Archive for environment

It’s no secret to anyone that Texas is hot and that with heat comes drought. Across the more than 269,000 square miles that make up the state, many Texans constantly fight cycles of drought or flooding season after season. In these places, good water management is essential and thanks to new resea…


Deeply concerned for the people and institutions affected by Hurricane Harvey, the National Science Foundation (NSF) issued a call for research addressing new science and engineering challenges related to Harvey, including preparedness for future catastrophic events. Four faculty from the Zachry Dep…


By the year 2025 it is projected that nearly 2 billion people will live in areas of water scarcity. These projections point to the need for advanced water and wastewater treatment technologies to provide options for an ever-increasing water demand. One of the steps in water decontamination is filtr…


A team of six students from the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University took home second place in the Student Design Competition from the 11th annual Water Environment Association of Texas (WEAT) Texas Water Conference. The design competition is intended to promote real-wo…


Dr. Marcelo Sanchez, associate professor in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University, and his team of researchers are paving the way for new engineering applications that will shape the future of energy production and storage. From new possibilities in geothermal and hy…


Preterm birth is the leading cause of infant death and long-term neurological disease, and 1 in 10 infants born in the United States is affected by preterm birth according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The increasing public health threat of air pollution may be correlated to an …


Cheyenne Stowers, a master’s student in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University, recently received a fellowship from the Environmental Engineers of the Future program. The purpose of the program is to encourage students to obtain a master’s degree and increase the numb…


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 strong…


The American Geophysical Union has highlighted an article in the Journal of Geophysical Research – Oceans, written by Texas A&M University civil engineering postdoctoral scholar Binbin Wang, and Dr. Scott Socolofsky, professor in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, along with colleagues …


The research of Dr. Samuel Ma and his colleagues was recently published on the ScienceDaily website. Ma's research has found that plants are more vulnerable to toxic nanoparticles if their parents were grown in contaminated soil, according to the first multi-generational study on the safety of ceriu…


Research to reduce airborne contaminants exposure “A breath of fresh air” is a common saying, used to signify something cleansing and refreshing. But what if that air isn’t as clean as you think? In fact, what one researcher with the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M Universit…


Trudging through trails, carrying buckets laden with something so vital you dare not spill a drop. This is a situation many are not familiar with, but it is a daily reality for those regions where water would never be wasted on green lawns and potted flowers. Dedicated to providing self-sustainable …


Three graduate students in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University were recently awarded Mills Scholarships. The students, John Blake, Askarali Karimov and Gang Zhao, will use the $5,000 scholarships to pursue water-related research. Blake’s proposed research will inv…


Baixin Wang, graduate student in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, was selected to receive a Texas A&M University Dissertation Fellowship for the 2015-2016 academic year. Wang currently works with Dr. Kung-Hui Chu, associate professor in the department. Together, they search for a met…


The Environmentally Friendly Drilling Program (EFD) is working to reduce the environmental footprint of oil and gas operations in unconventional gas shale development. Texas A&M manages the Western Regional Center for EFD. The Center has established various test sites in the Eagle Ford Formati…