Texas A&M University’s Women in Engineering Program recently received funding to create the Clare Boothe Luce Scholars Program. The grant awards $250,000 to fund eight undergraduate students as they complete research within their respective departments.

Three from the Texas A&M University College of Engineering have been appointed as University Distinguished Professors.

Dr. John Valasek has been selected by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) as a 2017 AIAA Fellow. The AIAA confers the distinction of Fellow upon 1 percent of its members in recognition of their notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences or technology of aeronautics and astronautics.

The work of two directors of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station’s (TEES) Turbomachinery Laboratory (Turbo Lab) and a research engineer has been recognized with a Best Paper Award by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Structures and Dynamics Committee.

For researchers building what could be the world’s smallest cyclocopter — a drone powered by two spinning paddle-?wheel-like cyclorotors — every gram counts. The edges of each of the craft’s eight rotor blades were made by hand-laying hair-thin carbon fiber strands preimpregnated with epoxy into a Teflon mold, along with a 0.7-millimeter-thick carbon rod for the center of the frame. Then they were baked in an oven at about 175 degrees Celsius.

M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, has appointed Dr. Richard Miles, Dr. Thomas Overbye and Dr. Zhijian “ZJ” Pei Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) Distinguished Research Professors.

The American Nuclear Society Student Chapter at Texas A&M University organized and attended the Texas Nuclear Student Delegation on Feb. 12-14 in Austin, Texas.

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between Texas A&M University and the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) at the Norwegian Consulate in Houston on Nov. 10, 2016.

Youth from the Boys Scouts of America (BSA) are used to exploring the wilds of nature and going on adventures, but the Texas A&M University student section of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) is helping them discover a whole new kind of adventure with the nuclear science merit badge workshop.

Students from Texas A&M University’s IEEE Power and Energy Society, Power Electronics Society and Industry Applications Society joint chapters hosted the inaugural 2017 Texas Power and Energy Conference (TPEC) Feb. 9 and 10 on campus. The conference was the first one of its kind in the state of Texas and was completely student-run.

Dr. Ankit Srivastava was selected to receive the prestigious Doctoral New Investigator Grant from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund.

Each year, M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering at Texas A&M University, recognizes faculty members who have received fellowships for their impact on their department and the college as a whole.

After working for more than a decade on hover-capable drones no bigger than the palm of a hand, Dr. Moble Benedict and a team of researchers are studying the feasibility of scaling these concepts to larger unmanned aircraft (UAVs).

Ali Pourghorban Saghati is among 12 elite graduate students from across the globe to have been named a recipient of IEEE’s Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Graduate Fellowship. He is the first Texas A&M graduate student to receive this fellowship.

Dr. Lawrence Rauchwerger served as program chair of the organizing committee for the 2017 Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Programming Languages Symposium on Principles and Practice of Parallel Programming.

More than 20 Qatari high school students unleashed their inner inventors and entrepreneurs recently as part of Qatar Invents, a week-long academic enrichment workshop organized at Texas A&M University at Qatar and sponsored by Maersk Oil Qatar.

The Polymer Nanocomposites Laboratory at Texas A&M University, directed by Dr. Jaime Grunlan, is working with scientists at the Sandia National Laboratory to reduce or eliminate arc faults and corrosion in solar cells. Corrosion in photovoltaic cells, which convert light into electricity, can damage connections and reduce or destroy the ability to generate electricity.

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.

Students in the Department of Ocean Engineering at Texas A&M University were recently announced as a semi-finalist team in the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE competition.

Texas A&M University alumnus Peter Maginot ‘09 is using some of the most powerful computing technology in the world to validate computer modeling computational tools to make sure they accurately reflect the physical phenomena in real-world experiments.

Dr. Jim E. Morel has been recognized as a recipient of the Gerald C. Pomraning Memorial Award. The award recognizes key contributions within the field of computational methods and its applications to the field of nuclear engineering.

More than 200 volunteers, participants, coaches and parents attended the inaugural FIRST LEGO League qualifier at First Baptist Church in Bryan. Six teams from the event will advance to the invitational round, where they will compete again hoping to rise up the ranks to go to the international competition.

Dr. Moo-Hyun Kim is a recipient of the 2016 Dean of Engineering Excellence Award.

Dr. Daniel A. Jiménez was elected program chair of the 2017 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Symposium on High Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA).

The research of Dr. Wonmuk Hwang has been featured on the February cover of the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (CMBE) journal.

The Hagler Institute for Advanced Study at Texas A&M University regrets to announce the death of Dr. Karl Hedrick, a Faculty Fellow in the Class of 2015-16. Hedrick died on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, after a battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Carlyle. He was 72.

Bharat Mahajan, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University, received the John V. Breakwell student award for travel to the 27th American Astronautical Society (AAS)/American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Space Flight Mechanics meeting held in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 5-9.

Dr. Robin Murphy presented a plenary talk to the Annual Plenary Conference for NASA Human Research Program Investigators Workshop in Galveston, Texas. A day earlier, Murphy gave a video-streamed talk for the Human Systems Integration group at NASA Johnson Space Center.

A paper co-authored by Dr. Prasad Enjeti, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, was named the most highly cited research publication in Qatar over the last decade.

The Texas A&M University College of Engineering boasts an impressive honors program of over 1,000 students. Engineering Honors provides students with unique opportunities to network with faculty and industry leaders. In honors courses, students are given individualized attention and curricular challenges that push them to reach their full potential.

Dr. Eduardo Gildin from the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University is the recipient of one of the 2016-17 College of Engineering Faculty Awards. He has been named the Charles H. Barclay, Jr. ’45 Fellow.

The Center for Dredging Studies in the Department of Ocean Engineering at Texas A&M University recently hosted the 46th Dredging Engineering Short Course.

Payman Dehghanian is among 20 young scholars from across the globe who have been selected to attend the Next Generation of Research in Electric Power Systems seminar in April at Tsinghua University in Beijing. This is the second consecutive year that he has been invited.

Dr. Nancy M. Amato has been honored with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Kyle T. Alfriend, TEES Distinguished Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been appointed a University Distinguished Professor. The title, which is bestowed in perpetuity, is among the highest honors awarded to Texas A&M faculty members.

With mentorship and funding opportunities on the line, in addition to a chance to present at the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin next month, the stakes were higher than ever at the latest Aggies Invent.

Over 50 engineering students set out to make a difference in the lives of K-12 school children and teachers during the latest Aggies Invent, which tasked participants to create and develop solutions to problems many schools and classrooms face today.