September 15, 2016

Texas A&M and Austin Community College announce new Engineering Academy

Texas A&M University, Chevron and Austin Community College (ACC) have announced the formation of the Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy at ACC, an innovative co-enrollment partnership developed to address the state’s growing need for engineers. Qualified students will be admitted to the Texas A&M College of Engineering, complete the first two years of coursework at ACC and finish their engineering degrees in College Station, Texas. The Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academies will allow students to remain close to home for their first two years while pursuing one of 18 majors within the college of engineering at Texas A&M. This program is being generously supported by Chevron. More

New transport mode to redefine freight movement

New transport mode to redefine freight movement

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday (Sept. 9) helped unveil a new mode of transportation and applauded the partnership of university research and industry investment that made it possible. Abbott was joined by Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp in rolling out the autonomous Freight Shuttle System (FSS). Researchers say the FSS borrows the best characteristics from both truck and rail transport. More

Benedict receives grant to research novel UAS configurations

Benedict receives grant to research novel UAS configurations

Dr. Moble Benedict, assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University, has received a five-year, $750,000 grant from the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and NASA that will allow him to study the upward scalability of revolutionary vertical takeoff and landing concepts for UAS applications. The grant was awarded as part of the University of Maryland’s Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence. More

Texas A&M researchers exploring new approach to gathering infrastructure data

Texas A&M researchers exploring new approach to gathering infrastructure data

A multidisciplinary team of researchers at Texas A&M University has been awarded an Early Concept Grant for Exploratory Research from the National Science Foundation to study the viability of collecting infrastructure monitoring data by volunteer citizen scientists from the general public. The principal investigator is Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station researcher Dr. Nasir Gharaibeh, an associate professor in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering. The study will focus on stormwater infrastructure in neighborhoods in the Houston metropolitan area. More

Birgisson brings vision, experience to Center for Infrastructure Renewal leadership role

Birgisson brings vision, experience to Center for Infrastructure Renewal leadership role

When asked why he accepted the leadership position for the new Center for Infrastructure Renewal (CIR), Dr. Bjorn Birgisson’s answer is simple: “TTI and Texas A&M are the best place in the world to be for infrastructure research.” His claim might sound glib, but it’s born of experience. Trained as a professional engineer in the United States and with extensive experience in the United Kingdom and Sweden, Birgisson is an expert on the current state of infrastructure research and implementation. And he brings that broader perspective to his new role as CIR director. More

Chakravorty, Shell receive NSF grant

Chakravorty, Shell receive NSF grant

Dr. Suman Chakravorty, associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, and Dr. Dylan Shell, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, have received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct research which will demonstrate how robots can make the greatest use of their personal information by sharing it with those nearby when they are within communication range. The study centers on the use of robots for information collection of affected spatial fields which, for instance, can be the concentration profile of a pollutant such as a harmful gas or nuclear material over a given geographical area. More

Harnessing the power of the ocean

Harnessing the power of the ocean

Researchers at Texas A&M University are using existing technology and experience in the offshore oil and gas industry to apply the designs of a multi-unit floating offshore wind turbine in order to generate economically competitive, infinitely renewable, no waste or carbon emission energy. Dr. Moo Hyun Kim, professor in the Department of Ocean Engineering, and Dr. Y. H. Bae, an assistant professor at Jeju National University in South Korea who received his Ph.D. in ocean engineering from Texas A&M, have developed a state-of-the-art numerical simulation program to design, study and optimize the multi-unit offshore wind turbines in oceans deeper than 50 meters. More

Bhattacharyya appointed adjunct professor at Taiwan university

Bhattacharyya appointed adjunct professor at Taiwan university

Dr. S.P. Bhattacharyya, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, was appointed adjunct professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Taiwan. As honorary adjunct professor, Bhattacharyya, who visited NCKU last year to give four lectures, is expected to visit NCKU one to two weeks per year to deliver lectures and work on collaborative research. More

TriFusion Devices: Fusing together in three dimensions

TriFusion Devices: Fusing together in three dimensions

Since the beginning, nothing the co-founders of TriFusion Devices have done has been traditional. Dr. Blake Teipel, a recent Ph.D. graduate, and Charles Brandon Sweeney, a graduate student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, are microwaving and welding a carbon nanotube-coated 3-D printer filament to fuse together parts to make next generation 3-D printed biomedical and sporting devices. More

Texas A&M Engineering ranked 8th in newest "U.S. News & World Report" undergraduate rankings

Texas A&M Engineering ranked eighth among engineering schools at public institutions offering a doctorate, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings of the country’s undergraduate universities and programs. The college of engineering is ranked 16th overall in engineering programs at public and private national universities, tied with Virginia Tech. More

Texas A&M Transportation Institute staff plays major role in symposium

The Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) was well represented at this year’s Automated Vehicles Symposium held July 19–20 in San Francisco. Researchers from across the Institute helped organize breakout sessions on topics such as truck platooning, ways to shape policy, physical infrastructure and traffic flow. More than 20 speakers and 22 breakout sessions covered aspects of automated vehicle research. More

Roughneck Scholarship established in petroleum engineering

Tina and Sean Smith have established the Tina L. (Hrncir) ’82 and M. Sean Smith ’83 Roughneck Scholarship. This four-year scholarship is awarded to students with financial need who maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA in petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University. More

Former student establishes gift for study abroad program

Elizabeth and Michael L. Walzel ’82 have established the Michael L. Walzel ’82 Study Abroad Scholarship. Distributions from this endowment will be used to provide one or more scholarships to full-time students in good standing participating in study abroad. More