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See the Texas A&M University College of Engineering's stories from April 2023.

Dr. Ceyhun Eksin received the Faculty Early Career Development Program award from the National Science Foundation in support of his research and in recognition of his growing leadership in his research area.

In her three years in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University, Dr. Shreya Raghavan has experienced great success in research, teaching and service.

Annie Carter, the first African-American female to earn her civil engineering degree from Texas A&M University, has spent her career solving problems and giving back to the community. Carter's story is one of determination, passion and generosity.

Messenger Ribonucleic Acid (mRNA) vaccines’ thermal instability can cause issues as mRNA is susceptible to chemical degradation. Dr. Qing Sun and her team have developed an interpretable model architecture that can predict RNA degradation.

Student organization TAMUhack hosted its ninth annual hackathon event this year. The 24-hour invention marathon serves as a creative space for student programmers to connect, network and develop innovative software and hardware solutions to solve real-world problems.

The McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship hosted its fifth annual Aggie PITCH competition where nine students from Engineering Inc. pitched their business ideas. The Aggie engineer winners received a total of $26,000 in cash prizes.

Dr. Emily Pentzer was named editor-in-chief of the RSC Applied Polymers journal on Feb. 15 and will be overlooking all of the publication’s operations. It is part of a new offering from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Researchers examined the mechanical behavior of layered or additively manufactured thermoplastic materials by exploring basic design-scale elements, offering insights into the process and providing valuable design information for researchers and engineers in the field.

Senior industrial engineering student Austin Kees is spending his spring in Madrid, Spain, for a co-op with the Department of Commerce at the U.S. Embassy. There, he is learning how engineering and policy work together, especially in the realm of health and human factors.

A new chemical safety book has recently been published by associate professor of chemical engineering Dr. Qingsheng Wang to better prevent facility malfunctions. Texas A&M University researchers compiled decades worth of research on the intersection of process safety and machine learning in a newly published book.

Texas A&M University’s Gulf Coast Regional Center of Excellence was awarded $3.75 million from the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the Industrial Assessment Centers Program. Texas A&M is one of five higher education institutions to serve as a Center of Excellence.

Two nuclear engineering faculty, Dr. Karen Kirkland and Dr. Sunil Chirayath, were recognized at the annual Texas A&M University College of Engineering Faculty Awards Banquet.

The Alan Padfield ’85 ISEN Endowed Scholarship will support industrial and systems engineers, allowing them to study abroad and experience new cultures to inspire personal growth.

Dr. Arun Srinivasa is a 2023 recipient of the University Professorship for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence at Texas A&M University, a distinction reflecting his exemplary and innovative undergraduate teaching.

Rodney Boehm has been awarded the Inspiring the Spirit of Aggieland - The 41 Award, recognizing his leadership and character that exemplify the Aggie core values and the values of President George H.W. Bush.

Texas A&M University’s industrial and systems engineering department recently recognized Rick Wilkinson '82 for his career achievements and history of giving with the 2023 Distinguished Former Student Award.

The Stockholm International Water Institute selected Hagler Fellow Dr. Andrea Rinaldo as a laureate of the Stockholm Water Prize for his water-related groundbreaking work and achievements.

A student from the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution wins the 2023 Current Student Full Pitch award at the Aggie PITCH competition for her company, Club Girl Golf.

Materials science and engineering graduate student Alan Martinez has been selected to participate in the Association for Materials Protection and Performance’s Leadership Development Program.

Family man, agricultural entrepreneur and graduate student Jeremiah Demehin is pursuing a master’s degree in subsea engineering after a 10-year break from school, focusing on combining renewable and nonrenewable energy to lower the cost of energy production worldwide.

Six teams have advanced to the finals of Texas A&M University's Invent for the Planet competition, where they will pitch their innovative designs to solve some of the world’s most pressing issues on April 20.

Dr. Ali Mostafavi was awarded the American Society of Civil Engineers' 2023 Daniel W. Halpin Award for his work in civil infrastructure resilience management in extreme weather events through data-driven methods and computational modeling techniques.

Night at the ZACH provides middle and high school students with an interactive platform to explore STEM initiatives from Texas A&M College of Engineering student groups, departments and partnering organizations.

Dr. Yue Kuo will receive the Special Recognition Award from the Society of Information Display for his research in the field of display technology.

Dr. Zhijian “Z.J.” Pei received a future manufacturing grant from the National Science Foundation that will allow him and his intercollegiate team to develop new ways to 3D print resources for various industries using living matter.

