Texas A&M Engineering News The Look College is one of the largest engineering schools in the country, ranking third in undergraduate enrollment and sixth in graduate enrollment by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) in its 2011 survey. The Look College also ranked seventh in the number bachelor's degrees awarded, 13th in master's degrees awarded and 10th in doctoral degrees awarded. And our college consistently ranks among the nation's top public undergraduate and graduate engineering programs, according to U.S. News & World Report. http://engineering.tamu.edu Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:00 CST Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:00 CST Computer science and engineering holiday happenings Kathy Flores <> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/12/19/computer-science-and-engineering-holiday-happenings <p><img width="326" height="326" src="/media/2046878/angeltree_2014_326x326.jpg" alt="AngelTree_2014" class="leftalign"/>Cheery faces and warm and fuzzy feelings animate the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) administration office on the third floor of the H.R. Bright Building (HRBB) on the Texas A&amp;M University campus as the room fills with presents for Brazos Valley children. A Salvation Army Angel Tree, a favorite symbol of holiday giving across the cities of the Brazos Valley, sits in front of the reception desk sheltering gifts of toys, games, bikes, and clothes.</p> <p>"The response from the department faculty and staff was great, but the response from the students was phenomenal," said Engineering Organizational Services Manager Kathy Waskom. "We had three students, one undergraduate and two graduate, solely sponsor children. Along with all the donated items, we were able to raise $700 to purchase more items. It's great to see CSE passionately involved in community activities.</p> <p>CSE's holiday happenings and community outreach actually began in November with its Angel Tree collection and its <i>Time to Give Thanks CSE Potluck</i> community meal, hosted by the Computer Science and Engineering Graduate Students Association (CSEGSA) for all CSE students and staff. Everyone attending was asked to bring a dish to share, with the department providing the set-up and drinks. Thanks were given for the continuing success of CSE.</p> <p><img width="171" height="168" src="/media/2046877/dave_dilma_award_171x168.jpg" alt="dave_dilma_award" class="rightalign"/>The December kick-off of holiday celebrations started on the 4th with an off-campus Holiday Luncheon for CSE faculty, staff, and invited guests from the Look College of Engineering. Guests enjoyed a family-style meal of salad, Nonna's lasagna, eggplant rollantini, chicken Parmesan, and dessert at Paolo's Italian Kitchen in College Station while delicious and delightful Christmas presents were enthusiastically raffled off by staff elves.</p> <p>During the luncheon, PC Analyst Dave Cote was presented the Staff Excellence Award by Department Head Dr. Dilma Da Silva for his dedicated service, exemplary attitude, and significant contribution to the department. Cited at the top of the many examples of his service was Dave's immediate handling this fall of the computer needs for all the newly hired faculty and staff, which he did with competence and cordiality. In October, Dave was an integral part of the computer setup at Texas A&amp;M for 26 of the 36 teams participating in the <a href="/news/2014/11/04/cse-students-participate-in-acm-programming-contest">2014 ACM ICPC South Central USA Regional Programming Contest</a>.</p> <p><img width="324" height="186" src="/media/2046874/ace_lunch_11dec2014_324x186.jpg" alt="ACE_lunch_11DEC2014" class="leftalign"/>The following week, the <a href="/cse/academics/ace-scholars-honors-program">Aggie Computer Science and Engineering (ACE) Scholars Program</a> held its holiday luncheon for its members and the CSE faculty. Approximately 30 students and 20 faculty enjoyed a festive lunch of grilled chicken, vegetables, and spinach enchiladas catered by Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant in College Station. The luncheon gave the ACE Scholars the opportunity to interact with faculty and to discover mutual research interests. All ACE Scholars participate in an intensive undergraduate research experience, culminating in an Honors Thesis.</p> <p><img width="264" height="193" src="/media/2046875/holiday_fun_day_264x193.jpg" alt="holiday_fun_day" class="rightalign"/>Then there's the department's impromptu <strong>"End of the Semester, We Survived Finals, Let's Get Ready for the Holidays Celebration"</strong> held the day before graduation and hosted by CSE and its student organizations. It was a come-when-you-can held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the administration offices on the third floor of HRBB. All were dressed in their craziest holiday apparel from tacky sweaters to Christmas pajamas. Hot cocoa and cookies accompanied classic Christmas movies and board games (Clue, Candyland, Monopoly, Operation et al.).