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 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:00:00 CST Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:00:00 CST Zhan completes book, “Lean Six Sigma and Statistical Tools for Engineers and Engineering Managers” Donald St. Martin <dstmartin@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/11/25/zhan-completes-book-“lean-six-sigma-and-statistical-tools-for-engineers-and-engineering-managers” <p><img width="200" height="280" src="/media/3126876/wei-zhan_fall-2015_200x280.jpg" alt="WEI-ZHAN_FALL-2015" class="rightalign"/>Dr. Wei Zhan, associate professor in the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution at Texas A&amp;M University, recently completed the book, “Lean Six Sigma and Statistical Tools for Engineers and Engineering Managers.”</p> <p class="TXL" align="left">This book is co-authored with Dr. Xuru Ding, who is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt at General Motors. The book is intended to be a textbook for advanced undergraduate students, graduate students in engineering, and mid-career engineering professionals. It can also be a reference book, or be used to prepare for the Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt certifications by organizations such as the American Society for Quality. The book focuses on the introduction of the basic concepts, processes, and tools used in Lean Six Sigma. A unique feature of this book is the detailed discussion on Design for Six Sigma aided by computer modeling and simulation. The authors present several sample projects in which Lean Six Sigma and Design for Six Sigma were used to solve engineering problems or improve processes based on their own research and development experiences in engineering design and analysis.</p> <p>The book is currently in production and will be available for purchase in December. More information may be <a href="http://www.momentumpress.net/books/lean-six-sigma-and-statistical-tools-engineers-and-engineering-managers">found here.</a></p> <p>Zhan is the program coordinator for the Electronic System Engineering Technology program. He has taught classes and led research focused in the areas of Lean Six Sigma, controls and optimization at Texas A&amp;M since 2006. He also offers a continued education workshop in <a href="http://sixsigma.tamu.edu/">Lean Six Sigma</a>.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/11/25/zhan-completes-book-“lean-six-sigma-and-statistical-tools-for-engineers-and-engineering-managers” http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/11/25/zhan-completes-book-“lean-six-sigma-and-statistical-tools-for-engineers-and-engineering-managers” Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:00:00 CST Safety engineering degree program recognized by IChemE Victor Salazar <vsalaza@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/11/25/safety-engineering-degree-program-recognized-by-icheme <p><img width="285" height="244" src="/media/3126870/mannan_285x244.jpg" alt="MannanAward" class="leftalign"/>The Master of Science in safety engineering degree, conferred by the Texas A&amp;M Engineering Experiment Station’s Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center (MKOPSC), has been recognized by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) as satisfying the requirements to register as a professional process safety engineer. It is considered a preferred pathway to obtaining the qualification. </p> <p>IChemE presented the program certification to Dr. M. Sam Mannan, director of MKOPSC and regents professor, at the 2015 MKOPSC International Symposium.</p> <p>“We are excited to have our degree program certified,” Mannan said. “This provides a new and recommended avenue for engineers to become recognized as process safety experts.”</p> <p>In addition to the program certification, IChemE conferred the title of professional process safety engineer on Mannan at the event. He joins a pool of less than 100 engineers who have achieved this qualification.</p> <p>“I’m honored to be the first professional process safety engineer from MKOPSC,” Mannan said. “I’m looking forward to working with many students as they go through our program.”</p> <p>Professional process safety engineers are globally recognized. The title holds the same level of status as chartered engineer and professional engineer. IChemE established the program to distinguish practitioners as professionals in process safety.</p> <p>MKOPSC has worked with IChemE, the leading professional engineering organization in Europe, since 2014. They have collaborated on process safety education, chemical product design and strategic leadership and direction.