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, 16 Apr 2015 00:00:00 CST Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:00:00 CST Civil's Gao receives prestigious NSF CAREER Award Timothy Schnettler <tschnettler@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/04/16/civils-gao-receives-prestigious-nsf-career-award <p><img width="210" height="263" src="/media/2384093/gao-huilin-2014.jpg" alt="Gao -huilin -2014" class="rightalign"/>Dr. Huilin Gao, assistant professor in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, has received a 2015 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award for her research in environmental sustainability. </p> <p>The NSF awards the prestigious CAREER grants to outstanding junior faculty members to help them advance their research and teaching activities. Gao’s project, “Effects of River Inflows on Coastal Ecosystem Sustainability under Climate Change, Urbanization, and Flow Regulation,” will continue through March 2020. </p> <p>“I am very excited about receiving this honor  and I am grateful for the support from my colleagues, the department and then college,“ said Gao. “In the past several decades, Texas' population and economic growth have led to dramatic land cover changes from vegetated land and bare land to impervious areas. The direct consequences are amplified urban runoff and degraded water quality. The goal of this interdisciplinary project is to advance the frontiers of knowledge about environmental sustainability and to transform this knowledge into action.”</p> <p>The research in Gao’s project has three specific objectives. The first is to identify the relationship between inflows and phytoplankton productivity. The second is to evaluate the impacts of urbanization and climate change on inflows and phytoplankton productivity. The third is to investigate the responses of phytoplankton productivity to flow regulation, both with and without co-occurring climate change and urbanization.</p> <p>The educational objectives of the project are to teach environmental sustainability to high school students by working with high school teachers and by participating in student events, and to promote undergraduate and graduate environmental sustainability education by integrating education modules into courses and mentoring the students.</p> <p>Gao’s project will create new knowledge leading to reliable predictions of phytoplankton productivity under a changing environment. The interdisciplinary research approach will help close several critical knowledge gaps by using a combination of <i>in situ</i> observations and state-of-the-art remote sensing data to clarify the complex relationships between inflows and phytoplankton productivity.</p> <p>By implementing a systems-level model that estimates inflows and productivity simultaneously, impacts of watershed management plans on ecosystems can be evaluated directly.</p> <p>The research will provide decision makers with a powerful tool to understand the interactions among climate change, urbanization, flow regulation, and ecosystem sustainability.</p> <p>Gao received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2005 and joined the faculty at Texas A&amp;M in 2012. Prior to coming to Texas A&amp;M Gao was a research associate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington (2008-2012) and a research scientist in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology (2005-2007). </p> <p>The NSF established the CAREER program to support junior faculty within the context of their overall career development, combining in a single program the support of research and education of the highest quality in the broadest sense. Through this program, the NSF emphasizes the importance of the early development of academic careers dedicated to stimulating the discovery process in which the excitement of research is enhanced by inspired teaching and enthusiastic learning. For more on the NSF and the CAREER program visit the <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/">NSF website</a>. </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/04/16/civils-gao-receives-prestigious-nsf-career-award http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/04/16/civils-gao-receives-prestigious-nsf-career-award Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:00:00 CST ACM honors Murphy for work in humanitarian disaster response Kathy Flores <> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/04/16/acm-honors-murphy-for-work-in-humanitarian-disaster-response <p><a target="_blank" href="http://faculty.cse.tamu.edu/murphy/"><img width="315" height="213" src="/media/2384096/murphy_crasar.jpg" alt="Murphy - CRASAR" class="leftalign"/></a></p> <p><a href="http://faculty.cse.tamu.edu/murphy/">Dr. Robin Roberson Murphy</a>, Raytheon Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, is the recipient of the prestigious <a href="http://preview.acm.org/2014-technical-awards">Eugene L. Lawler Award for Humanitarian Contributions within Computer Science and Informatics</a>. Murphy was recognized for her "pioneering work in humanitarian disaster response through search and rescue robotics, to the benefit of both survivors and responders."