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, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 CST Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 CST Texas A&M to host 24th Buchanan Lecture in October Kristina Ballard <kristina.ballard@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/09/23/texas-am-to-host-24th-buchanan-lecture-in-october <p>Dr. Edward Kavazanjian, Jr., director of The Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics at Arizona State University, is the 2016 Buchanan Lecturer. Kavazanjian’s lecture is titled “Bio-Geo-Alchemy: Biogeotechnical Carbonate Precipitation for Hazard Mitigation and Ground Improvement.”</p> <p>The Buchanan Lecture is held in honor of Dr. Spencer J. Buchanan’s life and legacy at Texas A&amp;M University. Buchanan dedicated his life to the service and education of others. He was a Texas A&amp;M Distinguished Professor, a founder of the Bryan Boy’s Club and a world leader in geotechnical engineering. Every year the Buchanan Lecture is held in his honor, aiming to educate and motivate present-day geotechnical engineers. The lecture is organized by Dr. Jean-Louis Briaud, distinguished professor and holder of the Spencer J. Buchanan Chair in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&amp;M. This year the lecture is sponsored by Fugro Consultants, Inc.</p> <p>Also on the agenda is Dr. Donald A. Bruce, president of Geosystems, L.P., who will be presenting his 2015 Terzaghi Lecture "The Evolution of Specialty Geotechnical Construction Techniques."</p> <p>The Terzaghi Lecture was established by the Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1960. This lectureship is an annual award coupled with a lecture that addresses modern research in the field of geotechnical engineering. Lecturers are recognized for their outstanding and sustainable contributions to geotechnical engineering that can be utilized in the United States.</p> <p>The lectures will take place in the Brazos Amphitheater at the College Station Hilton starting at 2 p.m. on Oct 14.</p> <p>More details on the event can be found at: <a href="https://ceprofs.civil.tamu.edu/briaud/buchanan.html">https://ceprofs.civil.tamu.edu/briaud/buchanan.html</a></p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/09/23/texas-am-to-host-24th-buchanan-lecture-in-october http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/09/23/texas-am-to-host-24th-buchanan-lecture-in-october Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 CST Arróyave appointed to TMS board of directors Shraddha Sankhe <shraddha@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/09/23/arróyave-appointed-to-tms-board-of-directors <p class="Body"><a href="https://engineering.tamu.edu/materials/people/arr%C3%B3yave-raymundo"><img width="151" height="226" src="/media/1121941/dsc_2356_151x226.jpg" alt="Raymundo Arroyave" class="rightalign"/>Dr. Raymundo Arróyave</a>, associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, has been appointed to the board of directors of <a href="http://www.tms.org/TMSHome.aspx">The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society</a> (TMS). He begins his new role in the spring.</p> <p class="Body">“TMS promotes the global science and engineering professions related to minerals, metals, and materials that impacts the society as a whole,” said Arróyave. “I am deeply honored by being elected by the membership to serve TMS in this capacity”.</p> <p class="Body">Currently, Arróyave serves as associate editor of the <i>Journal of Materials Science Letters </i>and the <i>Journal of Phase Equilibria and</i> <i>Diffusion (JPED)</i>. He also is the vice-chair of ASM International’s Alloy Phase Diagram Committee, which oversees the editorial direction of <i>JPED</i>, among other activities related to the dissemination of knowledge on the thermodynamics and kinetics of materials. He is also vice-chair of the Functional Materials Division of TMS and will assume the position of chair in the spring.</p> <p class="Body">Arróyave received the 2014 Distinguished Service Award from the Electronic, Magnetic and Photonic Materials Division (EMPMD) of TMS.</p> <p class="Body">Arróyave directs the Computational Materials Science Lab, which uses computational materials science tools to investigate material properties at different scales of length and time. The research team uses a variety of tools — ab initio calculations, molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo, phase-field models and CALPHAD — to investigate the fundamental properties of complex materials.</p> <p class="Body">TMS is a professional organization of 12,000 scientists and engineers that encompasses the entire range of materials and engineering, from minerals processing and primary metals production to basic research and the advanced applications of materials. </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/09/23/arróyave-appointed-to-tms-board-of-directors http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/09/23/arróyave-appointed-to-tms-board-of-directors Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 CST Mannan and Cagin co-author book on multiscale modeling in process safety Shraddha Sankhe <shraddha@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/09/23/mannan-and-cagin-co-author-book-on-multiscale-modeling-in-process-safety <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><a href="https://books.google.com/books/about/Multiscale_Modeling_for_Process_Safety_A.html?id=gV35AAAAQBAJ&amp;printsec=frontcover&amp;source=kp_read_button#v=onepage&amp;q&amp;f=false"><img width="244" height="300" src="/media/4133221/multiscale-modeling-for-process-safety-applications-book-cover_244x300.jpg" alt="Book cover of Drs. Mannan and Cagin" class="leftalign"/></a><a href="https://engineering.tamu.edu/chemical/people/smannan">Dr. Sam Mannan</a>, <a href="https://engineering.tamu.edu/materials/people/tcagin">Dr. Tahir Cagin</a> and Dr. Arnab Chakrabarty have co-authored a book that focuses on addressing the use of multiscale modeling in process safety.