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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M is a designated Signature Program, and home to internationally recognized faculty and facilities. The department is also very proud of its strong commitment to its students. Aerospace Engineering is a diverse discipline, emphasizing the total systems approach and integrating aspects of many fields, including aerodynamics and fluid mechanics, materials and structures, propulsion and combustion, spacecraft and aircraft dynamics and control, and flight mechanics. The primary application of aerospace engineering is the design and development of flight vehicles, such as aircraft, missiles, rockets, spacecraft and satellites; but aerospace engineering is also applicable to many other vehicles and systems. Aerospace is a cultural and economic force, critical to US leadership in mobility, national security and defense, alternative energy sources, emergency response, transportation, and exploration.

Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Biological and Agricultural Engineering focuses on engineering applications in water resources management, environmental quality, food engineering, biological process systems, value-added processing, bioenergy, and agricultural machine systems. We have specific emphasis areas for applying engineering to water quality, water conservation and irrigation, agricultural air quality, renewable energy and energy conservation, automated sensing and tracking technologies, water treatment, biosecurity, bioseparations, bioprocessing, nanoscale technology, cotton processing, modeling of water, environmental and ecological systems, and waste management.

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University has existed as a degree granting program since 1972, and became a University department in 2002. It has been ABET accredited since 1977. The academic and research interests of the faculty within the department include biomedical optics, biomedical sensing and imaging, biomechanics and mechanobiology, biomaterials, cell and tissue engineering, biomedical nanotechnology, bioinstrumentation and signal processing, biomedical modeling, remote health and medical device design, and drug manufacturing and delivery. The Biomedical Engineering faculty have strong collaborations with faculty from other departments within the College of Engineering and with the Colleges of Agriculture, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, and Science. The department works collaboratively with several other universities nationally and internationally as well as with institutions including NASA Johnson Space Center, the Houston Medical Center, National Labs such as Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge, DOD labs including Air Force, Naval, and Army Labs and the medical device industry.

Chemical Engineering

The Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in chemical engineering. Fundamental and applied engineering research is conducted in the following areas: biomedical and biomolecular engineering; complex fluids; energy systems; environmental engineering; materials; microelectronics; microfluidics; modeling and simulation; nanotechnology; process safety; process systems engineering; process control and optimization; reaction engineering; and thermodynamics. Fundamental theories, new materials, new design procedures, and new processes are developed in these areas. We are also home to the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center, which is dedicated to chemical process safety research and education.

Civil Engineering

The Zachry Department of Civil Engineering has undergraduate and graduate degree programs that address the broad spectrum of societal needs in planning, analyzing and design of public, private and governmental facilities. The educational programs are complemented by applied and basic research activities that include the areas of structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, construction engineering and management, transportation engineering and systems, materials engineering, coastal and deepwater engineering, water resources and planning and, environmental and natural resources engineering. Cross-disciplinary studies and research conducted in partnership with practitioners and colleagues on state, national and international levels are integrated into our teaching, research and service mission.

Computer Science and Engineering

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in computer science and computer engineering. The Computer Science and Engineering program develops the intellectual and human resources needed to meet the future technological challenges in the field of computing. This includes developing computer scientists and computer engineers for positions of leadership in industry, government, and academia. Research areas include: algorithms; architecture, embedded and real-time systems, sensor networks; bioinformatics and computational neuroscience; data storage, information management and retrieval; human-computer interaction, digital libraries and digital humanities; graphics, animation and geometric computing; networking and computer security; parallel and distributed computing; programming languages and compilers; robotics, machine learning and pattern recognition.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering provides degree programs for undergraduate and graduate education in electrical and computer engineering. The mission of the department is to educate electrical and computer engineers with a solid background in fundamentals to face a constantly changing world, to create new knowledge through fundamental research and to challenge young minds to participate in the process of discovery and invention. Research areas include Analog & Mixed Signal Electronics, Biomedical Imaging and Genomic Signal Processing, Computer Engineering, Electric Power and Power Electronics, Electromagnetics and Microwaves, Solid State, Photonics and nano engineering, and Telecommunications, Control and Signal Processing (Information Systems).

