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 Mon, 12 Oct 2015 00:00:00 CST Mon, 12 Oct 2015 00:00:00 CST Kuzmin conducts research to minimize negative effects of cancer treatments Robert (Chris) Scoggins <rcscoggins@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/10/12/kuzmin-conducts-research-to-minimize-negative-effects-of-cancer-treatments <p>Texas A&amp;M University predoctoral research fellow Gleb Kuzmin and scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are conducting research to understand negative effects proton therapy cancer treatments can have on normal human tissue. They are seeking to find not only the best way to accurately estimate unintended radiation dose to normal tissue in the short term, but also to provide efficient and targeted treatment while minimizing unintended negative effects.</p> <p> <img width="361" height="479" src="/media/2990020/gleb1_361x479.jpg" alt="KUZMIN_RESEARCH" class="leftalign"/>Kuzmin has been given the opportunity to work at NIH through the institute’s Graduate Partnership Program individual track distinction (for students of universities that do not have a direct partnership with NIH). Kuzmin works with Dr. Choonsik Lee, a principal investigator for the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics under the NIH’s National Cancer Institute. The pair is currently assessing the effects the radiation dose can have on normal tissues from proton therapy treatment on cancer patients, a treatment that uses an external beam of protons to target a specific tumor area.</p> <p>While clinicians and researchers understand the effectiveness of proton therapy on a targeted cancer area, lasting secondary effects to the surrounding tissue are not well documented. Lee and Kuzmin seek to develop a dose calculation system for normal tissues outside the treatment area, allowing healthcare professionals to apply precise radiation treatment doses to the targeted areas without inadvertently affecting the surrounding tissue or other body systems in a negative way. Any dosage beyond the precise necessary amount or outside the intended location needed for treatment has the potential to have negative effects.</p> <p>The human body works in much the same way as a naturally contained ecosystem. In the same way that any impact to an ecosystem can have unintended changes to the way it functions, an unintended amount of radiation to a specific body area can have effects on the surrounding tissues and body systems, creating unforeseen consequences such as secondary cancers and other serious health outcomes. The current system that is used to calculate radiation dosages is a series of fast-based algorithms that only focus on the possible effects on the tumor and its immediate surrounding areas, rather than the body as a whole. “Part of what I am doing will be geared for usage by epidemiologists,” Kuzmin said. “They will be able to use the system I develop to calculate and quantify the doses patients receive and do studies to see if there were any later affects or correlations between doses on outside organs. Once those studies have been done, we may begin to see more clinical applications.”</p> <p> “What we are doing right now is not something that has an immediate effect on patients,” Kuzmin said. “We are rather interested in any secondary effects the treatment may have and whether there will be any effects later in life.”</p> <p> Kuzmin and Lee are working to develop this dose calculation system for tissues outside the intended treatment area through three-dimensional computer models of the human anatomy. These models will allow the researchers to focus on the portions of the body not covered by CT scans by using both computational phantom techniques in conjunction with controlled experiments using a physical human-sized phantom. The physical phantom is made of material that is equivalent to human tissue, allowing any radiation applied to the dummy to affect it in the same way it would a human body. The human phantom will also be equipped with radiation detectors inside it’s body to measure the dosage of the treatments it receives, allowing Kuzmin to take radiation measurements from the specific tissues or organs outside the direct tissue that is being treated.</p> <p class="rightalign"><img width="387" height="484" src="/media/2990021/gleb3_387x484.jpg" alt="KUZMIN_RESEARCH (2)"/></p> <p> “Both the computational and physical phantoms will experience the same procedures as a patient would —  get a CT, go through the treatment planning procedure and become irradiated with a proton beam,” Kuzmin said. “We will first run our simulations and calculate how much dose the phantom’s organs receive. Then we will validate our simulations and calculations by comparing our results to the output from the detectors inside the phantom.”