</span></p> <p class="p2">Mannan is the director of the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center, Regents Professor and holder of the T. Michael O’Connor Chair I in Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University. Cagin is a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&amp;M. </p> <p class="p2">Chakrabarty, who completed his Ph.D. in chemical engineering in 2008 at Texas A&amp;M, is the director of process technology at Virden Chemicals. Cagin was Chakrabarty’s graduate adviser.</p> <p class="p2">The book, <a href="http://store.elsevier.com/Multiscale-Modeling-for-Process-Safety-Applications/Arnab-Chakrabarty/isbn-9780123969750/"><i>Multiscale Modeling for Process Safety Applications</i></a>, explores practical approaches to multiscale modeling in safety applications to address safety problems in all levels of modeling. The in-depth and informative text features examples and case studies to help readers understand the mapping between problem detail and effective usage of resources. For example, it demonstrates how a flammable vapor cloud might behave if ignited.</p> <p class="p2">Mannan is involved in hazard assessment and risk analysis, process hazard identification, hazard and operability (HAZOP) studies, vulnerability assessment, process safety management and risk management. His research interests include development of inherently safer processes; application of computational fluid dynamics to study the explosive characteristics of flammable gases; development of quantitative methods to determine incompatibility among various chemicals; application of calorimetric methods for the assessment of reactive hazards; and application of consequence analyses to assess the impact of process plant incidents. </p> <p class="p2">Cagin’s research interests include designing materials and material structures to improve the energy conversion from abundant sources such as thermal, mechanical, chemical and light to useable forms such as electricity. His research group analyzes the processing pathways using non-equilibrium statistical thermodynamics through advanced molecular dynamics methods.</p> <p class="p2"> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/09/23/mannan-and-cagin-co-author-book-on-multiscale-modeling-in-process-safety http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/09/23/mannan-and-cagin-co-author-book-on-multiscale-modeling-in-process-safety Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 CST Natarajarathinam, Kuttolamadom receive NSF grant to create self-sustaining program for underserved Texas students Taylor Phillips-Rodriguez <tphillipsrodriguez@exchange.tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/09/22/natarajarathinam-kuttolamadom-receive-nsf-grant-to-create-self-sustaining-program-for-underserved-texas-students <p class="rightalign"><img width="223" height="287" src="/media/2938720/MALINI-NATARAJARATHINAM_SUMMER-2014_223x287.jpg" alt="MALINI NATARAJARATHINAM SUMMER 2014" class="leftalign"/><img width="205" height="287" src="/media/3362935/matt-kuttolamadom_fall-2015_205x287.jpg" alt="MATT KUTTOLAMADOM FALL 2015" class="leftalign"/></p> <p>Dr. Malini Natarajarathinam and Dr. Mathew Kuttolamadom have been awarded a $284,985 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to introduce a self-sustaining manufacturing and distribution program to students living in underserved Latino communities along the South Texas border.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Natarajarathinam and Kuttolamadom, professors in complementary programs within the Department of Engineering Technology &amp; Distribution at Texas A&amp;M University, are co-principal investigators for the initiative along with Dr. Sharon Lynn Chu from the College of Architecture at Texas A&amp;M. </p> <p>Dr. Francis Quek, professor in the Department of Visualization, is the principal investigator.</p> <p>The funded proposal, “<a href="http://nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1623543&amp;HistoricalAwards=false" target="_blank">Making in The Colonias: Motivating STEM Participation through Making as Micro-Manufacture</a>,” aims to teach area high school students how to manufacture and distribute instructional, hands-on science kits to elementary schools in their community, by being part of Making-Production Teams (MPT).