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

Mia McCallum has established the Kawamura-McCallum Six Sigma Excellence Endowment in the Wm Michael Barnes ’64 Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering to honor her late husband, Mark Kawamura ’79, and both of their successful careers.

Dr. Mladen Kezunovic is leading a team of Texas A&M researchers as part of a larger consortium of experts to bridge the gap between smart grid, storage and renewable energy research and facilitate their subsequent adoption by utilities worldwide.

Outstanding faculty from the Texas A&M University College of Engineering were recognized for their achievements during an event on April 4. Faculty awards ranged from teaching and service to research impact and engineering excellence.

Savannah Rhodes and Wyatt Hursh received $50,000 from the National Science Foundation to conduct market research for their animal-health device, which uses biomarkers to identify sick animals. The team was mentored by faculty members Dr. Amir Zavareh and John Hanks.

Texas A&M University researchers aim to create a future where data science and artificial intelligence predict, prepare for and respond to natural hazards — from hurricanes to earthquakes — reducing their impact on communities.

The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents approved a $15.1 million budget to begin construction on the new Nuclear Engineering Education Building, which will add more than 25,000 square feet of research and office space to the Department of Nuclear Engineering.

Outstanding faculty from the Texas A&M University College of Engineering were recently honored during an investiture ceremony that recognized holders of endowed chairs and professorships.

Dr. Faruque Hasan was appointed to a national committee by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine with the idea of bringing industry and academic experts together to identify different options for removing methane from the atmosphere.

Mark and Leigh DeHart created the Leigh ’89 and Mark DeHart ’84 Nuclear Engineering Endowed Scholarship to support nuclear engineering students. The DeHarts aspire to encourage nuclear engineering students to passionately pursue their education.

The first meeting of the Advanced Geomechanics Fracture & Reservoir Application Consortium, founded by Dr. Kan Wu, fostered discussions on the latest trends and technologies used for data analysis during energy-related production processes.

Several nuclear engineering students were recognized at the annual and student meeting of the State of Texas Chapter of the Health Physics Society held in San Antonio.

The Zachry Leadership Program focuses on developing leadership abilities in engineers. Marco Peredo, an aerospace engineering student, reflects on the program's impact, emphasizing community, interpersonal skills and a fresh perspective on leadership.

Dr. Jeyavijayan "JV" Rajendran plans to develop comprehensive cybersecurity for industrial-control systems found in power plants, gas pipelines, oil refineries and nuclear facilities as part of the Texas A&M University ASCEND program.

Ken Nolen ’57 was honored as a 2023 Petroleum Hall of Fame inductee for his significant contributions to the Permian Basin. Nolen is a graduate of the J. Mike Walker ’66 Department of Mechanical Engineering and a petroleum industry expert in artificial lift.

Texas A&M University’s Society of Automotive Engineers Aero Design teams faced uncertainty at this year’s competition but pulled away with first in the Regular Class category and third in the Micro Class category.

Terri ’90 and George O’Kelley ’90 have given to create a scholarship to honor Terri’s father, Carl Haynes. The endowed scholarship is the first of its kind to be established in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

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

Dr. Amir Asadi is pioneering a groundbreaking approach to enhance multifunctionality and structural properties simultaneously by embedding patterned nanostructures in composite materials, which could result in more efficient energy systems that enhance everyday life.

Julia Gionet-Gonzales has received a fellowship from the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science to work with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. She will research the use of wave energy to support the electric grid and assist in transitioning to green energy.

Dr. David Sweeney was honored as an Open Education Champion Award recipient, recognizing his commitment to accessible education and innovative use of open educational resources. His impact extends beyond the university, shaping the future of education.

Dr. Suin Yi is working to develop a new computing system known as a memristor computer, which will bridge the gap between digital computers and quantum computers to provide a sustainable solution for emerging artificial intelligence and machine-learning applications.

Faculty, staff and students represented the Wm Michael Barnes ’64 Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the 2023 Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers Annual Conference and Expo, which included a management simulation contest.

