New practices revealed to enhance inventory management and reduce product costs

March 21, 2018
| By: Lorian Hopcus
The average distribution firm carries between 10 and 30 percent more inventory than needed. The result? Millions of dollars are wasted that could be reinvested in competitive processes like new services or new product offerings. Distributors are facing forces of change that range from nontraditional competitors like Amazon who have superior technology, human capital and customer experience. Changing the way one goes to market requires new ways of thinking, innovative business models and creative leadership.

Civil engineering faculty researcher publishes work on roadway safety analysis

March 21, 2018
| By: Robert (Chris) Scoggins
The rules of the road are changing. Algorithms that are used to help predict driver behavior in years past are facing a changing landscape as more and more automated vehicles are on roadways. The emergence of these automated vehicles is just one aspect of roadway safety that is covered by Dr. Dominique Lord’s new book “Safe Mobility: Challenges, Methodology and Solutions.”

LSU and Texas A&M receive $4.9M award to research offshore drilling risk

February 22, 2018
| By: Nancy Luedke
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.

Coherent Raman scattering enhanced by mid-infrared light

February 21, 2018
| By: Marcus Misztal
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.

Dispersants improved air quality for responders at Deepwater Horizon

September 5, 2017
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 the air at the sea surface—reducing health risks for emergency responders and allowing them to keep working to stop the uncontrolled spill and clean up the spilled oil sooner.
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