</p> <p>For more information about the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center, please visit the <a href="http://process-safety.tamu.edu/">website</a>. </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/11/25/safety-engineering-degree-program-recognized-by-icheme http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/11/25/safety-engineering-degree-program-recognized-by-icheme Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:00:00 CST Crisman Institute on path to new directions in research Nancy Luedke <> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/11/24/crisman-institute-on-path-to-new-directions-in-research <p>The Crisman Institute for Petroleum Research, a well-established research program within the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, is partnering with another research center at Texas A&amp;M to further new research directions needed by the petroleum industry.</p> <p>The Crisman Institute for Reservoir Management was established in 1984 by a private donor endowment from Wayne and Ruby Crisman to further research efforts within the Department of Petroleum Engineering. </p> <p>The original purpose of the Crisman Institute was to get oil and gas companies to bring problems and data to the faculty and students, so industry and academia could work together to build better reservoir management plans. The institute functioned in this capacity for 20 years. In 2004, Dr. Stephen A. Holditch became the director and decided to invigorate the program. At his request, Schlumberger, Halliburton and Chevron each agreed to give a $1 million endowment to the institute, which was renamed the Crisman Institute for Petroleum Research. In addition, industry membership was offered to other companies, who joined Crisman to help the faculty focus on current important problems and to provide both data and mentoring to the graduate students. Holditch left the institute when he retired as department head in January 2012.</p> <p><img width="195" height="250" src="/media/1121932/holditch_stephen_2010_195x250.jpg" alt="Image of Holditch-Stephen" style="float: right;"/>Holditch, back with Texas A&amp;M as a professor, is once more a part of the institute, this time serving as associate director, and the Crisman Institute is again on the verge of another leap forward. The institute is merging efforts with the Berg-Hughes Center (BHC) for Petroleum and Sedimentary Systems, a part of the Department of Geology and Geophysics within the College of Geosciences at Texas A&amp;M.  This new Crisman-BHC effort will concentrate on a comprehensive analysis of shale reservoirs in order to further develop predictive geologic, hydraulic fracturing and reservoir models.</p> <p>Though large in size, the remaining oil reserves in the United States are located in increasingly challenging reservoirs, necessitating the use of innovative techniques and creative thinking to manage them.</p> <p>“It is not possible to optimize field development without combining geology, geophysics, and petroleum engineering to analyze data and predict production, reserves, and economics so management can make intelligent and informed decisions on how to proceed with field development,” said Holditch. “By combining Crisman and the BHC faculty and graduate students, we have the integrated team we need for solving the complex problems associated with developing shale reservoirs.”</p> <p>In the petroleum industry, most problems are solved in multidisciplinary teams. In the Crisman-BHC 2016 research proposal, graduate students in the geosciences and graduate students in petroleum engineering will work together on academic teams using comprehensive data sets from shale reservoirs to develop new solutions, better understand basic mechanisms, and use the knowledge to build predictive models.</p> <p>“Some university research is typically one faculty member with a group of graduate students working on problems of interest to the faculty member with little input from other faculty,” said Holditch. “I believe we will generate better solutions and train better graduates by having our faculty work together solving problems of interest to industry.”</p> <p>The Department of Petroleum Engineering currently has a number of joint industry projects (JIPs) that bring together faculty with different expertise to solve problems of interest to the JIPs’ industry members. </p> <p>“The Crisman-BHC partnership is like a grand JIP with goals that will benefit industry once the objectives are achieved,” said Holditch.</p> <p>There is no shortage of problems to be solved, especially in shale reservoirs. Successful research projects, such as the ones in the Crisman Institute, will generate as many opportunities as they do answers, benefitting everyone involved, especially students.</p> <p>Industry will gain solutions to their problems, faculty will have challenging research for their students, and the partnership will turn out experienced graduates for hire by the industry. Current students working on the cutting edge research of shale reservoirs, will provide valuable papers in the form of theses, dissertations, peer-reviewed articles, and hundreds of conference papers.  It is possible that several patents could result from the work. However, a key asset produced by the students’ work will be the development of new software.</p> <p>“The main goal of the 2016-2018 research plan is to develop predictive models for use by industry,” said Holditch. “We need to improve the fundamental science in our geologic, hydraulic fracturing, and reservoir models so they can be used to both match the production history and predict the future production performance more accurately than we can now.”