Texas A&M Engineering News The Look College is one of the largest engineering schools in the country, ranking third in undergraduate enrollment and sixth in graduate enrollment by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) in its 2011 survey. The Look College also ranked seventh in the number bachelor's degrees awarded, 13th in master's degrees awarded and 10th in doctoral degrees awarded. And our college consistently ranks among the nation's top public undergraduate and graduate engineering programs, according to U.S. News & World Report. http://engineering.tamu.edu Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:00:00 CST Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:00:00 CST NSF grant awarded to Eun Jung Kim for on-chip network research Kathy Flores <> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/09/02/nsf-grant-awarded-to-eun-jung-kim-for-on-chip-network-research <p><a href="http://faculty.cse.tamu.edu/dzsong/"><img width="210" height="270" src="/media/552584/image-of-eun-jung-kim.jpg" alt="Image of Eun Jung Kim" class="leftalign"/>Dr. Eun Jung Kim</a> was awarded a <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1423433">National Science Foundation (NSF) grant</a> to develop a framework for high-performance and energy-efficient on-chip network mechanisms in synergy with Multicore Accelerator. Kim is the principal investigator and Dr. Ki Hwan Yum is co-principal. The grant, awarded in July, is funded for three years through the NSF CCF Software and Hardware Foundations.</p> <p>According to Kim the key contributions expected from the project are: building a simulation testbed and analyzing the behavior of on-chip traffic workloads in multicore accelerators; proposing mechanisms for a high-performance and energy-efficient Network-on-Chip (NoC) by utilizing emerging memory and NoC technologies in addition to novel topologies and routing mechanisms; developing methodologies at the NoC level that will support data prefetching mechanisms in the multicore accelerators; and providing multicast support and packet coalescing in the on-chip network to guarantee better system throughput.</p> <p>"The results from this project are likely to foster new research directions in several areas of computer architecture and parallel computing," said Kim. "Also, high-performance and energy-aware computing and communication research is applicable to other areas, such as embedded systems and coud computing. We will develop web-based tutorials to present and disseminate the results of this project, including tools and techniques, to a broad audience."</p> <p>Among Kim's fields of interest are computer architecture, power/temperature control, computer system security, parallel/distributed systems, performance evaluation, and fault-tolerant computing. She is a 2009 recipient of the NSF Early Faculty Development (CAREER) Program Award.</p> <p>Kim is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&amp;M and director of the <a href="http://faculty.cs.tamu.edu/ejkim/HPC_WEB/">High Performance Computing Laboratory</a>. She is a 2003 graduate of Penn State University and has a doctorate in computer science and engineering. Kim also has a bachelor's degree in computer science from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Taejeon and a master's degree in computer science and engineering from Pohang University of Science and Technology in Pohang, Korea.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/09/02/nsf-grant-awarded-to-eun-jung-kim-for-on-chip-network-research http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/09/02/nsf-grant-awarded-to-eun-jung-kim-for-on-chip-network-research Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:00:00 CST Banerjee appointed Leland T. Jordan Professor Timothy Schnettler <tschnettler@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/09/02/banerjee-appointed-leland-t-jordan-professor <p><img width="210" height="315" src="/media/1670347/db.jpg" alt="Db" class="rightalign"/>Dr. M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, has appointed Dr. Debjyoti Banerjee holder of the Leland T. Jordan Career Development Professorship in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The endowed development professorship was effective Sept. 1.</p> <p>Banerjee, who is an associate professor in mechanical engineering, joined the Texas A&amp;M faculty in 2005. He holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree, both in mechanical engineering, from the University of California, Los Angeles. He also holds master’s degrees in computational science and engineering science, both from the University of Mississippi, as well as a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology. </p> <p>Banerjee’s research interests include thermo-fluidics (multi-phase flow, boiling condensation, thermal management), micro/nano-fluidics, micro/nano-technology (DPN, SFIL, CNT synthesis), nanofluids (complex fluids), thermal energy storage/solar power and numerical simulations (network models, Finite Elements/FEA, Computational Fluids: CFD/CHT, Molecular Dynamics/MD).</p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/09/02/banerjee-appointed-leland-t-jordan-professor http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/09/02/banerjee-appointed-leland-t-jordan-professor Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:00:00 CST CSE welcomes back Dr. J. Michael Moore '07 Kathy Flores <> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/09/02/cse-welcomes-back-dr-j-michael-moore-07 <p><img src="/media/1670343/jm_moore.jpg" alt="Image of J Michael Moore" class="leftalign"/>The Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University welcomes back <strong>Dr. J. Michael Moore '07</strong> as a lecturer this fall. He held this position in the CSE department in 2008 after working as a postdoctoral research associate upon receiving his doctoral degree in computer science from Texas A&amp;M in 2007.