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, 01 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CST Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CST Two Civil Engineering Faculty Members Graduate from 2014 ASCE ExCEEd Teaching Workshop Sarah Curylo <> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/01/two-civil-engineering-faculty-members-graduate-from-2014-asce-exceed-teaching-workshop <p style="text-align: left;"><img width="210" height="270" src="/media/558022/msanchez.jpg" alt="Image of Marcelo Sanchez"/><img width="210" height="270" src="/media/548327/image-of-phillip-park.jpg" alt="Image of Philip Park"/></p> <p>Dr.  Marcelo Sanchez, associate professor, and Dr. Philip Park, assistant professor, of the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering recently graduated from the 2014 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) ExCEEd (Excellence in Civil Engineering Education) Teaching Workshop.</p> <p>The six-day workshop is a crash-course that provides engineering educators with an opportunity to improve their teaching abilities. The workshop includes presentations and seminars on topics from learning styles to development of interpersonal rapport with students. The 48 participants of this year’s program also observed class demonstrations and then prepared and taught three classes to fellow participants.  The program is a “learn by doing format” which allows participants to make noticeable improvements in their teaching skills from the beginning of the course to the sixth and final day.</p> <p>Dr. Robin Autenrieth, Department Head and A.P. &amp; Florence Wiley Professor III, was pleased to have Drs. Sanchez and Park complete the workshop. “Having two of our faculty members participate in the program this year shows the commitment and pride our department takes in continuing the development and growth of our faculty members as educators and leaders in the classroom.”</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/01/two-civil-engineering-faculty-members-graduate-from-2014-asce-exceed-teaching-workshop http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/01/two-civil-engineering-faculty-members-graduate-from-2014-asce-exceed-teaching-workshop Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CST Thomson Reuters names ECE faculty member among the world’s most influential scientific minds Deana Totzke <deana@ece.tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/07/30/thomson-reuters-names-ece-faculty-member-among-the-worlds-most-influential-scientific-minds <p><img width="241" height="296" src="/media/1576077/dougherty-new_241x296.jpg" alt="Dougherty" class="leftalign"/>Dr. Edward Dougherty in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University was named to Thomson Reuters’ list of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014.” Dougherty, the Robert M. Kennedy ’26 Chair Professor in the department, was honored in the Computer Science Category.</p> <p>The list includes more than 3,200 scientists around the world who have published the highest number of articles that are cited the most frequently by other researchers.</p> <p>The list was compiled from two separate Thomson Reuters studies analyzed for publication and citation data from 21 broad fields of study, ranging from chemistry to social sciences.</p> <p>Dougherty, an IEEE Fellow, is considered a pioneer in the study of translational genomics via the use of engineering techniques such as signal processing, pattern recognition and control theory. He is the director of the Genomic Signal Processing Lab at Texas A&amp;M. He also has served as director of the Computational Biology Division of the Translational Genomics Research Institute and as interim director of the Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Program of the Greehey Children's Cancer Research Institute of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.</p> <p>Other honors include being named a Distinguished Professor and a Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) Fellow, both at Texas A&amp;M. He is author of 16 books and more than 300 journal publications.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/07/30/thomson-reuters-names-ece-faculty-member-among-the-worlds-most-influential-scientific-minds http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/07/30/thomson-reuters-names-ece-faculty-member-among-the-worlds-most-influential-scientific-minds Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 CST Bukkapatnam recognized for technical innovation Jose Vazquez <jvazquez@iemail.tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/07/30/bukkapatnam-recognized-for-technical-innovation <p align="center"> </p> <p>Dr. Satish Bukkapatnam, professor and holder of the Rockwell International Professorship in Industrial and Systems Engineering, received the Award for Technical Innovation in Industrial Engineering from the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) at this year’s annual conference in Montreal.