.</p> <p>The Texas A&amp;M Energy Institute awards the fellowship, which is funded through ConocoPhillips, to recognize outstanding energy research work performed by Ph.D. students under the supervision of affiliated faculty members of the institute. Each graduate fellowship consists of a $5,000 stipend.</p> <p>Esmaeilian is currently a third year Ph.D. candidate. He is working as a research assistant under the supervision of Dr. Mladen Kezunovic in the Power Systems Control and Protection Laboratory. His main research interests are wide area power system protection, fault location and application of intelligent methods to power system monitoring and protection.</p> <p>The Texas A&amp;M Energy Institute pursues and supports new approaches for multi-disciplinary energy research, education and external partnerships. These approaches cross departmental and college boundaries and address all facets of the energy landscape that naturally connect engineering, sciences, technologies, economics, law and policy decisions.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/07/01/esmaeilian-receives-fellowship-for-energy-research http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/07/01/esmaeilian-receives-fellowship-for-energy-research Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 CST Civil professor Miller recognized as Montague Scholar Kristina Ballard <kristina.ballard@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/07/01/civil-professor-miller-recognized-as-montague-scholar <p><img width="201" height="258" src="/media/556580/image-of-gretchen-miller_201x258.jpg" alt="Image of Gretchen Miller" class="leftalign"/>Dr. Gretchen Miller, assistant professor in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, was recently recognized as the Dwight Look College of Engineering’s Montague Scholar for the coming year.</p> <p>Her nomination stemmed from efforts in curriculum innovation and modification, and her dedication to teaching sustainability principles across civil engineering.</p> <p>“We all have a broader responsibility to society: to protect the safety of the public, to act in an ethical and dependable manner, and to use our skills to enhance human welfare,” said Miller.</p> <p>Miller’s teaching methods address the cutting edge developments in civil engineering so students can come to respect the contributions of engineering research and development and better incorporate new technologies and methodologies into their future work. Students are encouraged to develop their own critical thinking skills through a challenge to find mistakes in her calculations and better ways to solve a problem. Students have described feeling comfortable in the classroom knowing her approach is more flexible; they feel free to request that she do something differently and it is apparent that she treats their questions and answers respectfully while handling their mistakes as simply part of the educational process.</p> <p>“I believe in treating students as junior members of our wider professional community,” said Miller. “This implies that I have a responsibility to my students to prepare them for the work they will be doing in their future careers, not only by teaching them a set of fundamental skills and competencies, but also by instilling in them a sense of professional ethics and pride, and a commitment to lifelong improvement.”</p> <p>With the award, Miller proposes to purchase equipment for in-class demonstration and group learning of important fluid mechanics phenomena. This sort of equipment can be adapted to the specific focus and instructional level of the class, and has the potential to be shared across the college, wherever fluid mechanics is taught.</p> <p>A recent recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award, Miller received her doctorate from the University of California – Berkeley, and her master’s and bachelor’s from the University of Missouri – Rolla. She is a licensed professional engineer, and received the Dick and Joyce Birdwell Award for Teaching Excellence in 2013, and the Truman R. Jones Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award in 2011. She is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Society of Civil Engineers Environment and Water Resources Institute, and the National Ground Water Association. Her service to the university community includes serving as faculty affiliate to the Texas Center for Climate Studies Advisory Committee, and co-advisor to the American Water Resources Association Student Chapter.</p> <p>The Montague-CTE Scholar award is named in honor of Kenneth Montague ’37, a distinguished alumnus and outstanding trustee of Texas A&amp;M Foundation, who had a long and storied career in the Texas oil industry. Ken and Judy Montague endowed a generous gift in 1991 to benefit the future Ken Montagues, Aggies who are life-long learners and contributors to their communities.</p> <p>The Montague-CTE Scholar award is given annually to a tenure-track faculty member, one selected from each college, based on their early ability and interest in teaching. Awardees receive a $6,500 grant to encourage further development of undergraduate teaching excellence. There are more than 150 Montague-CTE Scholars on the Texas A&amp;M campus today.