March 31, 2016

Autonomous vehicles: Where will they take us?

You’ve seen them in futuristic science fiction movies for decades, but the reality is that unmanned vehicles are just around the corner, quite literally. Fully automated vehicles are expected to hit the roads as early as 2018. In the meantime, you might catch the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering’s autonomous vehicle research car, donated in full by the Sterling Auto Group in Bryan, cruising around the Texas A&M University campus. This vehicle will be used to investigate interactions and reactions between automated and regular vehicles, and pedestrians to this technology. The impact of this technology is expected to reach far beyond the transportation systems, impacting our daily lives with changes in driving habits, vehicular movements and safety. More

Mukherjee appointed Morris E. Foster Faculty Fellow II

Mukherjee appointed Morris E. Foster Faculty Fellow II

M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, has appointed Dr. Partha Mukherjee the Morris E. Foster Faculty Fellow II in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in recognition of his accomplishments and future potential. The endowed faculty fellowship is effective April 1. More

Ford appointed Beavers Charitable Trust/William F. Urban ’41 Professor

Ford appointed Beavers Charitable Trust/William F. Urban ’41 Professor

M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, has appointed Dr. David Ford the Beavers Charitable Trust/William F. Urban ’41 Professor in Construction Engineering and Management in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering. The endowed professorship is effective April 1. More

Rasmussen appointed Leland T. Jordan Career Development Professor

Rasmussen appointed Leland T. Jordan Career Development Professor

M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, has appointed Dr. Bryan Rasmussen the Leland T. Jordan Career Development Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The endowed professorship is effective April 1. More

Muliana appointed Cain Faculty Fellow I in Mechanical Engineering

Muliana appointed Cain Faculty Fellow I in Mechanical Engineering

M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, has appointed Dr. Anastasia Muliana the Cain Faculty Fellow I in Mechanical Engineering in recognition of her accomplishments and future potential. The endowed faculty fellowship is effective April 1. More

New method for strengthening hydrogels could direct stem cell growth

New method for strengthening hydrogels could direct stem cell growth

A new method for manipulating the gel-like environments that house stem cells could help researchers direct the growth of these versatile cells into bone, tendon, tissue or other specific lineages says Dr. Akhilesh Gaharwar, an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University. More

Hu’s research focuses on understanding user behavior by mining social media events

Hu’s research focuses on understanding user behavior by mining social media events

Dr. Xia Hu, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University and director of the Data Analytics at Texas A&M Lab (DATA), is collaborating with Arizona State University and Yahoo! to understand user behavior on social media platforms by developing novel data mining algorithms. More

Tai's research seeking to advance unsupported 3-D printing capabilities

Tai's research seeking to advance unsupported 3-D printing capabilities

Dr. Bruce Tai, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Manufacturing Innovation Laboratory at Texas A&M University, and his students have developed a method that on a small scale eliminates the need for support structures and allows them to 3-D print soft objects. More

NSF I-Corps program teaches engineering entrepreneurship

NSF I-Corps program teaches engineering entrepreneurship

The National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps) program challenges engineers during a seven-week business boot camp to help foster entrepreneurship and the commercialization of technology. A student entrepreneurial lead, a principal investigator and an industry mentor make up each team. More

Mohtar participates in White House Water Summit

Mohtar participates in White House Water Summit

The Texas A&M University System Water-Energy-Food Nexus initiative (WEF Nexus) was one of a select group of projects presented at the first White House Water Summit. The WEF Nexus is led by Dr. Rabi H. Mohtar, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station Endowed Professor in the biological and agricultural engineering, and civil and environmental engineering departments at Texas A&M University. More

Turbo Lab hosts first Asia Turbomachinery and Pump Symposium

Turbo Lab hosts first Asia Turbomachinery and Pump Symposium

The inaugural Asia Turbomachinery and Pump Symposium (ATPS), organized by the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station’s Turbomachinery Laboratory, debuted Feb. 22-26, 2016, at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, Asia’s market center. The event serves as an ideal training and networking opportunity for professionals in both turbomachinery and pump industries. More

Coffman talks remote sensing for geotechnics

Coffman talks remote sensing for geotechnics

Richard Coffman, associate professor at the University of Arkansas, presented remote sensing for geotechnics on to the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering’s Geo-Institute student chapter at Texas A&M University. His visit was funded by the SEC Travel Grant. More

Bolon receives Buck Weirus Spirit Award

Bolon receives Buck Weirus Spirit Award

Amy Bolon, doctoral student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, has received the Buck Weirus Spirit Award, one of the highest awards a student can earn at Texas A&M. The Buck Weirus Spirit Award honors up to 55 students each year. More

Meng named 2016 AFS Distinguished Grad Student

Meng named 2016 AFS Distinguished Grad Student

Zhaokai Meng, graduate student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been named recipient of the 2016 Association of Former Students Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research – Doctoral. Meng is working as a research assistant in the Advanced Spectroscopy Lab directed by Dr. Vladislav V. Yakovlev. More

Salazar credits decision to attend Texas A&M to Spark Conference

Salazar credits decision to attend Texas A&M to Spark Conference

When Andrew Salazar took the stage during this year’s Spark Conference, he was prepared but nervous. More than 200 students filled the Bethancourt Ballroom at Texas A&M University and all eyes were on the freshman engineering student. A year before he had been one of the many faces in the audience. Now, he was an engineering student himself. More

Levchin engages students during visit to Texas A&M

Levchin engages students during visit to Texas A&M

Max Levchin, co-founder of PayPal and CEO of Affirm, visited the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University. Levchin met with departmental student organization leaders and shared experiences from his undergraduate career and other bumps and triumphs along the road that led to his success. More

Bruss wins Outstanding Poster Award at SSAP Symposium

Bruss wins Outstanding Poster Award at SSAP Symposium

Donald Bruss, a graduate student in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University, won an Outstanding Poster Award at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) 2016 Stewardship Science Academic Programs (SSAP) Symposium in Bethesda, Maryland. More

Nelligan receives honorable mention from CRA

Nelligan receives honorable mention from CRA

Trevor Nelligan, a junior in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, was named honorable mention in the 2016 Computing Research Association’s (CRA) Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Awards. Nelligan received the honor for his work in the Sketch Recognition Lab (SRL). More

Women in Materials Sciences aims to shrink gender gap

Women in Materials Sciences aims to shrink gender gap

Women in Materials Sciences (WIMS), a student organization led by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, met with middle school students from the Girl Scouts of Central Texas in an effort to change existing cultural perceptions about women’s roles in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). More