Nuclear waste is a reality, whether remnants of nuclear weapons or the byproducts of nuclear power plants. While we aren’t at risk of an attack from a giant radioactive lizard, nuclear waste can still pose threats to human health.
Dr. Zachary Grasley, an associate professor in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University, conducted experiments for the Savannah River National Lab (SRNL) in hopes of preventing nuclear waste leakage. The waste in question is relatively harmless, especially compared to what we see in comic books and movies, but it is a waste that must be safely disposed of. The best way to safely store and contain this nuclear waste is by mixing it into a cement grout and storing it in large concrete vaults.
M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, has appointed Dr. Richard Miles, Dr. Thomas Overbye and Dr. Zhijian “ZJ” Pei Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) Distinguished Research Professors. Pei’s appointment was effective Aug. 27, 2016, Overbye’s was effective Jan. 1 and Miles’s was effective Feb. 15.
The Polymer Nanocomposites Laboratory at Texas A&M University, directed by Dr. Jaime Grunlan, is working with scientists at the Sandia National Laboratory to reduce or eliminate arc faults and corrosion in solar cells. Corrosion in photovoltaic cells, which convert light into electricity, can damage connections and reduce or destroy the ability to generate electricity.
Dr. John Valasek, professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University and director of the Center for Autonomous Vehicles and Sensor Systems (CANVASS) in the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), has been selected by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) as a 2017 AIAA Fellow. The AIAA confers the distinction of Fellow upon 1 percent of its members in recognition of their notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences or technology of aeronautics and astronautics.
A multidisciplinary team of researchers from the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) has partnered with higher education institutions from across the southern United States to form the Transportation Consortium of South-Central States (Tran- SET), a research consortium funded by the Department of Transportation (DOT).
The Cybersecurity of Critical Infrastructure Summit had a successful inaugural event last week on the Texas A&M University campus. The summit brought together experts from government, private industry and academia to debate and share ideas about protecting the United States from growing cybersecurity threats around the world.
Dr. Mian Riaz, director of the Process Engineering R&D Center and head of the extrusion technology program at Texas A&M University, was recently awarded the 2016 Bernard Lown '42 Alumni Humanitarian Award from the University of Maine Alumni Association.
Dr. Michael Bittner and Dr. Aniruddha Datta, both from the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES)-AgriLife Center for Bioinformatics and Genomic Systems Engineering (CBGSE) and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, have received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) that will allow them to explore the use of system theoretic approaches to carry out cancer drug identification.