</p> <p>The Lawler Award is presented every two years by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Murphy will be honored at the ACM Awards Banquet this June in San Francisco. </p> <p>Murphy directs the Texas A&amp;M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) <a href="http://crasar.org/">Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue</a>, which is an arm of the <a href="http://c-emergencyinformatics.tamu.edu/">Center for Emergency Informatics</a> encompassing all information science research relevant to emergency management.</p> <p>Her primary research focus is on artificial intelligence for mobile robots as applied to disaster robotics. Murphy had an early background in mechanical engineering and said she later fell in love with computer science/artificial intelligence, She said she found cognitive engineering and how you put that into a mechanical creature just fascinating.</p> <p>Receiving her doctoral degree in the 1990's and her reaction to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing/Kobe earthquake disasters, led Murphy to rescue robotics research.</p> <p>"People are trapped and you can't get to them, but if you have something small you could have crawled in there," said Murphy. "You could have helped find people or stayed with them, and that became a very compelling case study for me."</p> <p>Named one of the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.govtech.com/top-25/">Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers for 2015</a> for her use of innovative robotic technology to solve emergency challenges encompassing hurricanes, chemical and radiological events, earthquakes, and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/designing-disease-resistant-robots-front-lines-ebola-crisis/">infectious diseases</a>, Murphy has deployed to 18 incidents, including the 9/11 World Trade Center collapse, Hurricane Katrina, and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident. Her recent book, <em>Disaster Robotics</em>, won an honorable mention for Engineering and Technology at the 2015 American Publishers PROSE Awards.</p> <p>Among her numerous professional awards are the Motohiro Kisoi award and the AUVSI Foundation Al Aube award. Murphy was declared an "Innovator in AI" by TIME, an "Alpha Geek" by WIRED Magazine, and one of the "Most Influential Women in Technology" by Fast Company. She is a member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Administrative Committee and co-founded the Technical Committee on Safety Security and Rescue Robotics and its annual conference. She serves on several government and professional boards, most recently the Defense Science Board.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/04/16/acm-honors-murphy-for-work-in-humanitarian-disaster-response http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/04/16/acm-honors-murphy-for-work-in-humanitarian-disaster-response Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:00:00 CST Prairie View A&M students visit Texas A&M as part of DHS Nuclear Forensics Program Kelley Ragusa <kelleyragusa@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/04/15/prairie-view-am-students-visit-texas-am-as-part-of-dhs-nuclear-forensics-program <p><img width="356" height="222" src="/media/2384090/pvamu-web-5136_356x222.jpg" alt="Pvamu 1" class="leftalign"/></p> <p>Twenty nuclear forensics students and faculty from Prairie View A&amp;M University (PVAMU) visited the Texas A&amp;M University campus April 10 as part of the Nuclear Forensics for Minority Serving Institutions program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO). The students are currently enrolled in a nuclear forensic analysis course being taught by PVAMU’s Dr. Irvin Osborne-Lee, Dr. Richard Wilkins and Dr. Brad Gersey.</p> <p>Dr. Royal Elmore, a research assistant with the Texas A&amp;M Engineering Experiment Station’s Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) and a guest scientist with Los Alamos National Laboratory, organized the visit.</p> <p>The students began their tour at the Analytical Chemistry Laboratory in the Department of Chemistry, where doctoral student Aaron Clubb from Dr. Emile Schweikert’s research group introduced them to the lab’s Multi-Collector Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS) system. The presentation covered the theory behind MC-ICP-MS, a comparison of other mass spectrometry tools and the advantages of MC-ICP-MS for nuclear forensics.</p> <p>The PVAMU students then participated in an informal lunch seminar with Dr. John Kelly from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy. Kelly is the deputy assistant secretary of energy for Nuclear Reactor Technologies, and he addressed several policy and technical issues related to nuclear energy and forensics. Specifically, the PVAMU students learned about Generation III, III+ and IV reactors, and nuclear fuel cycles from a proliferation resistance standpoint. Kelly also discussed how nuclear forensics is a later line of protection and deterrence for global nuclear security.</p> <p><img width="400" height="271" src="/media/2384095/pvamu-web-5103_400x271.jpg" alt="Pvamu -web -5103" class="rightalign"/>The students then visited the NSSPI Radiation Detection Laboratory with Dr. Craig Marianno, visiting assistant professor with the Department of Nuclear Engineering and research engineer with NSSPI, who explained the nuclear forensics applications of the different radiation detectors. The PVAMU students will be using the detectors in an upcoming hands-on field exercise at the Texas A&amp;M Nuclear Science Center and Texas A&amp;M Engineering Extension Service’s Disaster City® facility.