</p> <p>CSE will say goodbye to these spirited holiday happenings and to all its fall semester students with its graduation reception for its students receiving bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees on December 19.</p> <p>Happy Holidays Everyone!</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/12/19/computer-science-and-engineering-holiday-happenings http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/12/19/computer-science-and-engineering-holiday-happenings Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:00 CST CSE students swim their way to first place at game jam Rachel Rose <rdaggie@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/12/18/cse-students-swim-their-way-to-first-place-at-game-jam-(1) <p><img width="310" height="207" src="/media/2046881/randall_dolifka_gamejam_310x207.jpg" alt="GameJam" class="leftalign"/>During the weekend of November 7-November 9, the Learning Interactive Visualization Experience Lab (LIVE) hosted a game jam on campus in collaboration with TAMU ACM SIGGRAPH, TAGD, Texas A&amp;M University, Kansas State University, IAC, and others. A game jam is a gathering of game developers for the purpose of planning, designing and creating one or more games. This usually takes place within a short span of time, ranging from 24 to 48 hours. Teams of various sizes, including students from several majors, competed in the game design event.</p> <p>Texas A&amp;M CSE freshman and sophomore Jonathan Burk and Randall Dolifka, CSE graduate student Kumar Sridharamurthy, and freshman Joy Hauser, computer science major at Kansas State University, were part of  the winning team for best overall game “Team No Name”. The team created the game Keep Swimming, which requires players to control a fish underwater while dodging obstacles and accumulating points.</p> <p>“I had a great time and an amazing learning experience at the Game Jam,” Burk said. “What stuck out to me the most was the fun I had staying up with everybody and just working on games! It was a blast to focus all efforts on to designing and creating for a weekend.”</p> <p>Each member of the team received a license from the gaming software company, Unity. The licenses, valued at $1,500 each, allow them access to software to develop and program games.</p> <p>“I was fortunate to work with three enthusiastic Computer Science and Engineering students who picked up the game development software, Unity, really quickly,” Sridharamurthy said.</p> <p>LIVE lab's mission is to create an environment that fosters the researches and development of educational experiences for the use in the classroom from K – 12, higher education, corporate, Government and NGO. They accomplish this goal by collaborating with other departments, colleges and universities.</p> <p>———<br /><strong><em>Photo: Randall Dolifka</em> </strong></p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/12/18/cse-students-swim-their-way-to-first-place-at-game-jam-(1) http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/12/18/cse-students-swim-their-way-to-first-place-at-game-jam-(1) Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:00 CST Texas A&M Robotics Symposium Features All-Female Speaker Line-Up Ashlee Fulghum <ashlee@cse.tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/12/18/texas-am-robotics-symposium-features-all-female-speaker-line-up-(1) <p><img width="138" height="208" src="/media/2048427/nao_138x208.jpg" alt="nao.jpg" class="leftalign"/>The ‘2015 Texas A&amp;M Robotics Symposium’ will be held in College Station on <a href="http://calendar.tamu.edu/cse/?calendar_id=42&amp;y=2015&amp;m=01&amp;d=21&amp;eventdatetime_id=22784&amp;" target="_blank">Wednesday and Thursday January 21-22, 2015</a>. The symposium will bring together 20 world-renowned thought leaders in robotics and automation.</p> <p>The symposium will start with a keynote address and reception by Dr. Ruzena Bajcsy from UC Berkeley on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. The program will continue during the day on Thursday, January 22, with each speaker giving a high-level, accessible talk focusing on her current research. </p> <p>The symposium is co-located with the Senior Program Committee (SPC) meeting of the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). ICRA is a premier international forum for robotics researchers and the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society’s flagship conference.  IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is the largest association of technical professionals boasting more than 400,000 members worldwide.</p> <p>Dr. Nancy M. Amato, Unocal Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and senior director of honors programs in the Dwight Look College of Engineering, is the Program Chair for <a href="http://icra2015.org/" target="_blank">ICRA 2015</a>, which will be held May 26-30, 2015 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington, USA.