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/07/01/civil-professor-miller-recognized-as-montague-scholar http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/07/01/civil-professor-miller-recognized-as-montague-scholar Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 CST Department of Energy Industrial Assessment Center awards mechanical engineering faculty member and student Jay Walton <qwalton@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/06/30/department-of-energy-industrial-assessment-center-awards-mechanical-engineering-faculty-member-and-student <p>Trevor Terrill, a doctoral student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, was recently awarded a 2015 Outstanding IAC Student Award by the National Industrial Assessment Centers. The program, which receives its funding through the United States Department of Energy, recognized Terrill for his research study titled, “<i>A Novel Method for Non-Intrusive Measurement of Compressed Air Leakage Flow Rates</i>.” The result of the research was the creation of a device that can be used for faster more accurate leak rate detection in a manufacturer’s air compression system.</p> <p>The IAC award is presented to an individual student for outstanding accomplishments in promoting the practices, principles and procedures of energy engineering.</p> <p>Dr. Bryan Rasmussen, assistant director at the Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL), and an assistant professor in the mechanical engineering department supervised the research conducted by Terrill and undergraduate students.</p> <p>“Texas A&amp;M’s Industrial Assessment Center has served almost 700 clients since its inception,” Rasmussen said. “In almost 600 of those we have found leaks in compressed air systems. Those leaks could cost the manufacture anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000 a year. Having a device that can detect leaks better, saves companies money faster.”</p> <p> Terrill and Rasmussen were also jointly awarded the Excellence in Applied Energy Engineering Research Award, for the study. Texas A&amp;M’s industrial Assessment Center gives students real world experience in working to resolve industrial manufactures energy consumption issues. Students in the program gain skills and knowledge that teaches them how to effectively communicate with both plant managers as well as plant workers.</p> <p>“You’re working with the equipment and you get exposure to a lot of different engineering systems used in today’s manufacturing plants,” Terrill said. “Being a part of Texas A&amp;M’s IAC has been a great learning experience and being recognized for my research has been a great honor and achievement for myself as well as the mechanical engineering department as whole.” </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/06/30/department-of-energy-industrial-assessment-center-awards-mechanical-engineering-faculty-member-and-student http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/06/30/department-of-energy-industrial-assessment-center-awards-mechanical-engineering-faculty-member-and-student Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:00 CST Texas A&M IAC assistant director wins National Industrial Assessment Centers Outstanding Alumni award Jay Walton <qwalton@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/06/30/texas-am-iac-assistant-director-wins-national-industrial-assessment-centers-outstanding-alumni-award <p>James Eggebrecht, assistant director of Texas A&amp;M University’s Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) and a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, was recently awarded the Outstanding Alumni award by the U.S. Department of Energy Industrial Assessment Centers.</p> <p>The Industrial Assessment Centers program, which receives its funding through the United States Department of Energy, began nationally in 1976.</p> <p>Since 1986 Texas A&amp;M’s IAC has recommended 5,209 projects of which 3,231 were implemented, saving manufacturers an estimated $76 million a year. Eggebrecht has been a part of Texas A&amp;M’s IAC since he started working with the program as a graduate student in 1992. He has personally been a part of an estimated $50 million a year in estimated savings for manufacturers. Eggebrecht enjoys fostering the hands-on interactions between students and manufacturers which teaches the students to see the assessment's direct impact on the nation’s energy consumption.</p> <p>As a lecturer in the mechanical engineering department Eggebrecht teaches mechanical engineering student’s real world applications for looking at energy usage as part of the design process for what is done in the manufacturing of products.</p> <p>“That is why the Department of Energy has continued to foster the program,” he said. “It allows the students who graduate from A&amp;M that are a part of the Industrial Assessment Centers program, to take what they have learned and apply it to the future of energy consumption.”</p> <p>Five alumni were recognized in 2014, and this year Eggebrecht was one of two national recipients of the IAC award.</p> <p>“This award shows to the local community as well as the national audience how Texas A&amp;M’s engineering department has continued to excel as a world class program,” Eggebrecht said. “It gives us yet another feather in our hat which showcases the college's many capabilities.” Eggebrecht said.</p> <p>Eggebrecht’ s career at A&amp;M has spanned 22 years and he says he still enjoys working in the program and plans to continue teaching students well into the future.</p> <p>“With each new semester a grand adventure begins again,” Eggebrecht said. </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/06/30/texas-am-iac-assistant-director-wins-national-industrial-assessment-centers-outstanding-alumni-award http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/06/30/texas-am-iac-assistant-director-wins-national-industrial-assessment-centers-outstanding-alumni-award Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:00 CST Pistikopoulos awarded honorary doctorate Kidron Vestal <kidron@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/06/30/pistikopoulos-awarded-honorary-doctorate <p><a href="/chemical/people/pistikopoulos-stratos">Dr. Stratos Pistikopoulos</a>, TEES Distinguished Research Professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, received an honorary doctorate from the University of Pannonia in Veszprém, Hungary at a ceremony June 19 at the university. </p> <p>"This is indeed a great honor and a distinct privilege to be recognized in this way," said Pistikopoulos, who is also associate director of the Texas A&amp;M Energy Institute.