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 Sun, 30 Aug 2015 00:00:00 CST Sun, 30 Aug 2015 00:00:00 CST Guiseppi-Elie selected for Fulbright Specialists project Ryan Garcia <ryan.garcia99@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/08/30/guiseppi-elie-fulbright <p><img width="268" height="303" src="/media/2506325/guiseppi-elie-web_268x303.jpg" alt="Guiseppi-Elie" style="float: right;"/>Anthony Guiseppi-Elie, TEES professor and head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, has been selected for a Fulbright Specialists project at Universidad Nacional de Tucumán (UNT), Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Tecnología (FACET) in Argentina during the 2015 fall semester by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.</p> <p>Guiseppi-Elie will work in the areas of technology transfer for the creation of business spin-offs from scientific developments and on interdisciplinary instruction in nanotechnology, nanobiosensors and tissue engineering.</p> <p>Guiseppi-Elie is one of more than 400 U.S. faculty members and professionals who will travel abroad this year through the Fulbright Specialists Program. The Fulbright Specialists Program, created in 2000 to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, provides short-term academic opportunities to prominent U.S. faculty members and professionals to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at post secondary, academic institutions around the world.</p> <p>Prior to joining Texas A&amp;M this year, Guiseppi-Elie served as professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, professor of bioengineering, and professor of electrical and computer engineering at Clemson University where he directed the Center for Bioelectronics, Biosensors and Biochips.</p> <p>His research interests are in engineered bioanalytical microsystems in the service of human health and medicine, and he has been principal investigator on more than $20 million in funding of sponsored programs, gifts, and contracts including a recent $3,280,000 award from the U.S. Department of Defense.</p> <p>He is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the Royal Society of Chemistry, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a lifetime member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and holds memberships in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society, the Materials Research Society and the Biomedical Engineering Society.</p> <p>The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange activity, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Throughout its 60 years of existence, thousands of U.S. faculty members and professionals have taught, studied or conducted research abroad, and thousands of their counterparts from other countries have engaged in similar activities in the United States. More than 285,000 emerging leaders in their professional fields have received Fulbright awards, including individuals who later became heads of government, Nobel Prize winners, and leaders in education, business, journalism, the arts and other fields. </p> <p>Recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement. Among thousands of prominent Fulbright Scholar alumni are: Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize-winning economist; Alan Leshner, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet; and Craig Barrett, chairman of the board of Intel Corporation. Distinguished Fulbright Specialist participants include: Mahmoud Ayoub, professor of religion at Temple University; Heidi Hartmann, president and CEO of the Institute for Women's Policy Research; Percy R. Luney, Jr., dean and professor in the College of Law at Florida A&amp;M University; and Emily Vargas-Barone, founder and executive director of the RISE Institute.</p> <p><strong>About the Department of Biomedical Engineering</strong></p> <p>Committed to solving the world’s greatest health problems through the exploration of new ideas, integrated research and innovation, the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&amp;M is producing the next generation of biomedical engineers, developing new technologies and new jobs, and achieving revolutionary advancements for the future of health care. The department has unique strengths in biomedical optics, cardiovascular biomechanics and biomaterials, and its faculty members are internationally recognized with collaborative relationships that span engineering, physical and natural sciences, medicine and veterinary sciences.</p> <p align="center">-30- </p> <p>For further information about the Fulbright Specialists Program, please contact <a href="mailto:FULSPEC@cies.iie.org">FULSPEC@cies.iie.org</a> or consult <a href="http://www.cies.org/">www.cies.org</a>.