</p> <p> Kuzmin’s background is in radiation physics, and he is a student in the Texas A&amp;M nuclear engineering department health physics Ph.D. program under his adviser Dr. Gamal Akabani. Once he finishes his research, he is considering pursuing a medical physics residency to become a board certified medical physicist. However, he also enjoys research and may seek a postdoctoral position.</p> <p> “I was always drawn to the field of physics, but I still wanted to do something medically related that is beneficial for society,” Kuzmin said. “I’ve been at NCI for a couple of months doing modeling work, and I will also do experimental work, I’m getting both sides of the research. It’s a very collaborative research environment.”</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/10/12/kuzmin-conducts-research-to-minimize-negative-effects-of-cancer-treatments http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/10/12/kuzmin-conducts-research-to-minimize-negative-effects-of-cancer-treatments Mon, 12 Oct 2015 00:00:00 CST Chen receives Neville B. Smith Student Poster Award Shraddha Sankhe <shraddha@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/10/12/chen-receives-neville-b-smith-student-poster-award <p><img width="210" height="237" src="/media/2990013/yunyun.jpeg" alt="YunYun Chen" class="rightalign"/>Yunyun Chen, doctoral student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, won the Neville B. Smith Student Poster Award third prize at Advanced Light Source’s (ALS) annual user meeting held at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California. </p> <p>Chen is completing her thesis research under the supervision of <a href="https://engineering.tamu.edu/mechanical/people/liang-hong">Dr. Hong Liang</a>, professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and affiliated faculty member in the materials science and engineering department.</p> <p>“Understanding the interactions between inorganic nanomaterials and biological and ecological environments is important for health, science, and the society. The challenge lies in direct detecting the small particles. This project is a team effort with our collaborators in entomology (Dr. Jorge Gonzalez at California State University) and in tomography (Dr. Dula Parkinson at ALS), said Liang. “Chen has been focused and persistent in making and probing the particles and has learned a great deal in nano-bio interactions. Her study not only enables her to understand the particle pathways, but also helps her to develop novel nanoparticles.”</p> <p>Two other doctoral students collaborated with Chen on the research — Carlos Sanchez in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Yuan Yue in materials science and engineering.</p> <p>Chen’s poster, “Observation of Nanoparticles in Insects by Using Micro-tomography,” showcased the team’s recent discovery in understanding the effects of nanomaterials on biological environments. Chen highlighted her analysis of size and shape specific nanoparticles, their uptake, and transport pathways in small species. Her research studies toxicity of nanoparticles in ants to potentially develop a prevention method for fire ants.</p> <p>Chen has published three journal articles and currently has more under review.</p> <p>“It was a privilege to work with top scientists and the most advanced instruments at ALS,” Chen said. “We ran into several problems in detecting small particles but we have succeeded. This award is an inspiration for me and my teammates. We are confident that we will overcome obstacles down the road and make more discoveries.”</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/10/12/chen-receives-neville-b-smith-student-poster-award http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/10/12/chen-receives-neville-b-smith-student-poster-award Mon, 12 Oct 2015 00:00:00 CST Yakovlev named American Physical Society Fellow Ryan Garcia <ryan.garcia99@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/10/12/yakovlev-aps <p><img width="210" height="270" src="/media/285364/yakovlev_web.jpg" alt="Yakovlev" class="rightalign" style="float: right;"/>Vladislav Yakovlev, professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, has been elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). </p> <p>Yakovlev, who was elected upon the recommendation of the APS Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, is being recognized for outstanding contributions to the development of ultrafast lasers, optical instrumentation, and the resulting spectroscopic advances that have important applications in physics, chemistry, biology, engineering and medicine. Election to fellowship in APS is limited to no more than one half of 1 percent of society membership. </p> <p>Yakovlev, who joined Texas A&amp;M in 2012, has made many significant contributions to the field of optical instrumentation for biomedical sensing and imaging, including advancing the technology of ultrafast solid-state lasers, making it an indispensible tool for multiphoton microscopy, imaging and sensing.