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

Former civil and environmental engineering student Sarah Scott has been named one of Engineering News-Record Texas & Louisiana’s Top Young Professionals of 2023. She is a trailblazer in the engineering industry due to her leadership and dedication to excellence.

A new course co-taught by a faculty member with a lot of practical experience in petroleum engineering will equip undergraduate students with the knowledge needed for a versatile future in energy production and responsible carbon dioxide management.

Dr. Chao Tian and Dr. Ruida Zhou are developing balanced and comprehensive understandings of the tradeoffs between general information retrieval systems constraints. Their work has resulted in new code constructions and inspired new approaches to code design.

Dr. Aashish Priye received the Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation for his research in microfluidics. Priye’s research involves understanding and harnessing the behavior of fluids on a small scale.

Engineering student Rebecca Taylor has battled pancreatitis for most of her life. She and her mother, Christyn Taylor ’98, started Rebecca’s Wish to help children suffering from the same diagnosis, and the charity will be honored by Points of Light in October.

Dr. Justin Wilkerson received the National Science Foundation’s CAREER award. The award will support research in predicting the deformation, failure and fracture of novel materials while also assisting with education and outreach programs centered around solid mechanics.

Victor Vogt and Haley Jones earned entrance to the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, where they will receive compensation for upcoming research projects.

Texas A&M University's College of Engineering hosted the 11th Engineering Project Showcase at the Zachry Engineering Education Complex. Formula SAE Internal Combustion sponsored by Andersen Windows & Doors received the Overall Showcase Capstone Design Award.

Texas A&M University is part of the AI Institute for Societal Decision Making, funded by a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Robin Murphy will lead efforts to innovate and transfer advances in artificial intelligence for disaster management.

Dan Tinker '96, CEO of SRS Distribution, was recently honored at the 2023 College of Engineering Outstanding Alumni Banquet. Tinker's success story shows the value of an industrial distribution degree and his impact on the industry through leadership and mentorship.

Rachel Stolle, a teacher at China Spring Middle School, received the 2023 Texas Science and Engineering Fair Truman T. Bell Extraordinary Service Award for encouraging scientific discovery through education and outreach.

Texas A&M University, The Ohio State University and Idaho National Laboratory researchers are using fiber optics to develop and demonstrate gamma thermometers that are capable of high-resolution power measurements that provide more accuracy at lower costs.

Aerospace engineering doctoral student Hannah Stroud is a recent recipient of the Jill Hruby Fellowship at Sandia National Laboratories. This postdoctoral fellowship will allow her to develop leadership skills and continue valuable research.

Homophily is the notion that we tend to interact with other people who are like us in some way. Dr. Nate Veldt and his team have developed a mathematical framework using hypergraphs to measure and define homophily in social group interactions.

Civil engineering students learned about steel design principles and the importance of constructability in design during a tour of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. The students were able to visualize the concepts they had learned in class.

Dr. Taylor Ware has the honor of attending the National Academy of Engineering’s 2023 Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering symposium. The invitation was extended to a select group of promising early-career engineers to promote collaboration.

Pioneer Natural Resources has contributed to nine endowments across multiple departments in the Texas A&M University College of Engineering. They hope to provide opportunities and access for many aspiring Aggie engineers while upholding their own values.

The College of Engineering honored six former students for their professional ventures. This honor is given to former students who have made outstanding contributions to their professions, disciplines or communities.

Ahsan Waseem, a senior in the Department of Multidisciplinary Engineering, tailored his degree to develop a diverse and valuable skill set. In the future, he plans to use these skills to develop new technologies, change the world and maybe even scale Mount Everest.

Sebastian Villa Cuellar, a senior in the Department of Multidisciplinary Engineering, has experienced great success with the interdisciplinary engineering major. The degree program has allowed him to pursue his passions while earning a valuable education.

Kim Tompkins McDivitt ’88 and Phil McDivitt ’87 recently funded the McDivitt Double Effect Evaporator, a piece of laboratory equipment that will allow engineering students to receive hands-on training in chemical experimentation.

