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Mars Rover

Part two of a conversation with Mark Weyland, NASA director of medical policy and ethics and nuclear engineering former student, about his job, the future outlook of space travel and more.

A former student, Ravi Lad, smiles for the camera

Ravi Lad was a member of the first cohort of students to participate in the Zachry Leadership Program. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a petroleum engineering degree in 2018, and he now works for Apache Corporation in Houston, Texas.

Zachry Department of Civil Engineering

Stuart and Deborah Anderson have established the Dr. Stuart D. and Deborah F. Anderson Endowed Fellowship in Civil Engineering to support graduate students pursuing a civil engineering degree with a focus on construction engineering and management.

Han co-leads $15M DARPA grant to create rapid ways to test dangerous bacteria

Dr. Arum Han and a Texas A&M University-led research team received a grant from the DARPA program totaling more than $15 million to develop a way to quickly detect and determine which bacterial pathogens are present in a soil or water sample.

Pitch Up contest winners

The Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University hosted a Pitch Up! competition, giving undergraduate aerospace students the opportunity to showcase their technical work and receive feedback on their presentation skills.

Sherri and Todd Elder

Sherri and Todd Elder '84 are the first to establish a scholarship during the Texas A&M University Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering's 80th anniversary celebration to support students pursuing an industrial and systems engineering undergraduate degree.

graduation cap on top of cash

Alicia '82 and Jeff Collins '80 have established a scholarship to support students pursuing a Texas A&M university civil engineering undergraduate degree.

Melissa H. ’85 and Joe C. Schneider

Melissa H. '85 and Joe C. Schneider '83 have established a scholarship to support students pursuing a Texas A&M University civil engineering undergraduate degree.

Image of Shinjiro Sueda

Dr. Shinjiro Sueda, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, recently received the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) — one of the most prestigious awards for up-and-coming researchers.

Michael Plank

Mechanical engineering department namesake J. Mike Walker and incoming Texas A&M University System Regent Michael Plank were recently honored with the Outstanding Alumni Award by the College of Engineering.

6 teammates from Brazil hold a check that says $3,000 - 1st place winner

Students traveled from Brazil, Greece, the United Kingdom, Arizona and Virginia to compete for the top honor in the Invent for the Planet final competition. Only one team had what it takes to be named the grand champion — Team Tupa from Brazil.

Faculty and staff of the J. Mike Walker '66 Department of Mechanical Engineering gathered to honor 10 of the department's members

Ten members of the J. Mike Walker ’66 Department of Mechanical Engineering were honored at the department’s 2019 Awards and Recognition Banquet alongside the two latest inductees into the department's Academy of Distinguished Graduates.

Graphic of tuberculosis imaging in a lung

Dr. Kristen Maitland is working to develop more efficient and effective diagnostic tools for tuberculosis, a highly contagious and deadly disease.


A conversation with Dr. Lin Shao, an expert in nuclear energy and radiation materials science about the positives of nuclear energy.

Clare Lamers

Electrical and computer engineering senior Clare Lamers shares her story and experience as a student ambassador and with the Undergraduate Research Scholars program at Texas A&M University.

Image of cancer cells

Dr. Jun Zou, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and his Ph.D. student Song Xu, are developing a technique to help researchers assess cancer cells inside a tumor, which could facilitate the design of more effective and personalized treatment strategies.

Awards lined up on a table.

The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering celebrated the achievements of faculty, staff and students at the annual gala.

Dr. Xia “Ben” Hu

Dr. Xia “Ben” Hu, recipient of the J.P. Morgan Artificial Intelligence Faculty Research Award, is investigating how to improve the widespread understanding of machine learning and artificial intelligence through better interpretability and explainability.

Etta and Ned Walton

Brothers Billy G. Walton ’51 and Ned E. Walton ’63 have established the Walton Endowed Scholarship Fund to assist students pursuing an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University.

NASA Fellowship student winners

NASA has selected two aerospace engineering graduate students as 2019 NASA Space Technology Research Fellows. Hunter Johnston and Carl Leake are both doctoral students under the advisement of Dr. Daniele Mortari, professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University.

Dr. Anthony Guiseppi-Elie

Dr. Anthony Guiseppi-Elie has been appointed full affiliate member of the Houston Methodist Research Institute and adjunct professor of biomedical engineering in the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences within the Houston Methodist Institute for Academic Medicine.

Hail No

A conversation with Jacob Azbell, a student in Hail No, one of the top five Invent for the Planet teams who are advancing to the final round.

SmartSuit design concept

A new intelligent hybrid SmartSuit design proposed by Dr. Ana Diaz Artiles from Texas A&M University has the potential to solve some of the current design and health risks associated with the current spacesuit worn by astronauts.

A sign in front of the Galveston campus that says Texas A&M University Galveston Campus

Why Engineering at Galveston was a good choice for this senior electrical engineering student


A conversation with Breno Christianes Ferreira and Felipe Macedo Moura dos Santos, students in Tupa, one of the top five Invent for the Planet teams who are advancing to the final round.

Swansea team

A conversation with SuperSocial, one of the top five Invent for the Planet teams who are advancing to the final round.