</p> <p>Most oil and gas companies developing shale reservoirs do not have a research center.  Some do, but even these larger companies see the benefit of working with faculty and students. In fact, most companies belong to several university research consortiums or JIPs. The competition to attract industry attention and funding usually comes down to a hard-earned reputation to deliver the best answers.</p> <p>“The Crisman-BHC has to provide value to each company involved if they are going to continue to support our effort,” said Holditch.</p> <p>The merged effort between the Crisman Institute and the Berg-Hughes Center should prove invaluable and has already drawn interest. Currently over 50 research proposals submitted by faculty are being reviewed to formulate the 2016 plan.  Once the best proposals have been identified and the plan formulated, it will go before the Crisman-BHC member companies for approval and the research will begin.</p> <p>When asked what other plans were in the works for the future of the Crisman Institute, Holditch was open to the possibilities of other joint efforts.</p> <p>“Industry will help us define the problems they see as important,” said Holditch. “It is very possible that other engineering departments, chemistry, physics, mathematics, or even business departments such as economics could be involved in the Crisman-BHC activity.”</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/11/24/crisman-institute-on-path-to-new-directions-in-research http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/11/24/crisman-institute-on-path-to-new-directions-in-research Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:00:00 CST Pediatric medical innovations focus of Aggies Invent Melanie Balinas <mbalinas@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/11/24/pediatric-medical-innovations-focus-of-aggies-invent <p>Dehydration is the second leading cause of death in infants, but what if a simple pacifier could prevent it? Student team DeHydraTect has developed a dehydration-detecting pacifier for just this cause through Aggies Invent: Pediatric Medical Applications.</p> <p>Aggies Invent promotes an innovation and entrepreneurial mindset among students at Texas A&amp;M University. It gathers invited students, provides them with the needs statements submitted by sponsors, allows them to self-select teams, gives them access to industry mentors and support from the Engineering Innovation Center (EIC) to create solutions and prototypes in 48 hours.</p> <p>The focus of the most recent Aggies Invent was Pediatric Medical Applications. Texas Children’s Hospital, Texas A&amp;M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) and Accenture sponsored the weekend’s event. Partnering with doctors and researchers from each of the sponsors, needs statement related to medical equipment, patient comfort and diagnosing and correcting health problems were created. Teams were tasked with enhancing the effectiveness of care and comfort for infant and child patients.</p> <p class="leftalign"><img width="400" height="258" src="/media/3126855/ZO0A7212_Students_400x258.jpg" alt="ZO0A7212 Students" class="rightalign"/></p> <p>More than 130 students applied for Aggies Invent: Pediatric Medical Applications and 62 were selected to participate. The students ranged from freshmen to doctoral candidates. Most participants are engineering students, but the group included medical students and a variety of other majors. Engaging different disciplines fosters development of solutions that are truly innovative and creative.</p> <p>The winning team, DeHydraTect, was comprised of Scott Herting, Magy Avedissian, Jose Wippold, Grace Fletcher and Nga Tang. The pacifier they created contains a saliva analysis channel using biometric sensors to detect dehydration through detection of the variation in salinity. The pacifier relays data to a mobile or computer application for parents and doctors to analyze. </p> <p>Second place went to the team of Tessa Bronez, Clayton Kruger, Robert Hunt and Sima Amin for its product, iCare, a screening device to better detect retinopathy of prematurity in infants. Retinopathy of prematurity is an abnormal blood vessel that can lead to detached retinas and blindness. The team’s product captures images of the eye to aid in the diagnosis and improve patient comfort during the process.</p> <p>LiteAlert came in third place with an infant movement detector. Sensors are placed on infants in the NICU and integrated with an alarm system algorithm. The detector will prevent false alarms from infant movement; therefore allowing caretakers to respond more efficiently when real health alarms are sounded. Team members included Jessica Brezicha, Jessica Hanson, Kristen Calhoun, Abi Subramanian and Maximiliano Ortiz.