</p> <p>Amato is hosting the ICRA 2015 SPC meeting in College Station on January 23-24, 2015. The ICRA 2015 SPC is distinguished this year, as it is entirely composed of women, a first for any major robotics conference. The expertise of this all-female collection of internationally recognized robotics researchers covers the spectrum of robotics and automation.  “While the main objective of the SPC meeting is to select the papers and plan the conference program, we just had to take advantage of this unique opportunity to hear from such a remarkable cadre of robotics and automation researchers from around the world,” Amato said.</p> <p>The Texas A&amp;M Robotics Symposium is open to all interested attendees. The event is sponsored by the Parasol Lab and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&amp;M. While registration is complimentary, attendees are asked to register in advance of the symposium so that catering for breaks and lunch, which will be provided, can be arranged. More information regarding the symposium program and registration are available at <a href="http://icra2015.org/" target="_blank">http://icra2015.org</a>.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/12/18/texas-am-robotics-symposium-features-all-female-speaker-line-up-(1) http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/12/18/texas-am-robotics-symposium-features-all-female-speaker-line-up-(1) Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:00 CST Zachry Department of Civil Engineering recognizes faculty and staff Sarah Curylo <> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/12/18/zachry-department-of-civil-engineering-recognizes-faculty-and-staff <p><img width="696" height="301" src="/media/2046876/group-award-picture-3_696x301.jpg" alt="Awards 2014"/>Faculty and staff of the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering were recognized for their contributions to the department at the department’s annual holiday party on December 12. Recipients include:</p> <p>Zachry Excellence in Teaching Award: Dr. Peter England</p> <p>Birdwell Excellence in Teaching Award: Dr. Nasir Gharaibeh</p> <p>Truman Jones Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award: Dr. Ralph Wurbs</p> <p>Research Impact Award: Dr. Scott Socolofsky and Dr. Marcelo Sanchez</p> <p>Service Impact Award: Dr. Ray James and Dr. Dominique Lord</p> <p>Leadership Impact Award: Dr. Amy Epps Martin, Dr. Richard Mercier, and Dr. Kelly Brumbelow</p> <p>Outstanding Staff Award: Ms. Crystal Faust, Ms. Mary Louise Sims, and Ms. Theresa Taeger</p> <p>Outstanding New Staff Award: Ms. Sarah Curylo</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/12/18/zachry-department-of-civil-engineering-recognizes-faculty-and-staff http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/12/18/zachry-department-of-civil-engineering-recognizes-faculty-and-staff Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:00 CST Russell named Fellow of National Academy of Inventors Rusty Cawley http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/12/17/russell-named-fellow-of-national-academy-of-inventors <p class="p1"><img width="210" height="270" src="/media/2036219/bdrussell.jpg" alt="Bdrussell" class="rightalign"/>The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) announced that two researchers from Texas A&amp;M University, B. Don Russell, Jr., and Darwin J. Prockop will become NAI Fellows this spring.</p> <p class="p1">Russell and Prockop are among 170 new Fellows to be inducted during the NAI’s 4th Annual Conference on March 20 at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. NAI Fellows are academic inventors and innovators who are named on U.S. patents and were nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to innovation.</p> <p class="p1">Texas A&amp;M Vice President for Research Glen A. Laine said, “I am pleased and excited that these outstanding faculty members have been recognized for their applied research, which contributes to our mission as a land grant institution.”</p> <p class="p1">Russell is the Harry E. Bovay, Jr. Chair Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&amp;M, as well as a Regents Professor and a Distinguished Professor. He holds 13 U.S. patents and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.  Russell is a Fellow of five other societies, including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the National Society of Professional Engineers, the National Academy of Forensic Engineers, and the British Institution of Engineering and Technology.</p> <p class="p1">Prockop is the Stearman Chair in Genomic Medicine and a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Texas A&amp;M Health Science Center College of Medicine. He directs the Texas A&amp;M College of Medicine’s Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Scott &amp; White Hospital in Temple, Texas.  