Outstanding Alumni Awards

The Texas A&M University College of Engineering honored nine alumni during the 2019 Outstanding Alumni Awards Banquet. Receiving the Outstanding Alumni Honor Award were David D. Dunlap ‘83, James T. Hopper Sr. ‘68, Peter D. Huddleston ‘80, William B. Hurd ‘99, Michael J. Plank ‘83, Aleida Rios ‘91, Ronald E. Smith ‘80, Lee M. Tillman ‘84 and J. Mike Walker ’66.

Electrical engineering junior Brittney Nelson

A conversation with Brittney Nelson, a junior in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, about her experience with study abroad and the Zachry Leadership Program.

SpaceCRAFT at South by Southwest 2019

During South by Southwest 2019, the SpaceCRAFT Exploration Challenge offered teams this test: rescue an astronaut that has crashed on a planet using artificial intelligence, virtual reality, robotics and machine learning. The objective: test a team’s ability to program a robot to interact with its environment to successfully perform the rescue operation using pathfinding and terrain/object recognition.

Image of Robin Murphy posing next to a robot.

Dr. Robin Murphy has contributed to multiple publications, including the academic journal Science Robotics. Her publications explore popular science fiction references like "Star Wars" and "Ex Machina" to explain real-world science and technology.

Dr. Donna Mischell Navarro, chief human capital officer for the NNSA, with NSE Day attendees.

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) partnered with Texas A&M University to host Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE) Day on April 8. The event offered attendees the chance to learn about career opportunities and internships for all STEM majors with the NNSA labs, plants and sites.

Close up photo of a lazarus bullet.

Students team up with a design center staff member to create a bullet, Lazarus, that could tackle nationwide issue with lethality.

Three female students look at computer screen during design event.

April 5-7, 2019, students worked in 48 hours to create a concept, design a prototype and pitch their product to a panel of judges, aiming to develop solutions to problems faced by people with disabilities.

Farid Saemi

Farid Saemi, a graduate student in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University, was named international runner-up in the prestigious 2019 Robert L. Lichten Award competition of the Vertical Flight Society.

Hygiene Module

Part one of a conversation with Mark Weyland, NASA director of medical policy and ethics and nuclear engineering department former student, about his journey to NASA, the ethics of space travel and more.

SIPS team photo

A conversation with SIPS, one of the top five Invent for the Planet teams who are advancing to the final round.

Cathy Sliva smiling

Former student Cathy Sliva not only loves the Aggie spirit, she lives it by teaching, advising, and contributing in many ways to help students currently pursuing a petroleum engineering degree.

Group of people in front of large tarp mounted on the wall outside of the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Presidential Conference Center.

During the inaugural President’s Excellence Fund Symposium, eight Texas A&M faculty members, including three from the College of Engineering, that earned project funding from the first round of Texas A&M's X-Grants gave presentations about their research.

attendees smile as Jeff Spath and Ruimin Gao shake hands

Department head Dr. Jeff Spath signed a memorandum of understanding with the Research Institute of Shannxi Yanchang Petroleum Group to enable future joint educational and research activities, and other collaborative exchanges.

Aerial view of students presenting their poster board projects to judges at the Ford Hall of Champions in Kyle Field during the 2019 Texas Science and Engineering Fair.

More than 1,400 scientifically advanced middle and high school students from across Texas presented their outstanding projects at the 2019 Texas Science and Engineering Fair on the Texas A&M University campus on March 29-30.

Dr. Andreas Polycarpou received the ASME Church Medal

Dr. Andreas Polycarpou is the latest recipient of the prestigious Edwin F. Church Medal awarded by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Raymond Ideas Challenge logo

Two teams of engineering students were challenged to pitch their next big idea as part of the 2019 Raymond Ideas Challenge.

classroom with Haildom Greek students

A conversation with Georgiadou Aikaterini, a student in Haildom, one of the top five Invent for the Planet teams who is advancing to the final round.

Engineering a promising cancer treatment

Texas A&M researchers collaborate from the College of Engineering and the College of Medicine to find a way to deliver drugs directly to cancerous cells while reducing the toxic effects on the rest of the body.

Dr. Yessica Sáez ’15 and Dr. Guadalupe González ’10

In honor of International Women's Day, former electrical and computer engineering students Dr. Yessica Sáez ’15 and Dr. Guadalupe González ’10 were recognized by the Panamanian Association for the Advancement of Science for their transformational research contributions in Panama.

Daniele Mortari

Dr. Daniele Mortari was awarded the 2017 Mathematics Best Paper Second Award from Mathematics, an international, open-access journal.

The J. Mike Walker ’66 Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University celebrated Women’s History Month by showcasing members our outstanding students, staff and faculty

This year, the J. Mike Walker ’66 Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University honored Women’s History Month by showcasing students, staff and faculty, who offered their advice and encouragement to fellow women in STEM.

Dr. Epps Martin

Dr. Amy Epps Martin is elected to the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologies’ board of directors as a director-at-large.

Dr. Arum Han and Dr. Han Wang

Harnessing the unique qualities of acoustic sound waves, researchers have created a new mechanism to measure the biophysical properties of cancer cells, giving medical professionals and researchers a vital and simple tool to aid in the diagnosis, classification and observation of the disease.

Zachry learning stairs on a busy day.

From cell signal amplifiers to kiosks to a digital alcove, tech at the Zachry Engineering Education Complex is at the forefront of innovation, ready to serve the next generation of engineering students.

Dr. Ranjana Mehta

Dr. Ranjana Mehta was selected as the Creativeness in Ergonomics Practitioner of the Year for 2019 by the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers.