January 14, 2016

Voelkel selected as new Texas A&M Foundation president

The Texas A&M Foundation’s Board of Trustees recently announced the selection of Tyson Voelkel as its new president. The U.S. Army veteran and 1996 industrial distribution graduate of Texas A&M University will take office on Wednesday (Jan. 20). As head of the university’s major-gift fundraising entity, he will oversee the recently launched $4 billion Lead by Example campaign, succeeding longtime Foundation President Ed Davis. More

Retired NASA astronaut Dunbar joins Texas A&M Engineering

Retired NASA astronaut Dunbar joins Texas A&M Engineering

Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar, retired NASA astronaut, has joined Texas A&M Engineering as a Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering. She will also serve as the director of the TEES Institute of Engineering Education and Innovation. More

Hill appointed holder of Stephen A. Holditch ’69 Department Head Chair

Hill appointed holder of Stephen A. Holditch ’69 Department Head Chair

M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, has appointed Dr. A. Daniel Hill holder of the Stephen A. Holditch ’69 Department Head Chair in Petroleum Engineering. The endowed chair appointment was effective Nov. 1, 2015. The appointment is in recognition of Hill’s exceptional record as a researcher and educator. More

Mortari receives 2015 Dirk Brouwer Award

Mortari receives 2015 Dirk Brouwer Award

Dr. Daniele Mortari, professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been awarded the prestigious 2015 Dirk Brouwer Award by the American Astronautical Society. The award was established to honor significant technical contributions to space flight mechanics and astrodynamics and to recognize Brouwer's outstanding role in celestial mechanics and his widespread influence on workers in space flight and astrodynamics. More

Arróyave appointed associate editor of journal

Arróyave appointed associate editor of journal

Raymundo Arróyave, associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been appointed associate editor of the Journal of Materials Science. He began his new role this month. The Journal of Materials Science publishes reviews, full-length papers, and short communications recording original research results on, or techniques for studying the relationship between structure, properties and uses of materials. More

Cranes establish chair in Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Cranes establish chair in Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Lynn and Bill Crane have established the Lynn ’84 and Bill Crane ’83 Chair within the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University. The Cranes' gift to establish the chair will be matched by the Texas A&M University President’s Office. The Cranes' gift, which will be credited to Texas A&M’s Lead by Example campaign, will be used to support the teaching, research, service and professional development activities of the holder in accordance with university guidelines. More

Torki wins first place at student research symposium

Torki wins first place at student research symposium

Mohammad Torki, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University, won first place in the Doctoral-Mathematics poster category at The Texas A&M University System 12th Annual Pathways Student Research Symposium held at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in October of last year. Torki’s poster, “A unified criterion for void coalescence under combined tension and shear,” was co-authored by Dr. Amine Benzerga and Dr. Jean-Baptiste Leblond. More

Space Micro licenses Texas A&M University Star Tracker software package

Space Micro licenses Texas A&M University Star Tracker software package

Space Micro has finalized an exclusive licensing agreement with Texas A&M University. The agreement is the start of a joint initiative to embed Texas A&M's novel algorithms and software into the Space Micro radiation hardened star tracker product line. "We've built and demonstrated a diverse star tracker product line by implementing the unique Pyramid Star Identification and Calibration routines created by Drs Mortari and Junkins at Texas A&M," said Michael Jacox, Space Micro vice president of engineering. More

TCAT and IIAD mobile Certificate of Veterinary Inspection app now available

TCAT and IIAD mobile Certificate of Veterinary Inspection app now available

The Texas Center for Applied Technology (TCAT), a research center within the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), and the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD), a Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Center of Excellence, have expanded their mobile Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) application to multiple platforms to allow compatibility with both iOS and Android devices. With the platform expansion also comes a new name, mCVI, and look. More