</p> <p> <img width="536" height="361" src="/media/1575745/ipi0352 IIE Award 2014_536x361.jpg" alt="ipi0352 IIE Award 2014.jpg"/></p> <p>                              (Bukkapatnam is third from left holding the award.)</p> <p>The award recognizes candidates who have distinguished themselves by significantly expanding the body of knowledge associated with a functional area of industrial engineering through a variety of means; establishing or adapting, through work and reputation, a body of knowledge new to industrial engineering so it is accepted theoretically or successfully implemented in industry; or providing exceptional technical leadership in a major interdisciplinary project.</p> <p>Bukkapatnam’s award recognizes the body of his work as a distinguished researcher and scholar in the area of quality and integrity monitoring of systems that incorporate the abundant variety of current sensor technology. His main research thrust during the last 10 years has been to advance wired and wireless sensor-based dynamic system modeling principles for monitoring and prognostics applications in ultra-precision and nanomanufacturing processes, such as chemical mechanical polishing of semiconductor wafers and synthesis of nanotube composites, systems cardiology and cardiorespiratory dynamics, automotive manufacturing systems, and large infrastructure and lifeline systems.</p> <p>To date, he has attracted more than $4.6 million in contracts and grants, including 15 National Science Foundation grants where he was the principal investigator or co-principal investigator.</p> <p>Additionally, Bukkapatnam’s research has produced 124 peer-reviewed publications (71 accepted or published in journals and 53 in refereed conference proceedings), and eight invention disclosures. His work has been the basis for 11 Ph.D. dissertations, 10 master’s theses and included more than 25 undergraduate research scholars.</p> <p>Bukkapatnam’s awards and honors include 11 best paper/best poster awards and recognition, four invitations to National strategic workshops, and a significant number of awards that include: three faculty fellowships; Alpha Pi Mu-Omega Rho Teacher of the Year Award, 2001; the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Dougherty Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, 2005; Oklahoma State University (OSU) College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology (CEAT), Halliburton Outstanding Young Faculty Award, 2011; the OSU Regents Distinguished Research Award, 2011; the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) IIE Hamed K. Eldin Outstanding Young IE Educator Award, 2012; the OSU CEAT Halliburton Outstanding (Senior) Faculty Award, 2012; and OSU President’s (inaugural) cup for interdisciplinary research (first place team), 2012.</p> <p>Bukkapatnam holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and is the director of the Texas A&amp;M Engineering Experiment Station's (TEES) Institute for Manufacturing Systems.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/07/30/bukkapatnam-recognized-for-technical-innovation http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/07/30/bukkapatnam-recognized-for-technical-innovation Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 CST International Interns: Future Graduate Students? Kidron Vestal <kidron@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/07/28/international-interns-future-graduate-students <p class="leftalign"><img width="302" height="201" src="/media/1569312/group_302x201.jpg" alt="Group" style="float: left;"/></p> <p>International students from countries near and far interned at the <a href="/chemical">Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering</a> at <a href="http://www.tamu.edu">Texas A&amp;M University</a> for a summer of study and research that concluded with a presentation of related accomplishments and for some, plans to return for graduate school.</p> <p class="p1">“This international internship program focuses on recruitment of top students from some very well-known universities in the world, e.g. IIT Kanpur (India)," said department head <a href="/chemical/people/nkarim">Dr. Nazmul Karim</a>. "The goal is to showcase our research projects in the cutting edge technologies, with the hope that these students will gain very positive interactions with their faculty mentors, and would apply to our Ph.D. program in due course. With eight new faculty members hired in the last 12 months, including researchers such as <a href="/chemical/people/floudas-chris">Dr. Chris Floudas</a> from Princeton University, the department is focusing on becoming a top graduate program in the country. This new initiative will help us achieve this goal.”