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, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 CST Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 CST MID program graduates largest class Donald St. Martin <dstmartin@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/05/22/mid-program-graduates-largest-class <p>The Master of Industrial Distribution (MID) program recently graduated 51 professionals, marking the 13<sup>th</sup> and largest cohort of graduates from the program since its inception in 2001. The students were on the Texas A&amp;M University campus to present their capstone projects to faculty, research staff, MID advisory board members and fellow students. The next cohort of 74 students will be ready for graduation in May 2016.</p> <p>The MID Program is a 21-month distance education graduate program specifically designed for working professionals. The program is designed to serve the needs of working professionals who require flexibility in their schedules and location. Courses have been developed specifically to maximize web-based learning advantages. The program dramatically increases the participant’s ability to think globally, integrate trends, acquire knowledge and act strategically. The rigorous and interdisciplinary degree ensures that students are well equipped to handle both the demands of daily business as well as the unique challenges of doing business in a global economy. The MID program is the largest distance-based graduate program in Texas A&amp;M’s Dwight Look College of Engineering.</p> <p>For more information visit the program <a href="http://mid.tamu.edu">website</a>.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/05/22/mid-program-graduates-largest-class http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/05/22/mid-program-graduates-largest-class Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 CST Electrical Engineering student receives prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Donald St. Martin <dstmartin@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/05/21/electrical-engineering-student-receives-the-prestigious-nsf-graduate-research-fellowship <p><img width="120" height="140" src="/media/2443098/keithkrenek.jpg" alt="Krenek" class="rightalign"/>Keith Krenek, a graduate student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships (GRF). NSF awarded the GRF to 2,000 individuals from among 16,500 applicants in 2015. Krenek is advised by Dr. Arum Han, director of the NanoBio Systems Laboratory.</p> <p>This highly competitive fellowship is awarded to the top graduate students who have demonstrated potential to strengthen the vitality of the U.S. science and engineering enterprise. Krenek's proposed graduate research aims to improve how biomedical research is traditionally conducted by developing micro- and nano-technologies for life science applications. </p> <p>Krenek received his bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineeering in 2014, graduating summa cum laude, and has received many honors including the Leroy Fouraker Graduate Fellow, the Lockheed Martin Excellent Participation Award, the Texas A&amp;M Nicole Corser Memorial Scholarship, the President’s Award for Educational Excellence and National Merit commended.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/05/21/electrical-engineering-student-receives-the-prestigious-nsf-graduate-research-fellowship http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/05/21/electrical-engineering-student-receives-the-prestigious-nsf-graduate-research-fellowship Thu, 21 May 2015 00:00:00 CST Michalski receives Sergei A. Schelkunoff Transactions Prize Paper Award Deana Totzke <deana@ece.tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/05/20/michalski-receives-sergei-a-schelkunoff-transactions-prize-paper-award <p><img width="199" height="257" src="/media/958749/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 won the 2015 <span>IEEE Antenna and Propagation Sergei A. Schelkunoff Transactions Prize Paper Award.</span></p> <p>Michalski won the award, which recognizes the best paper published during the previous year, for his paper titled “On the Plane Wave-Excited Subwavelength Circular Aperture in a Thin Perfectly Conducting Flat Screen,” which was co-authored with a colleague from EPFL, Switzerland, where Michalski is frequently an invited professor.</p> <p>In the paper, a rigorous analysis is presented of the light transmission through a small, circular aperture in a conducting screen, based on the so-called Bethe-Bouwkamp theory. The utility of this work is in the modeling and better understanding of the operation of aperture-type near-field probes in scanning optical microscopy.</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.