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/08/30/guiseppi-elie-fulbright http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/08/30/guiseppi-elie-fulbright Sun, 30 Aug 2015 00:00:00 CST Valasek speaks at HTTP workshop Jan McHarg <> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/08/28/valasek-speaks-at-http-workshop <p><img width="210" height="270" src="/media/2357497/John-Valasek.jpg" alt="John Valasek" class="rightalign"/>Dr. John Valasek, director of the Center for Autonomous Vehicles and Sensor Systems (CANVASS) and a professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, spoke recently at the “High-Throughput Plant Phenotyping and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Agriculture” workshop. The goal of the workshop was to provide attendees with an expert overview and keen practical insights into the two related research topics.</p> <p>Speakers from both aerospace and agriculture focused on how UAVs and high-resolution remote sensing as well as automated sensor platforms can be used to efficiently measure phenotypic traits to facilitate advances in plant breading and genetics.</p> <p>The workshop also included multiple UAV demonstrations at the Texas A&amp;M AgriLife Research Farm. Sponsors for the workshop included CANVASS, Texas A&amp;M Agriculture and Life Sciences and Feeding Our World.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/08/28/valasek-speaks-at-http-workshop http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/08/28/valasek-speaks-at-http-workshop Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:00:00 CST Dehghanian recipient of the Best Ph.D. Student Award Deana Totzke <deana@ece.tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/08/26/dehghanian-recipient-of-the-best-phd-student-award <p><img width="184" height="353" src="/media/2750982/payman_184x353.jpg" alt="payman" class="rightalign"/>Payman Dehghanian, a graduate student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, is the recipient of the Best Ph.D. Student Award from the department.</p> <p>The award is presented to a student in the electrical and computer engineering department for “outstanding performance during his Ph.D. program.” Dehghanian is supervised by Dr. Mladen Kezunovic, who is the Eugene E. Webb Professor in the department and director of the Texas A&amp;M Engineering Experiment Station Smart Grid Center.</p> <p>Dehghanian received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tehran in 2009, his master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Sharif University of Technology in 2011, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in electrical engineering.</p> <p>His research interests include power system protection and control, power system reliability, asset management, maintenance scheduling, renewable integration and smart-grid applications.</p> <p>Recent honors include receiving the 2015 IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Young Professional Award, the IEEE Region 5 Outstanding Individual Award and being named exceptional reviewer for the <em>Elsevier Journal of Energy</em>.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/08/26/dehghanian-recipient-of-the-best-phd-student-award http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/08/26/dehghanian-recipient-of-the-best-phd-student-award Wed, 26 Aug 2015 00:00:00 CST ECE students among the top finalists in TI Innovation Challenge Deana Totzke <deana@ece.tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/08/26/ece-students-among-the-top-finalists-in-ti-innovation-challenge <p><img width="294" height="268" src="/media/2750980/cyclefit_294x268.jpg" alt="CycyleFit" class="leftalign"/>A team of undergraduate students in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University was among the top finalists in the 2015 Texas Instruments (TI) Innovation Challenge.</p> <p>The TI Innovation Challenge contest is designed to encourage engineering students to submit design projects that utilize TI technology. Justin Bishop, Nathan Parish, Shelby Turner and Rachel Vaughan, seniors in the department, created CycleFit, which placed in the top 10 out of 300 teams in the TI contest.</p> <p>CycleFit is designed to allow stationary bike riders to observe their workout performance and health status in real-time so that they can make their workout more effective and efficient. The system consists of a wearable biosensor interface that measures the user’s heart rate, speed, hydration level and leg muscle efficiency, and an Android app that displays this information to the user.</p> <p>The project is broken into six subsystems: the biosensor-body Interface for measuring biometric data from the user; the microcontroller processing network that converts the analog sensor data into digital signals and formats the data; wireless communications which sends the digital signals to the Android app via Bluetooth; an Android app that processes the digital signals and displays results to the user; power that provides the necessary voltages and currents for the MCU and circuit components; and a Control Board that consists of the Stellaris, the power circuits and the filter circuit for the EMG sensor data.</p> <p>Their design also earned the Best Overall Capstone Award for the department in the Dwight Look College of Engineering’s project showcase and placed third in the department’s Capstone Invitational Demo Day.