</p> <p>The interns were paired with expert faculty members and matched according to their research interests.           <br /><img width="358" height="257" src="/media/1569307/amandeep2_358x257.jpg" alt="Amandeep2" class="rightalign" style="float: right;"/>Amandeep Gupta, a third-year undergraduate student from India, researched two projects with the mentorship of <a href="/chemical/people/bwilhite">Dr. Benjamin Wilhite</a>, associate professor of chemical engineering.</p> <p>Gupta studied the conversion of heat energy into electricity for the purposes of powering portable and microscale devices.</p> <p>“If these devices are manufactured in the industries, they can save a lot of capital costs and space…and could be a remarkable change in the field of electricity and power," said Gupta.</p> <p>Gupta said he desires to return to the department upon completion of his undergraduate studies in one year. “I look forward to coming here for graduate school,” he said, adding that his career path would likely include the petroleum sector.</p> <p><em>Caption (Above, Right): Amandeep Gupta presents to students the research he accomplished during his summer internship at the Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&amp;M.</em></p> <p class="rightalign"><img width="336" height="245" src="/media/1569308/gakhar_336x245.jpg" alt="Gakhar" style="float: right;"/></p> <p><em>Caption (Right): Dr. Sreeram Vaddiraju, assistant professor of chemical engineering, mentors intern Sukriti Gakhar.</em></p> <p>Marcela Alves Freire of Brazil has three years remaining in her five-year undergraduate degree. In the department, she supported a research team that studied nanopore crystallization, with the mentorship of <a href="/chemical/people/jlutkenhaus">Dr. Jodie Lutkenhaus</a>, assistant professor of chemical engineering.</p> <p>In addition to the learning opportunities Freire gained, she said of Texas, “It’s so much safer than the city I used to live in. It’s a relief to be in a place… where I am not afraid.”</p> <p>Abhilash Parvatina of India is a second-year undergraduate student, who studied with <a href="/chemical/people/nkarim">Karim</a> and <a href="/chemical/people/kkao">Dr. Katy Kao</a>, assistant professor of chemical engineering.</p> <p>“This internship has given me a chance to learn a plethora of technical skills in molecular biology…[with] hands-on experience of working in a fully-equipped laboratory," said Parvatina. "Besides that it has given me a one of a kind opportunity to know about the culture of the U.S., the traditions of the Aggies, and the working style and professionalism that are present here.” </p> <p><i><img width="164" height="255" src="/media/1569310/shah_164x255.jpg" alt="Shah" class="leftalign" style="float: left;"/><img width="326" height="217" src="/media/1569309/group3_326x217.jpg" alt="Group3" class="leftalign"/></i></p> <p style="text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="text-align: left;"><em>Caption (Above): Students and faculty gather in the lobby the Jack E. Brown building at Texas A&amp;M for a presentation by summer interns of the Department of Chemical Engineering.</em></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Summer 2014: Intern Projects of the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering</strong></p> <p>1. “Adaptable and Amphiphilic Smart Systems in Enhanced Oil Recovery” – Iso Silveira de Araujo, Ming Zanhg, I-Cheng Chen, <a href="/chemical/people/makbulut">Dr. Mustafa Akbulut</a></p> <p>2. “Apparatus for Preparing Fluid Mixtures” –Shashank Kamdar, <a href="/chemical/people/jholste">Dr. James Holste</a>, <a href="/chemical/people/khall">Dr. Kenneth Hall</a></p> <p>3. “Curvature-Directed Crystallization of Isotactic Poly (propylene) in Nanopores” – Marcela Alves Freire, Dariya Reid, Bridget Ehlinger, Lin Shao, <a href="/chemical/people/jlutkenhaus">Dr. Jodie Lutkenhaus</a></p> <p>4. “Enhancing Carotenoid Production in <i>S. cerevisiae</i> by Overproduction of Fatty Acids” – Abhilash Parvatina, Michelle Olson, <a href="/chemical/people/nkarim">Dr. Nazmul Karim</a>, <a href="/chemical/people/kkao">Dr. Katy Kao</a></p> <p>5. “Label Free Detections of Membrane Protein with Plasmonic Nanocube Sensor” – Ayushi Sullerey, Nolan Worstell, <a href="/chemical/people/wu-hung-jen">Dr. Hung Jen Wu</a></p> <p>6. “Life Cycle Assessment of Health Hazards of Carbon Nanoparticles” – Tushti Shah, Yi Liu, <a href="/chemical/people/smannan">Dr. M. Sam Mannan</a></p> <p>7. “Lithium-Ion Battery Safety Research: Studying Thermal Decomposition Reactions in Li-Ion Battery and Battery-Fire Incident Database” – Madan J. Taldevkar, <a href="/chemical/people/smannan">Dr. M. Sam Mannan</a></p> <p>8. “Simulations of a Micro Channel Propane Combustor” || “Gas Separation through Membrane” – Amandeep Gupta, <a href="/chemical/people/bwilhite">Dr. Benjamin Wilhite</a> </p> <p>9. "Safety in Offshore Operations: An Insight Into the Human Error Aspect of Offshore Safety" – Aditya Samant, Ming Zeng, Delphine Laboureur, <a href="/chemical/people/smannan">Dr. M. Sam Mannan</a></p> <p>10. "Risk Evaluation for Oil Storage Tank Zones" – Jian Kang, <a href="/chemical/people/smannan">Dr. M. Sam Mannan</a></p> <p>11. "Mass Production of Zn3P2 Nanowires" – Sukriti Gakhar, Venkata Vasiraju, <a href="/chemical/people/svaddiraju">Dr. Sreeram Vaddiraju</a></p> <p>"These summer internships offer us an opportunity to showcase our research. Since these students are highly sought after by our peer schools, this program gives us an edge in recruiting top students to our graduate program," said <a href="/chemical/people/ajayaraman">Dr. Arul Jayaraman</a>, professor of chemical engineering and director of the graduate program.</p> <p>These interns, from India, Brazil and China, have completed their assignments and are followed by Chinese and Colombian interns. American interns also perform research in the labs. </p> <p>The <a href="/chemical/">Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering</a>, established in 1940, has consistently been a leader in chemical engineering education in the United States. This trend continues today where the undergraduate program impressively ranked in 2012-2013 as 12<sup>th</sup> among public institutions and the graduate program ranked 17<sup>th</sup> by <em>U.S. News &amp; World Report. </em>Throughout its history and still today, <a href="/chemical/">Texas A&amp;M Chemical Engineering</a> is known for educating the highest quality of students, producing engineers who are immediately prepared for industry upon graduation.  </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/07/28/international-interns-future-graduate-students http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/07/28/international-interns-future-graduate-students Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 CST Dr. James Caverlee featured speaker at ACM SIGIR 2014 Workshop Kathy Flores <> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/07/29/dr-james-caverlee-featured-speaker-at-acm-sigir-2014-workshop <p><strong><img width="170" height="231" src="/media/552793/caverlee_170x231.jpg" alt="Image of James Caverlee" class="leftalign"/>Associate Professor James Caverlee</strong> was a Keynote Speaker at the <a href="http://sigir.org/sigir2014/">37th International ACM Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval</a> (SIGIR 2014) held in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, from July 6 - 11. Caverlee along with Microsoft Distinguished Scientist Susan Dumais and Miles Efron, Associate Professor at the University of Illinois, addressed the challenge of spatial and temporal information access on July 11 during the "<a href="http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/people/milads/taia2014.aspx">SIGIR 2014 Workshop on Temporal, Social and Spatially-aware Information Access</a>."</p> <p>With the widespread adoption of GPS-enabled tagging of social media content via smartphones and social media services (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare), Caverlee's talk emphasized the new opportunities for mining, modeling, and leveraging the publicly-revealed spatio-temporal activities of millions of people. These "geo-social footprints" open new possibilities for understanding how ideas flow across the globe, how people can organize for societal impact, and lay the foundation for new crowd-powered geo-social systems.</p> <p>In his talk, Caverlee highlighted his recent work on leveraging these large-scale geospatial footprints and suggested new future research opportunities for how geo-social findings can inform the design of better systems and algorithms for real-world impact.</p> <p>Caverlee's research is generally in the areas of web-scale information management, distributed data-intensive systems, and social computing. Most recently, his work has focused on both geo-social systems that leverage large-scale spatio-temporal footprints in social media as well as emerging threats to social media and web systems. Recent projects in his lab have aimed at detecting, analyzing, modeling, and predicting strategic manipulation and adversarial propaganda in social media.</p> <p>In 2007 Caverlee joined the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University after receiving his doctoral degree in computer science from the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He holds master degrees in computer science and in engineering-economic systems &amp; operations research from Stanford and a bachelor's degree in economics from Duke.</p> <p>Among Caverlee's many honors are the 2014 Caterpillar Teaching Excellence Award, the NSF Faculty Early CAREER award in 2012, the 2012 Air Force Office of Scientific Research-Young Investigator Program grant, the 2011 Center for Teaching Excellence Montague-CTE Scholar award, and the 2010 Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Young Faculty Award.