</p> <p>“There is a big movement to involve children in actually making things and learning by creating,” says Natarajarathinam, who teaches in the Industrial Distribution program within the department. “Kids are learning by putting things together hands-on, versus watching a video or reading about it in a book. </p> <p>Expanding upon the successful project, “<a href="https://thestorylab.arch.tamu.edu/research/making-maker/" target="_blank">Making the Maker</a>,” the initiative will introduce STEM principles so students can eventually help their communities independently and in a sustainable manner.</p> <p>Currently, engineering technology and industrial distribution students are responsible for ordering, manufacturing and distributing the parts for the kits; the new project will bring high school students to Texas A&amp;M so engineering technology and industrial distribution faculty can help impart knowledge and skills via summer training workshops.</p> <p>Undergraduates will serve as distance mentors to high school students in the Colonias, who will implement manufacturing, supply chain management and industrial distribution principles in their hometown and provide science kits to local elementary school children. </p> <p>“I will be creating the workshop parts and curriculum on the fabrication and manufacturing side – drilling, 3-D printing, putting things together – and [Natarajarathinam] will be taking care of the logistics, supply chain, industrial distribution side,” says Kuttolamadom from the Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology program in the department.</p> <p>Classified as an Early-concept Grant for Exploratory Research (EAGER), the two-year endeavor is considered “high-risk, high reward” that will explore “untested but potentially transformative research ideas or approaches,” <a href="https://www.nsf.gov/about/transformative_research/submit.jsp" target="_blank">according to the NSF</a>. If successful, the project could receive larger funding and be expanded on a state or even national scale. </p> <p>This cutting-edge engineering education research is not rare in the department; faculty are continuously transforming the lives of <a href="/news/2016/08/30/texas-am-students-use-dstr-robot-as-part-of-workshop-for-stem-students" target="_blank">students</a> and <a href="/news/2016/09/06/hung-hsieh-share-manufacturing-expertise-with-educators-locally-nationwide-in-summer-programs" target="_blank">communities</a> at Texas A&amp;M and <a href="/news/2016/07/28/natarajarathinam-awarded-2016-2017-tier-one-program-grant-to-help-texas-food-banks-nonprofit-organizations" target="_blank">beyond</a>.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/09/22/natarajarathinam-kuttolamadom-receive-nsf-grant-to-create-self-sustaining-program-for-underserved-texas-students http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/09/22/natarajarathinam-kuttolamadom-receive-nsf-grant-to-create-self-sustaining-program-for-underserved-texas-students Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 CST Michalski elevated to IEEE Life Fellow Deana Totzke <deana@ece.tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/09/21/michalski-elevated-to-ieee-life-fellow <p><img width="101" height="140" src="/media/660339/michalski.jpg" alt="Michalski" class="leftalign"/>Dr. Krzysztof A. Michalski, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, has been elevated to Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).</p> <p>The Life Fellow designation is a special honor reserved for individuals who have truly distinguished themselves through their sustained and lasting contributions to IEEE.</p> <p>Michalski was first elevated to the IEEE Fellow grade in 2000 for the development of numerical solution methods in electromagnetic scattering, antennas and microwave circuits.</p> <p>Michalski’s research interests include numerical and analytical methods for the solution of electromagnetic boundary value problems, with emphasis on field interaction with plane-stratified media. His recent honors include winning the 2015 IEEE Antenna and Propagation Sergei A. Schelkunoff Transactions Prize Paper Award.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/09/21/michalski-elevated-to-ieee-life-fellow http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/09/21/michalski-elevated-to-ieee-life-fellow Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 CST Kish named Distinguished Guest Professor at Hunan University Deana Totzke <deana@ece.tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/09/21/kish-named-distinguished-guest-professor-at-hunan-university <p><img width="187" height="241" src="/media/1153041/kish-2014_187x241.jpg" alt="Kish new" class="leftalign"/>Dr. Laszlo Kish, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, was named Distinguished Guest Professor of Hunan University.</p> <p>Kish received the title for research collaborations with the university located in Changsha, China. Kish visited the university last August to collaborate on a research project with Professor He Wen, his former visiting scholar at Texas A&amp;M. During that time he also taught a shortened version of his low-noise electronic design course and organized a conference during a previous visit.</p> <p>Kish directs the Fluctuation and Noise Exploitation Laboratory in the department and also is a researcher in the electrical and computer engineering division of the Texas A&amp;M Engineering Experiment Station.