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 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:00:00 CST Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:00:00 CST Engineering students win entrepreneurship competition Shraddha Sankhe <shraddha@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/07/28/engineering-students-win-entrepreneurship-competition <p>Brandon Sweeney and Blake Teipel, graduate students in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, jointly won the Center of New Ventures and Entrepreneurship’s 14<span><sup>th</sup></span> annual Raymond Ideas Challenge at Mays Business School. Teipel won the competition for the second year in a row.</p> <p>Their business idea entitled, “Customizable Prosthesis via 3D Printing,” was voted the best out of the 300 ideas entered into the competition with 40 finalists. Sweeney and Teipel pitched the idea through a written proposal and video.</p> <p>Sweeney’s business idea stems from his research with Dr. Micah Green, associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and an affiliated faculty member in the materials science and engineering department. He applied a unique property of carbon nanotubes to overcome the difficulty of the weld strength of polymers. Increased weld strength can bring about stronger 3D-printed prosthetic devices at a fraction of the cost of currently available prosthesis.</p> <p>“Brandon’s creative and innovative approach has the potential to greatly expand the reach of 3D printing in industrial applications,” said Green. “It’s a pleasure to work with graduate researchers like Brandon who combine such engineering creativity and innovation.”</p> <p>Both Sweeney and Teipel are interested in using their research experience in materials science and engineering to accelerate their entrepreneurial aspirations.</p> <p>“I want to develop the nanotechnology research I have worked on in the lab into a successful market product that transforms the way we manufacture parts and resolves the current limitations of energy storage,” said Sweeney.</p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/07/28/engineering-students-win-entrepreneurship-competition http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/07/28/engineering-students-win-entrepreneurship-competition Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:00:00 CST Local middle school students explore 3D printing at raised3D camp Sara Carney <scarney@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/07/24/local-middle-school-students-explore-3d-printing-at-raised3d-camp <p><img width="300" height="263" src="/media/2596673/raised3d2015_kidsatcomputer_300x263.jpg" alt="raised3D2015_kidsatcomputer" class="leftalign"/>Cooperation, innovation and problem solving are just a few skills employed by local middle school students during the raised3D summer camp hosted by the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University.</p> <p>By introducing students to 3D printing, the two-week camp aimed to spark students’ interest in engineering.</p> <p>At the camp, students entering the seventh and eighth grades not only discovered how to use a 3D printer, but how to apply that knowledge to complete a task. Each day, students were presented with various challenges, from creating a catapult that launches pennies to designing a glider or musical instrument.</p> <p>There was more to each task than printing. Students needed to plan their designs and coordinate within their team to make their idea a reality.</p> <p>The students’ creations from the camp will be displayed at the Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley, and the printers will be donated to participating middle schools.</p> <p><img width="400" height="225" src="/media/2596672/raised3d2015_printer_400x225.jpg" alt="raised3D2015_printer" class="rightalign"/></p> <p>“The raised3D camp is a wonderful service to the community,” said Department Head César Malavé, “It inspires kids to better understand engineering and opens the door for the next generation of engineers.” </p> <p>For more on the raised3D camp, see<a href="http://www.theeagle.com/news/local/raised-d-summer-camp-looks-to-galvanize-next-generation-of/article_7c4d5832-c7b6-58f6-9315-d739e9600803.html#.VaKqOmEO_As.twitter"> this article</a> featured in The Eagle.  </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/07/24/local-middle-school-students-explore-3d-printing-at-raised3d-camp http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/07/24/local-middle-school-students-explore-3d-printing-at-raised3d-camp Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:00:00 CST Mechanical engineering faculty members bring real world experience to the classroom Jay Walton <qwalton@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/07/23/mechanical-engineering-faculty-members-bring-real-world-experience-to-the-classroom <p style="text-align: left;"><br /><img width="327" height="218" src="/media/2599267/freer_working_327x218.jpg" alt="FREER WORKING" class="leftalign" style="float: left;"/>Bringing the real world into the classroom is a key focus of Texas A&amp;M University’s Dwight Look College of Engineering, and two individuals in the Department of Mechanical Engineering are doing just that.