</p> <p>He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Kentucky in 1981 and a master's degree from the Technical University of Wroclaw, Poland, in 1974, both in electrical engineering. He is a Fellow of IEEE. Other honors include being named a Texas A&amp;M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) Fellow in 1991, winning the Oliver Lodge Premium Award from IEE (London) in 1986 and the Best EMP Paper Award from the SUMMA Foundation in 1984.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/05/20/michalski-receives-sergei-a-schelkunoff-transactions-prize-paper-award http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/05/20/michalski-receives-sergei-a-schelkunoff-transactions-prize-paper-award Wed, 20 May 2015 00:00:00 CST Aggie engineers assist students with space project Donald St. Martin <dstmartin@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/05/20/aggie-engineers-assist-students-with-space-project <p><img width="300" height="225" src="/media/2443103/img_0062_300x225.jpg" alt="IMG_0062" class="rightalign"/>Two years ago undergraduate students in the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University took on the challenge of designing, developing, delivering and supporting a unique embedded intelligence system capable of monitoring, controlling, recording and reporting experiments run in the micro-gravity environment onboard the International Space Station (ISS).</p> <p>Since then the NASA Extreme Science Program, the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) National Design Challenge and a number of other research institutes have used the Nanoracks Embedded System Interface (NESI+) for experiments conducted on the ISS. </p> <p><img width="250" height="333" src="/media/2443105/img_0163_250x333.jpg" alt="IMG_0163" class="leftalign"/>Students participating in the National Design Challenge from the Houston area recently watched as Orbital Sciences CRS Flight 3, which had their experiments onboard, explode seconds after liftoff from the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-Atlantic_Regional_Spaceport" title="Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport">Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport</a> at the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wallops_Flight_Facility" title="Wallops Flight Facility">Wallops Flight Facility</a> in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wallops_Island,_Virginia" title="Wallops Island, Virginia">Wallops Island, Virginia</a>.</p> <p>The students were notified by CASIS that they would be given another opportunity to fly their experiments, and four teams made the decision to shoot for the SpaceX 7 launch scheduled for June of this year. Although not providing the embedded systems for the original experiments, Aggie undergraduates supported the teams through mentoring and subject matter expertise.  Based on this interaction, CASIS and the teachers asked if the redo of their experiments could include the NESI+ system and the support of the Aggie undergraduates. </p> <p>One of the outreach sessions hosted by the engineering students brought the teachers and their students to campus for a one-day workshop. The workshop helped to ensure that all of the experiments, schedule to fly on SpaceX-7, were ready for fit testing at NanoRacks in Houston.</p> <p>“Having programs like this provides a great opportunity for young men and women to learn more about engineering at Texas A&amp;M University while giving our best and brightest undergraduates leadership experience,” said Dr. Jay Porter, program coordinator for the Electronic Systems Engineering Technology (ESET) program.</p> <p>The ESET program is now participating in a number of other CASIS National Design Challenges including working with teams in Denver, Chicago and Boston.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/05/20/aggie-engineers-assist-students-with-space-project http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/05/20/aggie-engineers-assist-students-with-space-project Wed, 20 May 2015 00:00:00 CST Bowman receives 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Awards Donald St. Martin <dstmartin@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/05/19/bowman-receives-2015-distinguished-alumnus-awards <p>Dr. Charles H. Bowman, a 1959 graduate of Texas A&amp;M University and former head of the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering, was one of 12 recipients of the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award. The award, presented by Texas A&amp;M and The Association of Former Students, is the highest honor bestowed upon a former student of Texas A&amp;M.