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Student team posing for camera in front of banner at the Global Grand Challenges Summit 2019

A team of engineering students from Texas A&M competed in the Global Grand Challenges Summit Competition in California. Team lead Jainita Chauhan shares her experiences from this opportunity.

Jim Carman '00 in front of Hughes Landing

Former civil engineering student Jim Carman '00 recently rose to senior vice president of commercial development within The Howard Hughes Corporation. The Office of Alumni Relations spoke with him to discuss his career, accomplishments and selfless service.

Donated HPE equipment at the Giesecke Engineering Research Building

The Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), a member of The Texas A&M University System, announced the creation of the new Hewlett Packard Enterprise Center for Computer Architecture Research, made possible with an $11 million donation from Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Graphic of bioink construction

Researchers in Dr. Akhilesh K Gaharwar’s lab have formulated a bioink to help in fabricating cell-containing constructs for designing new, healthy, functional tissues.

Berto stands in front of the stage at the 2019 SNAME conference.

Kevin Berto knew a graduate degree in ocean engineering would well equip him to contribute to the offshore energy industry. This quickly proved to be true as his advisor Dr. Jeffrey Falzarano pointed him to a joint industry/academic research panel that was the perfect opportunity to draw upon his previous work experiences and further his educational pursuits.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launching

Three undergraduate students in the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution recently watched their capstone project be successfully launched and delivered to the International Space Station. The team has been working with NASA on an experiment facility that will study asteroid materials in space.

Dr. I. Yucel Akkutlu

Dr. I. Yucel Akkutlu’s gas hydrate research is unlocking the role of hysteresis in hydrate recrystallization, allowing him to better model hydrate behavior, a critical step toward safely producing hydrates as a future energy resource for the world.

Dr. Matt Pharr in his lab

Dr. Matt Pharr, assistant professor in the J. Mike Walker ’66 Department of Mechanical Engineering, and graduate student Seunghyun Lee, have discovered a new type of fracture in the material used for stretchable electronics.

Five students sitting on the stairs in the Zachry building

Five Aggies kicked off their summer with a trip to “Mars,” a simulation program of extraterrestrial operations and research, offered through Mars Academy USA.

Power outages could be reduced

A Texas A&M University team led by Dr. Mladen Kezunovic received a $1 million grant from the Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory to use Big Data Analytics to automate monitoring of synchrophasor recordings, which will help reduce power outages.

Image of Kenneth Obkirchner, Alejandra Sandoval and Jonathan Westerfield.

Three engineering students at Texas A&M University applied their creativity, experience and interdisciplinary classroom education toward developing an automated instrument. The computer engineering seniors merged software and hardware to create a self-playing glockenspiel.

A track and field stadium

Mechanical engineering senior Nathan Hite has been selected as a recipient of the 2018-19 Southeastern Conference H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.

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James “Jim” Hopper, a former student in the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution at Texas A&M University, has been honored with an Outstanding Alumni Award from the College of Engineering.

Prabhasa Kalkur

Graduate student Prabhasa Kalkur discusses how his involvement with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Student Association and the Indian Graduate Student Association has helped him in his academic journey.

Patricia Rodriguez poses under the trees on sunny day wearing a blue ocean engineering shirt.

Honored as this year’s distinguished student in the Department of Ocean Engineering, she originally had her heart set on studying mechanical engineering when she first stepped foot on campus. That all changed when she met Lisa Bratton through a mentoring program in the College of Engineering during her freshman year.

Dr. Malini Natarajarathinam

Dr. Malini Natarajarathinam and a team of students recently partnered with Brenntag North America to enhance optimization techniques and analytics to streamline their operations and keep their business efficient, productive and cost-effective.

J. Mike Walker '66 Department of Mechanical Engineering

Several members of the J. Mike Walker '66 Department of Mechanical Engineering were honored for their contributions at the College of Engineering's 2019 Faculty and Staff Awards banquet.

2019 aerospace faculty and staff awards winners

Five faculty and one staff member from the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University were recognized at the College of Engineering’s Faculty and Staff Awards banquet for their outstanding achievements and excellence for the past year.

Elaine Oran

Dr. Elaine Oran has joined the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University as a TEES Eminent Professor. Oran is a physical scientist and is considered a world authority on numerical methods for large-scale simulation of physical systems.

New technology to help veterans

Researchers at Texas A&M University are working on new Specially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology that could help veterans with severe spinal cord injuries and disorders achieve even more independence with a grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Air Force Scientific Advisory Board 2019

Dr. Rodney Bowersox has been appointed to the United States Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, a federal advisory committee that provides independent advice on matters of science and technology relating to the Air Force mission, reporting directly to the secretary and chief of staff of the Air Force.