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/08/26/ece-students-among-the-top-finalists-in-ti-innovation-challenge http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/08/26/ece-students-among-the-top-finalists-in-ti-innovation-challenge Wed, 26 Aug 2015 00:00:00 CST Hurtado selected for SEC Academic Leadership Program Timothy Schnettler <tschnettler@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/08/26/hurtado-selected-for-sec-academic-leadership-program <p><img width="210" height="270" src="/media/2750970/john-hurtado.jpg" alt="John -Hurtado" class="rightalign"/>Dr. John Hurtado, professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University and senior director for interdisciplinary engineering programs, has been selected by the Southeastern Conference (SEC) to participate in the SECU Academic Leadership Program (ALDP) for 2015-16.</p> <p>SECU is the academic initiative of the SEC and serves as the primary mechanism through which collaborative academic endeavors and achievement of SEC universities are promoted and advanced.</p> <p>Hurtado is one of four professors from Texas A&amp;M selected to participate in the ALDP, joining Ginger E. Carney from the College of Science, Violet Showers from the College of Liberal Arts and Kathleen L. Kavanagh from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.</p> <p>Using its SECU academic initiative, the SEC sponsors, supports and promotes collaborative higher education programs and activities involving administrators, faculty and students at its member universities. </p> <p>The goals of the SECU initiative include highlighting the endeavors and achievements of SECU faculty and universities; advancing the merit and reputation of SEC universities outside of the traditional SEC region; identifying and preparing future leaders for high-level service in academia; increasing the amount and type of education-abroad opportunities available to SEC students; and providing opportunities for collaboration among SEC university personnel.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/08/26/hurtado-selected-for-sec-academic-leadership-program http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/08/26/hurtado-selected-for-sec-academic-leadership-program Wed, 26 Aug 2015 00:00:00 CST Texas A&M technology transforms cell phone into high-powered microscope Ryan Garcia <ryan.garcia99@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/08/25/cell-phone-microscope <p><img width="500" height="333" src="/media/2750928/cote-malaria-web-1.jpg" alt="Cote in lab" class="rightalign" style="float: right;"/>New technology that transforms a cell phone into a powerful, mobile microscope could significantly improve malaria diagnoses and treatment in developing countries that often lack the resources to address the life-threatening disease, says a Texas A&amp;M University biomedical engineer who has created the tool.</p> <p>The add-on device, which is similar in look and feel to a protective phone case, makes use of a smart phone’s camera features to produce high-resolution images of objects 10 times smaller than the thickness of a human hair, says Gerard Coté, professor of biomedical engineering and director of the Texas A&amp;M Engineering Experiment Station’s Center for Remote Health Technologies and Systems. Coté’s development of the instrument, known as a mobile-optical-polarization imaging device (MOPID), is detailed in the online scientific journal <i>Scientific Reports</i>, published by <i>Nature</i>. The full article can be accessed at <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.nature.com/articles/srep13368" title="full research paper" target="_blank">www.nature.com/articles/srep13368</a>.</span></p> <p>MOPID, Coté explains, is capable of accepting a small cartridge containing a patient’s blood-smear sample. The sample is then imaged using polarized light in order to detect the presence of hemozoin crystals, Coté notes. Hemozoin crystals are the byproduct of the malaria parasite, and they occur in the blood of an infected host. As polarized light bounces off of these crystals, they appear as tiny bright dots when observed through the phone’s camera lens – enabling an instant, accurate diagnosis.</p> <p>While polarized light has been the preferred option for malaria detection due to its increased sensitivity, its implementation into mainstream microscopy has been hindered by its complex configurations, maintenance, size and cost – up until now.</p> <p>“What we’ve achieved with MOPID is the design of a polarized microscope platform using a cell phone, which can detect birefringence in histological specimens infected with the malaria parasite,” Coté says. “It’s a simple, low-cost, portable device that we believe is more sensitive than the standard microscope that uses white light and just as accurate as the more costly and complex benchtop version of a polarized microscope.”</p> <p><iframe width="640" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KD5EEc0vmbc?