The National Association for Research in Science Teaching selected Dr. Saira Anwar's recent paper for the Research Worth Reading Recognition. Her research focuses on the effects of an integrated STEM curriculum unit on middle school students' science learning.

Jennifer Bloom and Alex Troyer, staff members in the J. Mike Walker ’66 Department of Mechanical Engineering, were named among the 2023 President’s Meritorious Service Award winners for Texas A&M University.

Matt Fransted won The Association of Former Students’ 12 Under 12 Young Alumni Spotlight for 2023. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 2010 and became a successful businessman and nuclear engineer who hopes to use his work to impact climate change.

Val McNeill, a sophomore industrial engineering student, and her team created liquid mixer packets to make cocktails. They won the honorable mention award at the 2022 Raymond Ideas Challenge held by Texas A&M University’s McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship.

Awarded for her innovative teaching style and community engagement, Dr. Malini Natarajarathinam leads initiatives in applying real-world engineering principles to solve societal challenges and inspires students to impact their communities.

Bryton Praslicka and Thomas Simms participated in the Department of Energy’s EnergyTech UP competition, which aims to cultivate the next generation of energy innovators while accelerating the transfer of energy technologies to market.

Graduate student Emily Payne majored in architectural engineering. She shares how her fashion background and undergraduate experience in the Department of Multidisciplinary Engineering prepared her for graduate school.

Matthew Vaughan won a distinguished graduate award for his research developing steel alloys and has paved his own path throughout materials science and engineering’s history as a department.

Texas A&M University recently hosted the annual Invent for the Planet competition, in which student teams presented design pitches to a panel of judges. Of the seven global teams, H2Grow from Swansea University placed first.

The Johnsons, who met as lab partners, have established the Callie and Andrew Johnson ’13 Endowed Scholarship to support Aggie engineers. Their gift will provide financial relief, encourage recipients to excel in their studies and become selfless community leaders.

Sean Smith ’83 and his wife, Tina Smith ’82, have established a scholarship to encourage Aggie engineering students to participate in the Graham Petroleum Ventures Program and to experience the shared Aggie bond among current and former students.

Dr. Donggil Song aims to help students improve their writing skills by visualizing their knowledge structure in real time while writing. An artificial intelligence agent embedded in the system will help enable them to become self-regulating learners.

The College of Engineering at Texas A&M University was ranked in the top 10 in the nation for its graduate engineering program, according to the 2024 rankings from U.S. News & World Report.

The award-winning Master of Industrial Distribution program in the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution stands out with its unique approach, offering flexibility and impactful coursework for working professionals and impacting distribution.

The Department of Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University remains in the top 10 best-ranked graduate programs in new rankings from U.S. News & World Report.

Dr. Dileep Kalathil’s research is focused on a class of machine learning known as reinforcement learning. He is investigating the robustness, safety and adaptivity of these algorithms so that they can be successful in real-world settings.

The mechanical engineering graduate program at Texas A&M University is ranked No. 7 among public institutions, according to the 2024 U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Graduate Schools rankings.

The first-ever Problems Worth Solving pitch competition was held on April 22. The competition challenged Aggie engineering entrepreneurs to identify critical problems that could potentially serve as the basis for new startups or investments by an established enterprise.

A team of students, guided by their faculty mentor and relying on their own skills, made history through their cooperation, dedication and perseverance in overcoming obstacles. The student team's hard work and determination paved the way for their ultimate victory.

Drs. James E. Hubbard, Tristan Griffith and Mark Balas recently published a book on noninvasive brain wave imaging. Their advanced research proves that people’s brain waves are unique, like fingerprints, and can be measured to improve human-machine teaming in the future.

Texas A&M University faculty are working with industry and academic partners on a Department of Energy project to mine the information needed to safely plan future large-scale carbon dioxide storage in a coastal Texas saline aquifer.

Texas A&M University chemical engineering professor Dr. Mahmoud El-Halwagi has been recognized with the 2022 Trevor Kletz Merit Award for his work in the process design of industrial operations.

In April, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering hosted its first Computer Science Day, a single-day event giving middle-grade and high-school students the opportunity to learn more about the field of computer science and interact with faculty and students.

Thomas Simms is combining his entrepreneurial spirit with his interest in magnetic gear research to make a difference in the electrical engineering industry.

Dr. Nitesh Saxena and his team received a $6.2 million grant through the Department of Defense’s Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative Program to support their work developing defensive solutions to combat users’ susceptibility to cyberattacks.