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Researchers in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University have been awarded a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of a program supporting projects that are revolutionizing engineering education. Aerospace engineering at Texas A&M, like mo…


Dr. Akhilesh K. Gaharwar, an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for his work, “3-D Bioprinting of Complex Tissue Structures Using Nanoengineered Ionic-Covalent Entanglement (NICE) Bio…


Dr. Jaime Grunlan, Linda & Ralph Schmidt ’68 Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University; Dr. Kevin Holder, a former doctoral student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering; and Ryan Smith, a current doctoral student in the Department of Chem…


The process of encapsulating cells that are able to thrive in the human body is a difficult task. The current standard is the utilization of harsh methods such as ultraviolet exposure, chemical radicals or thermal agitation to capture cells and proteins. These methods are toxic and do not make for a…


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 …


A three-year, $242,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will allow Dr. Moble Benedict, assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University, to investigate the flight dynamics and control of hover-capable small-scale flapping wing robots. Stabil…


A research team with the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University, in collaboration with the South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company (STPNOC), has solved Generic Safety Issue (GSI) - 191, a problem resulting from a loss of coolant accident in a nuclear reactor, which can c…


When disaster strikes, it is important for first responders to have reliable, unhindered access to a controlled network, allowing them to receive and deliver critical information while ensuring effective emergency response. Unfortunately this is currently not the case. Due to power outages and cell…


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…


One of the latest trends is to reduce wired communication and transfers by updating systems to wireless capabilities. Industries embracing this shift include energy, technology, subsea communication and aviation. Recently, Aerospace America dove into exactly what it would take to significantly redu…


The research of Dr. Akhilesh Gaharwar, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been featured in Advanced Materials for his work in developing new methods to form synthetic gel-like environments for biomedical applications. The new method has …


Most of us take flying in an airplane for granted. We book our tickets, sit through the long check-in lines, and if we’re lucky, take off on time to our chosen destination. Day in and day out we do this without any regard to the age and health of the airplane we’re flying on. The airplanes that fly…


Most college students view an ideal summer as one spent on a sunbaked beach, but Texas A&M University nuclear engineering student Zachary Hardy is under a different kind of heat in New Mexico, working alongside a research team at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to try to validate a computa…


The inner workings of the human brain have always been a subject of great interest. Unfortunately, it is fairly difficult to view brain structures or intricate tissues due to the fact that the skull is not transparent by design. The reality is that light scattering is the major obstacle for deep pen…


Researchers from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University are spearheading the development of an interdisciplinary soft matter research user facility. The facility will help users conduct research to improve multifunctional polymer-based materials that are used…