When biomedical researchers have a technology they believe can help patients, they want to get it into the clinic as soon as possible. However, some therapies that look promising in the lab are challenging to “scale up” and produce in sufficient quantities to test in a larger group, or eventually make broadly available to patients.
Researchers in the Texas A&M University College of Engineering are conducting research on arsenic intake in rice plants during their cultivation, which may decrease the number of health issues caused across the globe from this important staple crop.
Dr. Hadi Nasrabadi, assistant professor in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering, is working in collaboration with professors in the chemical and mechanical engineering departments at Texas A&M University to better explain and predict hydrocarbon phase behavior in the nanometric spaces of unconventional reservoirs.
Dr. Hae-Kwon Jeong, associate professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has developed a novel method to separate light olefins – such as ethylene and propylene that are used in packaging, plastic processing and textile manufacturing – from paraffins – such as ethane and propane. This is one of the most significant seperations in chemical and petrochemical industries, with propylene production amounting to around $90 billion annually worldwide, yet one of the most challenging due to the similarity of their physical and chemical properties.
The Crisman Institute for Petroleum Research, a center within the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, is under new leadership. Dr. Jeff Spath, the new department head of the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University, has taken on the role of director for the institute.
Dr. Dimitris Lagoudas, associate vice chancellor and deputy director of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), recognized Faculty and Staff Award winners during the 2018 Faculty and Staff Awards banquet.
A senior design capstone team in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University evaluated IBM Watson for use as the “brain-system” in an on-campus autonomous paratransit shuttle. This was the first time IBM partnered with a major university to explore the use of Watson’s services in alternative transportation mobility solutions.
A new technology combining a laser beam and a particle beam for interstellar propulsion could pave the way for space exploration into the vast corners of our universe. This is the focus of PROCSIMA, a new research proposal by Dr. Chris Limbach and Dr. Ken Hara, assistant professors in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University.
To help better predict the spread of mosquito-borne diseases, two researchers from the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University have joined a grant project to develop better monitoring tools in coastal areas.