Archive for innovation

Three petroleum engineering graduate students from Texas A&M University won the 2017 Drillbotics competition when they designed and built a miniature automated drilling rig that uses sensors and computer logistics to drill a vertical well in a test formation of unknown composition without any human intervention.


Researchers from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University are spearheading the development of an interdisciplinary soft matter research user facility. The facility will help users conduct research to improve multifunctional polymer-based materials that are used…


At the most recent Aggies Invent, several students in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University worked to solve the infrastructural and architectural problems of the future. Students were challenged to incorporate the latest technology, like 3-D printing, drones and r…


What if you could change the way students are educated and inspired? Suparna Mukhopadhyay, a student in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University, worked to do just that at the Aggies Invent on Education, held Feb. 3-5. In partnership with students from the Department o…


Nuclear waste is a reality, whether remnants of nuclear weapons or the byproducts of nuclear power plants. While we aren’t at risk of an attack from a giant radioactive lizard, nuclear waste can still pose threats to human health. Dr. Zachary Grasley, an associate professor in the Zachry Departme…


Hard work and dedication has paid off for three electrical engineering students who received a cumulative total of $27,500 in award money for their innovative Wi-Fi hotspot designs. ViaSat, a satellite broadband company, held a semester-long Wi-Fi hotspot design competition with students in the Tex…


Effective medical care depends on the availability of appropriate facilities and the proper application of technology, processes and training. More than 50 students from across the university joined together to design medical applications to improve that medical care at the most recent Aggies Inve…


Student innovation was truly the theme for the latest Aggies Invent. Medical devices, physical therapy aids, water quality testing, weed eaters and fashion mobile apps were just some of the innovative student products ideated at the event held Sept. 16-18 on the Texas A&M University campus.  …


When 80 motivated and innovative students from five universities work together, novel ideas will emerge. The first [U] Invent produced 12 solutions to combat the spread of the Zika virus through educational and conceptual solutions. More than $4,000 in award funds and an opportunity for two students…


Three former students and one current student of the Texas A&M University College of Engineering are building partnerships worldwide to benefit the college. Former students Andrew West (petroleum engineering), Brian Socha (industrial and systems engineering) and Drew Blanchard (biological and a…


Jeffrey Zhao and Sahil Dhanju, engineering students at Texas A&M University, were part of a team that took home a national coding prize from the “Dream it. Code it. Win it.” competition. Zhao, a sophomore mechanical engineering student and University Innovation Fellow and Sahil Dhanju, a comput…


A Texas A&M University engineering student’s passion for rock climbing may lead to a new innovation in the field. Mack Ragland pitched his idea for light-up rocks for rock wall climbing and took home the top prize in the U-Ignite Video Competition. U-Ignite allows students to showcase their cre…


You’ve seen them in futuristic science fiction movies for decades, but the reality is that unmanned vehicles are just around the corner, quite literally. Fully automated vehicles are expected to hit the roads as early as 2018. In the meantime, you might catch the Zachry Department of Civil Engineeri…


What happens when you mix engineers with education students and design needs from sponsors?  You get solutions to healthy eating habits, educational and safe social media, and special needs education tracking. These three ideas took the top spots at the latest Aggies Invent, which was focused on edu…


Students and faculty from Texas A&M University will be well represented at the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Design Weekend at Texas A&M. All seven hyperloop design teams have been invited to the weekend competition hosted by Texas A&M Jan. 29-30. The SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Design Weekend will pro…