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

The Columbia shuttle disaster happened 20 years ago on Feb. 1. The massive recovery effort helped NASA officials understand what caused the shuttle to break up, but the investigation also revealed workplace culture issues in NASA.

Rather than disposing of waste in dumpsters and landfills, Dr. Mark Holtzapple proposes that biomass can be used as a renewable resource. His method uses chemistry to turn any biodegradable product into essential fuels and chemicals — from jet fuel to acetic acid.

Two Aggie students receive recognition for their innovation, Dialectra™, an electrolyte sensor paired with a smartphone application that creates a personalized database to help peritoneal dialysis patients make informed lifestyle and treatment adjustments.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory selected a Texas A&M University student team as a semi-finalist for the 2023 Solar Decathlon Build Challenge, in which students compete nationally to build a local high-performance building with innovative, real-world solutions.

Dr. Hande Ozcan and Dr. Ibrahim Karaman have discovered a new method to grow single crystals more efficiently and simultaneously control their growth orientation. Their research has been published in Acta Materialia.

Mia Nguyen, an architectural engineering major, studied abroad at the National University of Singapore and visited Vietnam last semester. She reflects on her time abroad and the perspective she has gained.

Texas A&M University research reveals how the broad electrochemical energy variations found within genetically identical bacteria promote survival against antibiotic treatments.

Texas A&M University’s local Invent for the Planet will be held Feb. 10-12 with 24 universities across the globe simultaneously participating. Students will have 48 hours to tackle the world’s biggest environmental and social issues.

Cory Flanagan ’02 and his wife, Katherine, established a scholarship for undergraduates pursuing a degree in the College of Engineering with a minor in cybersecurity. The Flanagan family hopes to inspire future Aggie engineers and help grow the cybersecurity industry.

Dr. Jason Harris received the biomedical engineering department’s Outstanding Alumni Award for developing thousands of transformational, life-saving biomedical devices and his connections to Texas A&M that have led to scientific and engineering discoveries.

A Texas A&M University researcher documented and collected valuable data on Florida’s affected structures and coastlines in the wake of Hurricane Ian.

Brad Blakeway ’61 persevered to earn his degree and establish a family legacy at Texas A&M University. His family honored his life through a scholarship for civil engineering students who demonstrate financial need.

Former biomedical engineering students create a device to locate the endotracheal tube in the lungs for safety.

The Houston A&M Club has established a scholarship to honor their past president and support first-generation Hispanic petroleum engineering students from the Houston area.

Texas A&M University and South Texas College recently announced the launch of the Texas A&M Engineering Academy at South Texas College, which will enroll the first cohort of students in fall 2023.

Dr. Daniel A. Jiménez has been elected chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society Technical Committee on Computer Architecture for a four-year term.

Texas A&M University’s Invent for the Planet returned to the College of Engineering with 24 other universities simultaneously competing. The competition ended with team DisPlace winning first place at Texas A&M for their post-disaster temporary housing solution.

The Morrows — former civil engineering and mechanical engineering students — established the Marvin “M.L.” ’86 and Laurie H. ’85 Morrow Family Endowed Scholarship for students in the Zachry Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Sophomore chemical engineering student Emilia Mrugala will spend 10-12 weeks in California at a summer internship with Marathon Petroleum, mainly learning the oil refinery process.

Former biomedical engineering students made a new custom-designed cap for children affected by obstructive sleep apnea to study their conditions.

For over 70 years, the Reininger family has been a keeper of spirit in Aggieland. Observing the impact of an education at Texas A&M, retired Lt. Col. Terrance Reininger ’71 and Bonnie Reininger ’72 were motivated to endow the Reininger/Kirst Engineering Scholarship.

Three researchers in the NanoBio Systems Laboratory at Texas A&M University were recognized as Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Risers for their innovative research projects in the area of national security.

Dr. Guodong Guo has joined the Department of Multidisciplinary Engineering faculty at the Higher Education Center at McAllen. He brings his experience as a mechanical engineer in the automotive industry to his teaching.

Dr. Robert “Bob” Skelton was a professor and researcher at Texas A&M University from 2015-22. He leaves behind a remarkable career in engineering and lasting mentorship to students and colleagues.

Dr. Akhilesh K. Gaharwar received the 2023 Biomaterials Young Investigator Award and was elected to the National Academy of Inventors' 2023 Class of Senior Members. These awards recognize his impactful research.

The latest Texas A&M University student chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ energy-related career fair builds on a history of large student attendance and industry interest and support.

Researchers from Texas A&M University have developed a new technique to monitor the mixing process in real time during water treatment. The method monitors clump size and mixing intensity, potentially reducing energy consumption while removing contaminants.

Inspired by the education and opportunities available at Texas A&M University, Kelly and John P. Suitts ’80 established the Kelly and John P. Suitts ’80 Endowed Scholarship in Engineering to help shape the lives of Aggie engineers.

At the Invent for the Planet competition hosted by Texas A&M University, a junior multidisciplinary engineering technology student collaborated with a team to discover an innovative solution to address one of the world's most pressing challenges.

A researcher is striving to develop a new method to help learners make decisions based on imperfect data, such as how to improve how we manage fish resources in the U.S. while considering unknown factors caused by illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

Kevin Nixon was given an opportunity to travel to Florida to compete in the DuPont Growth Opportunities Leading in Diversity (GOLD) Seminar Competition and won the top prize for his presentation on handling synthetic chemistry and synthesizing new polymers.

Engineer and lawyer Chrysta Castañeda established the Ricardo E. Garza ’69 Petroleum Ventures Program Endowed Scholarship to support engineering students participating in the Petroleum Ventures Program.

Texas A&M University former biomedical engineering students created a reliable instrument table fit with radio-frequency identification readers to use during surgeries.

Dr. Perla Beatriz Balbuena, Dr. James Hubbard Jr. and Dr. Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos were recently honored as University Distinguished Professors. The title recognizes esteemed faculty who have made at least one transformational contribution in their discipline.

Aggie doctoral students in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering have recently worked on product design at Apple, holding three intern spots out of five.

Dr. Hamid Toliyat is leading efforts for a multidisciplinary project through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy to design, manufacture and test a lightweight and ultra-efficient electric powertrain for aircraft propulsion.

Dr. William (Wm) Mike Barnes, namesake of the Wm Michael Barnes '64 Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University, passed away on Feb. 24, 2023. His legacy of generosity and leadership will be remembered by faculty, students and staff.