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>MOPID could represent a significant advancement in the detection methods for malaria, a disease that the World Health Organization estimates was responsible for 584,000 deaths in 2013, along with an estimated 198 million new cases in that span of time. Given those numbers, a dire need exists for a low-cost, accurate and portable method of detection, particularly in areas of the world with few resources, Coté says. Many of these regions, he notes, suffer from misdiagnoses due to inadequate or even nonexistent medical infrastructures – and the consequences can be devastating. While failure to treat malaria can be fatal, the administering of unnecessary malaria medications as a result of misdiagnoses can results in new, drug-resistant strains of the disease in addition to increasing costs for malaria medications, Coté notes.</p> <p>Coté’s solution takes advantage of existing mobile phone technology and networks – something to which a whopping 75 percent of the world has access. This ever-increasing access to mobile networks and the fact that most mobile phones are equipped with advanced camera features make mobile phones the ideal platform for advanced imaging applications such as MOPID, Coté says.</p> <p>The MOPID system has demonstrated both the resolution and specificity to detect malaria with both iOS- and Android-based devices and requires less user expertise than traditional microscopy, Coté says. That user-friendly aspect, coupled with the system’s portability and expected low cost of about $10 per unit, makes it an easily adoptable technology in low-resource areas ravaged by malaria, he adds.</p> <p><img width="500" height="333" src="/media/2750929/cote-malaria-web-2.jpg" alt="MOPID" style="float: right;"/></p> <p>What’s more, analysis of a blood sample can be instantaneously made with the patient in the field without the need for a mobile network, says Coté, who notes that a network is only required for transmitting the images to a central location for further analysis or storage.</p> <p>“These factors increase the likelihood of adoption of the technique in developing countries where cost, complexity and lack of expertly trained technicians can often prohibit the use of a polarized microscopy technique or even traditional laboratory microscopy as the standard of diagnosis,” Coté says.</p> <p>For now, Coté and graduate student Casey Pirnstill are continuing to refine the design of the system by making it more compact as well as improving its durability. Plans for in vivo field-testing are scheduled to take place in Rwanda, Africa in the near future, Coté notes.</p> <p><strong>About the Center for Remote Health Technologies and Systems (CRHTS)</strong></p> <p>The Center for Remote Health Technologies and Systems is designing and developing advanced health technologies and systems to enable healthy living through health monitoring and disease diagnosis, management and prevention. The center’s mission is to identify and overcome the unmet needs of patients and health care providers through the development of breakthrough remote health care devices, biosignal mapping algorithms, remote health analytics and information systems that will improve access, enhance quality, and reduce the cost of health care.</p> <p><strong>About the Texas A&amp;M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES)</strong></p> <p>As an engineering research agency of Texas, TEES performs quality research driven by world problems; strengthens and expands the state’s workforce through educational partnerships and training; and develops and transfers technology to industry. TEES partners with academic institutions, governmental agencies, industries and communities to solve problems to help improve the quality of life, promote economic development and enhance educational systems. TEES, a member of the Texas A&amp;M University System is in its 100th year of engineering solutions.</p> <p> </p> <p>Contact: Gerard L. Coté, professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and director of the Center for Remote Health Technologies and Systems at 979.845.4196 or via email: <a href="mailto:gcote@tamu.edu">gcote@tamu.edu</a> or Ryan A. Garcia at 979.847.5833 or via email: <a href="mailto:ryan.garcia99@tamu.edu">ryan.garcia99@tamu.edu</a>. </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/08/25/cell-phone-microscope http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/08/25/cell-phone-microscope Tue, 25 Aug 2015 09:00:00 CST New technology at Texas A&M could enable smart devices to recognize, interpret sign language Ryan Garcia <ryan.garcia99@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/08/20/slr-technology <p>A smart device that translates sign language while being worn on the wrist could bridge the communications gap between the deaf and those who don’t know sign language, says a Texas A&amp;M University biomedical engineering researcher who is developing the technology.</p> <p>The wearable technology combines motion sensors and the measurement of electrical activity generated by muscles to interpret hand gestures, says Roozbeh Jafari, associate professor in the university’s Department of Biomedical Engineering and researcher at the Center for Remote Health Technologies and Systems.