First semester of AggiE-Challenge ends with showcase of student, faculty projects

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Pictured: Senior mechanical engineering major Keele Venable discusses her team’s poster with AggiE-Challenge Project Showcase attendees



More than 100 undergraduate students from several engineering disciplines gathered in the Zachry Engineering Center Dec. 13 for the AggiE-Challenge Project Showcase as the inaugural semester of AggiE-Challenge came to an end.

AggiE-Challenge is designed to actively engage undergraduate students with multidisciplinary team projects related to the engineering challenges facing our society. The grand challenges include, but are not limited to, the 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering (articulated by the National Academy of Engineering), the 14 Grand Challenges for Global Health (articulated by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) and Engineering World Health: Projects That Matter.

The AggiE-Challenge Project Showcase gave the 23 teams an opportunity to discuss and present their projects that were carried out during the Fall semester to other students, faculty and staff.

“This was my first time working in multidisciplinary setting,” said senior mechanical engineering major Ben Powell. “It’s nice to work with other engineering students with different points of view. You realize that in real-world engineering you need those different points of view to reach your end goal.”

Each team of undergraduate students, with guidance from one or more faculty members and with the support of a graduate student, worked to identify a component of a grand challenge and work collectively on a potential solution. Engineering faculty were invited to submit proposals and twelve faculty were funded for Fall 2012. Currently, Engineering Student Services and Academic Programs is evaluating faculty proposals submitted for Spring 2013.

The project varied from topics such as providing clean water to underdeveloped countries, utilizing solar energy to provide hot water to low-income families and preventing nuclear terror.

“I really like AggiE-Challenge. The timing of it is great with senior design coming up to prepare me for the type of work I’ll be doing,” said junior electrical engineering major Rene Martinez.   

“I’ve learned about the importance of communication in engineering and it was nice to work and learn about other majors too.

The full list of AggiE-Challenge Fall 2012 projects were:

  1. Oxygen Analyzer for Safe and Cost Effective Medical Oxygen Concentrators
  2. Universal Surgery Light Bulb Replacement; Spectrophotometer
  3. Developing Next-generation Wastewater Treatment Technologies
  4. Autonomous Mobile Picocell Sensing
  5. Low Cost Solar Concentrator with Energy Storage
  6. Prevent Nuclear Terror
  7. Reverse- Engineering the functioning of the sensorimotor cortex of the human brain
  8. Designing Transparent Storage Devices
  9. Sustainability Through Energy Efficiency
  10. High Efficiently, Low Cost / Waste Heat Water
  11. Materials for Energy Efficiency Desalination Membranes
  12. Effectively Interdict Highly Enriched Uranium Smuggling

The AggiE-Challenge program will continue into the Spring 2013 semester and beyond. All classifications of undergraduate students are eligible to participate.

AggiE-Challenge program is supported with Activity 1 funds and supports the Texas A&M University Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) goals. To learn more about AggiE-Challenge and to view detailed descriptions about each project, visit the AggiE-Challenge website.