Using engineering knowledge learned in the classroom and practical hands-on technology, Aggies from the Higher Education Center at McAllen rise to the challenge of developing an innovative mechanism to measure precipitation in all forms.

Ten years ago, Abbey Weyand began programming. Later, she decided to pursue a career in cybersecurity. This May, she will celebrate that achievement when she walks across the stage at graduation before starting her new role as a cybersecurity consultant.

A multidisciplinary team of Texas A&M University researchers from three departments are working to advance the performance of thermal energy storage systems.

From captain of his high school soccer team to president of a prestigious organization, Nicholas Ganski became a leader to help others. The first-generation Aggie found a home at Texas A&M University and learned how to face challenges as learning lessons.

Savannah Schwienteck graduates from Texas A&M University this May. She shared her experiences with the Wm Michael Barnes ’64 Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and how her career plans changed throughout her time in school.

Former student Logan Havern ’19 graduated from the Wm Michael Barnes ’64 Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. He went on to work with data in the airline industry and developed a company called Datalogz.

Carey Graham has established an ocean engineering scholarship in memory of her late husband, Denis Graham ’76. She aims to lift the financial burden and allow Aggie engineering students to experience the shared Aggie bond.

Two ocean engineering graduate students received the Best Student Poster Award at the 28th Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers Offshore Symposium in Houston.

The VEX Robotics World Championship was hosted in Dallas, where teams from all around the world competed for top awards. WE VEXU, a robotics team sponsored by Texas A&M University's Women in Engineering program, secured a spot in the competition.

Former electrical engineering student Dr. Bryton Praslicka and educational human resource development master’s student Mary Beth Graham are the overall grand prize winners of the prestigious Rice Business Plan Competition, resulting in $350,000 in prize money.

Jaclynn Turnbaugh won the Hagler Fellowship for 2023, an award that will fund her research to mitigate coastal erosion and protect coastal communities. After graduation, Turnbaugh plans to consult, design and implement different protection measures along the coast.

Dr. Jodie Lutkenhaus and Dr. Alexandra Easley will receive the American Chemical Society Global Outstanding Graduate Student award for Easley’s research on the fundamental properties of energy storage in sustainable batteries.

A freshman team of innovative Aggies pushes boundaries while working toward a clean aviation energy source as part of a NASA competition. The project is one of many started by Aggies Create, which empowers students to gain real-world experience and make an impact.

As part of the STEM outreach program led Dr. Mohamed Gharib, intermediate school students participated in a robotics competition hosted in the Cooperative Robotics and Smart Manufacturing Lab in the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution.

Dr. Ali Erdemir is among the 2023 class of honorary members of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. It is a distinction awarded to no more than five members each year.

The College of Engineering and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station recently recognized 15 staff members for their dedication and enthusiastic service to engineering.

Dr. Shuiwang Ji is part of an international research project called BigNeuron, which is working to develop a standard framework for fast and accurate automatic neuron reconstruction. The group recently published a paper in the April issue of Nature Methods.

Nathan Hazlett came to Texas A&M University to be the best petroleum engineer possible. By taking on leadership, internship, academic, competition and study-abroad challenges, he is poised to leave with two degrees and great experiences that will serve him well.

Ph.D. candidate John Broucek will begin the Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation Scholarship on Aug. 1 and will continue working with the Department of Defense until he completes his current degree.

Dr. Hong Liang will serve as the latest president of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers. The one-year term will see her implement a strategic plan emphasizing technical innovation, education and global advocacy in tribology and lubrication.

Betty and Craig White ’72 have established the Betty and Craig White ’72 Biomedical Engineering Endowed Scholarship. The Whites want to support future medical leaders, who they believe will go on to develop innovative, life-saving medical technologies and treatments.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers awarded Dr. Luis San Andrés with the Mayo D. Hersey Award, recognizing a career of sustained and distinguished contributions advancing the field of tribology.

Umer Farooq, an interdisciplinary doctoral student, has received the 2023-24 Teaching as Research Fellowship from the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning at Texas A&M University.