</p> <p>Yakovlev holds the rank of Fellow in the Optical Society of America, the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and the International Society for Optics and Photonics. He has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals, given 50 invited public presentations and more than 100 presentations at different conferences. He also has edited one book on the biochemical applications of nonlinear optical spectroscopy and contributed to several books as co-author. </p> <p>APS is a non-profit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy and international activities. APS represents more than 51,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories and industry in the United States and throughout the world.</p> <p><strong>About the Department of Biomedical Engineering<br /><br /></strong>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 regenerative engineering, medical augmentation, molecular diagnostics/theranostics, tele-health, and precision medicine, and its faculty members are internationally recognized with collaborative relationships that span engineering, physical and natural sciences, medicine and veterinary sciences.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/10/12/yakovlev-aps http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/10/12/yakovlev-aps Mon, 12 Oct 2015 00:00:00 CST New student collaboration space opens in James J. Cain ’51 building Jay Walton <qwalton@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/10/09/new-student-collaboration-space-opens-in-james-j-cain-51-building <p>The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University has opened a new student collaboration space on the second floor of the James J. Cain ‘51 Building (ENPH). The space offers students resources such as multiple electrical outlets installed near couches and chairs, dry erase white boards, and Bluetooth enabled monitors. These resources can be used for student projects where student groups may want to bring their own device and would need a power source or large display capabilities.</p> <p>During an open house ceremony Dr. Andreas Polycarpou, head of the department praised the hard work of all who had a part in making the project become a reality.</p> <p>“This is the first time we have had a designated student collaboration flex space,” he said. “This project was three years in the making and we are excited to offer such an open concept space for all of our students that will undoubtedly enhance their learning experience.”</p> <p>Currently the collaborative student space has enough seating for 90 individuals, the adjoining classroom is rated for 71 individuals, and when completed the project presentation space will have enough room for students to present industry sponsored projects for classes such as Mechanical Engineering 401, 402, and 404.</p> <p>“So far I’ve really enjoyed the student spaces white boards more than anything else, they really help group collaboration and we can interact and learn from each other,” said Walker Wiggins, a junior mechanical engineering major.</p> <p> </p> <p><img width="412" height="275" src="/media/2990009/IMG_7034_412x275.jpg" alt="IMG 7034" style="float: left;"/></p> <p><img width="412" height="275" src="/media/2990010/IMG_7036_412x275.jpg" alt="IMG 7036"/></p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/10/09/new-student-collaboration-space-opens-in-james-j-cain-51-building http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/10/09/new-student-collaboration-space-opens-in-james-j-cain-51-building Fri, 09 Oct 2015 00:00:00 CST NSSPI leads nuclear facilities experience in the UK Kelley Ragusa <kelleyragusa@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/10/09/nsspi-leads-nuclear-facilities-experience-in-the-uk <p><img width="700" height="468" src="/media/2990008/nsspi_uk-facilities-experience_700x468.jpg" alt="NSSPI_NFE_UK"/></p> <p>Faculty and staff from the Texas A&amp;M Engineering Experiment Station's Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) at Texas A&amp;M University organized the second Nuclear Facilities Experience (NFE) for American students and young professionals through a grant from the National Nuclear Security Administration's Next Generation Safeguards Initiative. This experience, which took place in the United Kingdom from Sept. 13-18, included students from five U.S. universities (Texas A&amp;M, the University of Michigan, the University of New Mexico, the University of Tennessee and Penn State University), faculty from Texas A&amp;M and the University of Utah, and young professionals from three national laboratories (Argonne, Savannah River and Pacific Northwest National Laboratories).</p> <p>The five-day tour of the UK included visits to the Urenco uranium enrichment plant in Capenhurst, the Thermal Oxide Reprocessing Plant at Sellafield, the world's first commercial nuclear power plant at Calder Hall (consisting of four Magnox reactors), and the Heysham Nuclear Power Plant (consisting of four advanced gas-cooled reactors).  </p> <p>The NFE also included a stop at King's College London, where participants interacted with faculty and students from the Centre for Science and Security Studies in the Department of War Studies at King's College. Both host faculty and visitors presented lectures on nuclear security topics. </p> <p>Over the course of the NFE, the participants traveled more than 900 miles by rail and had the opportunity to see some of the best examples of operational nuclear science, security and safeguards the world has to offer.</p> <p>This year's international NFE is the latest in a series of similar experiences organized by NSSPI since 2006. Past NFEs took students and faculty to facilities in France, the UK and Japan.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/10/09/nsspi-leads-nuclear-facilities-experience-in-the-uk http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/10/09/nsspi-leads-nuclear-facilities-experience-in-the-uk Fri, 09 Oct 2015 00:00:00 CST Texas A&M receives EAGER grant from National Science Foundation Shraddha Sankhe <shraddha@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/10/09/texas-am-receives-eager-grant-from-national-science-foundation <p>A research team from Texas A&amp;M University that includes two professors from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has received an Early Concept Grant for Exploratory Research (EAGER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to research and test a transformative building system that engages interdisciplinary teams from the College of Architecture and the Dwight Look College of Engineering.</p> <p>The project, “Interaction of Smart Materials for Transparent, Self-regulating Building Skins,” is led by <a href="https://cosc.arch.tamu.edu/people/profiles/zrybkowski/">Dr. Zofia Rybkowski</a>, assistant professor in the construction science.</p> <p>Collaborators on the project include: <a href="https://dept.arch.tamu.edu/people/profiles/nmehrjardi/">Dr. Negar Kalantar</a>, assistant professor in the Department of Architecture, <a href="https://engineering.tamu.edu/materials/people/tcagin">Dr. Tahir Cagin</a>, professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, <a href="https://viz.arch.tamu.edu/people/profiles/eakleman/">Dr. Ergun Akleman</a>, professor in the Department of Visualization and <a href="https://engineering.tamu.edu/materials/people/creasy-terry">Dr. Terry Creasy</a>, associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.</p> <p>The project aims to harness the inherent properties of smart materials such as shape memory alloys, bi-metallic strips, piezoelectric materials and stimuli-responsive polymers and explore their interaction in transparent building skin—thus replacing resource-, energy-, and labor-intensive forms of traditional building infrastructure such as mechanical electrical and plumbing systems.</p> <p>“Imagine cutting the traditional umbilical cords of a building and harvesting air, water and energy through a building’s skin instead,” Rybkowski said. “Naturally this is a pretty futuristic proposition, but that is what makes an exploratory project like this so exciting. The newest generation of smart materials that can interact with the environment is starting to make this kind of vision actually feasible. We were inspired by stomata of plant leaves that open and close in response to humidity in the air. We can mimic this in building skins using new types of materials that can respond to environmental cues without sensors.”</p> <p>If successful, the skins would help make buildings self-regulating, reducing the need for complicated software and making facility management more efficient.</p> <p>EAGER is the NSF’s mechanism to fund “high risk/high reward” projects that are not likely to make it through the regular peer review process.</p> <p>During the exploratory 24-month EAGER project, interdisciplinary teams comprised of students from architecture and materials science and engineering will investigate the interaction of smart materials within innovative building skins and fabricate and test these interactions during two semester-long workshops.</p> <p>“We formed organically around an idea that excited us all,” Rybkowski said. “We have a faculty team of five and a host of graduate students from architecture, materials science and engineering, construction science and visualization. This type of representation is quite unusual.</p> <p>“The group gets larger and larger with each meeting as students and faculty hear about the project. Some are invited and others just show up to the weekly discussions with a flash drive they wish to share. There is a spirit of free sharing of knowledge and ideas. It’s wonderful.”