</p> <p>In May, the PVAMU students will join students from Texas A&amp;M at the 4th Annual Nuclear Facilities Experience, where they will visit the Urenco uranium enrichment plant, Sandia National Laboratories and the Los Alamos National Laboratory, all in New Mexico, and the Pantex nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly facility in Amarillo, Texas.</p> <p>The Nuclear Facilities Experience is being conducted by NSSPI through the sponsorship of the Texas A&amp;M College of Engineering and the Department of Nuclear Engineering. The students from PVAMU are being sponsored through the Nuclear Forensics for Minority Serving Institutions.</p> <p class="p1">DNDO established the NF-MSI to strengthen the engineering and science programs at Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) located throughout the U.S. and to enhance the partnerships between these institutions and other U.S. universities with established academic programs in scientific disciplines relevant to nuclear forensics. The objective is to increase the participation of MSIs in the National Nuclear Forensics Expertise Development Program, of which this initiative is a part, and accelerate the involvement of minorities in the U.S. Government nuclear forensics mission.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/04/15/prairie-view-am-students-visit-texas-am-as-part-of-dhs-nuclear-forensics-program http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/04/15/prairie-view-am-students-visit-texas-am-as-part-of-dhs-nuclear-forensics-program Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:00:00 CST Dwight Look College of Engineering honors outstanding alumni Timothy Schnettler <tschnettler@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/04/15/dwight-look-college-of-engineering-honors-outstanding-alumni <p>The Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University honored eight alumni during the 2015 Outstanding Alumni Awards Banquet.</p> <p>Receiving the Outstanding Alumni Honor Award were David O. Craig ’86, director of Engineering and Supply Chain, Intelligent Production Systems for Baker Hughes; Janeen Judah ’81, general manager of Chevron’s Southern Africa business unit; Edelmiro Munñiz ’67, executive chairman of the board of MEI Technologies; Ryan Sitton ’97, Texas Railroad commissioner and founder of PinnacleAIS; William D. Von Gonten, Jr. ’87, president, owner and founder of W.D. Von Gonten &amp; Company and W.D. Von Gonten Laboratories, LLC; and Anthony Wood ’90, chief executive officer of Roku, Inc.</p> <p>Receiving the Outstanding Early Professional Achievement Alumni Honor Award were Zachary C. Reeder ’05, project engineer at Scaled Composites; and Steve Brauer, Jr. ’02, president of Hunter Engineering Service Center.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong><img width="210" height="294" src="/media/2384075/craig_headshot.jpg" alt="Craig _headshot" class="leftalign"/>David O. Craig ’86</strong></p> <p><strong>Director, Engineering and Supply Chain,</strong></p> <p><strong>Intelligent Production Systems</strong></p> <p><strong>Baker Hughes</strong></p> <p>Craig is currently Director, Engineering and Supply Chain, Intelligent Production Systems for Baker Hughes in Houston, Texas. Craig started with Baker Oil Tools in the manufacturing and supply chain organization in 2008. Prior to joining Baker Hughes, Craig was the Vice President and General Manager of RTI Energy Systems, where he was responsible for the design, development, manufacture and sales of deep-water drilling production and catenary riser systems, primarily for the Gulf of Mexico. Craig also spent over a decade in the high-tech industry, having been an automation and real-time controls engineer for Compaq’s advanced engineering group and on IBM’s robotics and system integration team where he received the Society of Manufacturing Engineering Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer of the Year award.</p> <p class="BasicParagraph">Craig has a master’s degree from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin, and holds two bachelor’s degrees from Texas A&amp;M University’s Dwight Look College of Engineering in engineering technology and industrial distribution and computer science.</p> <p class="BasicParagraph">Craig has co-authored three U.S. patents and was an elected participant in the Frontiers of Engineering “Engineer of 2020” sub-committee. Craig is currently a member of the Look College’s Engineering Advisory Council.</p> <p>Craig and his wife, Cynthia ’87, live in Spring, Texas with their three children, Julie ’15, Benjamin ’18 and John.</p> <p><strong><br /><img width="210" height="294" src="/media/2384076/judah_headshot.jpg" alt="Judah _headshot" class="rightalign"/>Janeen Judah ’81</strong></p> <p><strong>General Manager — Southern Africa Business Unit</strong></p> <p><strong>Houston &amp; Gas Assets</strong></p> <p><strong>Chevron</strong> </p> <p class="BasicParagraph">Judah is the General Manager of Chevron’s Southern Africa business unit in Houston, Texas with several hundred Houston-based employees and billions of dollars committed to offshore development projects. Judah was responsible for environmental cleanup, remediation, and decommissioning for global operations as President of the Chevron Environmental Management Company. Before that, she was General Manager of Reservoir and Production Engineering for Chevron Energy Technology Co., responsible for global reservoir and production engineering research and services. Judah worked for Texaco and ARCO in various engineering positions before joining Chevron.