Prockop holds 20 U.S. patents and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Institute of Medicine.</p> <p class="p1">Following the induction ceremony in March, the total number of NAI Fellows will come to 414, representing more than 150 prestigious research universities and governmental and non-profit research institutions. NAI Fellows include 61 presidents and senior leadership of research universities and non-profit research institutes, 208 members of the other National Academies, 21 inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, 16 recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation, 10 recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Science, 21 Nobel Laureates, 11 Lemelson-MIT prize recipients, 112 American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows, and 62 IEEE Fellows, among other awards and distinctions. </p> <p class="p1">The 2014 NAI Fellows Selection Committee comprises 17 members, including NAI Fellows, recipients of U.S. National Medals, National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees, members of the National Academies and senior officials from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Association of American Universities, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association of University Technology Managers, and the National Inventors Hall of Fame.</p> <p class="p1">About the National Academy of Inventors: NAI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit member organization comprised of U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutions, with over 3,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 200 institutions, and growing rapidly. It was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society. The NAI edits the multidisciplinary journal, Technology and Innovation, published by Cognizant Communication Corporation (NY). <a href="http://www.academyofinventors.org/"><span class="s1">www.academyofinventors.org</span></a>.</p> <p class="p1">About Research at Texas A&amp;M University: As one of the world's leading research institutions, Texas A&amp;M is in the vanguard in making significant contributions to the storehouse of knowledge, including that of science and technology. Research conducted at Texas A&amp;M represents annual expenditures of more than $820 million. That research creates new knowledge that provides basic, fundamental and applied contributions resulting in many cases in economic benefits to the state, nation and world. To learn more, visit <a href="http://research.tamu.edu/"><span class="s1">research.tamu.edu</span></a>.</p> <p class="p1">Media contacts: Rusty Cawley, (979) 458-9478, <a href="mailto:rcawley@tamu.edu"><span class="s1">rcawley@tamu.edu</span></a>; Keara Leach, (813) 974-5862, <a href="http://tamutimes.tamu.edu/"><span class="s1">kleach@academyofinventors.org</span><span class="s2"><br /> </span><span class="s1">More news about Texas A&amp;M University</span></a><br /> Follow us on <a href="https://twitter.com/TAMU"><span class="s1">Twitter</span></a></p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/12/17/russell-named-fellow-of-national-academy-of-inventors http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/12/17/russell-named-fellow-of-national-academy-of-inventors Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:00:00 CST Chemical engineering department holds 2014 holiday reception, awards ceremony Kidron Vestal <kidron@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/12/17/chemical-engineering-department-holds-2014-holiday-reception-awards-ceremony <p><img width="627" height="353" src="/media/2034699/web_finalphoto_627x353.jpg" alt="Holiday Reception"/></p> <p>In an evening reception Thursday, Dec. 11, the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering celebrated the end of 2014 with a gathering of faculty, staff and their guests at a venue in College Station. </p> <p>Dr. M. Nazmul Karim, department head, professor of chemical engineering and the T. Michael O'Connor Chair II, was host for the event that included reflection on the year's successes and hopes for 2015. </p> <p>"We have never been more prepared for greatness than we are now," said Karim in opening remarks. </p> <p>Individual awards were presented to faculty and staff in the second half of the reception. </p> <p><strong>2014 Rayford G. and Jo-Ann T. Anthony Staff Excellence Award ($1,000):<br /></strong>Louis Muniz, Jr. - Facilities Manager<br />Jamie Patterson - Business Coordinator II</p> <p><strong>2014 Outstanding Service Award for Staff ($1,000):<br /></strong>Valerie Green - Associate Director, Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center<br />Katherine Toback - Senior Academic Advisor II<strong><br /></strong>Kidron Vestal - Communications Manager</p> <p class="p1">Green said, "I am humbled and honored by this recognition. I do what I do because it is so easy to do it in an environment full of caring people. I really appreciate working here and will forever treasure this award from my colleagues who I respect and admire."