</p> <p>Although the device is still in its prototype stage, it can already recognize 40 American Sign Language words with nearly 96 percent accuracy, notes Jafari who presented his research at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 12th Annual Body Sensor Networks Conference this past June. The technology was among the top award winners in the Texas Instruments Innovation Challenge this past summer.</p> <p>The technology, developed in collaboration with Texas Instruments, represents a growing interest in the development of high-tech sign language recognition systems (SLRs) but unlike other recent initiatives, Jafari’s system foregoes the use of a camera to capture gestures. Video-based recognition, he says, can suffer performance issues in poor lighting conditions, and the videos or images captured may be considered invasive to the user’s privacy. What’s more, because these systems require a user to gesture in front of a camera, they have limited wearability – and wearability, for Jafari, is key.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img width="700" height="466" src="/media/2734615/prototype-web_700x466.jpg" alt="Jafari SLR device" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"/><em>[A prototype of Jafari's sign language recognition technology that he aims to scale down to the size of a watch.]</em></p> <p>"Wearables provide a very interesting opportunity in the sense of their tight coupling with the human body,” Jafari says. “Because they are attached to our body, they know quite a bit about us throughout the day, and they can provide us with valuable feedback at the right times. With this in mind, we wanted to develop a technology in the form factor of a watch.”</p> <p>In order to capture the intricacies of American Sign Language, Jafari’s system makes use of two distinct sensors. The first is an inertial sensor that responds to motion. Consisting of an accelerometer and gyroscope, the sensor measures the accelerations and angular velocities of the hand and arm, Jafari notes. This sensor plays a major role in discriminating different signs by capturing the user’s hand orientations and hand and arm movements during a gesture.</p> <p>However, a motion sensor alone wasn’t enough, Jafari explains. Certain signs in American Sign Language are similar in terms of the gestures required to convey the word. With these gestures the overall movement of the hand may be the same for two different signs, but the movement of individual fingers may be different. For example, the respective gestures for “please” and “sorry” and for “name” and “work” are similar in hand motion. To discriminate between these types of hand gestures, Jafari’s system makes use of another type of sensor that measures muscle activity.</p> <p>Known as an electromyographic sensor (sEMG), this sensor non-invasively measures the electrical potential of muscle activities, Jafari explains. It is used to distinguish various hand and finger movements based on different muscle activities. Essentially, it’s good at measuring finger movements and the muscle activity patterns for the hand and arm, working in tandem with the motion sensor to provide a more accurate interpretation of the gesture being signed, he says.</p> <hr /> <h3>“These two technologies are complementary to each other, and the fusion of these two systems will enhance the recognition accuracy for different signs, making it easier to recognize a large vocabulary of signs,” Jafari says.</h3> <hr /> <p>In Jafari’s system both inertial sensors and electromyographic sensors are placed on the right wrist of the user where they detect gestures and send information via Bluetooth to an external laptop that performs complex algorithms to interpret the sign and display the correct English word for the gesture. As Jafari continues to develop the technology, he says his team will look to incorporate all of these functions into one wearable device by combining the hardware and reducing the overall size of the required electronics. He envisions the device collecting the data produced from a gesture, interpreting it and then sending the corresponding English word to another person’s smart device so that he or she can understand what is being signed simply by reading the screen of their own device. In addition, he is working to increase the number of signs recognized by the system and expanding the system to both hands.</p> <p>“The combination of muscle activation detection with motion sensors is a new and exciting way of understanding human intent with other applications in addition to enhanced SLR systems, such as home device activations using context-aware wearables,” Jafari says.</p> <p>Jafari is associate professor in Texas A&amp;M’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and researcher at Texas A&amp;M Engineering Experiment Station’s Center for Remote Health Technologies and Systems. His research focuses on wearable computer design and signal processing. He is director of the Embedded Signal Processing Laboratory (<a href="http://jafari.tamu.edu/">http://jafari.tamu.edu/</a>).