</p> <p class="BasicParagraph">Judah has held many leadership positions in the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), starting as a student section officer at Texas A&amp;M University, chairing both the Gulf Coast and Permian Basin sections, and on the international Board of Directors as Gulf Coast North America Region director, current Vice President of Finance and will be the 2017 SPE President. Judah is a member of the Dwight Look College of Engineering Advisory Council and, since 1996, the Petroleum Engineering Industry Board.</p> <p>She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in petroleum engineering from Texas A&amp;M as well as an MBA from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin and a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong><img width="210" height="326" src="/media/2384077/muniz.jpg" alt="Muniz" class="leftalign"/>Edelmiro Munñiz ’67</strong></p> <p><strong>Executive Chairman of the Board</strong></p> <p><strong>MEI Technologies</strong></p> <p class="BasicParagraph">Muñiz was born in Harlingen, Texas. Along with his six brothers, he often supplemented the family income as an agricultural field hand. His family migrated annually to California to work in the fields picking peaches, grapes, tomatoes, and other fruits. His first exposure to the business world was through his father’s tortilla factory, operated between trips to California.</p> <p class="BasicParagraph">He received a bachelor’s degree in 1967 and a master’s degree in 1969, both in aerospace engineering, from Texas A&amp;M University. In 1969 he joined the United States Air Force and was assigned as a Space Systems Launch Controller at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. His Air Force career spanned over 20 years in numerous assignments, all related to space research and development, and management of space operations. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1989 to launch a new career in private industry.</p> <p class="BasicParagraph">In January 1992, he founded Muñiz Engineering, Inc., to provide engineering and related technical services to the U.S. Government and the private sector in the Houston area. Through his leadership and guidance, Muñiz Engineering, Inc., has developed into a successful, fast-growing, high-tech firm and in October 2005, the company changed its name to MEI Technologies, Inc. (MEIT). </p> <p>Muñiz resides in Seabrook, Texas with his wife Alicia. He is a proud Aggie and grandfather of six.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong><img width="210" height="246" src="/media/2384078/sitton_-headshot-cropped.jpg" alt="Sitton _ Headshot - Cropped" class="rightalign"/>Ryan Sitton ’97</strong></p> <p><strong>Commissioner, Texas Railroad Commission</strong></p> <p><strong>Founder, PinnacleAIS</strong></p> <p>Sitton is a native Texan who grew up in the Irving area. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&amp;M University. Following college, Sitton went to work as an engineer in the energy industry.</p> <p class="BasicParagraph">In 2006 Sitton and his wife, Jennifer, founded PinnacleAIS, an engineering and technology company focused on reliability and integrity programs for the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries. Since 2006, PinnacleAIS has grown substantially and today employs more than 350 people. In 2012 and 2013, Inc. Magazine recognized PinnacleAIS as one of the top 1,500 fastest growing, privately held companies in the world. For four consecutive years, PinnacleAIS was an Aggie 100 recipient. With more than 15 years of experience in the oil, gas, and petrochemical industry, Sitton is considered a leading expert in his field. He’s been an active member of several industry groups including The Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Petroleum Institute.</p> <p class="BasicParagraph">Active in higher education, Sitton is a member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering Industrial Advisory Council, and regularly works with leaders in Texas higher education to support the principles that will keep our state’s institutions among the best in America. Sitton was elected to the Railroad Commission in November 2014. </p> <p>Sitton and his wife have three children.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong><img width="210" height="315" src="/media/2384079/von-gonten_headshot.jpg" alt="Von Gonten _headshot" class="leftalign"/>William D. Von Gonten, Jr. ’87</strong></p> <p><strong>President, Owner, and Founder</strong></p> <p><strong>W.D. Von Gonten &amp; Company</strong></p> <p><strong>W.D. Von Gonten Laboratories, LLC</strong></p> <p>Von Gonten, Jr., is President, Owner and Founder of W.D. Von Gonten &amp; Company and W.D. Von Gonten Laboratories, LLC. The Houston, Texas based company opened for business in 1995, and currently employs a combination of highly talented and skilled reservoir engineers, geologists and petrophysicists. Von Gonten’s appetite for attempting to solve what others see as unsolvable, has repeatedly earned him the respect of industry peers and thought-leaders alike. Recently Von Gonten brought a vision to reality for a “Rock Lab.” Located in Research Park on the Texas A&amp;M University campus, W.D. Von Gonten Laboratories, LLC is a state-of-art laboratory focusing on well core analysis and interpretation, ultimately providing client recommendations regarding fracture landing point optimization. The lab is currently evaluating well cores provided by clients from around the world.