Industrial & Systems Engineering

Industrial engineering research today is at the forefront in developing ways to improve effectiveness of systems in numerous application areas including manufacturing, energy, global logistics and distribution, transportation, retail, health care, natural sciences, and homeland security. In response, the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Texas A&M conducts research in manufacturing and production systems, operations research, optimization, quality and reliability, supply chain management and logistics, System informatics, transportation, cognitive systems, and decision analysis with broad application across many sectors.

Materials Science & Engineering

The Department of Materials Science & Engineering at Texas A&M University has existed as a degree-granting interdisciplinary graduate program since 2003 and became an independent university department in 2013. The department is a graduate only department and jointly administered by the Dwight Look College of Engineering and College of Science. The Materials Science & Engineering faculty encompasses more than 45 faculty members and has strong collaborations with mechanical, chemical, biomedical, nuclear, electrical, and aerospace engineering; physics; and chemistry. The department and faculty academic and research interests include computational materials science, multifunctional materials, polymers and nanocomposites, nanomaterials, structural materials for extreme environments, materials degradation and reliability, and biomaterials. Materials science and engineering involves examining how the structure of a material can be changed to influence the strength, electrical conductivity, optical, or magnetic properties of the material, and how this change can be accomplished through processing. As an industry, materials science and engineering involves the characterization of the physical and chemical properties of solid materialsâ€"metals and alloys, ceramics, magnetic materials, polymers, optical materials, semiconductors, superconductors, and compositesâ€"for the purpose of using, changing, or enhancing inherent properties to create or improve end products.

Mechanical Engineering

The Department has a large group of internationally recognized faculty who are active in both the undergraduate and graduate program. Graduate students have an opportunity to work with faculty engaged in a wide range of research to meet national needs in defense, energy, materials, and the environment. Research activities include aerosol sampling, biofuels, composite materials, computational mechanics, polymers, high performance turbomachinery, high efficiency building systems, low emission diesel engines, rotordynamics, micro-scale fluids and heat transfer, computational and nano materials, multi-function materials, biomechanics, and control systems.

Nuclear Engineering

Established in 1958, the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University is the largest program in the country measured by student enrollment. The department's programs are currently ranked 2nd (graduate) and 2nd (undergraduate) among public institutions by U.S. News and World Report. The department offers degrees in nuclear engineering, radiological health engineering, and health physics, in addition to a focus in power engineering. The department encourages multi-disciplinary collaboration to address complex problems, and its faculty lead many such university-wide efforts. Continuing collaboration with the Bush School of Government and Public Service creates new opportunities at the interface of nuclear technology and nuclear policy, with potential impact in nonproliferation and counter-terrorism. The Department strives to nurture nuclear professionals for both civilian and nuclear security missions.

Petroleum Engineering

The curriculum in petroleum engineering is intended to prepare students for the petroleum industry and other fields which involve fluid flow through subsurface formations and particularly for those professions which have to do with drilling, production, reservoir engineering and transportation of oil, gas, and other subsurface resources.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

AeroSpace Technology Research & Operations

The Mission of AeroSpace Technology Research & Operations (ASTRO) Center is to advance research ideas and concepts to practical application and space flight. It does this by helping to advance researcher concepts to Technology Readiness Levels suitable for adoption by government and industry users, while infusing industry and government needs into the research and education process at one of the top universities in the world.

The ASTRO Center has assembled a unique combination of staff, facilities and alliances to provide clients with state of the art research and program support. ASTRO Center leverages its close association with Texas A&M University College of Engineering faculty and students, and other collaborating engineering agencies to execute a variety of complex projects of significant interest to the space community.

The ASTRO Center is also committed to providing extensive outreach opportunities in the STEM field to undergraduate college students and levels K through 12 in the State of Texas.

Center for Autonomous Vehicles and Sensor Systems

The mission of CANVASS is to unify research and development of autonomous vehicles and systems for the purpose of better serving the state and nation. CANVASS is joint venture of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station and the Texas A&M University Dwight Look College of Engineering. CANVASS is a multi-laboratory center with investigators in various departments within the college administered through the aerospace engineering department. CANVASS facilitates engineering education and is a major conduit for the autonomous-systems engineering workforce of Texas. Its primary research interest is unmanned aircraft systems.

