July 21, 2016

Texas A&M Engineering teams take top two spots at 2016 Texas Instruments Innovation Challenge Design Contest

A pair of teams from Texas A&M University’s College of Engineering took the top two spots at the 2016 Texas Instruments (TI) Innovation Challenge Design Contest in North America. DVDT, a team comprised of Dakotah Karrer, Vince Rodriguez, David Smith and Trent Tate from the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution’s Electronic Systems Engineering Technology (ESET) program, took first place with its project, TSat RF Satellite Communication. The team of David Cuevas, Nathan Glaser, Joe Loredo and Rafael Salas from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, won second place for its project, Powered, Programmable Elbow Orthosis. Pictured (left to right): third-place winners Nagaraj Hegde and Matthew Bries (University of Alabama); Karrer, Rodriguez, Smith, Cathy Wicks (TI engineering and university program manager), Tate, Cuevas, Glaser, Loredo and Salas. More

Ding named American Society of Mechanical Engineers Fellow

Ding named American Society of Mechanical Engineers Fellow

Dr. Yu Ding, Mike and Sugar Barnes professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the highest level of membership of ASME. More

Vierow appointed to DOE nuclear energy advisory committee

Vierow appointed to DOE nuclear energy advisory committee

Dr. Karen Vierow, associate department head and associate professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been appointed by Dr. Ernest Moniz to serve on the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee. More

Randall evaluates dredging equipment to maximize production

Randall evaluates dredging equipment to maximize production

Dr. Robert Randall, W. H. Bauer Professor in Dredging Engineering in the Department of Ocean Engineering at Texas A&M University, conducted laboratory experiments using a model dredge at the Haynes Coastal Engineering Laboratory to research the problem of debris such as unexploded ordnances, roots, large rocks and logs entering or blocking suction inlets during dredging. More

Prediction models help determine best oil spill response

Prediction models help determine best oil spill response

Oil spills can be catastrophic, impacting health, the ecosystem and the economy. The severity of an oil spill's impact depends on the amount and source of oil, what courses of action responders choose and the physical properties of the oil. Research at Texas A&M University has resulted in stronger prediction models that will play a critical role in assessing the pros and cons of tactics used in future spills. More

Skelton receives NIAC funding to explore tensegrity solutions to manned spaceflight

Skelton receives NIAC funding to explore tensegrity solutions to manned spaceflight

A proposal by Dr. Robert Skelton, a Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) distinguished professor, was recently selected by the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program (NIAC) as one of eight proposals to receive as much as $500,000 in funding over the next several years to research feasibility of tensegrity solutions to manned spaceflight. More

Texas A&M Transportation Institute's Edrington named to APTA board

Texas A&M Transportation Institute's Edrington named to APTA board

Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) Associate Research Scientist Suzie Edrington has been named to the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Transit Development Corporation Board. Edrington becomes the first TTI employee to be appointed to the APTA Transit Development Corporation board. More

Texas A&M University awarded $20 million in GURI grants

Texas A&M University awarded $20 million in GURI grants

A major new initiative announced recently by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has attracted 10 distinguished researchers to the state. Five of the renowned faculty members recruited through the Governor’s University Research Initiative (GURI) will join Texas A&M University. Three of the researchers heading to Texas A&M will join the College of Engineering — Dr. Richard B. Miles (aerospace and mechanical engineering); Dr. Thomas J. Overbye (electrical and computer engineering); and Dr. George M. Pharr IV (materials science and engineering). More

Malavé takes his post as dean of Texas A&M at Qatar

Malavé takes his post as dean of Texas A&M at Qatar

Dr. César O. Malavé has taken his post as dean of Texas A&M University at Qatar. Malavé was previously professor and head of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University and holder of the Sugar and Mike Barnes Department Head Chair. He was named to his new post earlier this spring. Malavé succeeds Dr. Mark H. Weichold, who stepped down as dean and CEO to become executive director for the Halliburton Global Engineering Program in Texas A&M’s College of Engineering. More

Jain receives Lawrence F. Guseman Award for outstanding contributions

Jain receives Lawrence F. Guseman Award for outstanding contributions

Prerna Jain, graduate student in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, was recently selected for the Lawrence F. Guseman Award for her outstanding contributions to the success and prosperity of the Graduate and Professional Student Council and the graduate student body. More

Dehghanian recognized for academics and leadership

Dehghanian recognized for academics and leadership

Payman Dehghanian, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, was selected as the top graduate student among all engineering disciplines in Texas and received the 2016 Jimmy H. Smith, Ph.D., P.E. Graduate Scholarship from the Texas Engineering Foundation. More

Former student Haga finds success as professional cyclist

Former student Haga finds success as professional cyclist

Chad Haga has been a bicycle enthusiast most of his life. The Texas A&M University mechanical engineering graduate wasted no time before before joining the university cycling team as a freshman in 2006. Ten years later, he’s racing professionally for the Giant Alpecin team in Europe. It’s been a long road filled with triumph and defeat, but it’s one that has helped forge his passion and zeal for life. More

TEEX receives DOT grant for hazardous materials instructor training

TEEX receives DOT grant for hazardous materials instructor training

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) a half-million dollar grant to provide instructor training to reduce shipping incidents involving undeclared hazardous materials. The goal is to protect the health and safety of employees and carrier operators, as well as to protect public health and welfare. More