</p> <p>During his five-year hiatus from Texas A&amp;M, Moore worked as a freelance sign language interpreter and taught an introduction to programming course for The University of Texas at Austin School of Information.</p> <p>"It's amazing," said Moore, "the insights I gained observing teacher student interactions in my interpreting role. I'm hoping those insights and reflections from my teaching experience will meld together to provide an environment where my students can be successful."</p> <p>Moore will be teaching undergraduate courses in Intermediate Programming and Design, Discrete Structures for Computing, and Design and Analysis of Algorithms.</p> <p>When asked about returning to CSE, Moore said, "I missed my academic roots and jumped at the opportunity to come back to Texas A&amp;M. The computer science and engineering department is an amazing place to learn and work, and I'm excited to be back."</p> <p>In 2007 Moore, advised by Dr. Frank Shipman, received his doctorate in computer science. His dissertation was "Design Exploration: Engaging a Larger User Population." He also holds a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Texas A&amp;M and a master's degree in computer science from Texas State University.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/09/02/cse-welcomes-back-dr-j-michael-moore-07 http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/09/02/cse-welcomes-back-dr-j-michael-moore-07 Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:00:00 CST Dr. John Keyser receives 2014 AFS College Level Teaching Award Rachel Rose <rdaggie@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/09/02/dr-john-keyser-receives-2014-afs-college-level-teaching-award <p><img width="208" height="267" src="/media/552938/image-of-john-keyser_208x267.jpg" alt="Image of John Keyser" class="leftalign"/>Dr. John Keyser, Texas A&amp;M University computer science and engineering professor, has been honored with the 2014 Association of Former Students College Level Teaching Award. He was also presented with this award in 2007. Each fall, The Association of Former Students honors outstanding faculty members for their dedication to teaching. Since the program's inception in 1982, recipients have been recognized for their talent, expertise and devotion in conveying knowledge to students.</p> <p>Keyser teaches courses in programming and computer graphics and has been at Texas A&amp;M for 14 years. His research interests includes work on robust geometric and solid modeling, physically based simulation, and as part of brain networks laboratory. While he is a professor in the Department of Computer Science, Keyser has also collaborated with several faculty members in the Visualization Sciences program at Texas A&amp;M. He holds bachelor's degrees in engineering physics, applied mathematics, and computer science from Abilene Christian University and received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been published in numerous journal articles, conference papers and technical reports. </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/09/02/dr-john-keyser-receives-2014-afs-college-level-teaching-award http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/09/02/dr-john-keyser-receives-2014-afs-college-level-teaching-award Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:00:00 CST Lutkenhaus' research classified as "Hot" by Soft Matter journal Kidron Vestal <kidron@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/29/lutkenhaus-research-classified-as-hot-by-soft-matter-journal <p><img width="210" height="270" src="/media/1670322/image-of-jodie-lutkenhaus.jpg" alt="Image -of -jodie -lutkenhaus" class="leftalign"/><span>The research of Dr. Jodie L. Lutkenhaus, </span><span>assistant professor and the William and Ruth Neely Faculty Fellow in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering, </span>has received a "<a href="http://blogs.rsc.org/sm/2014/08/06/hot-articles-for-august/">Hot</a>" classification by the Royal Society of Chemistry's journal <i><a href="http://pubs.rsc.org/en/journals/journalissues/sm#!recentarticles&amp;all">Soft Matter</a>.</i></p> <p>The article<em>,</em> “Thermal Transitions in Hydrated Layer-by-Layer Assemblies Observed Using Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy” is available for <a href="http://pubs.rsc.org/en/Content/ArticleLanding/2014/SM/C4SM01269K#!divAbstract">free</a> thru Sept. 5, 2014.</p> <p>"For the first time, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy has been used to observe thermal transitions in thin polymer films called 'layer-by-layer assemblies," Lutkenhaus said. "This technique allows us to understand in great detail the temperature response of films as thin as 10's of nanometers (1/10000th of a human hair)."</p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/29/lutkenhaus-research-classified-as-hot-by-soft-matter-journal http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/29/lutkenhaus-research-classified-as-hot-by-soft-matter-journal Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CST Kuo's research among most cited in ECS Transactions journal Kidron Vestal <kidron@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/29/kuos-research-among-most-cited-in-ecs-transactions-journal <p><img width="210" height="270" src="/media/1670321/kuo.jpg" alt="Kuo" class="leftalign"/>Dr. Yue Kuo, professor and Holder of the Dow Professorship in the <a href="/chemical">Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering</a>, has one of the most cited papers in <em>ECS</em><i> Transactions</i>, a journal on solid-state and electrochemistry studies.</p> <p>"High-<i>k </i>Materials and Processing III" was published in 2006 and continues to be highly-referenced, ranking at the top in solid-state research for the journal (data collected Aug 2014.)</p> <p>"The high-<i>k</i> gate dielectric in this paper is critical to the success of the next generation of high-speed ICs widely used in computers and instruments," Kuo said.</p> <p>According to Kuo the research in this area continues in terms of how he plans to advance the research into the future generation of nonvolatile memories, which are also critical to advanced computers and instruments.</p> <p>"Our current result shows that a single electron or hole can be stored in one nanocrystal (of the size of 3-8 nm) embedded in this new high-<i>k</i> dielectric material," Kuo said.</p> <p>The research paper can be found at <a href="http://ecst.ecsdl.org/reports/most-cited">doi: 10.1149/1.2209294.</a></p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/29/kuos-research-among-most-cited-in-ecs-transactions-journal http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/29/kuos-research-among-most-cited-in-ecs-transactions-journal Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CST Dr. Valerie Taylor to serve as co-Pi on NSF I-Corps node Timothy Schnettler <tschnettler@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/28/dr-valerie-taylor-to-serve-as-co-pi-on-nsf-i-corps-node <p><img width="180" height="245" src="/media/1652327/taylor-1.jpg" alt="Taylor -1" class="rightalign"/>Dr. Valerie Taylor, senior associate dean for academic affairs and the Royce E. Wisenbaker professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, is a co-PI on a National Science Foundation (NSF) project establishing an <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132472&amp;WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&amp;WT.mc_ev=click">I-Corps Node</a> focused on promoting innovation in the Southwest region of the United States.</p> <p>The Southwest Alliance for Entrepreneurial Innovation Node (SAEIN) will leverage the combined entrepreneurial experience and extensive research capabilities of The University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&amp;M University and Rice University.</p> <p>The three universities received a three-year, $3.75 million grant from NSF to become a regional innovation hub that translates academic research into useful technologies with commercial applications.</p> <p>The SAEIN will be based at UT-Austin, which is the grant’s principal investigator.</p> <p>In addition to Taylor, Dr. Richard Lester, clinical associate professor and executive director of the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship at Texas A&amp;M’s Mays Business School, will serve as a co-PI.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/28/dr-valerie-taylor-to-serve-as-co-pi-on-nsf-i-corps-node http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/28/dr-valerie-taylor-to-serve-as-co-pi-on-nsf-i-corps-node Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CST CSE welcomes new Adjunct Faculty Rachel Rose <rdaggie@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/28/cse-welcomes-new-adjunct-faculty <p><img width="159" height="209" src="/media/1652329/gabby-silberman-photo_150x198.jpg" alt="Image of Gabby Silberman" class="leftalign"/>The Department of Computer Science at Texas A&amp;M University is excited to announce two additions<br />to their faculty; Dr. Gabriel (Gabby) Silberman, Executive Director of Technology Strategy and University Alliances in Dell Research, is serving as Adjunct Professor and Dr. Amy Gooch, Research Scientist with the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute at the University of Utah, is now serving as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the department.</p> <p>In Silberman’s role as Executive Director of Technology Strategy and University Alliances in Dell Research, he is responsible for leading collaborative and innovative research projects involving Dell Inc. and universities worldwide. He also manages the invention disclosure/patent process for Dell Software Group.</p> <p>Silberman’s research interests are aligned with the principal technology themes guiding Dell Research: data insights, Internet of Things, mobility and next generation UX, next-generation infrastructure and cloud, and security. He has more than 25 patents in process or awarded, 20 refereed journal publications, and has presented at over 50 international conferences and workshops.</p> <p>“As an adjunct, I hope to bridge between Texas A&amp;M faculty and Dell Research on a variety of technical topics, such as High Performance Computing, Big Data and Analytics, and spanning multiple industry verticals of interest to Dell, such as Healthcare, Security, and Manufacturing,” said Silberman. “I also intend to collaborate with my Dell colleagues in recruiting Texas A&amp;M students and sponsoring capstone and other projects as appropriate.”</p> <p><img width="150" height="212" src="/media/1652328/amy_150x212.png" alt="Image of Amy Gooch" class="leftalign"/>Gooch’s current research includes user interfaces that span wall displays to mobile devices and gigapixel computational photography <br />for histology and pathology. Additionally, she is applying for the National Institutes of Health’s Small Business Innovation Research program Phase 2 funding for application development in collaboration with PAMS, Inc., headed by Norman L. Foster, M.D. Professor of Neurology and Director, Center for Alzheimer’s Care, Imaging and Research at the University of Utah, and ViSUS LLC. She will also be actively collaborating with faculty within the department in research areas of Human-Centered Systems and Digital Humanities.</p> <p> “At Texas A&amp;M, I look forward to participating in women in computing group (AWICS), give seminars in the department, collaborate with CSE faculty and establish a relationship with the department and my current research group at Utah,” Gooch said. “I look forward to applying for funding to further cement my relationship with the department and its faculty, as well as become more involved in the department.”</p> <p>CSE is enthusiastic about bringing these two esteemed researchers on as Adjunct Faculty and believe they will make a great impact on the department.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/28/cse-welcomes-new-adjunct-faculty http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/28/cse-welcomes-new-adjunct-faculty Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CST Professor Emeritus Udo Pooch (1943 - 2014) Kathy Flores <> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/27/professor-emeritus-udo-pooch-(1943-2014) <p><img width="210" height="270" src="/media/1652306/pooch.jpg" alt="Image of Udo Pooch" class="leftalign"/>Dr. Udo Pooch passed away on Sunday, August 24. He was 71 years old.</p> <p>Dr. Pooch began his teaching career in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University in 1969 after earning his doctoral degree in theoretical physics from the University of Notre Dame that same year. During his tenure, he supervised in excess of 250 MS/MCS graduates and over 55 PhD graduates. He had been principal or co-principal investigator for research projects sponsored by such organizations as NSF, IBM, U.S. Department of Transportation, George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA, USAF, and US Navy. Dr. Pooch retired from the University in May 2009.</p> <p>"Given the long and distinguished career of Dr. Pooch and the large number of students that he either mentored or taught, his full impact is immeasurable," commented Dr. Jim Wall '93, a former student of Dr. Pooch. "He is especially well-known for being the primary research adviser for a large number of military officers receiving advanced computer science degrees. Again, this translates into a significant contribution to our national defense."</p> <p>Among Dr. Pooch's many academic honors were his Endowed E-Systems Professorship of Computer Science, which he held from 1993 to 2008, and the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching from the Texas A&amp;M College of Engineering presented in 1974. His research interests were in operating systems, system architecture, computer networking, fault-tolerant systems, real-time computing, and network and computer system security. Dr. Pooch wrote more than 115 papers and co-authored several books on systems, security, and networking.</p> <p>Family, friends, students and colleagues are saddened by the loss of Udo Pooch but will remember him for the caring and understanding with which he enhanced their relationships.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/27/professor-emeritus-udo-pooch-(1943-2014) http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/27/professor-emeritus-udo-pooch-(1943-2014) Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CST Dezhen Song awarded NSF grant to study new robotic system Kathy Flores <> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/27/dezhen-song-awarded-nsf-grant-to-study-new-robotic-system <p><a href="http://faculty.cse.tamu.edu/dzsong/"><img width="210" height="270" src="/media/552464/image-of-dezhen-song.jpg" alt="Image of Dezhen Song" class="leftalign"/>Dr. Dezhen Song</a> received a three-year <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1426752">National Science Foundation (NSF) grant</a> to develop a new robotic system, algorithms and control schemes for sustainable civil infrastructures. The project, "Collaborative Research: Minimally Invasive Robotic Non-Destructive Evaluation and Rehabilitation for Bridge Decks (Bridge-MINDER)," is a collaborative effort between Texas A&amp;M University and Rutgers University. Song is the principal investigator.</p> <p>"Bridges are critical components of modern transportation infrastructure," said Song. "Bridges deteriorate over time as a result of material aging, excessive use and overloading, environmental conditions, inadequate maintenance, and deficiencies in inspection and evaluation. Building on the recent advances in robotics and automation technologies, the objective of this project is to develop a novel Minimally Invasive robotic Non-Destructive Evaluation and Rehabilitation (MINDER) for bridge decks."</p> <p>Song's research has a relationship of mutual benefit with the National Robotics Initiative, which is supported by NSF, NASA, NIH and the USDA.</p> <p>"The project outcomes, including source code, datasets, and publications, are to be shared among research community and the general public," said Song. "The project also includes a number of integrated research and education programs to attract students from underrepresented groups into engineering and involve students into robotics research."</p> <p>Song is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&amp;M and director of the <a href="http://telerobot.cs.tamu.edu/">NetBot Laboratory</a>. He received his doctoral degree in industrial engineering and operations research from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004, and joined the CSE faculty the same year. His research interests include robot sensing, networked robots, vision systems, and stochastic modeling.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/27/dezhen-song-awarded-nsf-grant-to-study-new-robotic-system http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2014/08/27/dezhen-song-awarded-nsf-grant-to-study-new-robotic-system Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CST