</p> <p class="rightalign"><img width="531" height="337" src="/media/2529447/img_3638_531x337.jpg" alt="pistikopoulos"/></p> <p>The honorary degree displays the institution's highest scientific recognition. <a href="http://englishweb.uni-pannon.hu/">The University of Pannonia</a> was founded in 1949 and provides a professional career for students, top-level scientific performance for international scientific partners and participation in the development of competitive products for industrial partners.<br /><br /><em>(Caption: Pistikopoulos featured on left)  </em></p> <p>Pistikopoulos’ research interests lie in the field of process and multi-scale systems engineering, with particular emphasis on the developments of model-based optimization theory and computational tools for multi-parametric programming and explicit model predicitive control and an integrated framework for design, control and scheduling of complex multi-scale networks, with applications in sustainable energy systems, smart manufacturing and personalized health engineering. He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, U.K. </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/06/30/pistikopoulos-awarded-honorary-doctorate http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/06/30/pistikopoulos-awarded-honorary-doctorate Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:00 CST Avnet and Elwany win best paper at Institute of Industrial Engineers annual conference Sara Carney <scarney@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/06/30/avnet-and-elwany-win-best-paper-at-institute-of-industrial-engineers-annual-conference <p><img width="210" height="NaN" src="/media/888641/avnet_200x251.jpg" alt="avnet.png" class="leftalign"/></p> <p>Dr. Mark Avnet and Dr. Alaa Elwany, assistant professors in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, jointly won Best Engineering Management Track Paper at the annual Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) conference in Nashville, Tennessee.</p> <p>Their paper entitled, “Additive Manufacturing of Complex Products by DSM-based Analysis of Architecture,” discussed a novel approach for overcoming some limitations of current additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, technologies.</p> <p class="rightalign"><img width="210" height="262" src="/media/888611/Elwany 300 DPI_210x262.jpg" alt="Elwany 300 DPI.JPG" class="leftalign"/></p> <p>Currently, additive manufacturing is a relatively slow process limited to manufacturing small parts. Avnet’s and Elwany’s paper introduced a proof-of-concept method that optimizes and enhances the printability of larger, more complex objects.</p> <p>“This paper was about articulating an idea that we think is important and innovative,” Avnet said. “And, I am really excited about applying a systems approach to new additive manufacturing technologies.”</p> <p>“Winning this award was instrumental for mine and Dr. Avnet’s continued collaboration,” Elwany said. “Now we are taking it to the experimental level because of that paper.”</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/06/30/avnet-and-elwany-win-best-paper-at-institute-of-industrial-engineers-annual-conference http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/06/30/avnet-and-elwany-win-best-paper-at-institute-of-industrial-engineers-annual-conference Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:00 CST Nuclear engineering graduate student discusses energy behind Star Wars Robert (Chris) Scoggins <rcscoggins@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/06/30/nuclear-engineering-graduate-student-discusses-energy-behind-science-of-star-wars <p> </p> <div align="center"><iframe width="800" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/bheSgsIBn_U?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></div> <div align="left"><br /> <p>Vishal Patel, a graduate student researcher in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, and other experts from the U.S. Department of Energy’s national laboratories gathered via webinar to answer questions about the forms of energy used in the "Star Wars" universe. Patel is a researcher at Idaho National Laboratory’s Center for Space Nuclear Research where he works on finding new energy solutions in nuclear power that can fuel future spacecraft.</p> <p>The topics of the webinar ranged from questions about "Star Wars" weaponry, to fuel sources and energy efficiency.</p> <p>Using case studies from the "Star Wars" films, Patel and the other experts were able to determine the kind of energy needs it would take to power cities in the "Star Wars" universe and how much energy it would take for the Death Star to destroy a planet. Patel was the only student-level researcher among the expert panel and answered questions primarily on fuel source applications for popular franchise items such as the light-saber, Jango Fett’s jetpack and the Death Star.     </p> <p>While much of the discussion was able to apply the technology to our current scientific understanding, the experts agreed that due to unknown conditions of available materials in the "Star Wars" universe, it would be difficult to account for all the variables.</p> <p>“You’re talking about a people where energy is not an issue,” said Chris Ebbers, a physicist from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. “They’re probably not using conventional fuels to be burned.”</p> <p>Additional topics of discussion included the science behind deflector shields, charged energy weapons such as blasters, and the feasibility of a battery powered R2-D2.  