</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/10/09/texas-am-receives-eager-grant-from-national-science-foundation http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/10/09/texas-am-receives-eager-grant-from-national-science-foundation Fri, 09 Oct 2015 00:00:00 CST Floudas presents 2015 P.V. Danckwerts Memorial Lecture Jeff Sammons <jeff.sammons@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/10/09/floudas-presents-2015-pv-danckwerts-memorial-lecture <p><img width="210" height="270" src="/media/2213490/floudas_web_2015.jpg" alt="floudas_web" class="leftalign"/><a href="http://titan.engr.tamu.edu">Dr. Christodoulos A. Floudas</a>, director of the Texas A&amp;M Energy Institute and the Erle Nye ’59 Chair Professor for Engineering Excellence in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, presented the 2015 P.V. Danckwerts Memorial Lecture at the <a href="http://www.ecce2015.eu/">10th European Congress of Chemical Engineering</a> (ECCE10) in Nice, France on Sept. 28. ECCE10 was held in conjunction with the 3rd European Congress of Applied Biotechnology (ECAB3) and the 5th European Process Intensification Conference (EPIC5). </p> <p>His presentation, “<a href="http://content.elsevierjournals.intuitiv.net/content/files/floudasdanckwertsnice-13105423.pdf">Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Sequestration: A Multi-scale Grand Challenge</a>,” introduced a multi-scale energy systems engineering framework for addressing the grand challenge of CO<sub>2</sub> capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS) at an individual process level and at the supply chain network level. Floudas outlined how CCUS could potentially cut carbon emissions in half at an affordable price. In his delivery of the prestigious lecture, Floudas said that we “need to take a multi-scale systems viewpoint,” in order to develop an optimal solution for CCUS, both on a nationwide and regional basis.</p> <p>The Danckwerts Lecture was established in 1985 to honor Professor Peter V. Danckwerts as a leading scholar in the field of chemical engineering. Floudas is a <a href="http://titan.engr.tamu.edu/">world-renowned authority</a> in mathematical modeling and optimization of complex systems. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for teaching and research, including election to the National Academy of Engineering in 2011, a SIAM Fellow in 2013, a TIAS Fellow and Eminent Scholar for 2013-14, an AIChE Fellow in 2013, a Corresponding Member of the Academy of Athens in 2015 and recipient of the Constantin Caratheodory Prize also in 2015. He has been repeatedly named a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/10/09/floudas-presents-2015-pv-danckwerts-memorial-lecture http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/10/09/floudas-presents-2015-pv-danckwerts-memorial-lecture Fri, 09 Oct 2015 00:00:00 CST Reddy elected to prestigious National Academy of Engineering Sophia Keen <skeen@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/02/09/reddy-elected-to-prestigious-national-academy-of-engineering <p>Dr. J.N. Reddy, professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, was inducted into The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) during a ceremony Sunday (Oct. 4) in Washington. Reddy, who is a Distinguished Professor, Regents Professor and holder of the Oscar S. Wyatt Endowed Chair, was recognized for his contributions to composite structures and engineering education.</p> <p><img width="200" height="300" src="/media/2185445/jnr_200x300.jpg" alt="Jnr" class="rightalign"/>Reddy came to Texas A&amp;M as an endowed chaired professor in 1992, bringing his passion for education and research to enrich the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is the author of nearly 500 journal papers and 18 books (several with second and third editions) on energy principles, variational methods, plates and shells, composite materials, mechanics of solids, and the finite element method and its applications. He has delivered more than 120 plenary, keynote or general invited lectures at international conferences and institutions, taught over 90 short courses, and advised 32 postdoctoral fellows and research visitors and over 100 graduate theses.</p> <p>Reddy believes that learning is a self-driven process, and a teacher’s role involves more than just imparting knowledge to the students. A teacher should provide motivation to the students to learn and help in organizing their thought process to understand and develop skills necessary to be successful in professional and personal life. He firmly believes that the hallmark of a successful engineer is to have a strong grasp of fundamental concepts and a creative-thinking capability to apply the fundamental concepts of the profession or discipline to solve real-life problems. A close look at the textbooks written by Reddy show that his teaching philosophy is based on motivating students to fully understand fundamental concepts and mathematical tools necessary to formulate the problems of engineering, and developing creative and critical thinking in students so as to build solutions to real-life engineering problems. He reminds his students time and again that engineering is a “problem-solving discipline” that requires an understanding of the fundamental principles/axioms of nature and their role in formulating the underlying mathematical models. He does not compromise, as judged from his books, on mathematical rigor and physical understanding required to address the problem to be solved. This is the part that most students, even though initially a bit scared of the mathematical tools he uses to explain the physics, appreciate the most.