September 29, 2016

New class of TIAS Faculty Fellows includes four in engineering

The Texas A&M University Institute for Advanced Study (TIAS) announced its 2016-17 class of Faculty Fellows, which includes four who will be part of the Texas A&M University College of Engineering. The class, which includes 10 distinguished scientists and scholars who are nationally or internationally renowned for conducting groundbreaking research in chemistry, mathematics, engineering, medicine, astronomy, atmospheric science, marketing or law, will be inducted during the institute’s annual gala in early 2017. Joining the college of engineering are Dr. Christopher C. Cummins; Dr. Ingrid Daubechies; Dr. Huajian Gao; and Dr. Maryellen Giger. More

Girimaji appointed head of the Department of Ocean Engineering

Girimaji appointed head of the Department of Ocean Engineering

M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, has appointed Dr. Sharath Girimaji head of the Department of Ocean Engineering at Texas A&M University. The appointment of Girimaji, who has been serving as interim head of the department, is effective Oct. 1. He assumed the position of interim head of ocean engineering in the fall of 2015 when the department was formed.

Groundbreaking for CIR kicks off RELLIS campus construction

Groundbreaking for CIR kicks off RELLIS campus construction

Texas A&M University System officials broke ground on the new 138,000 square-foot Center for Infrastructure Renewal on the RELLIS campus Sept. 26. The building is the first on the new 2,000-acre campus. The Center for Infrastructure Renewal is a collaboration among the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and the private sector.

Qian named Montague-CTE Scholar

Qian named Montague-CTE Scholar

Dr. Xiaoning Qian of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University has been named the College of Engineering’s Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) 2016-17 Montague-CTE Scholar. The award is given annually to a tenure-track assistant professor from each college based on early success in, and passion for, teaching undergraduate students.

Arróyave appointed to TMS board of directors

Arróyave appointed to TMS board of directors

Dr. Raymundo Arróyave, associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been appointed to the board of directors of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS). Currently, Arróyave serves as associate editor of the Journal of Materials Science Letters and the Journal of Phase Equilibria and Diffusion (JPED).

Gharaibeh appointed Zachry Career Development Professor I

Gharaibeh appointed Zachry Career Development Professor I

M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, has appointed Dr. Nasir G. Gharaibeh holder of the Zachry Career Development Professorship I. The endowed development professorship appointment was effective Sept. 1.

Jayaraman appointed holder of the Ray B. Nesbitt Endowed Chair

Jayaraman appointed holder of the Ray B. Nesbitt Endowed Chair

M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, has appointed Dr. Arul Jayaraman holder of the Ray B. Nesbitt Endowed Chair in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering. The endowed chair appointment was effective Sept. 1.

Palazzolo appointed holder of James J. Cain Professorship I

Palazzolo appointed holder of James J. Cain Professorship I

M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, has appointed Dr. Alan Palazzolo holder of the James J. Cain Professorship I in Mechanical Engineering. The endowed professorship appointment was effective Sept. 1.

Pagilla appointed holder of James J. Cain Professorship II

Pagilla appointed holder of James J. Cain Professorship II

M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, has appointed Dr. Prabhakar Pagilla holder of the James J. Cain Professorship II in Mechanical Engineering. The endowed professorship appointment was effective Sept. 1.

Malak appointed program director at National Science Foundation

Malak appointed program director at National Science Foundation

Dr. Richard Malak, associate professor and the Morris E. Foster Faculty Fellow I in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been appointed program director by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for both the Systems Science (SYS) and the Engineering and System Design (ESD) programs under the Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) division. All of the programs support fundamental research in the area of how to design large-scale and complex engineered systems.

Mannan, Cagin co-author book on modeling in process safety

Mannan, Cagin co-author book on modeling in process safety

Dr. Sam Mannan, Dr. Tahir Cagin and Dr. Arnab Chakrabarty, who was advised by Cagin while completing his Ph.D. at Texas A&M University, have co-authored a book that focuses on addressing the use of multiscale modeling in process safety. Mannan is the director of the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center, Regents Professor and holder of the T. Michael O’Connor Chair I in Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering. Cagin is a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Women in Engineering RoboSub team makes semifinals at global competition

Women in Engineering RoboSub team makes semifinals at global competition

Nine engineering students supported by the Women in Engineering (WE) program at Texas A&M University competed in the 2016 International RoboSub Competition in San Diego. Their mission was to earn the highest number of points completing a series of underwater tasks with a RoboSub they designed and programmed themselves.

Turbomachinery & International Pump Users Symposia sees another record-breaking year

Turbomachinery & International Pump Users Symposia sees another record-breaking year

The Turbomachinery Laboratory, a center of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) and a member of The Texas A&M University System, had another record-breaking Turbomachinery and Pump Symposia. The 44th Turbomachinery and 32nd International Pump Users Symposia attracted 5,375 unique attendees.

Whitesides create scholarship for industrial distribution students

Cynthia D.C. and David J. Whiteside ’80 and Nicholas C. Whiteside ’13 have established The Whiteside Family Scholarship in Industrial Distribution. This endowment will be used to provide one or more scholarships to full-time students pursuing an undergraduate degree in industrial distribution in the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution at Texas A&M University. Chevron and Williams Companies have agreed to match funds through their respective companies' matching funds programs. David and his son Nicholas both earned bachelor’s degrees from Texas A&M in industrial distribution.

Former civil engineering student establishes scholarship fund

Scott C. Saenger ’83 has been an active supporter of Texas A&M University for more than 20 years, including contributions to the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering and the Association of Former Students. His most recent gift has established the Saenger Family Endowed Scholarship to benefit students pursuing an undergraduate degree in civil engineering at Texas A&M. Saenger is an honorary licensed professional engineer and works as a project engineer at Jones & Carter Inc. Saenger and his wife Andrea currently live in Houston. They have two children, Kayla and Christina.