</p> <p> Dr. Andrew Duggleby, visiting assistant professor, and Yuval Doron, a lecturer in the department, are using the industry experience they gain on a daily basis through their company, Exosent Engineering, in the way they approach teaching mechanical engineering students.</p> <p>The company, which designs and manufactures transport trailers for hauling hazardous materials and liquids on the highway, uses cutting edge computer software that allows it to account for every aspect of the design process down to the final weld.</p> <p>In their classes the pair continuously apply knowledge gained in daily operations at the company to their mechanical engineering classrooms by teaching students to understand how engineering is evolving through the new technologies available.</p> <p>“I teach students to think about the big changes in the engineering process,” said Duggleby. “I want them to be able answer, prior to even starting a design, what questions are you asking? What are you thinking about? I want them to think about the realities of fabrication. How objects have to be bent, formed or welded will impact their designs.</p> <p>“I stress to students there may be 100 different ways to build a part and end up with the same functional apparatus, but only some designs will lead to a high quality, low cost, better performing apparatus.”</p> <p>Since starting the company in 2010, Duggleby and Doron have taught mechanical engineering courses such as engineering science and engineering design, and senior design courses such as the FSAE car build. </p> <p>Doron shares his fabricating knowledge with his students, which he believes will offer unparalleled value to their academic experiences.</p> <p>“I’ve been a fabricator for over 25 years,” said Doron. “Six of those years were spent as a propulsion engineer in the U.S. Navy.”</p> <p>Current mechanical engineering student Ben Skinner was hired by the company to perform computer aided drafting using software he learned through the mechanical engineering program.</p> <p>“The classes I’ve taken at A&amp;M really emphasized design work. The technical electives I chose focused on the CAD work I was interested in,” said Skinner.  “What I have learned through Texas A&amp;M mechanical engineering has allowed me to come to Exosent Engineering and use what I’ve learned in their classrooms to my job here at Exosent on a daily basis.”</p> <p><img width="436" height="291" src="/media/2596666/IMG_3864_RESIZED_436x291.jpg" alt="IMG 3864 RESIZED" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"/></p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/07/23/mechanical-engineering-faculty-members-bring-real-world-experience-to-the-classroom http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/07/23/mechanical-engineering-faculty-members-bring-real-world-experience-to-the-classroom Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:00:00 CST Yu, research group develop low-cost bi-functional carbon nanotube sponges Jay Walton <qwalton@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/07/23/yu-research-group-develops-low-cost-bi-functional-carbon-nanotube-sponges <p>Dr. Choongho Yu, the Gulf/Oil Thomas A. Dietz Career Development Professor II in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, and his group in mechanical engineering and materials science and engineering have recently published a paper in the journal <i>Energy &amp; Environmental Science</i>.</p> <p>Yu’s paper, “<a href="http://pubs.rsc.org/en/Content/ArticleLanding/2015/EE/c5ee00682a#!divAbstract">Scalable synthesis of bi-functional high-performance carbon nanotube sponge catalysts and electrodes with optimum C–N–Fe coordination for oxygen reduction reaction</a>,” focuses on developing new non-precious metal based catalysts as alternatives to the bench mark Pt-based catalysts for the sluggish oxygen reduction reaction in various electrochemical systems such as proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs).</p> <p>One of the major roadblocks in commercializing electrochemical cells is the high cost of Pt-based catalysts. In the past few years, efforts have been devoted to develop or find low-cost alternatives, but most of them fail to show comparable long-term stability, especially in acidic environments. In addition, as Pt-based catalysts, almost all of them are powders, limiting catalyst loading and requiring an additional gas diffusion layer.</p> <p>Yu and his Ph.D. students, Gang Yang, Woongchul Choi and Xiong Pu, have developed a new low-cost and scalable method to synthesize 3-D sponge-like carbon nanotubes, which are self-standing and highly porous. After post-treatment, striking catalytic activity and stability are found to be comparable to or better than those of Pt-based catalysts in both acidic and basic environments. More importantly, by eliminating the precious metal and gas diffusion layer, the cost of this catalyst is only 1/50 of Pt-based catalysts, which would help to commercialize current lab-based electrochemical cells as well as reduce the cost of the commercial fuel cell stacks.