According to Patel and the other members of the expert panel, discussions of the energy usage in fictional universes such as Star Wars have similar merit to real world energy discussions.</p> <p>“If we can inspire just a single person to think about something new and outside the box to help them in their day or help civilization, that would be wonderful.” said Patel.</p> <p> </p> </div> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/06/30/nuclear-engineering-graduate-student-discusses-energy-behind-science-of-star-wars http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/06/30/nuclear-engineering-graduate-student-discusses-energy-behind-science-of-star-wars Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 CST Industrial & Systems Engineering student Robin Hall wins A.O. Putnam Memorial Scholarship Sara Carney <scarney@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/06/26/isen-student-robin-hall-wins-ao-putnam-memorial-scholarship <p><img width="300" height="215" src="/media/2529442/robin-hall_300x215.jpg" alt="Robin Hall_6.26.15" class="rightalign"/>Robin Hall, a senior in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, was recently awarded the A.O. Putnam Memorial Scholarship by the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). The scholarship recognizes exceptional undergraduate students in industrial engineering and amounts to $1,500 over the academic year.</p> <p>“It is an absolute honor to receive this scholarship from IIE,” said Hall. “This scholarship relieves stress. I don’t have to worry about where the money is coming from. I can focus on studying.”</p> <p>To be awarded the scholarship, students must demonstrate academic excellence, which includes a GPA of at least 3.4, three letters of recommendations and a faculty nomination. </p> <p>Dr. Natarajan Gautam, professor and associate department head for undergraduate affairs, nominated Hall for the scholarship.</p> <p> “Robin is an ambassador for our field and our department,” said Gautam. “She has phenomenal leadership skills and is gifted both academically and socially. It is a tragedy that she never took my class, I could have learned a lot from her.” </p> <p>In addition to being academically successful, Hall has been actively involved in IIE for three years. She also serves as the pledge coordinator for Alpha Pi Mu, the industrial engineering honor society.</p> <p>After graduation Hall plans on working as an industrial engineer and is excited about the opportunities the career will offer.</p> <p>“I’m looking forward to going out in the real world and making a difference,” she said.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/06/26/isen-student-robin-hall-wins-ao-putnam-memorial-scholarship http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/06/26/isen-student-robin-hall-wins-ao-putnam-memorial-scholarship Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:00:00 CST Texas A&M announces formation of the Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academies Donald St. Martin <dstmartin@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/06/25/texas-am-announces-formation-of-the-texas-am-chevron-engineering-academies <p class="p1">Texas A&amp;M University has announced the formation of the Texas A&amp;M-Chevron Engineering Academies at four two-year colleges across the state of Texas. This innovative co-enrollment partnership was developed to address the state’s growing need for engineers. Houston Community College in Houston; Texas Southmost College in Brownsville; Alamo Colleges in San Antonio; and El Centro College in Dallas are the first partners in the program, which is supported by a $5 million gift from Chevron. </p> <p class="p1">Qualified students will be admitted to the Texas A&amp;M Dwight Look College of Engineering, complete the first two years of coursework at selected two-year colleges and finish their engineering degrees in College Station, Texas. </p> <p class="p1">The Texas A&amp;M-Chevron Engineering Academies will allow students to remain close to home for their first two years while pursuing one of 16 majors within the college of engineering at Texas A&amp;M. </p> <p class="p1">“Texas has a significant need for more engineers and has an abundance of capable students. This new academy program provides a unique pathway toward earning a bachelor’s degree in engineering by completing the first two years of coursework at a two-year college as a Texas A&amp;M engineering student,” said John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&amp;M University System. </p> <p class="p1">A 2012 report by the President’s Advisory Council on Science and Technology projected that 1 million more STEM degrees would be needed in the next decade. In Texas alone, the projected need for engineers in the workforce is 62,000 by 2022. To meet this need, universities and two- year colleges will need to work together to bridge the gap and attract and retain students who are interested in STEM fields. </p> <p class="p1">“Chevron is committed to increasing access to, and the quality of, education around the world,” said Steve Green, Chevron vice president of public and government affairs. “We are proud to partner with Texas A&amp;M on this important initiative to help ensure an educated and skilled workforce.” </p> <p class="p1">“Chevron is excited to be able to continue our longstanding relationship with Texas A&amp;M through support of the Engineering Academy initiative, which will help provide opportunities in the field of engineering for many underrepresented and first generation college students,” said Shariq Yosufzai, Chevron vice president of ombuds, diversity &amp; inclusion and university &amp; association relations. “Partnering with Texas A&amp;M, a top source of engineering hires for Chevron, to help provide