</p> <p class="BasicParagraph">Von Gonten’s father, the late Dr. W.D. “Doug” Von Gonten, Sr., was an influential professor and department head whose 25 years of service resulted in the remarkable growth of petroleum engineering at Texas A&amp;M.</p> <p class="BasicParagraph">The younger Von Gonten earned a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&amp;M in 1987. Von Gonten’s deep-rooted beliefs in family and tradition, his appreciation and respect for individuals who exhibit a “take initiative” attitude, and his successful petroleum engineering career have all been driving forces behind his selfless time and financial support to Texas A&amp;M.</p> <p>Von Gonten and his wife, Kelly ’87, have two children, Rachel Ann and William D., III.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong><img width="210" height="323" src="/media/2384080/anthony-wood.jpg" alt="Anthony Wood" class="rightalign"/>Anthony Wood ’90</strong></p> <p><strong>Chief Executive Officer</strong></p> <p><strong>Roku, Inc.</strong> </p> <p class="BasicParagraph">A pioneer and innovator in television and digital media, Wood is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Roku, a name that means “six” in Japanese, to represent his sixth company. In the early days of Roku, Wood also served as the Vice President of Internet TV at Netflix, where he developed what is known today as the Roku streaming player, originally designed as the first video player to stream Netflix. Today, Roku players offer the most extensive collection of streaming entertainment to TV with more than 2,000 channels featuring movies, TV shows, live sports, news, music, casual games and more.</p> <p class="BasicParagraph">Prior to Roku, Wood invented the digital video recorder (DVR) and founded ReplayTV, where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer before the company’s acquisition and subsequent sale to DirecTV. Before ReplayTV, he was Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of iband, Inc., an Internet software company that was sold to Macromedia. The code base developed by Wood at iBand became a central part of the original core code of Macromedia now known as Adobe Dreamweaver. After selling iBand, Wood became the Vice President of Internet Authoring at Macromedia. Earlier in his career, Wood was Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SunRize Industries, a supplier of hardware and software tools for non-linear audio recording and editing. </p> <p>Wood holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&amp;M University.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong><img width="210" height="280" src="/media/2384081/reeder_headshot.jpg" alt="Reeder _headshot" class="leftalign"/>Zachary C. Reeder ’05</strong></p> <p><strong>Project Engineer</strong></p> <p><strong>Scaled Composites</strong></p> <p class="BasicParagraph">Reeder graduated from Texas A&amp;M University in 2005 and is now an engineer, project manager and test pilot at Scaled Composites in Mojave, California. He has had a significant role in developing and testing at least six new types of airplanes.</p> <p class="BasicParagraph">He is a commercial, instrument, and multiengine rated pilot and learned to fly from his dad (Texas A&amp;M aerospace class of ’80). Reeder’s first solo flight was in a hang glider he designed and built for a hundred dollars while at Texas A&amp;M, and he has now flown all over the United States in an RV-8 kitplane he built while living in a 60-year old bus.</p> <p class="BasicParagraph">Shortly after receiving a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering, Reeder moved to Mojave to work with aerospace visionary Burt Rutan. Inspiration from some of Rutan’s work, specifically the nine day Voyager flight, led Reeder to several endurance adventures including running a marathon on the sea ice at the North Pole and flying 16 hours non-stop to set a 5,000 kilometer world speed record in Rutan’s Catbird aircraft. He now leads a team at Scaled Composites, designing and building the wing for Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch aircraft, which will be the world’s largest airplane when finished.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Steve Brauer, Jr. ’02</strong></p> <p><strong>President</strong></p> <p><strong>Hunter Engineering Service Center</strong> </p> <p class="BasicParagraph">Brauer, Jr. serves as President of Hunter Engineering Service Center, a division of Hunter Engineering Company. Hunter designs and manufacturers computerized wheel alignment and balancing technology for the automotive industry. Hunter employs the largest team of scientists and engineers in the undercar industry and holds more than 200 patents. Brauer started with the company as a field representative and was promoted to regional manager in 2011. After bringing his region to number one in the country for the second year in a row he was promoted to his current role where he oversees parts and technical field support for North America. He also leads Hunter’s 120 member field organization covering the central and gulf states.