According to an article in Mashable, NASA's 2019 budget proposal includes funding for a new X-plane, specifically a supersonic aircraft designed to travel faster than the speed of sound without generating a loud sonic boom. Dr. Dimitris Lagoudas, associate vice chancellor for engineering research at Texas A&M University and principal investigator for the project, leads a team of researchers that includes Dr. Rodney Bowersox and Dr. Darren Hartl from the Department of Aerospace Engineering.
With 48 hours on the clock, students from 14 universities set out to make an impact on the world this past weekend. In the end, more than 400 students in 10 different countries came up with solutions to problems facing the globe.
Dr. Sam Mannan, executive director of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station's (TEES) Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center and Regents Professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been appointed to serve on the Department of Energy's (DOE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC).
Riser gas behavior was a major factor in the Deepwater Horizon disaster in April 2010, where an uncontrolled blowout on the Macondo well caused explosions that killed 11 people, sank the offshore rig and led to a hydrocarbon release in the Gulf of Mexico, damaging the environment. To address the risks of riser gas in offshore drilling, Dr. Wesley Williams, a professional in residence at the Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering at Louisiana State University (LSU), and Dr. Jerome Schubert, an associate professor in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University, are heading a joint project focusing on gaps in the understanding of riser gas behavior.
Dr. Vladislav Yakovlev, professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has recently had a breakthrough with distinguishing atoms and molecules, Raman scattering. This new technique attains low-background coherent Raman scattering that is controlled by a tunable infrared laser. Raman scattering is the inelastic scattering of a photon by molecules.
In September 2016, four researchers at Texas A&M University were awarded a $1 million National Science Foundation grant to promote interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. The funded project "Connected STEM - Promoting STEM Education through Connected Devices and Building Automation" is a three-year Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) grant focused on encouraging middle and high school students to learn about STEM and the types of careers paths those fields offer.
Students from all walks of life enter Texas A&M University in pursuit of degree. For some, they don't even step into a classroom. Douglas Compton graduated last fall as the Department of Mechanical Engineering's first graduate in the distance learning graduate program.
For her outstanding contributions to the understanding of the behavior of liquids and gases in motion as related to need in aeronautics and astronautics, Dr. Helen Reed, Regents Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been awarded the 2018 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Fluid Dynamics Award.
Dr. James Cross, professor at Auburn University and former doctoral student from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, was named a 2017 Distinguished Member of the Association for Computing Machinery.
Texas A&M University was awarded a $4.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation CyberCorps Scholarships for Service (SFS) program, the Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center will administer the Cyber Leader-Scholars Program in partnership with Houston Community College.