opportunities in the field of engineering will support our efforts to help build the diverse workforce of tomorrow that will be required to meet the energy needs of the future.” </p> <p class="p1">Texas A&amp;M Engineering Vice Chancellor and Dean M. Katherine Banks said the academies have the potential to reach beyond the typical pathways for access to a top-ranked engineering program. </p> <p class="p1">“We are excited about this program because our goal is to attract the very best students to Texas A&amp;M Engineering, even if circumstances require them to stay close to home for the first two years of college,” said Banks. “This is not a traditional transfer program. The Academy students are enrolled in the engineering college at Texas A&amp;M from day one. We are committed to supporting these students throughout their academic program, which will result in a degree from one of the premier engineering colleges in the nation.” </p> <p class="p1">For additional information and event photos, see our <a href="/communications/media-kit">online media kit</a>.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/06/25/texas-am-announces-formation-of-the-texas-am-chevron-engineering-academies http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/06/25/texas-am-announces-formation-of-the-texas-am-chevron-engineering-academies Thu, 25 Jun 2015 00:00:00 CST First Drillbotics competition includes team from Texas A&M Nancy Luedke <> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/06/24/first-drillbotics-competition-includes-team-from-texas-am <p><img width="254" height="325" src="/media/2524612/drillbotics_question_.jpg" alt="Drillbotics _question_" class="rightalign"/>A team of four engineering students from Texas A&amp;M University placed second in the inaugural Drillbotics Competition hosted by the Society of Petroleum Engineers Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (SPE DSATS).</p> <p>The competition was created to give students the opportunity to test their engineering and teamwork skills by establishing their own multidisciplinary teams of four to five students to build a miniature robotic drilling rig inside a lab. When finished, they used these automated drilling rigs to drill a sample formation provided by DSATS. The goal was to drill the multi-rock layered sample with the fastest, straightest hole in the most energy- and cost-efficient manner. </p> <p>Panels of judges working in the petroleum industry visited each university to watch as the students tested the automated drill rigs they created to see which system would best handle an unknown formation sample.</p> <p>The four teams participating were from The University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&amp;M University, The University of Oklahoma, and Norway’s University of Agder. </p> <p>The Texas A&amp;M team included graduate students John Kim (petroleum engineering), Prudhvi Maddineni (electrical and computer engineering), Seounghyun Rho (petroleum engineering), and Narendra Vishnumolakala (petroleum engineering). Vishnumolakala and Rho are shown left and middle in photo below with Enrique Zarate (petroleum engineering), an advisor. The team was also advised and assisted by Dr. Satish Bukkapatnam’s research group (industrial and system engineering), and Dr. Eduardo Gildin and Dr. Sam Noynaert (petroleum engineering).</p> <p>“I am very proud of these students.  They did a great job, especially for a competition in its first year which had quite a few questions and uncertainties throughout the entire process,” said Noynaert.  “They did it all on their own, with only a limited amount of help from the faculty.”</p> <p><img width="275" height="229" src="/media/2524613/drillbotics_team2_275x229.jpg" alt="Drillbotics _team2" class="leftalign"/>The team from the University of Oklahoma was the winner and will exhibit its rig at the 2015 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) in Houston this September. The team will also present a paper at the conference.</p> <p>The teams from Texas A&amp;M and Texas, which came in third, will also present their work at the DSATS symposium at the ATCE.</p> <p>Prior to drilling, all student teams had to complete two stages of preparation. First, a design stage where they submitted a full engineering design for the competition committee to review. Once approved, they proceeded to the building and testing stage.  The rigs were approximately eight feet tall, which necessitated having the judges visit each university rather than moving the rigs to one location. Baker Hughes and National Oilwell Varco provided the drillbits and drillstrings.  The students designed and built (or had built) all of the other rig components, including the automated control systems.</p> <p>From start to finish the competition took 13 months. The teams were tested with purposeful alterations in the provided materials, which forced quick redesigns and produced unusual outcomes that reflected the difficulties brought on by real world situations industry often face in the field.</p> <p>The Texas A&amp;M team conducted its portion of the competition on June 12, beginning with a brief presentation in front of a panel of industry judges from Baker Hughes, National Oilwell Varco, and Shell. The rig test was then conducted. </p> <p>The only time human intervention was allowed was during the placement of the drill bit on the surface of the formation.  From that point, the rig was required to drill ahead and handle any dysfunctions (drillstring dynamics issues, changes in rock types, etc.) on its own.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/06/24/first-drillbotics-competition-includes-team-from-texas-am http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/06/24/first-drillbotics-competition-includes-team-from-texas-am Wed, 24 Jun 2015 00:00:00 CST