</p> <p class="BasicParagraph">Brauer received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2003 and his MBA from The University of Texas at Austin in 2007. While at Texas A&amp;M he served as president of the Texas A&amp;M student chapter of ASM International. He currently serves on the Texas A&amp;M University Mechanical Engineering Department Industrial Council.</p> <p>He also sponsors the Texas A&amp;M Formula SAE Student Design Team. Brauer serves on the boards of the James Green Wildlife &amp; Conservation Initiative and the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate, both of which support Texas youth through education.</p> <p>  </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/04/15/dwight-look-college-of-engineering-honors-outstanding-alumni http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/04/15/dwight-look-college-of-engineering-honors-outstanding-alumni Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:00:00 CST Reed receives Diversity Award Donald St. Martin <dstmartin@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/04/15/reed-receives-diversity-award <p><img width="125" height="180" src="/media/2079484/treed.jpg" alt="Treed" class="rightalign"/>Dr. Terri Reed, assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs in the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, was among the honorees at the 2015 Diversity Awards ceremony held Wednesday (April 15) at the Memorial Student Center.</p> <p>Reed, who also serves as the assistant agency director of workforce development for the Texas A&amp;M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) and is an associate professor in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering, received the Women’s Progress Award — Administrator.</p> <p>The event is sponsored by the Office of the Vice president for Student Affairs, Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity, Department of Multicultural Services, Department of Disability Services, Women’s Resource Center and Aggie Allies.</p> <p>The Diversity Awards acknowledge and honor the efforts of students, faculty and staff who strive to promote understanding and appreciation of diversity in its multitude of forms at Texas A&amp;M University. For a full list of the winners, visit the <a href="http://dms.tamu.edu/diversityawards">Department of Multicultural Services website</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/04/15/reed-receives-diversity-award http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/04/15/reed-receives-diversity-award Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:00:00 CST Bergerson honored with Gramm Fellowship Ryan Garcia <ryan.garcia99@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/04/10/bergerson-gramm-award <p><img width="298" height="373" src="/media/2357581/bergerson-award-4-10-15-web_298x373.jpg" alt="Bergerson wins Gramm award" style="float: right;"/>Christie Bergerson, graduate student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, has been awarded the 2015 U.S. Senator Phil Gramm Doctoral Fellowship.</p> <p>Bergerson received the fellowship based on her outstanding academic record and contributions in research, teaching and mentoring, noted Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies Karen Butler-Purry in a congratulatory letter to Bergerson. As a 2015 Gramm Fellow, Bergerson was formally recognized with a cash award of $5,000 and a framed certificate. </p> <p>Bergerson, a Ph.D. candidate, conducts research that focuses on the development of a novel bone-implant interface for the tibial tray of total knee replacements. This research is a partnership with 4Web Medical, Inc. During the course of her research, Bergerson has mentored 11 undergraduate students, the majority of whom have entered graduate school. In addition, she has developed and taught a course on experimental design in biomechanical testing for undergraduate seniors. Bergerson also is founder of the BMEN Ambassadors, an organization dedicated to enhancing accessibility to the department for the community, prospective students, visiting scholars and prospective faculty.</p> <p>The Gramm Fellowship promotes, encourages and rewards outstanding teaching and research by doctoral students whose command of their respective disciplines exemplifies the meaning of scholar/mentor in the highest sense. Students who are awarded this fellowship excel in both research and teaching. </p> <p>In 2007, the university’s Office of Graduate Studies began awarding deserving graduate students with the fellowship from an endowment created by the Texas A&amp;M Foundation. The endowment was created from donations given in honor of Gramm, who, in addition to leading a distinguished legislative career, served as professor of economics at Texas A&amp;M. </p> <p>Gramm spent two decades serving in the U.S. Congress and Senate, using his economic and financial expertise to create important laws and policies, and to provide advice to legislators and the White House. Gramm is senior partner of Gramm Partners, a public policy firm in Washington, D.C. </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/04/10/bergerson-gramm-award http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/04/10/bergerson-gramm-award Fri, 10 Apr 2015 00:00:00 CST 2015 Awards and Recognition Banquet Rachel Mayor <rachelmayor@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/04/10/2015-awards-and-recognition-banquet <p>The Mechanical Engineering department held its annual Awards and Recognition Banquet on April 9 at The Phillips Event Center in Bryan, Texas. Faculty, staff, members of the Academy of Distinguished Graduates, and a department graduate student were recognized for their excellence within the department.  </p> <p><a href="http://issuu.com/meentamu/docs/banquetprogram" target="_blank">Click here for the program and list of awardees</a>. </p> <p>Pictured left to right: <br />Dr. Andreas Polycarpou, Reid McNally, Dr. Ozden Ochoa, David Barker, Quentin Baker, Robert Harvey (2015 inductee), Dr. Bill G. Tompkins, Mike Fossum, Dr. N.K. Anand, Dr. Ray Bowen (not pictured: 2015 inductee Ryan Sitton)</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/04/10/2015-awards-and-recognition-banquet http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/04/10/2015-awards-and-recognition-banquet Fri, 10 Apr 2015 00:00:00 CST U.S. Department of Energy's Kelly to give seminar Kristina Ballard <kristina.ballard@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/04/09/us-department-of-energys-kelly-to-give-seminar <p><img width="182" height="274" src="/media/2357573/john-kelly-photo-1_182x274.jpg" alt="John kelly " class="leftalign"/>Dr. John E. Kelly, deputy assistant secretary for nuclear reactor technologies in the U.S. Department of Energy, will be giving a seminar on April 13 at 4:10 pm. It will be held in the Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building, room 1105. It is open to all interested parties. A reception will precede the lecture at 3:15 in the lobby. </p> <p class="p2">Kelly’s presentation will reflect on the new developments in the nuclear energy industry, both domestically and internationally, and project what is expected in the next wave. </p> <p class="p2">Following President Eisenhower’s announcement of the Atoms for Peace initiative in December 1953, commercial nuclear power grew rapidly around the world. Within a few decades, nuclear power became a major element of electricity production worldwide. Today, nuclear power accounts for nearly 11 percent of global electricity production and 21 percent of electricity production in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries.</p> <p class="p2">However, the momentum from the Atoms for Peace initiative waned in the late 1980’s. It was only in the early 2000’s that new nuclear power was again being considered, fueled by concerns about energy security and climate change. Over the last 15 years there have been dramatic changes in nuclear power worldwide.</p> <p class="p2">From the licensing and construction of Gen III+ reactors (e.g., Westinghouse AP1000 and GE ESBWR), to Small Modular Reactor development, to Generation IV nuclear energy systems research, the world is now poised for a second wave of nuclear power deployment.</p> <p class="p2">Asian nations with rapidly developing economies and large under-served populations will likely lead the resurgence of commercial nuclear power construction rather than the traditional North American and Western European countries whose mature nuclear power programs are only looking at modest growth. The International Energy Agency continues to see nuclear energy as an essential long-term supply option. Currently there are more than 70 nuclear reactors under construction around the world, with at least 26 in China alone. The anticipated build out of Generation IV reactor systems in the latter half of the century will ensure that enhanced sustainability and safety are incorporated in new nuclear technology, while the ongoing deployment of Generation III systems will assure nuclear energy’s dominant role in emission-free baseload electricity generation. </p> <p class="p2">Kelly is the deputy assistant secretary for nuclear reactor technologies in the Office of Nuclear Energy. His office is responsible for the Department of Energy (DOE) civilian nuclear reactor research and development portfolio, which includes DOE’s programs on Small Modular Reactors, Light Water Reactor sustainability, and Generation IV reactors. His office is also responsible for the design, development, and production of radioisotope power systems, principally for NASA missions. In the international arena, Kelly chairs the Generation IV International Forum and the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Energy.</p> <p class="p3">Prior to joining the Department of Energy, Kelly spent 30 years at Sandia National Laboratories where he was engaged in a broad spectrum of research programs in nuclear reactor safety, advanced nuclear energy technology, and national security. Kelly received his bachelor's degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan in 1976 and his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980.</p> <p class="p3"> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/04/09/us-department-of-energys-kelly-to-give-seminar http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/04/09/us-department-of-energys-kelly-to-give-seminar Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 CST Zou has paper published in prestigious publication Donald St. Martin <dstmartin@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/04/08/zou-has-paper-published-in-prestigious-publication <p><img width="210" height="269" src="/media/858283/jun-zou.jpg" alt="zou" class="rightalign"/>Dr. Jun Zou, an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, and several co-authors recently had their paper published in the prestigious research publication <em>Nature Methods</em>.