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/07/29/dr-james-caverlee-featured-speaker-at-acm-sigir-2014-workshop http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/07/29/dr-james-caverlee-featured-speaker-at-acm-sigir-2014-workshop Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 CST Accomplished researcher joins ISEN faculty Jose Vazquez <jvazquez@iemail.tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/07/25/accomplished-researcher-joins-isen-faculty <p><img width="300" height="260" src="/media/1577599/m_lawley_1-072514_300x260.jpg" alt="M_Lawley _1 072514" class="rightalign"/>Dr. Mark Lawley, TEES Research Professor, has joined the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISEN). Before coming to Texas A&amp;M, he was a member of the engineering faculty at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana for 17 years. Lawley received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has both academic and industry experience to his credit.</p> <p>Lawley’s TEES research professor title recognizes his outstanding scholarly accomplishments in research. To date, he has participated in 30 funded grants totaling approximately $6 million. His publications include 60 papers in refereed journals, 50 conference papers, 10 book chapters, and 10 working papers. His research focuses on supervisory control and optimal decision making in large man-made systems with applications in manufacturing, large-scale infrastructure, and healthcare delivery. </p> <p>Through his research, Lawley is known for his willingness to engage and work with others inside and outside academia. He believes that the essence of university research and engagement involves mutually beneficial collaborations between those working in industry and those in academics. Further, he believes that many of the most compelling research problems evolve through engagement opportunities.</p> <p>Some of Lawley’s more recent honors and awards include the Provost Fellow for Engagement, Purdue University; two Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) Transactions, Best Applied Paper Awards;  receiving the Purdue University “Seeds for Success” Award twice (given to those receiving a grant in excess of $1M); the James H. Greene Graduate Educator award; being designated the Regenstrief Faculty Scholar; and receiving the Kayamori Best Paper Award, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Conference on Robotics and Automation. He will hold a courtesy appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas.</p> <p>At Texas A&amp;M Lawley will focus his research in healthcare delivery systems.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/07/25/accomplished-researcher-joins-isen-faculty http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/07/25/accomplished-researcher-joins-isen-faculty Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 CST Zoya Heidari and Students Receive Awards from SPWLA Nancy Luedke <> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/07/25/heidari-and-students-receive-awards-from-spwla <p>Huangye Chen, Kai Cheng, and Assistant Professor Zoya Heidari received special acknowledgements for their presentations given during the 2014 Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA) 55<sup>th</sup> Annual Symposium held in the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center on May 18-22.</p> <p><img width="399" height="204" src="/media/1577600/spwla_399x204.jpg" alt="Spwla" class="rightalign"/>Cheng, a graduate student, and Heidari, a Chevron Corporation Faculty Fellow in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&amp;M, presented a paper during the meeting, “Quantifying the Impact of Petrophysical Properties on Spatial Distribution of Contrasting Nanoparticle Agents in Naturally Fractured Organic-Shale Formations.” Other authors of this work include Aderonke Aderibigbe, Masoud Alfi, and Professor John Killough, all from the department of petroleum engineering. Their paper was selected by the 2014 Technology Committee as the Best Poster Presentation at the symposium.  As awardees of the Best Poster Presentation, Cheng and Heidari have become part of the Distinguished Speaker Program and will be called upon to share their work with other SPWLA chapters. Cheng’s research interests focus on the application of nanoparticles for enhanced well-log measurements.</p> <p>The paper by Chen, another graduate student, and Heidari, entitled “Pore-Scale Evaluation of Dielectric Measurements in Formations with Complex Pore and Grain Structures,” was also selected as part of the Distinguished Speaker Program.  The program provides the list of distinguished speakers to local SPWLA chapters so the presenters can be called upon to share their research at local meetings. Chen’s areas of research interest include electrical and dielectric properties of organic-rich source rocks.