</p> <p><strong>About the Center for Remote Health Technologies and Systems (CRHTS)</strong></p> <p>The Center for Remote Health Technologies and Systems is designing and developing advanced health technologies and systems to enable healthy living through health monitoring and disease diagnosis, management and prevention. The center’s mission is to identify and overcome the unmet needs of patients and health care providers through the development of breakthrough remote health care devices, biosignal mapping algorithms, remote health analytics and information systems that will improve access, enhance quality, and reduce the cost of health care.</p> <p><strong>About the Texas A&amp;M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES)</strong></p> <p>As an engineering research agency of Texas, TEES performs quality research driven by world problems; strengthens and expands the state’s workforce through educational partnerships and training; and develops and transfers technology to industry. TEES partners with academic institutions, governmental agencies, industries and communities to solve problems to help improve the quality of life, promote economic development and enhance educational systems. TEES, a member of the Texas A&amp;M University System is in its 100th year of engineering solutions.</p> <p align="center"> </p> <p>Contact: Roozbeh Jafari, associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&amp;M, at 979.862.8098 or via email: <a href="mailto:rjafari@tamu.edu">rjafari@tamu.edu</a>, or Ryan A. Garcia, communications manager, at 979.847.5833 or via email: <a href="mailto:ryan.garcia99@tamu.edu">ryan.garcia99@tamu.edu</a>.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/08/20/slr-technology http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/08/20/slr-technology Tue, 25 Aug 2015 08:00:00 CST Four chemical engineering faculty members spotlighted Kidron Vestal <kidron@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/08/25/four-chemical-engineering-faculty-members-spotlighted <p class="leftalign"><img width="700" height="270" src="/media/2750935/cover_700x270.jpg" alt="fourchenfaculty"/></p> <p>The research of four faculty members in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University was featured in special edition publications of <i>American Chemical Society</i> and <i>Industrial &amp; Engineering Chemistry Research.</i></p> <p>The recent ACS virtual <a href="http://pubs.acs.org/page/vi/2015/carbon_capture_sequestration_tech">issue</a> on carbon capture and sequestration technology includes an <a href="http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/sc500607y">article</a> by Jiamei Yu and Dr. <a href="https://engineering.tamu.edu/chemical/people/pbalbuena">Perla Balbuena,</a> GPSA Professor in the department. </p> <p>“This paper uses first principles computations to explore one of the attractive features of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) —their great versatility,” said Balbuena. “Organic ligands in MOFs can be tuned to alter the adsorption of impurities with the ultimate goal of improving CO<sub>2 </sub>adsorption.”</p> <p><a href="https://engineering.tamu.edu/chemical/people/hasan-faruque">Dr. M. M. Faruque Hasan,</a> assistant professor, co-authored an <a href="http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ie402931c">article</a> with three others including <a href="https://engineering.tamu.edu/chemical/people/floudas-chris">Dr. Christodoulos Floudas</a>, director of the Texas A&amp;M Energy Institute and Erle Nye ’59 Chair Professor for Engineering Excellence. The article also appears in the ACS special edition. </p> <p>“We considered large databases of carbon dioxidesources and sequestration sites as well as the optimal design and screening of potential capture materials and processes,” said Hasan. “We not only obtained the minimum cost for CO<sub>2 </sub>capture, utilization and storage (CCUS), but we also uncovered several novel materials for CO<sub>2</sub> capture for the first time.”</p> <p>Added Floudas, “This is the first study reported in the literature that addresses in a quantitative way all possible trade-offs at multiple scales (i.e. macroscopic, atomistic, supply chain) and establishes the importance of tandem selection of materials, technologies and optimal processes for both individual systems and supply chain networks of CCUS.”</p> <p><a href="https://engineering.tamu.edu/chemical/people/hkjeong">Dr. Hae-Kwon Jeong</a>, associate professor and graduate recruitment admissions coordinator, published an <a href="http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ie202038m">article</a> that was included in <i>I&amp;EC Research’s </i>inaugural virtual <a href="http://pubs.acs.org/page/iecred/history">issue</a>, which features a collection of most-cited papers.</p> <p>“This paper was the first extensive review article on the gas separation membranes of nanoporous MOF materials, an emerging class of porous framework materials,” said Jeong. “My group, which has secured over $1.5M in research grants on this subject since 2012, is known to be one of the leading research groups on MOF membranes.”