</p> <p><img width="500" height="375" src="/media/2990006/img_1011_500x375.jpg" alt="IMG_1011" class="leftalign"/>Reddy's research centers on theoretical formulations and numerical simulations of problems in solid and structural mechanics, composite materials, computational fluid dynamics, numerical heat transfer, geology and geophysics, and computational biology. Reddy's most significant contribution is the development of refined third-order and layer-wise plate and shell theories that bear his name in the literature. His plate and shell theories, which account for transverse shear deformation and interlaminar stresses in laminated composite materials are well-received by the composite materials and structures community all over the world and they are highly cited. The Defense Evaluation and Research Agency, DERA, Ministry of Defense of the United Kingdom contracted ABAQUS (HKS, Inc.) and Reddy as a consultant to incorporate his ideas on higher-order and layerwise theories into the software, which is used by universities as well as most structural analysis companies around the world. Reddy was the principal architect of a 3-D fluid flow finite element program based on the penalty function method in NISA finite element software, which is one of the most comprehensive engineering analysis suites available to address the automotive, aerospace, energy and power, civil, and electronics industries. His work on non-Newtonian flows was the basis of the code HyperForm (Reddy's Ph.D. student was hired by Altair, which owns the software).</p> <p>Throughout his career, Reddy has earned numerous national and international awards, including: the Worcester Reed Warner Medal (1992), the Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award (1995), and the Honorary Member (2011)<i> </i>award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Raymond D. Mindlin Medal<i> </i>(2014),<i> </i>the Nathan M. Newmark Medal<i> </i>(1998), and the Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize (1983)<i> </i>from the American Society of Civil Engineers; Award for Excellence in the Field of Composites<i> </i>(2000)<i> </i>and Distinguished Research Award (2004) from the American Society for Composites; and the Computational Solid Mechanics (2003) award from US Association for Computational Mechanics,<i> </i>and the IACM Award from the International Association for Computational Mechanics. He also<i> </i>won the AFS Award for Distinguished Achievement in Research, and Distinguished Research Award of the Sigma Xi<i>. </i>In 2011, Reddy was recognized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers<i> </i>as one of its Honorary Members and Life Fellow, an honor only a few members of ASME have<i> </i>received. Dr. Reddy is a fellow of all major professional societies of his subject area: the American<i> </i>Academy of Mechanics, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American<i> </i>Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Society<i> </i>for Composites, International Association of Computational Mechanics and the U.S. Association<i> </i>of Computational Mechanics, Institution of Structural Engineers, and Aeronautical Society of<i> </i>India.</p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/02/09/reddy-elected-to-prestigious-national-academy-of-engineering http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/02/09/reddy-elected-to-prestigious-national-academy-of-engineering Fri, 09 Oct 2015 00:00:00 CST Look College honors outstanding seniors Timothy Schnettler <tschnettler@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/10/07/look-college-honors-outstanding-seniors <p>The Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University honored seven students with its Craig C. Brown Outstanding Senior Engineering Award during a banquet Oct. 1 at the Memorial Student Center on the Texas A&amp;M campus.</p> <p>Seniors Tyler Buffington, J. Hunter Drozd, Tyler A. Romero, Peter Rozanski, Kevin von Storch, Katie Walker and Connie Xavier received the annual award because of their academic achievement, character and leadership abilities.</p> <p>Tyler Buffington, a senior mechanical engineering major, is from Keller, Texas, and he is constantly looking for ways that engineering solutions can improve the lives of others. He has participated in Engineers Without Borders and has founded Engineers Serving the Community. This service organization has pursued several projects to promote engineering in the local community teaching children about engineers as inventors, providing musical instruments in public parks and repairing equipment at a local food bank at no cost. Buffington is a member of both the Engineering Scholars Program and the University Honors Program. He conducted undergraduate research with the PHATE Research Group and has worked with Dow Chemical and Prime Controls. Tyler plans to pursue an advanced degree with a focus on clean energy.