</p> <p><strong><img width="200" height="251" src="/media/2439558/bowman2_200x251.jpg" alt="Bowman2" class="leftalign"/>Dr. Charles H. Bowman ’59</strong> rose to the top of the oil industry, becoming CEO of BP America in 1993. Following retirement from BP in 1997, he joined Texas A&amp;M as head of the Department of Petroleum Engineering, and later led the negotiating team that created a new Texas A&amp;M campus in Qatar, eventually serving as its interim dean and a member of its joint advisory board. He is now dean emeritus of Texas A&amp;M University at Qatar and professor emeritus of petroleum engineering. He received a bachelor of science degree from Penn State University and received both a master’s degree and doctorate in petroleum engineering at Texas A&amp;M. Among the gifts he and wife Lynn Holleran have given A&amp;M are endowments for International Programs, the Department of Petroleum Engineering’s Resource Center and the College of Liberal Arts’ Cervantes Project, as well as a College of Engineering faculty fellowship. He has been a director of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, a director of Central Houston Inc., a trustee of Case Western Reserve University, chairman of the Cleveland Ballet and a director and treasurer of the American Petroleum Institute. </p> <p>Since the inception of the award in 1962, only 249 of Texas A&amp;M’s 425,000 former students have been recognized with the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Awarded jointly by the university and The Association, this award recognizes those Aggies who have achieved excellence in their chosen professions and made meaningful contributions to Texas A&amp;M University and their local communities.</p> <p>“These honorees embody the core values that we seek to instill in each of our students,” said Dr. Mark A. Hussey ’79, who was Texas A&amp;M’s interim president during the recipients’ selection. “They are all leaders in their professions and communities and are most deserving of this recognition.”</p> <p>The recipients learned of their honor when surprised in their places of business and other locations by a group of university and Association representatives, including The Association of Former Students’ 2015 Chair of the Board of Directors Bo Bradbury ’89, Association President and CEO Porter S. Garner III ’79, and a Ross Volunteer, along with Reveille VIII and her handler.</p> <p>“Our 2015 Distinguished Alumni demonstrate the impact of Aggies on industry, science and the arts,” Bradbury said. “While choosing diverse career paths, their lives are all marked by the same core values of excellence, integrity, leadership, loyalty, respect, and selfless service. </p> <p>Garner echoed the sentiments of Hussey and Bradbury and offered his congratulations on behalf of the Aggie Network. “Since the Distinguished Alumnus Award was established in 1962, less than one-tenth of one percent of Texas A&amp;M’s former students have been recognized with the highest honor bestowed upon a former student of our university,” Garner said. “Those selected represent the very best of our worldwide Aggie Network. </p> <p>The Association of Former Students will further honor all recipients of this award during its annual Distinguished Alumni Gala on Oct. 2. In addition, the 2015 recipients will be recognized during the Oct. 3 Texas A&amp;M football game against Mississippi State. Nominations for the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award will be accepted through Oct. 1.</p> <p>The Association of Former Students, established in 1879, is the official alumni organization of Texas A&amp;M University. The Association connects more than 678,000 members of the worldwide Aggie Network with each other and the university, and will provide $10.9 million in impact to university scholarships, awards, activities and enrichment for students, faculty, staff and former students in 2015. For more information about the Distinguished Alumnus Award or The Association, contact <a href="mailto:KGreenwade88@aggienetwork.com">Kathryn Greenwade</a> or visit <a href="http://www.AggieNetwork.com">www.AggieNetwork.com</a>.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/05/19/bowman-receives-2015-distinguished-alumnus-awards http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/05/19/bowman-receives-2015-distinguished-alumnus-awards Tue, 19 May 2015 00:00:00 CST Nguyen receives Outstanding Student Award Timothy Schnettler <tschnettler@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/05/19/nguyen-receives-outstanding-student-award <p><img width="137" height="200" src="/media/2439557/tuan_nguyen.jpg" alt="Tuan _nguyen" class="rightalign"/>Minhtuan Nguyen, a 2014 graduate of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, was recently honored with the Outstanding Student Award by the Texas A&amp;M Foundation Board of Trustees.</p> <p>Nguyen, who minored in petroleum engineering, was the third recipient of the award that was created by former Foundation Trustee Melbern Glasscock and his wife Susanne to honor an exceptional student each year with $2,500.