</p> <p>The presentation of these awards will be made at the business luncheon during the 2015 SPWLA Annual Symposium in Long Beach, California. </p> <p>“As the Formation Evaluation team at Texas A&amp;M, we received two awards for our technical papers,” said Heidari. “The selections are based on both technical content of the papers and the presentation quality. It is a pleasure to hear from SPWLA that this award is another demonstration of the great success of the graduate program at Texas A&amp;M University.”</p> <p>Both of the students are currently involved with the Multi-Scale Formation Evaluation Research Group headed by Heidari. This joint industry research program is developing methods for reliable evaluations of challenging formations such as organic-shale and carbonate formations using multi-scale formation data.</p> <p>In addition to these two awards, three of Heidari’s students (Lu Chi, Mehrnoosh Sanifar, and Huangye Chen) also received fellowships from SPWLA.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/07/25/heidari-and-students-receive-awards-from-spwla http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/07/25/heidari-and-students-receive-awards-from-spwla Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 CST Swanson part of live downlink from ISS Timothy Schnettler <tschnettler@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/07/24/swanson-part-of-live-downlink-from-iss <p><img width="220" height="275" src="/media/1566417/220px-steven_swanson_v2-11115-pm.jpg" alt="220px -Steven _swanson _v 2 1.11.15 PM" class="rightalign"/>Steve Swanson, a former student in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, was part of a special Live downlink held Thursday by the Science, Space and Technology Committee with astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The downlink was part of the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.</p> <p>Swanson, who received his Ph.D. in computer science, boarded the ISS in May and will return to Earth in September. He was honored by the CSE department with the Distinguished Former Student Award in 2010 and is currently a member of the department's Advisory Board.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/07/24/swanson-part-of-live-downlink-from-iss http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/07/24/swanson-part-of-live-downlink-from-iss Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 CST Beeny selected as Energy Institute Fellow Kristina Ballard <kristina.ballard@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/07/23/beeny-selected-as-energy-institute-fellow <p class="p1">The final 2014-2015 Energy Institute Fellowships were recently announced, a selection of 10 students out of over 60 applications from 20 departments and several colleges, including the Texas A&amp;M School of Law. </p> <p class="p1">Among those 10 was Bradley Beeny of the Department of Nuclear Engineering, for his research "Creation and Application of Computational Tools for Nuclear Energy Systems Analysis."</p> <p class="p1"><img width="235" height="414" src="/media/1561200/beeny_picture_235x414.jpg" alt="Beeny" class="rightalign"/>Beeny received both his B.S. and M.S. in nuclear engineering from Texas A&amp;M University in 2010 and 2012, respectively. Since 2007, he has worked as both an undergraduate and graduate student researcher in the Nuclear Heat Transfer Systems Laboratories under Dr. Karen Vierow. He has primarily focused on computational analysis of nuclear systems safety and thermal hydraulics using codes such as MELCOR and GOTHIC. He has participated in several MELCOR code development activities during his several internships with the severe accident modeling group at Sandia National Laboratories. He is currently conducting doctoral dissertation research while participating in other ongoing thermal hydraulics analysis projects. </p> <p>His undergraduate and graduate research activities at Texas A&amp;M have focused mainly on the application and development of nuclear reactor thermal hydraulics computational analysis tools, specifically with respect to systems-level computer codes as they apply to reactor safety. Past topics of research interest include condensation in the presence of noncondensible gas in nuclear systems, systems-level and design-basis event analysis for prismatic and pebble bed high temperature gas-cooled reactors, and light water reactor design basis event and severe accident analysis. He has applied existing computational analysis tools (computer codes like MELCOR, RELAP, and GOTHIC among others) in the course of my research and have participated in testing and development of new MELCOR code features as both a student researcher and an intern. In terms of creating reactor analysis tools, he has developed several computer code input decks for both gas cooled and light water cooled reactor systems. Additionally, he's developed a code coupling routine to enable higher-fidelity predictions of pressurized water reactor primary system and containment response under accident conditions. This particular tool finds application in the several ongoing collaborative projects that Texas A&amp;M has with members of the nuclear industry.  