Archive for Research

High-speed winds during a thunderstorm may cause trees around an electric grid to crash into the distribution system feeders causing an outage in that area. Currently, most utility companies diminish such accidents by scheduling regular tree-trimming operations. This effort is costly and is based …


Jorge Mijares, a graduate student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, received the Best Paper Award at the Machinery Failure Prevention Tech 2017 (MFPT) Conference in Virginia Beach, Virginia.


Dr. David Schechter’s research group has developed a new type of simulator that better illustrates and predicts the effects of unconventional reservoir recovery techniques. It draws on data from laboratory experiments and combines it with original coding and geologic data to produce better models to aid industry.


From aerospace and defense to digital dentistry and medical devices, 3-D printed parts are used in a variety of industries. Currently, 3-D printed parts are very fragile and traditionally used in the prototyping phase of materials or as a toy for display. A doctoral student in the Department of Ma…


The research of Dr. Jaime Grunlan, the Linda & Ralph Schmidt ’68 Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, was featured on the cover of the May issue of Macromolecular Rapid Communications, one of the highest impact factor journals focused on polymeric materials.


Landscapes are all around us. For years researchers have studied the way they develop and maintain themselves, but Dr. Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe wants to know how they interact with nature, specifically coastal ecosystems. “These questions are extremely important because coastal ecosystems are first…


Dr. Zenon Medina-Cetina, associate professor in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University, was presented the Kenneth L. Clinton Award for his work as the lead of the Yucatan Initiative Project at Texas A&M. This year’s awards were given to Texas A&M University S…


Yasser Soltanpour, graduate student in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering and member of the Stochastic Geomechanics Laboratory (SGL) at Texas A&M University, presented a technical talk at the Computational Science and Engineering Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, hosted by the Society for …


Several students from the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering participated in the 2017 Texas A&M University Student Research Week (SRW). Civil engineering undergraduate student Gabriella Morales and doctoral student Kambiz Rasoulkhani won the Melbern G. Glasscock Humanities Special Award for …


Currently, there is very little known about the biology of blood clotting within the lungs and how medications can be used to treat them. A blood clot that forms within the lungs is a death sentence for numerous patients every year. Anticoagulant drugs are given to patients to treat clots, but it is…


In order to create 3-D models in the field of computer graphics, thin sheets of material are layered together to create a single object. Dr. Scott Schaefer, professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, is focused on peeling back those layers in order t…


Strap on a pair of virtual reality (VR) goggles and pilot a spaceship around an asteroid field or explore the terrain of Mars. Participants at South by Southwest (SXSW) were able to do just that through the SpaceCRAFT VR platform that is being developed by Dr. Greg Chamitoff, professor of practice i…


Benjamin Young, graduate student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University was selected to receive a 2017 fellowship from the International Organization on Shape Memory and Superelastic Technology, an affiliate society of the American Society of Metals. Yo…


Reece Goldsberry, undergraduate research assistant in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, recently received the Best Undergraduate Poster Award from the National Association of Corrosion Engineers International (NACE). This research project was essentially focused on evaluating the…


Advanced reactor technologies have generated interest for their potential to reduce fossil fuel emissions, improve energy efficiency and cut down on nuclear waste. Researchers with the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University have provided new insights into the workings of an ad…