</p> <p> <img width="700" height="532" src="/media/2596667/Yu_images_700x532.jpg" alt="Yu Images" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"/></p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/07/23/yu-research-group-develops-low-cost-bi-functional-carbon-nanotube-sponges http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/07/23/yu-research-group-develops-low-cost-bi-functional-carbon-nanotube-sponges Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:00:00 CST Bhattacharya awarded AFOSR grant to improve space situational awareness Jan McHarg <> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/07/23/bhattacharya-awarded-afosr-grant <p><img width="210" height="270" src="/media/2357504/Raktim-Bhattacharya.jpg" alt="Raktim Bhattacharya" class="leftalign"/>Dr. Raktim Bhattacharya, associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and director of the Laboratory for Uncertainty Quantification at Texas A&amp;M University, has received a $670,000 grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to develop new algorithms for space situational awareness. The grant covers a three-year time period. Space situational awareness (SSA) refers to the ability to view, understand and predict the physical location of natural and manmade objects in orbit around the Earth, with the objective of avoiding collisions. As space becomes more congested, maintaining a timely and accurate picture of space activities becomes both more important and difficult. </p> <p><img width="210" height="210" src="/media/2596658/bani101_210x210.jpg" alt="Bani101" class="rightalign"/>In this research, titled <i>Cloud Computing Based Robust Space Situational Awareness</i>, Bhattacharya, along with Co-PI Dr. Bani Mallick, distinguished professor from the Department of Statistics of Texas A&amp;M, will develop new algorithms for accurate uncertainty propagation in nonlinear manifolds, and nonlinear non-Gaussian state estimation of satellite characteristics for more accurate prediction of possible collisions. The research will incorporate real-time streaming data from geographically-dispersed satellite observatories, and national astrodyamic databases such as JGM-2, NEOS, USNO, IERS, NOAA, JPL, Goddard Flight Center, and NIMA, which provides real-time updates on various physical parameters necessary to model the astrodynamics forces acting on space objects. This research will also address challenges in real-time computing with large-scale geographically distributed data sets.</p> <p>For more information about Bhattacharya’s research visit the Laboratory for <a href="http://uq.tamu.edu/">Uncertainty Quantification website</a>. </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/07/23/bhattacharya-awarded-afosr-grant http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/07/23/bhattacharya-awarded-afosr-grant Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:00:00 CST Texas A&M Engineering co-sponsors 2015 Chancellor’s Summit on Academic Technology Donald St. Martin <dstmartin@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/07/23/texas-am-engineering-co-sponsors-2015-chancellors-summit-on-academic-technology <p><img width="400" height="225" src="/media/2596649/20150625_142437_400x225.jpg" alt="20150625_142437" class="rightalign"/>The Texas A&amp;M Engineering Program co-sponsored the 2015 Chancellor’s Summit on Academic Technology that was held recently at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center on the Texas A&amp;M University campus.</p> <p>The A&amp;M System Council on Academic Technology and Innovative Education (CATIE) organizes this premier academic technology event that is in its second year. CATIE is an advisory body with representation from A&amp;M System universities and agencies. </p> <p>This year’s summit attracted more than 200 faculty members, administrators and staff from A&amp;M System universities and agencies. Among the participants were high-ranking academic and technology officers, provosts, vice presidents, assistant and associate vice presidents, chief information technology officers and directors of outreach, technology, and instructional technology units.</p> <p>The summit was a unique opportunity that allowed attendees and presenters to engage in a broad conversation on academic technology issues and topics that impact all A&amp;M System components.</p> <p>The program included a keynote presentation by Dr. Ellen Wagner, the co-founder and chief strategy officer of the Predictive Analytics Reporting (PAR) Framework. Wagner framed the summit’s conversations around radical and forward-thinking ideas to improve student success and the importance of data based decisions.</p> <p>Other plenary sessions explored intellectual property, identity and collaboration in the era of open and integrated teaching, and next generation learning spaces.  Attendees were offered breakout sessions on competency-based education, creating and growing online programs, virtualization, and universal design. </p> <p>The day culminated with a closing speech from Michael K. Young, president of Texas A&amp;M University, who emphasized the important role academic technology and academic technologists play at their organizations to support the institutional mission.