</p> <p>J. Hunter Drozd is a senior petroleum engineering major from Midland, Texas. Under the guidance of beloved mentors, Drozd has embraced the philosophy that achievement provides the opportunity to influence and serve others with integrity and humility. To that end, Hunter has been an active member of campus organizations such as the American Association of Drilling Engineers and the Society of Petroleum Engineers and worked for corporations such as BP Exploration Alaska, Inc., EOG Resources, Inc. and RSP Permian, Inc. He has been awarded numerous scholarships and academic honors, including membership in Pi Epsilon Tau Petroleum Engineering Honor Society and selection as only one of eight Star Scholars in the United States by the Society of Petroleum Engineers International.</p> <p>Tyler A. Romero is a senior computer science and engineering major from Chesterfield, Missouri. Although Romero arrived at Texas A&amp;M focused solely on academic excellence, his experience over the last three years has taught him the value of meeting new people and encouraging others to succeed. He has served as an active member and recruiter for various service organizations and programs including the Big Event, Fish Camp and Leaders in Freshmen Engineering. Tyler is also co-founder of Freshmen Reaching Excellence in Engineering, an organization that helps incoming engineering students to find their passion. He has completed summer internships with the Microsoft Corporation, Bloomberg L.P. and Washington University in St. Louis. Romero has also been the recipient of several scholarships and awards for academic merit and leadership.</p> <p>Peter Rozanski is a senior civil engineering major from San Antonio. Roznaski’s college experiences have shaped him into a well-rounded young man who has developed skills across a wide range of fields. He completed internships with engineering firms, investment fund organizations and government agencies. Rozanski has received awards for academic excellence as well as community service and student involvement. He has volunteered for numerous charitable and community outreach organizations and has served in a variety of on-campus organizations such as MSC Bethancourt, Titans of INvesting and the Aggie Muster Committee. He credits his engineering education with providing him foundational skills of problem-solving and methodical thinking, which he has applied to his various extracurricular activities.</p> <p>Kevin von Storch is a senior civil engineering major from Colleyville, Texas. Von Storch gained valuable insight on the importance of developing leadership skills while completing an engineering internship before his junior year. In order to gain the skills to be not only a competent engineer but also an effective leader, he has actively pursued a variety of opportunities such as the Mays Business Fellows Program, the Texas A&amp;M Foundation Maroon Coats, and the EY Emerging Leaders Summit. Notably, participation in the Mays Business Fellows Program is traditionally reserved for business students, but von Storch requested special permission to apply and was accepted as an engineering student. He has received numerous scholarships and awards for academic performance and leadership and has interned with Kimley-Horn &amp; Associates and U.S. P&amp;E Global.</p> <p>Katie Walker is a senior mechanical engineering major from Cedar Park, Texas. Texas A&amp;M’s core values are the foundation of Walker’s commitment to teamwork and servant leadership. She has participated in numerous community service activities, including several associated with her membership in the Society of Women Engineers. Walker has been the recipient of a variety of academic awards and honor designations. She has completed internships with Albemarle, Eastman and BP. She was also selected to participate in the Summer 2013 BP Women in Energy Leadership Program in Chicago. Katie believes being a leader doesn’t necessarily require an official title. Instead, she says a leader can emerge by earning the respect of the team and valuing each member.</p> <p>Connie Xavier is a senior civil engineering major from Arlington, Texas. Xavier’s passion to serve others has driven her to seek out leadership positions in both her academic career and personal life. She has been an active member of the Society of Women Engineers and the Student Engineers’ Council, served overseas as an ESL tutor and volunteered for numerous charitable organizations. Xavier has been awarded several scholarships and membership into honor societies Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society and both the Engineering Scholars Program and University Honors Program. She has gained engineering experience by working with the Texas A&amp;M Transportation Institute and Kimley-Horn &amp; Associates. Her goal as an engineer is to be open to alternative solutions and make a long-term impact on society. </p> <p>The Craig C. Brown Outstanding Senior Engineering Award is the most prestigious honor bestowed upon a graduating senior in the Look College. The award is based on outstanding scholastic achievement, leadership and character.