Archive for Civil Engineering

There are many ways to show the Aggie spirit. Sam Tomaso, senior in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, shaves the number 12 onto his chest for home football games, gaining him the nickname 12th Man Jesus. “I’m just there to have fun. I think it’s great to get the 12th Man more excited than…


The Texas A&M University student chapter of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) recently took the egg drop test to the next level by placing 12th worldwide in the ACI’s international concrete competition of egg protection devices. The team also placed first in Texas and second in North Americ…


It’s no secret to anyone that Texas is hot and that with heat comes drought. Across the more than 269,000 square miles that make up the state, many Texans constantly fight cycles of drought or flooding season after season. In these places, good water management is essential and thanks to new resea…


Heavy rainfall during Hurricane Harvey flushed most of the salt water out of Galveston Bay, making the bay extremely fresh. Now, researchers from Texas A&M University are working to collect vital information on how the storm impacted the waterways of coastal Texas. Dr. Scott Socolofsky, profess…


Few students expect to be called upon to take action after a catastrophic event, and even fewer answer that call. After Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas coast on Aug. 25, causing wind and water damage along the coast and the Houston area, a group of civil engineers worked to study and collect data …


Deeply concerned for the people and institutions affected by Hurricane Harvey, the National Science Foundation (NSF) issued a call for research addressing new science and engineering challenges related to Harvey, including preparedness for future catastrophic events. Four faculty from the Zachry Dep…


Texas A&M University and The Association of Former Students have announced the recipients of the 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award, and among them are four graduates of the Texas A&M College of Engineering.


John Barton was selected as the 2017 Public Sector recipient of the John “Jake” Landen Memorial Safety Award by the Traffic Safety Industry Division (TSID) of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) for his role spanning a 30-year career at TxDOT.


By the year 2025 it is projected that nearly 2 billion people will live in areas of water scarcity. These projections point to the need for advanced water and wastewater treatment technologies to provide options for an ever-increasing water demand. One of the steps in water decontamination is filtr…


Texas A&M Engineering climbed to seventh among public engineering schools offering a doctorate and 14th overall in the 2018 U.S. News and World Report Best College Rankings for undergraduate engineering programs released this week. The college rose two places overall.


Patricia Varela, doctoral student in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University and member of the Stochastic Geomechanics Laboratory (SGL), recently attended a three-week workshop, “Open Science for Synthesis: Gulf Research Program,” that focused on cultivating data scien…


The Texas A&M University student chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (TAMUite) took an insider’s look at the Aggie Spirit Transit services. Being an integral part of the university, Aggie Spirit Transit has played a critical role in providing accessibility to far corners of Texa…


The Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University welcomed three tenure-track faculty members this year. Drs. Maria Koliou, Petros Sideris and Matthew Yarnold join as assistant professors. Koliou joins the department from a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute of S…


A recent study has added a new dimension to the controversial decision to inject large amounts of chemical dispersants immediately above the crippled oil well at the seafloor during the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010. The dispersants may have significantly reduced the amount of harmful gases in …


Dr. Ali Mostafavi, assistant professor in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University, was awarded an Early-Career Research Fellowship from the National Academies’ Gulf Research Program (GRP). The Early-Career Research Fellowship recognizes professionals at the critical p…