</p> <p>This Aggies Invent was judged by Kristen Banks, managing director for Accenture; Dr. Balakrishna Haridas, professor of practice and head of entrepreneurship programs for the Texas A&amp;M Engineering Experiment Station; Dr. Jon Mogford, vice chancellor for research at Texas A&amp;M; Dr. Mark Sicilio, interim department chair and assistant professor of pediatrics for TAMHSC and Dr. Neal Spears, pediatrics specialist for St. Joseph Health System.</p> <p>“Having students come out of the university and be able to apply this innovation experience immediately is an important skill,” said Banks. “It makes them so valuable to any organization.”</p> <p><img width="300" height="328" src="/media/3130543/ZO0A7631_Present_300x328.jpg" alt="ZO0A7631_Present.jpg" class="leftalign rightalign"/></p> <p>The judging panel was so impressed with the results of the competition that Mogford decided to award each team a $250 prize. The top three teams received $1,000, $750 and $500, respectively, for their awards.</p> <p>The innovation does not stop at the awards. All teams are invited to continue working on their project and will have access to the EIC and mentors to help them improve their idea and create more advanced prototypes. Rodney Boehm, event organizer, director of Aggies Invent and associate professor of practice, continues to provide guidance to each team throughout this process. They also have the opportunity to work with Startup Aggieland for additional assistance. </p> <p>Sicilio said he hopes these ideas will be presented at the TAMHSC Grand Rounds and at medical conferences.</p> <p>“I’m amazed and honored to help with the collaboration between engineering and medicine,” Sicilio stated. “This was amazing.”</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/11/24/pediatric-medical-innovations-focus-of-aggies-invent http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/11/24/pediatric-medical-innovations-focus-of-aggies-invent Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:00:00 CST Look College hosts retreat for high school counselors Melanie Balinas <mbalinas@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/11/24/look-college-hosts-retreat-for-high-school-counselors <p>The Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University hosted 33 high school counselors at the fall Engineering High School Counselor’s Retreat on Nov. 18 and 19.</p> <p>Dr. Sonia Garcia, senior director of access and inclusion program in Engineering Academic and Student Affairs (EASA), organized a retreat for Engineering Aggies Gaining Experience Programs (ENGAGE) partner high schools. Access and Inclusion’s objective is to work with counselors under ENGAGE with the end goal of increasing the enrollment numbers of underrepresented minority students in the college of engineering.</p> <p>The purpose of the retreat was to have counselors learn about the myriad of programs offered, culture and future plans of the college, to help the college administrators, faculty and staff learn how to improve the outreach and recruitment of underrepresented minority students and to build partnerships between the Look College and various high schools in Texas. </p> <p>“This retreat provided high school counselors a better understanding of how the Look College prepares and will be preparing the next generation of engineers,” said Garcia. “A partnership between high schools and the Look College is critical.”</p> <p>Engineering Aggies Gaining Experience Programs is a new program under Access &amp; Inclusion that aims to increase the number of underrepresented ethnic groups in the Look College. It works to expose high school students to engineering programs and create a direct pathway for students at Texas high schools to Texas A&amp;M.</p> <p>“Students are asking about engineering and I didn’t have much information to share,” said Fon’Shall Watts, a counselor from the Brennan ISD. “I’m learning about the programs so I can better inform my students.”</p> <p><img width="500" height="315" src="/media/3126847/IMG_0348_classroom_500x315.jpg" alt="IMG 0348 Classroom" class="rightalign"/></p> <p>During the retreat, counselors learned about the Look College’s 25 by 25 initiative from Dr. Valerie Taylor, senior associate dean for EASA, and how the college of engineering is transforming engineering education. The initiative aims to increase enrollment to 25,000 students by the year 2025. They also attended presentations on initiatives from access and inclusion, women in engineering, preK-12 outreach and Halliburton global engineering programs.</p> <p>The counselors visited with each of the engineering departments and toured several of the engineering buildings on campus. During the two-day retreat, they met with program directors, deans and advisers. Counselors had an opportunity to hear and discuss admissions policies, the admissions process, and the importance of meeting the application deadline, as well as financial aid and scholarships offered at the college and university level.</p> <p>Angella Ford, a counselor from Victory Early College in the Aldine ISD which is a recent new ENGAGE Partner School, has already found success with the ENGAGE programs. Two of her students have been accepted into the college of engineering and she credits the ENGAGE programs with helping them reach this achievement. Ford said the information she learns at the counselor’s retreat has helped her in her advising of students and the application process.