</p> <p>Zou and a Ph.D. student under his supervision, Chih-Hsien Huang, were among the authors of the research paper titled “High-speed label-free functional photoacoustic microscopy of mouse brain in action.” It is based on a four-year joint work between Zou’s Micro Imaging/Sensing Devices and Systems Lab in the department and Dr. Lihong Wang’s Optical Imaging Lab at the Washington University in St. Louis. Their work was funded by the National Science of Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. The paper and its supplemental materials can be found <a href="http://www.nature.com/nmeth/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nmeth.3336.html" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>Zou’s team first conceived and developed a novel liquid-immersible MEMS (micro-electromechanical systems) scanning mirror. The unique feature of this MEMS scanning mirror is its capability of fast and simultaneous scanning of both focused optical and high-frequency ultrasound beams in a liquid environment, which is necessary for high-frequency ultrasound propagation. It overcomes the major limitations in existing MEMS scanning mirrors, which can only operate in air, but will fail in liquids.</p> <p>With the new water-immersible MEMS scanning mirror, the two teams worked together to build a new scanning microscope to enable high-speed and high-resolution photoacoustic imaging on the intact brain of live mice. Photoacoustic imaging is a hybrid biomedical imaging modality, which utilizes optical and ultrasound waves to interrogate biological cells and tissues even without additional contrast agents. </p> <p>The new scanning photoacoustic microscope achieved 50-times higher speed and 5-times higher resolution than its predecessors. This makes it possible to capture not only still snapshots of the vascular network of the mouse brain, but more importantly blood flow dynamics and oxygen metabolism at capillary level. In this work, the vascular morphology, blood oxygenation, blood flow and oxygen metabolism in both resting and stimulated states in the mouse brain were revealed. This work provides a new approach to study the complex neurological functions of the brain. Given the importance of oxygen metabolism in basic biology and diseases progression, it is also expected to find broad applications from fundamental biomedical researches to clinical diagnosis.</p> <p>Zou joined the department in 2004 after the completion of his Ph.D. study and a two-year postdoctoral training at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He currently is a faculty member in the device sciences and nanotechnology area within the department. His current interests lie in the interdisciplinary research of MEMS-based optical and acoustic devices and systems for bio-sensing and bio-imaging applications.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/04/08/zou-has-paper-published-in-prestigious-publication http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/04/08/zou-has-paper-published-in-prestigious-publication Wed, 08 Apr 2015 00:00:00 CST Bhattacharyya invited speaker at international conference celebrating Boris Polyak Donald St. Martin <dstmartin@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/04/08/bhattacharyya-invited-speaker-at-international-conference-celebrating-boris-polyak <p><img width="149" height="194" src="/media/1462022/bhattacharyya-mug_149x194.jpg" alt="bhattacharyya" class="leftalign"/>Shankar Bhattacharyya, the Robert M. Kennedy Professor of Electrical Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, is an invited speaker at the international conference "Optimization in Robustness and Control," organized by the Institute of Control Science, Moscow, Russia.</p> <p>The conference, which is slated for May 13-15, will celebrate the 80th birthday of academician Boris Polyak who pioneered the use of optimization in control systems during his career spanning 50 years in the Soviet Union and Russia.</p> <p>Bhattacharyya's talk will describe the new measurement based approaches to the design of static and dynamic systems, developed by him and his students and coworkers. The approach is based on an extension and generalization of Thevenin's Theorem of classical circuit theory which shows that a few measurements processed strategically can determine control or decision parameters without reconstructing a model of the system.</p> <p>The design technique is applicable to electrical, mechanical, civil, hydraulic and aerospace engineering systems. It has the potential to circumvent some of the limitations of model based design which have spawned fields such as robust and adaptive control. The most recent results have shown that extremal designs are also possible without knowledge of models.</p> <p>Bhattacharyya's fundamental contributions to Control Science are documented in more than 250 papers and eight books. His honors and awards include being named IEEE Fellow (1989), IFAC Fellow (2011) and being elected a Foreign Member to the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (2012).</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/04/08/bhattacharyya-invited-speaker-at-international-conference-celebrating-boris-polyak http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/04/08/bhattacharyya-invited-speaker-at-international-conference-celebrating-boris-polyak Wed, 08 Apr 2015 00:00:00 CST