July 28, 2016

Steering clear of distracted driving

Researchers in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University are making cars smarter and driving safer through cutting-edge technology and research. Dr. Thomas Ferris, assistant professor in industrial and systems engineering, and his students in the Human Factors & Cognitive Systems Laboratory are collaborating with principal investigator Robert Wunderlich, researchers at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), the University of Houston, the University of Michigan and Texas Tech University. This mega-team is investigating possible human- and vehicle-driven causes of unintended vehicle acceleration. The research was prompted after a series of accidents occurring in Toyota vehicles from 2002 to 2010. More

Vierow conducts ongoing research to evaluate performance of reactor cooling system

Vierow conducts ongoing research to evaluate performance of reactor cooling system

On March 11, 2011, Japan was rocked by an earthquake and tsunami that caused the shutdown of the Fukushima Daiichi plant’s active nuclear reactors. The Reactor Core Isolation Cooling (RCIC) system performed much better than expected within reactor units two and three. Understanding the cause behind the RCIC system’s performance and applying it to U.S. reactors is where Sandia National Laboratories and the Department of Nuclear Engineering’s Dr. Karen Vierow come in. More

Amato, computer science faculty chair 2016 Robotics: Science and Systems Conference

Amato, computer science faculty chair 2016 Robotics: Science and Systems Conference

Dr. Nancy M. Amato, director of engineering honors and co-director of the computer science and engineering track of engineering honors at Texas A&M University, was selected program chair of the 2016 Robotics: Science and Systems Conference (RSS) held in June at the University of Michigan. Several faculty members from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M were also involved with RSS 2016 in various capacities. More

Kuo elected Fellow of the American Vacuum Society

Kuo elected Fellow of the American Vacuum Society

Dr. Yue Kuo, professor and holder of the Dow Chemical Professorship in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been elected a Fellow of the American Vacuum Society (AVS). The Fellow designation is the highest level of membership in AVS. More

Easy as 1, 2, 3-D: educators take printing to a new dimension

Easy as 1, 2, 3-D: educators take printing to a new dimension

Fifteen educators — from elementary to high school teachers, library and technology specialists and a local Girl Scout STEM specialist — gathered in the Texas A&M Engineering Innovation Center to learn how to make designs created in engineering software come to life.” More

Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics camp for high schoolers a success

Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics camp for high schoolers a success

Dr. Sergio Capareda’s Bio Energy Testing and Analysis Laboratory, or BETA lab, is known for testing and analyzing biomass and biofuels. Recently, the BETA lab has reached out to high school students who participated in a STEM Summer Camp in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at Texas A&M University. More

Texas A&M University’s human-powered sub shines at world championship

Texas A&M University’s human-powered sub shines at world championship

The 12th Mantaray, Texas A&M University’s human-powered submarine, completed eight out of 15 attempts with a top speed of 4.4 knots at the 2016 European International Submarine Races (EISR) at the QinetiQ Ocean Basin in Gosport, England. Based on speed, it was the fourth fastest submarine out of the 11 subs in the competition. More

Texas A&M, TEES to take part in XXXII Association of Space Explorers Planetary Congress

Texas A&M University and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station’s (TEES) Institute for Engineering Education and Innovation (IEEI) will lead the educational outreach component for the XXXII Association of Space Explorers (ASE) Planetary Congress to be held in Houston, Texas, in October 2019. More

Research in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering is changing the world

From the healthcare industry, to wind energy, the oil and gas industry and manufacturing, researchers from the system informatics group in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University are developing data-driven methods to improve the systems and processes involved with each area. More

Shepards establish scholarship

Barbara and Bill Shepard ’61 have established the Guilford Cunningham Shepard ’34 Scholarship in Mechanical Engineering to be used to provide one or more scholarships to full-time students in good standing who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University. More

Mentzers establish scholarship

Dr. Ray and Beverly Mentzer have established the Nathan A. Mentzer ’11 Scholarship in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University. The endowed scholarship will provide one or more scholarships to full-time students in good standing who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering. More