</p> <p>“This has made the process click for me,” Ford said. “As a counselor, I help students start the process, but now I can help them understand that once they’re accepted, there are programs to help them finish.”</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/11/24/look-college-hosts-retreat-for-high-school-counselors http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/11/24/look-college-hosts-retreat-for-high-school-counselors Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:00:00 CST Former secretary of Navy speaks with engineering students Melanie Balinas <mbalinas@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/11/23/former-secretary-of-navy-speaks-with-engineering-students <p>Gordon England, former secretary of the Navy, spoke to students in the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University on the importance of ethics in engineering and business. England spoke to Dr. Ben Zoghi’s Engineering Leadership – Emotional Intelligence class on Nov. 19.</p> <p>“He has done a remarkable job from an engineering perspective,” Zoghi stated. “He brings a wealth of knowledge from a technology standpoint with a local, national and global perspective. We are honored to have him with us.”</p> <p><img width="231" height="275" src="/media/3126168/imageedit_2_7030389185_231x275.jpg" alt="secnav2.jpg" class="leftalign" style="float: left;"/>After retiring from his prolific career in industry and government, England now spends his time advising small businesses and lecturing to university students. He works with students to help develop the next generation of leaders and to help them understand the legacy each will leave behind in their lives.</p> <p>During the lecture, England stressed the importance of engineering students having “soft skills” to advance in their careers. He said the technical skills are taught in college and those will continue to be developed during the course of a career, but the “soft skills” will make the difference. He described the “soft skills” as interpersonal communications and having a strong moral and ethical stance.</p> <p>England wove stories from his childhood and his career into his lecture to emphasize and demonstrate how his ethical compass helped him through difficult situations and in building respect in industry. He talked on being honest with his employees and treating everyone with dignity. England provided guidance to students on how to maintain their ethical stance with his personal ethics test, “would you be proud to tell your mom/spouse/boss about it?”</p> <p>“Jobs and careers will change 20 times in your lifetime; the landscape will change,” England stated, “but the principles and core values are constant.”</p> <p>England served as the 29th Deputy Secretary of Defense from January 2006 to February 2009. Prior to that he was the 72nd and 73rd Secretary of the Navy and the first Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.</p> <p>England served as executive vice president of General Dynamics Corporation from 1997 until 2001 and prior to that he served as executive vice president of the Combat Systems Group, president of General Dynamics Fort Worth aircraft company (later Lockheed), president of General Dynamics Land Systems Company and as the principal of a mergers and acquisition consulting company.</p> <p>England graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and earned a master’s degree in business administration from the M.J. Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/11/23/former-secretary-of-navy-speaks-with-engineering-students http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/11/23/former-secretary-of-navy-speaks-with-engineering-students Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:00:00 CST First engineering course to receive Quality Matters certification announced Kim Foli <kfoli> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/11/23/first-engineering-course-to-receive-quality-matters-certification-announced <p><em>Shown above are MID students during their two on-campus residency weeks.</em></p> <p> </p> <p>A graduate level, distance education course in the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University has achieved a Quality Matters certification, becoming the first engineering course at Texas A&amp;M to receive this recognition.</p> <p>Quality Matters is a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses.</p> <p>The course that was certified — IDIS 624, or Strategic Relationships for Industrial Distribution — is one of 10 courses that make up the Masters of Industrial Distribution (MID) degree. Aside from the two on-campus residency weeks, the entire masters degree is completed online, creating a more accessible pathway for professionals who wish to further their education and careers.</p> <p>Bharani Nagarathnam, associate director of the MID program, said one other MID course is entering the Quality Matters certification process now, and three other courses are under informal review.