</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/08/25/four-chemical-engineering-faculty-members-spotlighted http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/08/25/four-chemical-engineering-faculty-members-spotlighted Tue, 25 Aug 2015 00:00:00 CST Lutkenhaus member of new NSF program at Texas A&M Kidron Vestal <kidron@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/08/24/lutkenhaus-member-of-new-nsf-program-at-texas-am <p><a href="https://engineering.tamu.edu/chemical/people/jlutkenhaus"><img width="206" height="257" src="/media/2746308/lutkenhaus_2015-3-cropped_206x257.jpg" alt="Lutkenhaus, J" class="leftalign"/>Dr. Jodie Lutkenhaus</a>, the William and Ruth Neely Faculty Fellow and assistant professor of in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, is a member of a multidisciplinary team responsible for the design and deployment of a National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) program titled “Data-Enabled Discovery and Design of Energy Materials (D3EM).” The five-year, $3 million grant was recently awarded to Texas A&amp;M. Lutkenhaus will oversee student mentoring in the program.</p> <p>The D3EM initiative leverages interdisciplinary graduate level curriculum opportunities for students who are accepted into the two-year sponsorship program. Currently, students in Lutkenhaus’ research lab primarily study materials. The introduction of D3EM will allow  participants to also engage in design and informatics research.</p> <p>“My hope is to recruit chemical engineering students in this new area,” said Lutkenhaus. “Materials, informatics and design separately are pretty established but when you combine them all it becomes a whole new thing, which is part of the <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/mgi">Materials Genome Initiative</a>.”</p> <p>In addition to academics, seminars and networking opportunities will be available for program participants.</p> <p>“They become part of the NRT community and that means they get to spend time with student and faculty mentors committed to this new area of research,” said Lutkenhaus.  </p> <p>Upon graduation, students will receive a certificate. The principal investigator is Dr. Raymundo Arróyave, associate professor in the department of materials science and engineering. </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/08/24/lutkenhaus-member-of-new-nsf-program-at-texas-am http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/08/24/lutkenhaus-member-of-new-nsf-program-at-texas-am Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:00:00 CST Hascakir receives SPE Faculty Innovative Teaching Award Nancy Luedke <> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/08/24/hascakir-receives-spe-faculty-innovative-teaching-award <p>Dr. Berna Hascakir, assistant professor in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, has been named one of five recipients of the prestigious 2015 SPE Petroleum Engineering Innovative Teaching Award. This award recognizes excellence in commitment to academic research and student supervision.  The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) uses this award to recognize the important role petroleum engineering faculty such as Hascakir play in enhancing the educational environment of petroleum engineering departments and programs. She will receive the award during the annual SPE dinner hosted in Houston in September.</p> <p><img width="584" height="250" src="/media/2746304/hascakir_article-picture.jpg" alt="2015 Berna Hascakir SPE award"/></p> <p>Hascakir (shown third from left in photo above) is committed to academic research and dedicated to improving her teaching abilities through workshops. She credits her attendance at workshops given by the Center for Teaching Excellence at Texas A&amp;M for improving her skills, and says learning from professors with vast experience in education makes her more conscious of the ways she imparts information to her students and how effective she can be in the classroom and the lab.</p> <p>“I am thankful to Dr. Steve Holditch, Dr. Robert Lane, Dr. Carolyn Sandoval, and the Center for Teaching Excellence, and to my undergraduate and graduate level students who helped me to receive the award,” said Hascakir.</p> <p>Hascakir has been with Texas A&amp;M since April 2012 and currently teaches undergraduate level reservoir fluid and graduate-level enhanced oil recovery methods (thermal), enhanced oil recovery processes, and waterflooding. She also teaches these three graduate level classes as electives to senior undergraduate students.</p> <p>Her research interests include heavy oil and oil shale recovery by thermal enhanced oil recovery methods, challenging reservoirs (such as tight heavy oil reservoirs, carbonates, reservoirs with a strong aquifer, and oil shales), thermal front tracking, and the environmental impact of thermal recovery.</p> <p>Department Head Dan Hill commented, “This is quite an achievement for Dr. Hascakir to receive this award after only a few years of teaching experience. Dr. Hascakir takes her teaching duties very seriously, and that has led to this recognition by SPE International.”</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/08/24/hascakir-receives-spe-faculty-innovative-teaching-award http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/08/24/hascakir-receives-spe-faculty-innovative-teaching-award Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:00:00 CST