</p> <p>“The summit provided a valuable update on A&amp;M’s ongoing work to improve and increase the use of technology in teaching,” said Dr. David Ford, an associate professor in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University. “The keynote speaker gave us a glimpse of one possible future through a data-driven strategy for curriculum design. I encourage those who are interested in being a part of moving to the forefront of using advanced technology in education to participate next year.”</p> <p>The full program and presentation materials are available <a href="https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B4jDIPGf5sXzfjlScGtQQ0ZkeHlnYXZTSThpdEFYVDNvZTFUQkdlY0x2VFdSLW9raG1LcW8&amp;usp=sharing">online</a>.</p> <p>The 2016 Chancellor’s Summit on Academic Technology is slated for June 22-24. Contact <a href="/yakut@tamu.edu">Dr. Yakut Gazi</a> or <a href="/sheri.pappas@tamus.edu">Sheri Pappas</a> for more information.  </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/07/23/texas-am-engineering-co-sponsors-2015-chancellors-summit-on-academic-technology http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/07/23/texas-am-engineering-co-sponsors-2015-chancellors-summit-on-academic-technology Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:00:00 CST Rothrock named Tau Beta Pi Distinguished Alumnus Timothy Schnettler <tschnettler@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/07/22/rothrock-named-tau-beta-pi-distinguished-alumnus <p><img width="250" height="349" src="/media/2588986/rothrock_250x349.jpg" alt="Rothrock" class="rightalign"/>Ray Rothrock ’77 has been named a Tau Beta Pi Distinguished Alumnus for 2015. Rothrock, who graduated from Texas A&amp;M University with a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering, will be presented the award at the engineering honor society’s convention in October in Providence, Rhode Island.</p> <p>The purpose of the award is to recognize alumni who have demonstrated outstanding adherence to the ideals of Tau Beta Pi and fostered a spirit of liberal culture in our society on local, national and international scales.</p> <p>Rothrock is a partner of the venture capital firm Venrock, which he joined in 1988 to fund and build early-stage technology companies that aimed to solve big problems and improve lives by bringing great products and technologies to market.</p> <p>In 2013, Rothrock received the Outstanding Alumni Honor Award from the Dwight Look College of Engineering, and in 2011 he was named the first Distinguished Former Student of the Department of Nuclear Engineering.</p> <p>He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Texas A&amp;M Foundation, chairing the investment committee and as co-chair of the Arts and Science Theme Group for the university’s Vision 2020. Additionally, he has made significant contributions to the university’s student affairs, College of Liberal Arts and 12<sup>th</sup> Man Foundation.</p> <p>Rothrock’s support has contributed to multiple endowed scholarships for the Department of Nuclear Engineering.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/07/22/rothrock-named-tau-beta-pi-distinguished-alumnus http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/07/22/rothrock-named-tau-beta-pi-distinguished-alumnus Wed, 22 Jul 2015 00:00:00 CST Students demonstrate 3D printing technology's potential value for society on the 25th anniversary of ADA Jay Walton <qwalton@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/07/22/students-demonstrate-3d-printing-technologys-potential-value-for-society-on-the-25th-anniversary-of-ada <p><img width="334" height="290" src="/media/2588984/PILL_BOTTLE_CORRECTED_334x290.jpg" alt="PILL BOTTLE CORRECTED" style="float: right;"/></p> <p>A team of students from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University recently showcased its 3D printing skills by printing braille labels on prescription bottles. The team is led by Dr. Tanil Ozkan, who is a visiting assistant professor in the department.</p> <p>Dr. Andreas Polycarpou, head of the department, encouraged the team to showcase how its skills could help benefit society. The team members brainstormed and decided that visually impaired individuals might benefit from braille on many surfaces found around campus.</p> <p>The team’s work was featured in a recent <a href="http://3dprint.com/">3Dprint.com</a> article where it used generic materials purchased at a local drugstore combined with an adhesion promoter and surfactant to add labels to the tops of the bottles, as well as signs found outside of classrooms.</p> <p>The researchers realized early on that the challenges they faced couldn’t be met with traditional 3D printers. To resolve this challenge they designed a 3D printing filament that allowed for the enhanced adhesion characteristics needed to print onto the surfaces.</p> <p>Mechanical engineering senior Yasushi Mizuno, Boston‐based professional software engineer Artug Acar, and Ozkan worked to bring this proprietary technology to fruition.</p> <p>“We did this as a service to the community and affectionately named the 3D printer Texas A&amp;M 3D Braille Printer in true Aggie spirit,” said Ozkan.</p> <p>To read the article, visit the <a href="http://3dprint.com/77214/tamu-3d-braille-printer">3Dprint.com</a> website.