Ask any 10-year-old what they want to be when they grow up, and chances are “an astronaut” is likely near the top of their list. For Michayal Mathew, a junior in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University, that dream never faded with time. Spending much of his childhood in League City, Texas, Mathew visited Johnson Space Center so many times he memorized each exhibit, acting as his own tour guide. This summer he is one step closer to fulfilling his dream of one day going to space — at least virtually.

Two undergraduate students from the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University competed in the second annual Consortium for the Advancement of Shape Memory Alloy Research and Technology (CASMART) student design competition at the 2017 Shape Memory and Superelastic Technologies (SMST) conference in San Diego, California.

Finding ways to increase the comfort and care of premature babies and help elderly patients live more independent and safe lives were the spotlights of the latest Aggies Invent.

AZZ Inc. has established two fellowships in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University. The AZZ Inc. Faculty Fellowship in Materials Science and Engineering and the AZZ Inc. Graduate Fellowship

Jaskirat Batra, a graduate student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was selected as the 2017 Montgomery Award recipient for his work in starting a highly impactful student organization and his commitment to helping other graduate students succeed.

Many students partake in summer internships, study abroad trips or various other experiential learning opportunities offered by the Texas A&M University College of Engineering. An interdisciplinary team of students have combined nearly all of the categories of opportunities into one experience: conquering the Shell Ocean Discover XPrize Challenge.

A group of undergraduate students from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University placed first in the SnifFEST student competition at the 17th International Symposium on Olfaction and Electronic Nose (ISOEN) at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, on May 28-31.

Payman Dehghanian, a graduate student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, recently received a scholarship from AACE International (formerly the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering) for demonstrating outstanding academic success. He will receive $2,500 for the 2017-18 academic year.

It’s not unheard of for new college students to feel like they are walking alone into an unfamiliar environment with an overwhelming pressure to succeed. Engineering student Hunter Hakala was no stranger to these feelings as he entered his freshman year, but thanks to his experiences with Texas A&M University’s Engineering Academy at Blinn-Bryan and the Zachry Leadership Program, he thrived in a strong community of like-minded individuals.

Dr. Kumar Ankit, formerly a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been appointed assistant professor at Arizona State University.

The research of Dr. Jaime Grunlan, the Linda & Ralph Schmidt ’68 Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, was featured on the cover of the May issue of Macromolecular Rapid Communications, one of the highest impact factor journals focused on polymeric materials.

Joshua Harris, a graduate student in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University, was selected by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Center of Excellence as the 2017 PEGASAS Outstanding Student Researcher from Texas A&M.

Dr. Bryan Deuermeyer, emeritus professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University, passed away July 7, 2017.

Dr. Laszlo Kish, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, is founder of the idea of unconditional security using electronics and thermal noise. He studies the physics of electronics and computing.

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.

Dr. Daniele Mortari, professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been elected as a corresponding member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA).

Dr. Robert Nevels, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been appointed to the administrative committee of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers' (IEEE) Nanotechnology Council.

Cyclocopter research was featured in the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International magazine "Vertiflite."

Dr. Alexei Poludnenko, associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, along with a team of collaborators from the University of Colorado and Stanford University, received the 2017 Distinguished Paper Award in the Turbulent Flames colloquium from The Combustion Institute at the 36th International Symposium on Combustion.

Texas A&M University researchers have developed an intelligent model that can predict a potential vulnerability to utility assets and present a map of where and when a possible outage may occur. The predictive feature allows the trees in the most critical areas with the highest risk to be trimmed first.

Dr. David Schechter’s research group has developed a new type of simulator that better illustrates and predicts the effects of these techniques. This robust simulator draws on data from laboratory experiments and combines it with known geologic data on fractures.

One of the passions of Dr. Patrick Shamberger is making a difference in the learning process of 21st century engineering students. Within 18 months, Shamberger led a team of faculty members that established a new undergraduate minor and developed curriculum for a new Bachelor of Science degree.

The Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) Smart Grid Center is part of a United States team that will use a $7.5 million Department of Energy (DOE) grant to help advance India’s power grid to ensure access to affordable and reliable energy.

Currently, 3-D printed parts are very fragile and traditionally used in the prototyping phase of materials or as a toy for display. A doctoral student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University has pioneered a countermeasure to transform the landscape of 3-D printing today.

Dr. César O. Malavé, dean of Texas A&M University at Qatar, has received the 2017 John L. Imhoff Global Excellence Award for Industrial Engineering Education from the American Society for Engineering Education in recognition of his distinguished accomplishments.

The Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center held the inaugural GenCyber Teach the Teachers camp June 19-23. The GenCyber program sponsors summer camps across the nation designed for elementary, middle and high school teachers that focus on engaging learners with sound cybersecurity principles and teaching techniques.

The Texas A&M Formula SAE team won the overall championship at Formula SAE Lincoln in Nebraska against a field of 80 collegiate teams from around the country.

5G cellular networks are expected to support high-data rates and low delays for a broad range of users. Software defined networking (SDN) is an emerging technology that enables the design and operation of large communication and storage networks. To promote the new technologies and the experimentation tools offered by the National Science Foundation’s Global Environment for Networking Innovations (GENI), Texas A&M University hosted a summer camp and regional workshop last month.

Dr. Vladislav Yakovlev, professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been developing a more efficient way of propagating light through an opaque medium. Propagation of light refers to the way that light travels from one point to another, in this case, through a medium, such as human tissue.

A paper “Aeroelastic Analysis for Highly Flexible Flapping Wing in Hover,” authored by Xuan Yang (first author), Aswathi Sudhir, Atanu Halder and Dr. Moble Benedict, won the best paper award in the “Modeling and Simulation” session at the 2017 American Helicopter Society Annual Forum.