Archives for August 2017

Posted: August 31, 2017

The process of encapsulating cells that are able to thrive in the human body is a difficult task. The current standard is the utilization of harsh methods such as ultraviolet exposure, chemical radicals or thermal agitation to capture cells and proteins. These methods are toxic and do not make for a…

Posted: August 30, 2017

Imagine designing and building a machine to perform a task it cannot see its way through, only feel. You must program it to solve problems and adjust its own speed and progress to avoid hazardous situations and failure. Once your machine is started, you have to trust it to function all on its own. …

Posted: August 30, 2017

A recent study has added a new dimension to the controversial decision to inject large amounts of chemical dispersants immediately above the crippled oil well at the seafloor during the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010. The dispersants may have significantly reduced the amount of harmful gases in …

Posted: August 30, 2017

Dr. Kristen Maitland(left), associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been elected to her second three-year term on the board of directors for SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.  Maitland will serve as a society dire…

Posted: August 24, 2017

Above photo: Shayla Rivera is pictured during a comedy tour in Iraq. When one hears the words “rocket scientist,” a certain image often comes to mind — that of an older man in a white lab coat, beaker in hand. But it’s 2017, and that stereotype is fading away thanks to people like Shayla Rivera. R…

Posted: August 22, 2017

A research team with the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University, in collaboration with the South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company (STPNOC), has solved Generic Safety Issue (GSI) - 191, a problem resulting from a loss of coolant accident in a nuclear reactor, which can c…

Posted: August 22, 2017

A three-year, $242,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will allow Dr. Moble Benedict, assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University, to investigate the flight dynamics and control of hover-capable small-scale flapping wing robots. Stabil…

Posted: August 17, 2017

Dr. Edgar Sanchez-Sinencio has been named fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), a large multidisciplinary professional engineering institution based in London.   Sanchez-Sinencio is the Texas Instruments Jack Kilby Chair professor, holder of the distinguished professorship…

Posted: August 17, 2017

Alfredo Costilla-Reyes, a graduate student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has been named the 2017-18 Kirchner Food Fellow. The Kirchner Food Fellowship is an innovative, hands-on impact investment program that harnesses the power of millennials to find, fund and assist pro…

Posted: August 17, 2017

The energy was high in the Bethancourt Ballroom in the Memorial Student Center on the Texas A&M University campus last week as 110 incoming engineering students and their families celebrated the culmination of the Engineering Summer Bridge Program. Hosted by Access and Inclusion and Women in Eng…

Posted: August 16, 2017

Two Texas A&M University engineering students won an award for their paper on additive manufacturing at the Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ (SME) 2017 Digital Manufacturing Challenge. Justin McGinnity, a student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Cody Piercey, a student in the …

Posted: August 14, 2017

When disaster strikes, it is important for first responders to have reliable, unhindered access to a controlled network, allowing them to receive and deliver critical information while ensuring effective emergency response. Unfortunately this is currently not the case. Due to power outages and cell…

Posted: August 10, 2017

Jose Wippold, a student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been selected to be the 2017 recipient for the Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation (SMART) Fellowship with the Department of Defense (DoD). The SMART fellowship is funded through …

Posted: August 10, 2017

Dr. Robin Murphy, Raytheon Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, was invited to give an inspirational talk at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference (WIE ILC) in San …

Posted: August 10, 2017

Arthur "Artie" McFerrin Jr. ’65 passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 8. McFerrin has been a longtime supporter of the chemical engineering department, which bears his name, and Texas A&M University as a whole. In 1975, after working for Shell and as an independent consultant, McFerrin decided to make a…

Posted: August 8, 2017

The research of Dr. Akhilesh Gaharwar, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been featured in Advanced Materials for his work in developing new methods to form synthetic gel-like environments for biomedical applications. The new method has …

Posted: August 8, 2017

One of the latest trends is to reduce wired communication and transfers by updating systems to wireless capabilities. Industries embracing this shift include energy, technology, subsea communication and aviation. Recently, Aerospace America dove into exactly what it would take to significantly redu…

Posted: August 3, 2017

Sixteen students from the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University participated in the 2017 Global Grand Challenges Summit held July 18-20 at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. There were 150 abstracts submitted to the event and 86 teams from around the world were invited to…

Posted: August 3, 2017

Two proposals by researchers in the Texas A&M University College of Engineering received grants from the U.S. Department of Energy‘s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research (UCFER) program. UCFER is part of a six-year, $20 million proje…

Posted: August 2, 2017

Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar, TEES Distinguished Research Professor, and three students from her Aerospace Human Systems Laboratory attended the 47th International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES 2017) in Charleston, South Carolina. ICES is the largest conference dedicated to human spaceflight sys…

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