</p> <p>His general research interests include the study of laws, limits and applications of electronic noise processes for sensing, communication and information processing. Such applications are fluctuation-enhanced sensing, unconditionally secure communications, zero-signal-power communications and noise-based logic.</p> <p>Hunan University is one of the oldest and most important national universities in China.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/09/21/kish-named-distinguished-guest-professor-at-hunan-university http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/09/21/kish-named-distinguished-guest-professor-at-hunan-university Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 CST Siblings establish scholarship in memory of parents Kendall Conrad <kenrad10@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/09/21/siblings-establish-scholarship-in-memory-of-parents <p>Virginia Stiles Westbrook ’77, Robert F. Stiles ’79 and David T. Stiles ’81 have established the Shirley &amp; Loren Harvin Stiles ’46 Endowed Memorial Scholarship in memory of their parents. Undergraduate students pursuing a degree in civil engineering from Texas A&amp;M will be eligible for this scholarship.</p> <p>Loren Harvin Stiles graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Texas A&amp;M. He received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star Medal after fighting in World War II and was an honorary professional licensed engineer. His wife Shirley gave to Texas A&amp;M for over 40 years, primarily to the Association of Former Students.</p> <p>Westbrook received her bachelor’s degree in education and curriculum and instruction and her brothers Robert and David, earned their degrees in civil engineering and mechanical engineering, respectively. </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/09/21/siblings-establish-scholarship-in-memory-of-parents http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/09/21/siblings-establish-scholarship-in-memory-of-parents Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 CST EnerVest provides endowment to department of petroleum engineering Kendall Conrad <kenrad10@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/09/21/enervest-provides-endowment-to-department-of-petroleum-engineering <p>EnerVest Management Partners, Ltd. has contributed to the Mark and Lou Houser Scholarship in Petroleum Engineering. Established in 2008 by Mark and Lou Hedgcoxe Houser of Houston, the scholarship recognizes high-achieving undergraduates in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University.</p> <p>EnerVest is one of the 25 largest oil and gas companies in the United States and has more than 1200 employees.  They are headquartered in Houston. </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/09/21/enervest-provides-endowment-to-department-of-petroleum-engineering http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/09/21/enervest-provides-endowment-to-department-of-petroleum-engineering Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 CST Scholarship for students in chemical engineering established by former student Kendall Conrad <kenrad10@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/09/21/scholarship-for-students-in-chemical-engineering-established-by-former-student <p>Betty G. and Amos C. White ’72 have been active supporters of the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering and Texas A&amp;M University for more than 30 years. Their most recent gift has established the Betty and Craig White ’72 Scholarship, which provides financial assistance to students pursuing an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Texas A&amp;M.</p> <p>Amos graduated in 1972 with a chemical engineering degree from Texas A&amp;M and is the director of engineering at Fluor Daniel Incorporated. He and his wife live in Sugar Land, Texas. They have a daughter, Kristin, who graduated from Texas A&amp;M in 2003. </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/09/21/scholarship-for-students-in-chemical-engineering-established-by-former-student http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/09/21/scholarship-for-students-in-chemical-engineering-established-by-former-student Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 CST Former faculty member honored with scholarship establishment Kendall Conrad <kenrad10@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/09/21/former-faculty-member-honored-with-scholarship-establishment <p>The children of Dr. Toby Eubank, Valerie Peck ’91 and Steven Eubank, have established the Dr. Toby Eubank Memorial Scholarship in honor of their late father. Distributions of this endowment will be used to provide one or more scholarships to full-time students pursuing an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering at Texas A&amp;M University.</p> <p>Toby Eubank was a faculty member in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&amp;M for more than 40 years. He received numerous awards for teaching, research and service during his tenure at Texas A&amp;M and was credited with six U.S. patents. Eubank passed away in 2011. </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/09/21/former-faculty-member-honored-with-scholarship-establishment http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/09/21/former-faculty-member-honored-with-scholarship-establishment Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 CST