Research conducted by higher education has made a significant impact on our health, safety and quality of life, and has contributed to the economic growth and development of our country.

The College of Engineering — through its affiliation with the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) and with partnerships with industry and other institutions of higher education — is committed to helping keep our country competitive by conducting practical research to address world problems.

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Imaging to determine whether cancer patients respond to treatment

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Computer recognition of hand-drawn diagrams

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Energy Systems Lab

The Energy Systems Lab focuses on energy-related research, energy efficiency, and emissions reduction, and has a total annual income for external research and testing exceeding $10 million.

In 2001, the ESL was assigned an important role in the implementation of state energy standards and assistance with calculation of emissions reduction benefits from energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives as part of the Texas Emissions Reduction Program (TERP).

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Energy & the Environment

Energy is – and always has been – a major research focus of Texas A&M Engineering. We have a history of more than 100 years of research and development activities in the field of energy. Our researchers have expertise in traditional energy areas such as oil and gas, the electric power grid and nuclear energy, as well as in emerging renewable energy generation and distribution technologies and systems, and in energy efficiency.



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Researching the properties of piezoelectrics so that electronic devices can power themselves

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Research aims to turn human waste into biofuel

Transportation & Infrastructure

The reliability, resiliency and environmental impact of our transportation infrastructure are inexorably linked to our nation's economy, security and quality of life. Numerous reports indicate that the condition of America's infrastructure is aging and failing. Our researchers are addressing these concerns as well as the impacts that natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina has made to the infrastructure and the consequences if failures to this important system.


Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Our transportation researchers work on solving transportation problems as part of the Texas A&M System’s Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), one of the finest higher education-affiliated transportation research agencies in the nation. TTI’s research saves lives, time and state and national resources through strategies and products developed through its research program. It also helps prepare students for careers in transportation.


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Using carbon nanotubes for stronger, more flexible crack-free structures

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Understanding the mechanical properties of cement for better concrete

Haynes Coastal Lab

The Haynes Coastal Laboratory brings ocean and estuarine environments into a laboratory setting where engineers, researchers and educators can tackle the most challenging problems of near-shore, offshore and estuarine regions.

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Healthcare & Quality of Life

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Improving the quality of life and protecting our environment continues to be a major focus of our research. Our live-saving work and expertise in health includes disease prevention and control; improving and maintaining a healthy environment; process safety; food safety and genomics.

National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing

The mission of the NCTM is to provide therapeutics manufacturing education, training and outreach programs to support the development of an educated and skilled pharmaceutical workforce proficient in process development, production systems, standard operating procedures, and regulatory guidelines.

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Informatics & the Knowledge Economy

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Computing and networking technology has transformed our society over the past two decades. The collection, transmission and management of data and information are critical components to our advancement in engineering and science, our national security and our economic development. Key areas being addressed by our researchers are reliable communication networks; Cyber security; management of data and its conversion to information; and visualization and human interfaces.


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Texas Center for Applied Technology

The Texas Center for Applied Technology's Interactive Visualization Framework provides users a high-level visual programming environment for creating custom visualization applications on a desktop or laptop computer. It is being used by the military to improve analysts' ability to understand and make inference from data collected during testing and evaluation of next-generation war-fight equipment.


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James Caverlee

Assistant Professor
Computer Science and Engineering

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Developing and testing the next generation of emergency communications systems

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ZeroTouch: A new multifinger sensing technology

Homeland Security

Texas A&M Engineering has the resources, facilities and capabilities to address a broad spectrum of Homeland Security needs. From basic and applied research conducted by one of the nation's premier engineering programs, to unique and comprehensive labs and facilities, and extensive world-renown training and exercises, Texas A&M Engineering delivers solutions for first responders, emergency and community management, and the public across the nation and around the globe.

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Helping to increase the chance of detecting smuggled nuclear materials at U.S. ports and borders

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Robin Murphy is a pioneer and international leader in rescue robotics.

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Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute

NSSPI combines internationally recognized assets from the nation's largest nuclear engineering program with renowned policy expertise from the TAMU George Bush School of Government and Public Service. This unique team brings an unmatched capability to bear on complex proliferation challenges involving both policy and technology.