</p> <p><img width="384" height="272" src="/media/2596651/group_corrected_3_384x272.jpg" alt="GROUP CORRECTED 3" style="float: left;"/></p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/07/22/students-demonstrate-3d-printing-technologys-potential-value-for-society-on-the-25th-anniversary-of-ada http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/07/22/students-demonstrate-3d-printing-technologys-potential-value-for-society-on-the-25th-anniversary-of-ada Wed, 22 Jul 2015 00:00:00 CST Industrial and systems engineering students gain cross-cultural, practical experience in Puerto Rico Sara Carney <scarney@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/07/21/industrial-and-systems-engineering-students-gain-cross-cultural-practical-experience-in-puerto-rico <p><img width="505" height="336" src="/media/2588979/img_3863_505x336.jpg" alt="Puerto Rico Trip_group_2015(1)" class="leftalign rightalign"/>Students in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISEN) at Texas A&amp;M University recently returned from a college-sponsored trip to Puerto Rico. On this trip, students experienced industrial and systems engineering in the context of another culture.</p> <p>A total of 27 ISEN students participated in the trip and studied at the University of Puerto Rico — Mayagüez (UPRM). Many students enrolled in engineering economics and robotics classes and some participated in Research Experiences for Undergraduates projects.</p> <p>The knowledge students gained in the classroom was reinforced with visits to local manufacturing faculties. Students were able to see firsthand the operations of Amphenol Sensors, Edward Lifesciences and the Compañía Cervecera de Puerto Rico brewery.</p> <p>“What we saw in class, we got to apply at the professional level, and the classes reinforced the processes that we saw in the plants,” said Carlos Fortin-Yacub, an ISEN junior.</p> <p> Not only did the trip offer valuable classroom and real-world experience, it gave students the opportunity to learn about Puerto Rico and it’s culture. The students visited the Arecibo Observatory, UPRM Department of Marine Sciences, and Cueva Ventana, or Window Cave. </p> <p>“Even though it is part of the United States, Puerto Rico is different in many ways,” said Katherine Young, an ISEN senior.</p> <p>The trip also forged lasting connections among the students. </p> <p>“I liked the bonding,” said Fortin-Yacub. “I only knew a few people in the beginning, but by the end of the trip, I was friends with allthe other students.”</p> <p>“The trip to Puerto Rico is a unique and valuable experience,” said Jeana Goodson, senior academic adviser, “It’s a great opportunity for students to learn while still enjoying themselves and getting to know each other.”</p> <p>The trip to Puerto Rico is offered each Summer I session and lasts four weeks. For more information, see ISEN’s<a href="/{localLink:9229}" title="Study Abroad"> webpage</a> on the trip.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/07/21/industrial-and-systems-engineering-students-gain-cross-cultural-practical-experience-in-puerto-rico http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/07/21/industrial-and-systems-engineering-students-gain-cross-cultural-practical-experience-in-puerto-rico Tue, 21 Jul 2015 00:00:00 CST Grad student Jimenez receives Texas A&M Dissertation Fellowship Ryan Garcia <ryan.garcia99@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/07/21/jimenez-fellowship <p><img width="292" height="244" src="/media/2573929/jimenez_292x244.jpg" alt="Jimenez, Jose de Jesus Rico" style="float: right;"/>Jose de Jesus Rico Jimenez, graduate student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, has been named recipient of the Texas A&amp;M Dissertation Fellowship.</p> <p>The fellowship supports a student’s final analyses and dissertation writing. It offers $1,500 per month, to be disbursed in monthly payments, payment for tuition and required fees for the minimum number of required credit hours, and a reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses related to individual health insurance coverage.</p> <p>Jimenez, who is advised by Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering Javier Jo, is developing computational tools for the automated processing of data collected using different optical imaging modalities. Specifically, he is developing several computational platforms for the clinical detection of high-risk coronary atherosclerotic plaques, the leading cause of death in the United States. Towards this goal, he is using a unique intravascular imaging approach that integrates optical coherence tomography and fluorescence lifetime imaging, Jo notes.</p> <p>As a fellowship recipient, Jimenez will participate in an intensive writing workshop aimed at assisting students in progressing through the difficult writing stages of their dissertations and towards the completion of their dissertations.</p> <p>“Jose has superb background in computer sciences and is not only very focused and hard working but is also able to formulate his own hypotheses and test them under minimal supervision,” Jo said. “He is also a great team player and has been assisting several of his lab mates, developing different computational tools for their respective research needs.”</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/07/21/jimenez-fellowship http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/07/21/jimenez-fellowship Tue, 21 Jul 2015 00:00:00 CST