August 04, 2016

Engineering student designs tactile maps for people who are visually disabled

Tyler Wooten was a freshman engineering student at Texas A&M University when he came up with an idea that could have a lasting impact on students with visual impairments. Eight months later, his idea — a three-dimensional, tactile map with braille — has come to fruition. Wooten, a sophomore in mechanical engineering this fall, took a 3-D printing class at the Engineering Innovation Center (EIC) during his freshman year. He began thinking about different ways he could use his newly acquired 3-D printing skills to help others. Then it came to him — create a three-dimensional map with raised buildings and braille for visually impaired people to use to orient themselves on campus. More

Welch works to optimize data storage

Welch works to optimize data storage

Most of us have seen the “Not Enough Storage” message on our smart phone or tablet. Cloud computing services provide a way to alleviate this overwhelming need for space by letting programs store their data on remote servers instead of locally. Dr. Jennifer Welch, Regents Professor and Chevron Professor II in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, studies consistency conditions for shared data in distributed systems, including those supporting cloud computing. More

TCAT attends IIAD Workshop in Australia

TCAT attends IIAD Workshop in Australia

Researchers with the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station’s Texas Center for Applied Technology (TCAT) attended a knowledge exchange workshop for the new Multi-Laboratory International Collaboration Environment project. The workshop was held by the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases, a Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate Center of Excellence headquartered at Texas A&M University and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. More

Program combines business with engineering innovation

Program combines business with engineering innovation

Twenty-four Texas A&M University students are spending their summer working toward launching innovations and businesses through the Summer Lean Startup program. The program participants include students working on their own ideas developed as part of programs such as Aggies Invent and U-Ignite and also students working on faculty-led innovations from the AggiE_Challenge program. More

Evans advocates for advanced reactor technology

Evans advocates for advanced reactor technology

Jordan Evans, graduate student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, recently advocated for development of advanced reactor technology when he met with lawmakers at the 2016 Nuclear Engineering Student Delegation (NESD) in Washington. The NESD offered training on how to communicate with lawmakers to change nuclear research funding, education and growth. More

Distracted pedestrians create unique challenges for researchers

Distracted pedestrians create unique challenges for researchers

George Gillette, an undergraduate student researcher at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), recently conducted a project that studied distracted pedestrians instead of distracted driving. Under Dr. Kay Fitzpatrick’s guidance, and the assistance of TTI researchers Sue Chrysler, Raul Avelar and Mike Pratt, the research team designed a study calculating start-up time as a measure of how distraction impacts pedestrian behavior. More

TTI researchers to participate in Smart Transport Symposium

TTI researchers to participate in Smart Transport Symposium

Seven researchers from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) will present at the 2016 Smart Transport Symposium on Friday (Aug. 5), at The University of Texas at Austin Thompson Conference Center. This symposium is designed to further report on the past year’s research activities for connected and automated vehicle systems in Texas, present key findings and smart-transport strategy recommendations and discuss a complementary, mutually beneficial road of research ahead. More

Mihalick Scholarship created in mechanical engineering

John Mihalick ’61 has created the Beverly and John Mihalick ’61 Scholarship in Mechanical Engineering 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

New aerospace engineering scholarship created

Richard J. Matus has established the Richard J. Matus ’80 Scholarship in aerospace engineering The gift will provide one or more scholarships to full-time students in good standing pursuing an undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University. More