Dr. Richard Miles

Dr. Richard Miles, TEES Eminent Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, has been named a Distinguished Professor by Texas A&M University, the highest faculty honor.


Texas A&M Engineering Vice Chancellor and Dean Dr. M. Katherine Banks presented teaching awards, faculty fellow awards, service awards, Dean of Engineering Excellence awards and contribution awards to faculty. For staff she presented Staff Excellence Awards, a New Employee Award, a Key Contributor Award and the Engineering Team Award.

Jay still and Holly Ridings

Holly Ridings, NASA chief flight director, and Jay Still, president, CEO and chairman of the board of Guidon Energy, were inducted into the J. Mike Walker ’66 Department of Mechanical Engineering Academy of Distinguished Graduates.

The Texas A&M University Gamma Mu Chapter of the Eta Kappa Nu honor society

The Texas A&M University chapter of the Eta Kappa Nu international honor society has been selected as the recipient of the distinguished Outstanding Chapter Award by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

J. Melinda and Gregory Lyman Hall

J. Melinda ’96 and Gregory Lyman Hall ’96 have established a scholarship to benefit students pursuing a degree in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, J. Mike Walker ’66 Department of Mechanical Engineering or Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University.

Ivan Mieth III

Ivan G. Mieth III ’18 has established a scholarship in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering to support students pursuing an undergraduate degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University.

SEC executive board

From 3D printers to nuclear reactors, engineers have designed the modern world. The Student Engineers’ Council recognizes that investing in Texas A&M engineering students is an investment in the next generation of Aggie innovators and is committed to giving back.

Group photo of fourteen recipients of the 2019 Distinguished Student Award. All are giving a thumbs up hand sign.

Six engineering students were among a group of 15 graduate students from Texas A&M University who were recognized for their exemplary accomplishments in one of two categories: research and teaching.

blue graphic of health elements

Nuclear engineering students design industry solutions in hands-on classes.

Mechanical engineering senior design group competed in the Shell Eco-marathon competition.

A team of 10 graduating mechanical engineering seniors won the prize for off-track safety at the annual Shell Eco-marathon energy efficiency competition in Sonoma, California.

A male engineering student looking at the industry judge and gesturing to his product.

One of the largest showcases in the nation with $10,000 in awards. Over 1,200 students and 150 industry judges came together to celebrate engineering innovation together!

Imani headshot

Mahdi Imani, doctoral student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, was recently named one of seven graduate students in the College of Engineering to receive the Association of Former Students Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research-Doctoral.

Dr. Stephen Hughes and Scott Kolodziej in front of a SIGCSE presentation screen

Scott Kolodziej and a team of undergraduate students went back to basics to study something that everyone took for granted, what is the best way to document your computer code? Everyone agrees that good documentation is important, but seems to have a slightly different opinion on what exactly that means.

Isabela Lozano

A Q&A with Isabela Lozano and Fred Henry, who share their thoughts on their global entrepreneurship study abroad class to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Claire DeCuir reviewing computer tomography scans on computer screen

Claire DeCuir ’19 is passionate about the benefits she feels undergraduate research can provide other students. She sat down for an interview to help other undergraduates understand what they might be missing.

A finger operating a thermostat

Thermostats, cruise control, chemical reactors and autonomous vehicles alike rely on proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controllers for stability and reliability. For more than two decades, Dr. Shankar Bhattacharyya has enhanced the design of such technology, becoming a pioneer in the field of control engineering.

International Space Station

Astronauts undergo physiological changes while in space due to the weightless environment, including bone loss, muscle atrophy and cardiovascular deconditioning. Dr. Ana Diaz Artiles runs the Bioastronautics and Human Performance lab at Texas A&M University, which is focused on investigating human performance in these environments and developing technologies to improve human health and performance.

software brain artwork

An interdisciplinary team of Texas A&M University researchers has been awarded a $1 million National Science Foundation grant to research data mining to optimize decision making in the software brain of the Autonomous Experimentation Platform for Accelerating Manufacturing of Advanced Materials.

Shane Duckett Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat rehearsal

Texas A&M University freshman general engineering student Shane Duckett always liked learning about physics in high school. He also enjoyed participating in musicals. In the Bryan/College Station area, he has found a way to explore both passions.

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Outstanding faculty members from the Texas A&M University College of Engineering received one of the highest honors in academia at the recent investiture ceremony.

College of Engineering Distinguished Achievement Awards

Four faculty members from the Texas A&M University College of Engineering were selected to receive a 2019 Distinguished Achievement Award from Texas A&M and The Association of Former Students. They were among a group of 24 outstanding Texas A&M faculty and staff honored.