</p> <p>“Our goal is to get all of our 10 courses certified by fall 2016 and be the first and only degree program at Texas A&amp;M to be Quality Matters certified,” Nagarathnam said.  </p> <p>IDIS 624 is the first graduate course to be certified at Texas A&amp;M and the fifth course overall across the university. Dr. Malini Natarajarathinam, associate professor in the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution, teaches IDIS 624.</p> <p>“There’s a very big focus in our department to make sure our courses are effective and engaging to professional students,” she said. “Our students are already rearranging their entire lives, their work and professional lives to go to school. We don’t want them to be doing anything that’s not going to be valuable to them.”</p> <p>The Texas A&amp;M Instructional Technology Service was instrumental in helping with the informal review, suggesting course improvements and managing the formal Quality Matters review process.</p> <p>The course was reviewed by peers who graded the overall course design on eight quality assurance standards. The course scored 95 out of 99 points.</p> <p>Amber Muenzenberger, director for remote learning and outreach education, said the informal and formal review process is rigorous.</p> <p>“This process not only provides professional development for faculty and course improvements, but it also supports the university’s commitment to excellence in teaching regardless of modality,” Muenzenberger said.</p> <p>Natarajarathinam said the certification process taught her new ways to engage her students in distance education courses. Using message boards, she created an informal, fun environment for the students to get to know each other, furthering their communication and involvement with the class.</p> <p>“I’ve always been a firm believer that it should be distance education, not distant education,” Natarajarathinam said.</p> <p>“The certification helps us to demonstrate that our courses are designed specifically for online education and delivered effectively,” Nagarathnam said. “It also helps to reinforce our commitment to quality of education.”</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/11/23/first-engineering-course-to-receive-quality-matters-certification-announced http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/11/23/first-engineering-course-to-receive-quality-matters-certification-announced Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:00:00 CST Kezunovic chairs NSF forum focused on future of power grid technologies Amy Halbert <ahalbert@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/11/20/kezunovic-chairs-nsf-forum-focused-on-future-of-power-grid-technologies <p>Extreme weather conditions, increased demand and changing technologies are fueling researchers to search for near-term solutions to modernize and secure the United States’ aging power grid. Dr. Mladen Kezunovic, Eugene E. Webb Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University and director of the Texas A&amp;M Engineering Experiment Station’s <a href="http://smartgridcenter.tamu.edu/sgc/web/" target="_blank" title="Smart Grid Center website">Smart Grid Center</a>, and his co-authors have released a report on the outcome of the “Executive Forum and Workshop on Physical and Cyber Infrastructure to Support the Future Grid” held in May.</p> <p>The event, which focused on the 10-year horizon for improvements to the power grid, was organized by the Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSERC) with support from the National Science Foundation. Attendees included thought leaders from the utility and manufacturing industries, as well as government, non-profits and academia. The diverse group of researchers engaged in discussions on emerging research issues and how to resolve them in the next decade.</p> <p>“This forum was an excellent opportunity for researchers from a variety of backgrounds to bring their perspectives to the table and brainstorm ideas for upgrading the power grid,” said Kezunovic, who is also the Texas A&amp;M University site director for PSERC. “By working together, we can better meet the challenge of providing research deliverables within the next 10 years that will improve the functionality and security of the power grid.”</p> <p class="rightalign"><img width="500" height="334" src="/media/3108745/kezonovic_forum_500x334.png" alt="Kezonovic _forum _500x 334"/></p> <p><em>(Photo, right: Kezunovic leads discussion during forum.)</em></p> <p>The final report includes input and viewpoints from more than 100 participants. Key takeaways included the need for the future power grid to move toward incorporating real-time technologies in order to address resiliency challenges, as well as the need for resilience metrics with weighted indicators based on economical, electrical and social factors.</p> <p>Report authors were Kezunovic, coordinator; Jay Caspary, Southwest Power Pool (vice chair, PSERC Industry Advisory Board); Flora Flygt, American Transmission Co. (chair, PSERC Industry Advisory Board); George Gross, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Ward Jewell, Wichita State University; Mirrasoul J. Mousavi, ABB; and Dennis Ray, PSERC.