Interdisciplinary engineering seniors presented their capstone design project in May. The Subsea Remote Operated Vehicle Demo Unit team developed a framework to improve subsea remotely operated vehicles by increasing their mobility and ability to access smaller spaces.

Dr. Le Xie organized a National Science Foundation conference in April, which brought together multidisciplinary researchers from various universities and organizations in an effort to decarbonize the energy and transportation sectors.

First-generation Aggie Caroline Brooks has established the Caroline Sherwood Brooks '87 ISEN Endowed Scholarship to support Aggie engineers. She hopes her gift will inspire future engineers to fulfill their potential and positively impact the world.

Texas A&M University and the III Armored Corps are collaborating on an Intensive Design Experience event called Phantom Invents. From June 12-16, 2023, the event will bring together 30 soldiers and 30 students to enhance their innovation and problem-solving skills.

A team of mechanical engineering students created a real-world solution for an industry sponsor’s manufacturing challenge as part of the senior capstone design program.

Researchers used satellite data to estimate the storage variations of over 7,000 global reservoirs from 1999 to 2018. While the total storage capacity of reservoirs has increased, the filling rate is lower than expected.

Texas A&M Engineering staff members were honored for their exceptional dedication to student success. With unwavering commitment and a collaborative spirit, they are helping shape the future of engineering education and shining as beacons of selfless service.

Dr. Bimal Nepal received the prestigious Engineering Education Award for his achievements, contributions and dedication to shaping his field to inspire the next generation of industry leaders in industrial distribution and operations management.

Texas A&M University was named a key partner in a five-year project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and was provided a $70 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for the research.

Jim Cline, Dr. Brianne Glover, Dr. Phil Lasley and Dr. Troy Jackson bring their extensive experience and knowledge in transportation as new instructors in the online transportation professionals program in the Department of Multidisciplinary Engineering.

A senior design capstone program team from the mechanical engineering department created a functional prototype of a basketball backboard and hoop using a motion-tracking sensor system.

Aaron Henry, an interdisciplinary engineering Ph.D. student, partnered with Caira Surgical to validate the company’s computational modeling for knee implant placement. He recently presented his research at the Design of Medical Devices Conference in Minnesota.

Paul Deere received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University in 1992 and used his entrepreneurial spirit to solve a problem for the oil and gas industry.

The 2023 South-Southwest Medical Device Make-A-Thon, where teams were asked to create a model to treat a heart problem in 48 hours, was hosted for the first time by the Biomedical Engineering Society at Texas A&M University.

Graduate student Ronald Gatchalian is using machine-learning techniques to predict the physics parameters of a source-driven reactor configuration in a subcritical domain, which can increase safety while reducing experimentation costs and time.

An aerospace engineering student organization created and ran a one-day design challenge. The event offered students hands-on experience and the opportunity to interact with mentors from Bell.

Dr. Wenping Wang received the 2023 Distinguished Researcher Award from Shape Modeling International and the 2023 Bézier Award from the Solid Modeling Association for his prominent career and contributions to shape modeling and analysis.

Sigma Gamma Tau awarded its highest recognition to Alexander Gross, a recent Texas A&M University graduate, for his excellence as an aerospace engineering student. He was honored at both the regional and national level.

Two Texas A&M University graduate students received Best Poster presentation awards at the Southwest Catalysis Society Symposium out of 39 research presentations and six universities.

Dr. Yassin Hassan was elected as a corresponding member of the Slovenian Academy of Engineering for his outstanding contributions to the fields of technical sciences.

A senior capstone team developed a solution to reduce the risk of injections in space for their final project. The solution, Quickdraw Vial, utilizes capillary action to contain the medication in a uniform volume and push out air bubbles to avoid air embolisms.

Dr. Carlo Fiorina was recently awarded the Early Career Reactor Physicist Award by the Reactor Physics Division of the American Nuclear Society. Fiorina serves as an associate professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University.

A new National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award will help Dr. Garrett McKay study the chemical composition of chromophores in dissolved organic matter, which is found in all bodies of water on Earth.