</p> <p><strong>2014 Outstanding Service Award for Faculty:<br /></strong>Dr. Arul Jayaraman - Professor, Holder of the Ray Nesbitt Professorship, Director of the Graduate Program, Associate Department Head<br />Dr. Victor Ugaz - Professor, Holder of the Charles D. Holland '53 Professorship, Director of the Undergraduate Program, Associate Department Head</p> <p class="p1">"The department inspires me continually with colleagues who know what it takes to lead with profound care toward a greater future. I am honored to be named among them," Jayaraman said.  </p> <p>Special thanks was extended to Randy Marek, technical laboratory manager, who will retire following 33 years of dedicated service. Toni Alvarado, assistant to the department head, was honored for her continued support, among and in addition to all staff and faculty in the audience who were corporately commended for professional successes.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/12/17/chemical-engineering-department-holds-2014-holiday-reception-awards-ceremony http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/12/17/chemical-engineering-department-holds-2014-holiday-reception-awards-ceremony Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:00:00 CST ACM honors computer science and engineering faculty as Distinguished Scientists Kathy Flores <> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/12/16/acm-honors-computer-science-and-engineering-faculty-as-distinguished-scientists <p><strong><img width="497" height="180" src="/media/2036215/acm_ds_497x180.jpg" alt="ACM Distinguished Scientists" class="leftalign"/>Dr. Jianer Chen</strong>, <strong>Dr. Dmitri Loguinov</strong>, <strong>Dr. Lawrence Rauchwerger</strong>, and <strong>Dr. Duncan Moore "Hank" Walker</strong> were named as <strong>2014 Distinguished Scientists</strong> by the Association for Computing Machinery. Forty-nine scientists, engineers and educators from universities, international corporations, and research institutions world-wide were selected as 2014 ACM Distinguished Members. Of the scientists selected, approximately ten percent were chosen from among the faculty members in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at Texas A&amp;M University.</p> <p>The ACM Distinguished Scientist designation is in recognition of an ACM member with at least 15 years of ACM membership and 5 years of continuous Professional Membership who has made a significant impact on the computing field.</p> <p>Professor Chen has 18 years with the CSE department, supervising approximately 40 Ph.D. and M.S. students during his tenure. His research interests are in the areas of algorithms and complexity, computer networks, computer graphics and bioinformatics Chen has authored more than 200 journal publications and refereed conference publications and 11 book chapters. He is an associate editor for the <i>Journal of Computer and System Sciences</i> and the <i>IEEE Transactions on Computers</i>. He is recognized by the CSE department and the College of Engineering as a gifted educator and holds the University AFS Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award for 2007.</p> <p>After receiving his doctoral degree in computer science from City University of New York in 2002, Professor Loguinov joined the Texas A&amp;M faculty as an assistant professor, becoming a full professor in 2011. His research fields include peer-to-peer networks, larger-scale information retrieval, web crawling, Internet measurement, stochastic modeling of networks, congestion control, random graphs, topology analysis, bandwidth estimation, and video streaming. He has written approximately 115 papers and holds 4 patents. Loguinov is active in the CSE department's Research Experiences for Undergraduates program and the Undergraduate Student Research Grant program. He has mentored undergraduates who have won first place in REU/USRG poster competitions.</p> <p>Eppright Professor Rauchwerger holds a doctoral degree in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Among his many awards are the IBM Faculty Award, Intel Faculty Award, NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award and the TEES Select Young Faculty Award and TEES Senior Fellow. Rauchwerger is an IEEE Fellow. His research interests are in compilers for parallel and distributed computing, parallel and distributed C++ libraries, adaptive runtime optimizations, and architectures for parallel computing. His research paper "Adaptive Reduction Parallelization Techniques" was recently selected for publication in the <a href="/news/2014/12/04/rauchwerger-paper-selected-for-acm-25th-anniversary-volume"><i>ACM International Conference on Supercomputing 25th Anniversary Volume</i></a>.</p> <p>Walker, professor and former head of the CSE department, became a CSE faculty member in 1993. He directs the Electronic Design Automation Lab, which researches defect and fault testing, design automation, defect diagnosis, Design for Testability (DFT), and novel test methodologies. Walker instructs graduate and undergraduate students in Software Engineering, Computer Organization, and Testing and Diagnosis of Digital Systems. His numerous honors include the E.D. Brockett Professorship Award (2007), the Charles W. Crawford Service Award (2010), and the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Excellence in Engineering Teaching Award (2006). Walker additionally is a Dwight Look College of Engineering Fellow (2006-2007), AMD Fellow (2002), and TEES Fellow (1998).</p> <p>There were 42 Distinguished Scientists named by ACM in 2014. Among the CSE faculty, Dr. Dilma M. Da Silva, Dr. Daniel A. Jiménez, Dr. Frank M. Shipman, Dr. Jennifer L. Welch, and Dr. Nancy M. Amato received the ACM Distinguished Scientist designation in previous years, bringing the total number of faculty ACM Distinguished Scientists to 10.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/12/16/acm-honors-computer-science-and-engineering-faculty-as-distinguished-scientists http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/12/16/acm-honors-computer-science-and-engineering-faculty-as-distinguished-scientists Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 CST Reveille VIII makes memorable visit to CSE class Rachel Rose <rdaggie@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/12/16/reveille-viii-makes-memorable-visit-to-cse-class <p><img width="322" height="215" src="/media/2036207/reveille_davis_322x215.jpg" alt="Reveille VIII and Tim Davis" class="leftalign"/>On Dec. 8, computer science and engineering Professor Dr. Tim Davis got the surprise of his life. On a take-home quiz given to his sophomore class, “Discrete Structures for Computing,” the previous Friday, Davis noted that the students may not receive outside help. Just for fun, he added one exception on the quiz: “You may request assistance from Revellie VIII. If she attends class on Monday, Dec. 8, then everyone attending class on that day gets 100 percent on this quiz. Really.” When he walked into his classroom that day, there she was. It was a complete surprise, but he stayed true to his word.</p> <p>“To be honest, it wasn't the fact that we would get a 100 percent on our last quiz of the semester that made me delighted, but the fact that my professor, who just moved to College Station, would be able to experience one of A&amp;M's great traditions in his very own lecture,” said student, Alyssa Valdez.<img width="296" height="197" src="/media/2036208/student_rev_296x197.jpg" alt="student and Rev VIII" class="rightalign"/></p> <p>Davis joined the CSE faculty in June of this year. Although he is new to Texas A&amp;M, he feels a special connection to the university mascot and First Lady of Aggieland, Miss Reveille. Davis’ family dog as a child was a Rough Collie named Frederick, and his recently passed pup, Macaulay, was a Sheltie who remarkably resembled the beloved breed. These two dogs had a significant impact on Davis’ life and his love for dogs, notably Collies, has stuck with him throughout his life.</p> <p>Davis went even further with his Reveille-themed quiz. On one question, the students were asked to create a finite state automaton. Even though these are usually expressed with ones and zeroes, Davis decided to keep with his theme and use “woof, bark, and whine” instead. While injecting some humor to his quiz, he still kept the integrity of the material intact. In a fun twist of events, her actions while in the classroom coincided with the automaton Davis had created for the quiz.</p> <p>Reveille has walked and lived among the students of Texas A&amp;M for more than 70 combined years and continues to be one of the students’ and faculty’s most loved traditions. </p> <p>“This story is not about me," Davis said. "This story is about Reveille. She is warm and welcoming and represents Texas A&amp;M University in the most accurate way."</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/12/16/reveille-viii-makes-memorable-visit-to-cse-class http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/12/16/reveille-viii-makes-memorable-visit-to-cse-class Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 CST Vaddiraju receives Fluor Distinguished Teaching Award Kidron Vestal <kidron@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/12/15/vaddiraju-receives-fluor-distinguished-teaching-award <p> <img width="511" height="398" src="/media/2034692/vaddiraju_2_511x398.jpg" alt="Vaddiraju Fluor"/></p> <p><a href="/chemical/people/svaddiraju">Dr. Sreeram Vaddiraju</a> (above left), assistant professor of chemical engineering, is the 2014 recipient of the Fluor Distinguished Teaching Award.