</p> <p>A full copy of the report is available <a href="http://smartgridcenter.tamu.edu/sgc/web/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/PSERC_NSF_FORUM_Workshop_Final_Report_October_2015.pdf" target="_blank" title="PDF of full report">online</a>. </p> <p><em>Top photo, from left: Panel moderator Flora Flygt, strategic planning and policy advisor, American Transmission Co.; A. Wade Smith, president and chief operating officer, AEP Texas; Tony Montoya, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Western Area Power Administration; Bob Mitchell, CEO, Atlantic Wind Connection and Trans-Elect Development Co.; and H. B. “Trip” Doggett, president and CEO, ERCOT.   </em> </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/11/20/kezunovic-chairs-nsf-forum-focused-on-future-of-power-grid-technologies http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/11/20/kezunovic-chairs-nsf-forum-focused-on-future-of-power-grid-technologies Fri, 20 Nov 2015 00:00:00 CST Wang elected into SME College of Fellows Kidron Vestal <kidron@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/11/19/wang-elected-into-sme-college-of-fellows <p><a href="https://engineering.tamu.edu/etid/people/jwang"><img width="175" height="223" src="/media/3105672/wang-fall2015_175x223.jpg" alt="Wang" class="leftalign"/>Dr. Jyhwen Wang</a>, professor in the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution at Texas A&amp;M University, was one of seven elected into the 2015 SME College of Fellows.</p> <p><a href="http://www.sme.org/SME-Installs-2016-Officers-of-its-Board-of-Directors-Elects-Seven-to-College-of-Fellows/">SME</a> elects fellows once a year from among the highest achievers of industry, academia and government. Only honorary, fellow, life or professional members of SME may nominate individuals for the honor of fellow. Those selected as fellows offer 20 years or more of manufacturing experience and expertise. They have contributed notably to the social, technological and educational benefit of manufacturing and the engineering profession.   </p> <p>Wang’s research interests are in the area of manufacturing science and engineering with a focus in material deformation processes. He has conducted extensive research on high-strength steel applications in metal packaging and plastic deformation of layered materials.</p> <p>SME is a nonprofit organization that has served practitioners, companies, educators, government and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. SME is dedicated to the advancement of manufacturing by addressing knowledge and skills needed for the industry. </p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/11/19/wang-elected-into-sme-college-of-fellows http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/11/19/wang-elected-into-sme-college-of-fellows Thu, 19 Nov 2015 00:00:00 CST Quadrifoglio awarded Fulbright Scholar grant Kristina Ballard <kristina.ballard@tamu.edu> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/11/19/quadrifoglio-awarded-fulbright-scholar-grant <p><img width="168" height="216" src="/media/557907/lquadrifoglio_168x216.jpg" alt="Image of Luca Quadrifoglio" class="leftalign"/>Dr. Luca Quadrifoglio, associate professor in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&amp;M University, was recently awarded the 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant. In order to receive the grant, Quadrifoglio had to develop a very intensive proposal. The aim of this award is to promote a better knowledge of the south of Italy and promote knowledge exchange and research in south-related issues at universities in the south of Italy.</p> <p>Quadrifoglio received his undergraduate degree at Politecnico di Milano in 1996. He then moved to the United States to work toward becoming an academic professional, after obtaining his master’s and Ph.D. at the University of Southern California.</p> <p>His research focuses on the design, optimization and operations of demand responsive services such as transit feeders, paratransit services and ride-sharing service, as well as the logistics within port container terminals. He recently was appointed the graduate coordinator and advisor for the transportation division within the civil engineering department.</p> <p>“This award for teaching and research is a wonderful opportunity for scholars like me to give back and to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of southern Italy at the University of Cagliari,” he said.</p> <p>He plans to deliver a graduate student course specializing in transportation engineering and conduct research to improve local transit services, beginning his six months at University of Cagliari in January 2016.</p> http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/11/19/quadrifoglio-awarded-fulbright-scholar-grant http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/11/19/quadrifoglio-awarded-fulbright-scholar-grant Thu, 19 Nov 2015 00:00:00 CST