</p> <p>Nguyen was extremely involved in campus activities and in 2012 he became the founder and president of the Texas A&amp;M chapter of the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers, the first professional organization for Asian Americans on campus.</p> <p>He was also active in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers throughout his undergraduate career, serving as a peer mentor to underclassmen and assisting in recruiting efforts in the Dwight Look College of Engineering by promoting mechanical engineering to prospective students.</p> <p>“We had many exceptional applicants for this award, but Minhtuan’s determination and enthusiasm stood out to us as we made our final decision,” said Van Taylor, chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. “He is an excellent representative of the kind of student for whom this award was originally created.”</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/05/19/nguyen-receives-outstanding-student-award http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/05/19/nguyen-receives-outstanding-student-award Tue, 19 May 2015 00:00:00 CST Begovic appointed holder of Lohman Professorship Timothy Schnettler <tschnettler@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/05/19/begovic-appointed-holder-of-lohman-professorship <p><img width="200" height="259" src="/media/2439556/begovic_210x316.jpg" alt="Begovic _210x 316" class="rightalign"/>Dr. M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, has appointed Dr. Miroslav Begovic holder of the Caroline S. &amp; Tommie Lohman ’59 Professorship in Engineering Education. The endowed professorship is effective for a term of three years.</p> <p>Begovic is the head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and came to Texas A&amp;M after serving as Professor and Chair of the Electrical Energy Technical Interest Group at Georgia Institute of Technology.</p> <p>Begovic’s research interests lie in wide area monitoring, protection and emergency control using smart grid apparatus; sustainable and resilient energy infrastructures; and managing large assets in energy infrastructure. He has participated in several collaborative research projects for the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy, resulting in more than $10 million of funding and collaborative research over the last five years.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/05/19/begovic-appointed-holder-of-lohman-professorship http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/05/19/begovic-appointed-holder-of-lohman-professorship Tue, 19 May 2015 00:00:00 CST Top undergraduate chemical engineering awards presented Kidron Vestal <kidron@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/05/14/top-undergraduate-chemical-engineering-awards-presented <p>Sixty undergraduate students from the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering will graduate from Texas A&amp;M University Thursday, May 14, among which over 40 percent will walk the stage with honors. </p> <p><a href="/chemical/people/nkarim">Dr. M. Nazmul Karim</a>, department head and T. Michael O'Connor Chair II, and <a href="https://engineering.tamu.edu/chemical/people/vugaz">Dr. Victor Ugaz</a>, the Charles D. Holland '53 Professor and director of the undergraduate program, presided over the morning awards ceremony that included a presentation of accolades to top-performing students. </p> <p>Danielle Cope (below, with Karim) received the Outstanding Senior Award, recognized for her demonstration of combined leadership, academic excellence and service. </p> <p><img width="461" height="310" src="/media/2437848/danielle_461x310.jpg" alt="Danielle"/></p> <p>Senior plant design team awards were presented in the following rankings:<br />1st place: Bryan Bentley, Chadley Box, Kyle Croft, Erik Maki and Bryan Zahner<br />2nd place: Danielle Cope, Kymberly Juettemeyer, Carlye Longtin and Leigh Martin<br />3rd place: Kyle Bowen, Spencer Eggen, Adaora Ofoegbu-Johnson and David Quiroz</p> <p>Michael Li and Tasnim Mohamed received Undergraduate Research Scholars distinctions. </p> <p>The recipient of the Omega Chi Epsilon Award was Sarah Clement, recognized for her demonstration of combined academic performance and service to the chemical engineering honor society. </p> <p>John Rogers received the Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award that honors exceptional involvement and achievements in undergraduate research activities. </p> <p>Four students each received the Academic Excellence Award that recognizes students with the highest GPAs of the graduating class (Spring 2015): Kyle Bowen, Jason Chern, Matt Milanowski and Anna Ryan.  </p> <p>In April, graduate student Aashish Priye was named a <a href="/news/2015/04/27/chemical-engineering-student-named-texas-am-distinguished-graduate-student">Texas A&amp;M Distinguished Graduate Student</a> by the Association of Former Students at Texas A&amp;M.</p> <p>Faculty member Doug White (below), senior lecturer, received the 2015 Teaching Excellence Award in a ceremony earlier in the month.<br /><br /><img width="467" height="313" src="/media/2437849/web_white_467x313.jpg" alt="white_award"/><br /> <br /> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/05/14/top-undergraduate-chemical-engineering-awards-presented http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/05/14/top-undergraduate-chemical-engineering-awards-presented Thu, 14 May 2015 00:00:00 CST 2015 Patent and Innovation Award Winners Donald St. Martin <dstmartin@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/05/13/2015-patent-and-innovation-award-winners <p>The following Department of Mechanical Engineering faculty received patent awards at the Patent and Innovation 2015 Awards Luncheon, held May 8 at the Anneberg Presidential Conference Center:</p> <p><img src="/media/379016/dc.jpg" width="159" height="239" src="/media/379016/dc.jpg" alt="Dara Childs" style="float: left;"/> Dara Childs, Ph.D.</p> <p>  <i>Annular Seal for Non-Contact Sealing of Fluids in  Turbomachinery</i></p> <p>  Patent # 8,844,936</p> <p>  Issue Date: 9/30/2014</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><img src="/media/379019/dc.jpg" width="163" height="245" src="/media/379019/dc.jpg" alt="David Claridge" style="float: left;"/>  David E. Claridge, Ph.D.</p> <p>  Charles H. Culp III, Ph.D. (Department of Architecture)</p> <p>  <i>Systems and Methods for Multi-Stage Air    Dehumidification and </i><i>Cooling</i></p> <p>  Patent # 8,641,806</p> <p>  Issue Date: 2/4/2014</p> <p> </p> <p> David E. Claridge, Ph.D.</p> <p> Charles H. Culp III, Ph.D. (Department of Architecture)</p> <p> Jeffrey Haberl, Ph.D. (Department of Architecture)</p> <p> <i>System and Method for Efficient Multi-Stage Air Dehumidification and  Liquid Recovery</i></p> <p>Patent # 8,685,145</p> <p>Issue Date: 4/1/2014</p> <p> </p> <p>David E. Claridge, Ph.D.</p> <p>Charles H. Culp III, Ph.D. (Department of Architecture)</p> <p>Jeffrey Haberl, Ph.D. (Department of Architecture)</p> <p><i>System and Method for Efficient Air Dehumidification and Liquid Recovery with Evaporative Cooling</i></p> <p>Patent #8,685,142</p> <p>Issue Date: 4/1/2014</p> <p> </p> <p>David E. Claridge, Ph.D.</p> <p>Charles H. Culp III, Ph.D. (Department of Architecture)</p> <p>Jeffrey Haberl, Ph.D. (Department of Architecture)</p> <p>S<i>ystem and Method for Efficient Air Dehumidification and Liquid Recovery</i></p> <p>Patent # 8,685,144</p> <p>Issue Date: 4/1/2014</p> <p> </p> <p><img src="/media/379130/ds.jpg" width="167" height="251" src="/media/379130/ds.jpg" alt="David Staack" style="float: left;"/>  David Staack, Ph.D.</p> <p><i>  Plasma Treatment and Plasma Enhanced Chemical  Vapor Deposition onto Temperature Sensitive  Biological  Materials</i></p> <p>  Patent # 8,920,361</p> <p>  Issue Date: 12/30/2014</p> <p>   </p> <p> </p> <p><img src="/media/379136/hjsue.jpg" alt="Hung-Jue Sue" style="float: left;"/></p> <p>  Hung-Jue Sue, Ph.D.</p> <p>  Xi Zhang, Ph.D. (Department of Electrical Engineering)</p> <p><i>  Dispersion and Retrieval of De-</i><i>Bundled Nanotubes</i></p> <p><i>  </i>Patent # 8,894,963</p> <p>  Issue Date: 11/25/2014</p> <p>  </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/05/13/2015-patent-and-innovation-award-winners http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/05/13/2015-patent-and-innovation-award-winners Wed, 13 May 2015 00:00:00 CST Civil engineering remembers Mr. Bob Nichols, 1926-2015 Sarah Curylo <> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/05/12/civil-engineering-remembers-mr-bob-nichols-1926-2015 <p>Mr. Bob Nichols, longtime executive at Freese and Nichols and graduate of the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, passed away Friday, May 8 in Arlington, Texas.</p> <p>Mr. Nichols graduated from A&amp;M with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering. He was with Freese and Nichols for 67 years where he served as President, Vice Chairman, and President Emeritus. Mr. Nichols was very supportive of the civil engineering department and served on the advisory council. He was recognized as a Distinguished Graduate of the department in 2000.</p> <p>Further information on Mr. Nichols can be found at <a href="https://www.freese.com/resources/news/bob-nichols-1926-2015">https://www.freese.com/resources/news/bob-nichols-1926-2015</a>.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/05/12/civil-engineering-remembers-mr-bob-nichols-1926-2015 http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/05/12/civil-engineering-remembers-mr-bob-nichols-1926-2015 Tue, 12 May 2015 00:00:00 CST