At present, he plays an active role in development of new MELCOR code user utilities while conducting doctoral dissertation research with the GOTHIC computer code. He is attempting to apply GOTHIC’s porosity/blockage formulation (based on the fractional area/volume obstacle representation method) and fully three-dimensional momentum solution to model in-vessel pressurized water reactor phenomena. More specifically, he's concerned with the implications for reactor safety of certain in-vessel debris blockages that may develop during the recirculation phase of core cooling subsequent to a design-basis accident.       </p> <p>The Energy Institute Fellowship is in the amount of $5,000 for a one-year term, and was funded by ConocoPhillips. The Texas A&amp;M Energy Institute handled the application/selection process, which was open to any graduate students conducting energy research. For more information, visit <a href="http://energy.tamu.edu/" target="_blank">http://energy.tamu.edu/</a>. </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/07/23/beeny-selected-as-energy-institute-fellow http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/07/23/beeny-selected-as-energy-institute-fellow Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 CST Two NUEN students participate in the Nuclear Engineering Student Delegation held at the Capitol Kristina Ballard <kristina.ballard@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/07/23/two-nuen-students-participate-in-the-nuclear-engineering-student-delegation-held-at-the-capitol <p class="normal">Two nuclear engineering graduate students, Lane Carasik and Taylor Lane, spent a week in the nation’s capitol informing policy makers on nuclear science and engineering as part of the 2014 Nuclear Engineering Student Delegation (NESD). NESD is a student-led organization that gathers the country’s brightest nuclear science and technology students from across the nation. During the first three days the delegation met with representatives from: the American Nuclear Society, AREVA, Bechtel, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Idaho National Laboratory, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In addition, the delegation “stormed the Hill” on Thursday and Friday, and met with the offices of most senators and over one hundred house representatives for a total of over 150 offices!</p> <p class="normal">The delegation’s policy statement, which can be found <a href="http://nesd.org/policy.html">here</a>, focused on continuing to fund the Integrated University Program (IUP), opposing STEM consolidation, licensing support for Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, more flexibility in future 123 Agreements, and a coherent nuclear waste plan. </p> <p class="normal"><img width="400" height="267" src="/media/1561196/2014-07-10-163034_400x267.jpg" alt="Carasik, Lane, Flores" class="leftalign" style="float: left;"/>Carasik (photo right) and Lane (photo left) had a very constructive meeting with Rep. Bill Flores (photo center), whose district includes Texas A&amp;M University. Flores was very excited to meet the students and voiced his whole-hearted support for their objectives. Flores was knowledgeable about nuclear issues and was familiar with the nuclear facilities housed at Texas A&amp;M. He has toured the Nuclear Science Center and AGN reactor in the past. Secondly, prior to redistricting, his district included the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant which he has toured previously. </p> <p class="normal">Lane Carasik, a Ph.D. student studying thermal hydraulics under Dr. Yassin Hassan, department head, was a co-vice chair for the delegation. He is currently spending his summer abroad as a visiting researcher at Imperial College London in the United Kingdom.</p> <p class="normal">Taylor Lane, a master's student studying radiation-hydrodynamics under Dr. Ryan McClarren, was a first-year delegate and is on a summer internship at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM.</p> <p class="normal">            </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/07/23/two-nuen-students-participate-in-the-nuclear-engineering-student-delegation-held-at-the-capitol http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/07/23/two-nuen-students-participate-in-the-nuclear-engineering-student-delegation-held-at-the-capitol Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 CST