Texas A&M Engineering making a difference during Hurricane Harvey

September 7, 2017
| By: Aubrey Bloom

Before Hurricane Harvey even made landfall, Texas A&M Engineering has been helping Texans to prepare, respond and now, rebuild.

Here are just a few of the ways that Texas A&M Engineering students, faculty and staff have sprung into action. These stories, and more from across The Texas A&M University System, are included in Texas A&M’s 100 Stories (and counting) of Selfless Service. 

Harvey1Dr. Sam Mannan keeps the world informed on chemical safety

Mannan, director of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station’s (TEES) Mary K. O’Connor Process Safety Center, was interviewed by the Associated Press, New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, NBC Nightly News and more over the last week to keep the public informed about chemical safety, specifically regarding the Arkema plant in Crosby, Texas.  

Dr. Robin Autenrieth shares her knowledge of Houston’s water supply

Autenrieth, head of the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, talked to the Associated Press and Houston Chronicle about why special attention should be paid during storms to drinking water.

Dr. Robin Murphy and Roboticists Without Borders helped survey damage in Fort Bend County

Murphy, Raytheon Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and 13 pilots flew 119 flights over eight days using unmanned aerial and marine vehicles to help the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management to survey damage and get a better look at the scope of flooding. 

John Barton’s expertise at TxDOT helps inform people before the storm

Barton said that hurricane Rita in 2005 was a “learning experience” and that lessons learned from the evacuations of Galveston and Houston were helping inform decision makers about how and when to implement contraflow lanes and evacuations.  

Turbo Lab aims to raise $250,000

Hurricane Harvey caused the TEES Turbomachinery Laboratory to postpone the Turbomachinery & Pump Symposia until December, but New Way Air Bearings, a longtime symposia exhibitor had the idea to challenge all of the exhibitors to donate $500 for every 10-by-10 section of exhibit space.

Harvey2BUILD sends a clinic to Southeast Texas

BUILD, a student organization that includes students in the College of Engineering, took a clinic to Rockport. The organization builds mobile medical clinics and sends them all over the world. To date, BUILD has sent 13 medical units to nine countries on four continents.

Process Engineering R&D Center collects 10 pallets of pet food to send to Houston

Dr. Mian N. Riaz, director of the Process Engineering R&D Center, reached out to former attendees of their training courses for anyone interested in donating pet food to send to Houston. Riaz said he received and is still receiving numerous responses from people willing to help out. Initially, Mars Petcare has sent nine pallets of dog food and one pallet of cat food. Cody Caldwell with Crossroads Moving and Storage offered to deliver the pet food to Houston Thursday morning at a significantly reduced cost.

TEES Eastmark employees donate 16 boxes of undergarments and socks  

Brian Blake, director of communications for Texas A&M Engineering, coordinated a TEES Eastmark initiative to collect 16 boxes of donated undergarments and socks to deliver to Houston.

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