</p> <p>The award was first presented in 1947 as the Engineering Faculty Senior Award. In 1996, the award was renamed to recognize Craig C. Brown for his vision to expand and enhance the program through a permanent endowment. This year’s recipients received a $5,000 education grant and an award. Their names will be added to the program’s recognition plaque.</p> <p>Brown is a 1975 civil engineering graduate and past recipient of the Engineering Faculty Senior Award. He also received a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&amp;M and is the president, owner and chief operating officer of Bray International Inc.</p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/10/07/look-college-honors-outstanding-seniors http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/10/07/look-college-honors-outstanding-seniors Wed, 07 Oct 2015 00:00:00 CST Texas A&M University earns top spot among NACME scholars Melanie Balinas <mbalinas@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/10/07/texas-am-university-earns-top-spot-among-nacme-scholars <p>Students from the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University have out-earned students from other universities for National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) scholarships. Twenty-seven students were named new recipients of the scholarship. The students were honored during a reception on Sept. 3. </p> <p>NACME aims to increase the proportion of African-American, American Indian and Latino graduates in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and careers. NACME’s vision is to help shape the United States’ engineering workforce.</p> <p>The Look College currently has 41 NACME scholars — the 27 new recipients and 14 existing students. The program was initially funded through a five-year NACME grant, which the 14 current existing NACME students are still receiving and benefiting from until they graduate.  However, the 27 new recipients and incoming freshmen students received their NACME scholarship through their high school partnerships with the NACME national organization. Extra-curricular activities, GPA and financial merit are taken into consideration for the scholarship. </p> <p>The NACME scholarship is focused on more than just financial benefit for the students. Scholars are required to participate in community service, development workshops, networking events, career acumen and professional development.</p> <p>“The NACME scholarship program serves as another great resource for involving historically underrepresented students,” said Dr. Sonia Garcia. “They have a community of scholars and an expanded network that supports them and helps them to strive in their chosen engineering field.”</p> <p>Garcia, who is the senior director for Access &amp; Inclusion, strives to work with all scholars beyond their first year by having extra-curricular involvements.</p> <p>“The NACME events have helped me [become] more involved with leadership organizations, such as becoming a camp counselor and engineering ambassador,” said Corinne Martinez a NACME member and a senior biomedical engineering student. </p> <p>Current NACME scholars serve as volunteers for the Engineering Aggies Gaining Experience (ENGAGE) fall invitationals where they serve as host, tour guides and speakers/panelists for high school students who are historically underrepresent in engineering and who attend a high school in Texas that has become an ENGAGE Partner School with the Look College.</p> <p>Look College faculty members provide guidance to NACME members through career workshops. NACME scholars have access to the nationwide NACME network and have the opportunity to serve as an ambassador to NACME for the university.</p> <p>Current NACME ambassador Anthony Ramirez serves as the liaison between national and campus scholars and helps to plan all events on campus.</p> <p>“NACME has given me a voice to represent the underrepresented minority students in engineering at Texas A&amp;M,” said Ramirez. “It has helped me learn to network and to expand my network on campus and with industry professionals.”</p> <p>“My hope is for the program to grow and continue to be a resource for students,” said Garcia.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/10/07/texas-am-university-earns-top-spot-among-nacme-scholars http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/10/07/texas-am-university-earns-top-spot-among-nacme-scholars Wed, 07 Oct 2015 00:00:00 CST