</p> <p>The award and $2,000 check, sponsored by Fluor Corporation, recognizes Vaddiraju for his dedication and outstanding contributions to the education and professional development of chemical engineering students at Texas A&amp;M University. </p> <p>Vaddiraju joined the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&amp;M in August of 2009. He works predominantly in research related to organic and inorganic semiconductors, nanostructures, thermoelectrics and solar cells, among other research areas.  </p> <p>Fluor Corporation is the fall 2014 sponsor of the department's plant design competition, a capstone chemical engineering course in which seniors are tasked with conceiving a fully functional chemical processing plant that operates per Fluor's specifications. In conjunction with Fluor's annual plant design sponsorship, the company also presents a teaching award to an outstanding faculty member within the chemical engineering department. </p> <p>The presentation was made by Dr. M. Nazmul Karim, department head, professor and T. Michael O'Connor Chair II, in a ceremony attended by students and Fluor Corporation representatives who participated in and served as industry mentors for the senior project. </p> <p>Employing a global workforce of more than 40,000 people, Fluor is one of the world's largest, publicly-owned engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance services companies. A FORTUNE 500 company that is ranked first in <em>FORTUNE</em> magazine's "Engineering, Construction" category of America's largest corporations, Fluor maintains a network of offices in more than 79 countries.</p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/12/15/vaddiraju-receives-fluor-distinguished-teaching-award http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/12/15/vaddiraju-receives-fluor-distinguished-teaching-award Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 CST Novel computational modeling, GI tract microorganisms Kidron Vestal <kidron@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/12/09/novel-computational-modeling-gi-tract-microorganisms <p><a href="/chemical/people/ajayaraman">Dr. Arul Jayaraman</a>, professor of chemical engineering at Texas A&amp;M University and holder of the Ray B. Nesbitt Professorship, has collaborated with researchers from <a href="http://engineering.tufts.edu">Tufts University School of Engineering</a> in the computational evaluation of gastrointestinal (GI) tract microorganism function. The journal, <i>Nature Communications, </i>published the findings in a November 20 edition (doi: 10.1038/ncomms6492).</p> <p class="leftalign"><img width="210" height="270" src="/media/520349/image-of-arul-jayaraman.jpg" alt="Image of Arul Jayaraman" style="float: left;"/></p> <p>The prediction and identification of metabolic properties found in the GI tract could offer new diagnosis and treatment opportunities for diseases and disorders in the GI tract as well as the understanding of other diseases related to metabolic and neurological functions.</p> <p>Work previously published in the <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i> (doi: 10.1073/pnas.0906112107) from Jayaraman’s laboratory had already demonstrated that indole, a bacterial metabolite derived from the aromatic amino acid tryptophan, caused an anti-inflammatory response in the gut and increased resistance to pathogen colonization that could lead to infection.</p> <p>Jayaraman said, “The previous work [essentially] focused on the biological effects of one molecule. However, since there can be several such bioactive molecules in the gut and it is not possible to test each one of them experimentally, we wanted to come up with a more rational way of identifying such molecules. We started working on this [research]… in Fall 2011. We are still far away from clinical implementation. I see this as a pipeline for generating potential candidates for testing in the lab and taking it forward to the clinic.”</p> <p>The research team focused on aromatic amino acids (AAAs) because their metabolites are involved in many of the more than 2,400 distinct reactions expressed in the microbiota as a whole.</p> <p>Next steps for the team include identifying microbiota metabolites whose levels are either significantly elevated or depleted during diseases such as IBD or cancer, to find disease-specific markers and explore possible roles for these metabolites in disease progression.</p> <p>Funding from the National Science Foundation (award # 1264502 and # 084653) and the National Institutes of Health (award # GM106251 and 1R21AI095788) supported this research.</p> <p>Jayaraman also serves as director of the graduate program in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering.</p> <p>Tufts University contributed to this news release.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/12/09/novel-computational-modeling-gi-tract-microorganisms http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/12/09/novel-computational-modeling-gi-tract-microorganisms Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:00:00 CST