Center for Bioinformatics and Genomic Systems Engineering

The Center for Bioinformatics and Genomic Systems Engineering (CBGSE) functions in the general areas of bioinformatics, computational biology, and systems biology, serving communities both internal and external to Texas A&M University. It constitutes both an active research group and a cross-institution graduate student training program. The mission of the CBSE is to develop new knowledge and tools through basic and translational research to benefit consumers and expand agricultural sustainability, profitability, and environmental stewardship with a main emphasis related to strengthening the economy, sustaining and restoring healthy ecosystems, conserving natural resources, ensuring prosperity, and enriching the quality of life for the present and future generations of Texans.

Center for Emergency Informatics

The Center for Emergency Informatics (CEI) brings together 30 engineering faculty members at Texas A&M University and TEES researchers who have been working together since 2008 to create unmanned systems, new sensors, wireless networks, data mining, simulation and visualization, social networking, and other technologies that can revolutionize response and recovery.

Center for Intelligent Multi-functional Materials and Structures

The Texas Institute for Intelligent Multi-functional Materials and Structures is a partnership of six Texas Universities and is funded by NASA. The Institute focuses on developing the next generation of bio-nano materials and structures for aerospace vehicles and will foster collaboration among teams of senior investigators at the six universities in Texas with students from undergraduates to postdoctoral research associates.

Center for Large-Scale Scientific Simulations

The computational simulation of complex physical processes plays a large and growing role in industry and in national defense. Simulations help designers and analysts assess the behavior of engineered and natural systems under a variety of conditions that are difficult or impossible to test experimentally. In addition, when experiments are feasible, simulation plays a vital role in the design of the experiments and the interpretation of their results. This makes experimental efforts more efficient and fruitful. The Center for Large-Scale Scientific Simulations (CLASS) strives to achieve its objective to advance the state of the art in large-scale scientific simulations through research and development performed by collaborative multi-disciplinary teams including faculty from the Colleges of Engineering and Science at Texas A&M University as well as key researchers from national laboratories. Additionally, CLASS is working toward an objective to lead the development of educational programs whose particpants will be exceptionally well-qualified for careers in scientific simulations by bringing together key faculty members from several departments (including Mathematics, Computer Science, and Nuclear Engineering) and key national-lab practitioners to collaboratively design graduate programs that will provide the broad range of skills and knowledge that are needed by tomorrow's experts in scientific simulation.

Center for Remote Health Technologies & Systems

The TEES Center for Remote Health Technologies aims to advance remote health care technologies and remote health care systems so that people everywhere can be linked to health care providers and receive timely, effective and personalized care.

Center for the Studies of Digital Libraries

The Center's program of research provides a leadership role in the on-line development and application of world-wide access to digital library services. Development of this technology provides valuable fundamental research and supports the broader goal of research and education through improved means for collaboration and distance learning. The Center is not limited to one discipline; rather the development of digital libraries may be viewed as a fundamental contribution to research in all disciplines.

Crisman Institute

The Crisman Institute for Petroleum Research identifies and solves significant research problems of major interest to industry and government. The Institute conducts it efforts in four research Centers: the Halliburton Center for Unconventional Resources, the Chevron Center for Well Construction and Production, the Schlumberger Center for Reservoir Description and Dynamics, and the Center for Energy, Environment, and Transportation Innovation. Industry and governmental representatives can help identify problems of major significance and support projects of particular interest to them through membership at the Institute, Center, or Project level. Additionally, membership provides seed money for identification and initiation of research into additional challenges facing the industry.

Energy Institute

The Energy Institute is a research and technology development, demonstration, commercialization, and deployment entity with a strong capacity for energy engineering education, workforce development and training, and public outreach, as well as a creator of new technologies, intellectual property, and commercialization. A particular focus is research that relates to the technical barriers to advanced wind power systems commercialization, such as advanced materials that allow lighter, stronger, bigger, and taller wind structures that optimize wind in a way that exploits the full potential of the available wind energy at specific sites, either on or off shore, in Texas and the nation.

The WEC is the first of several planned centers within the recently formed TEES Energy Engineering Institute, whose mission is to form a creative and productive collaborative environment to advance sustainable energy technologies and systems. Energy is â€" and always has been â€" a major research focus of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) which has an extensive and proven track record in all energy domains, and nationally recognized research and technology expertise that will drive the innovation needed for meeting the goal of a secure energy future for this nation.

Energy Systems Laboratory

The Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL) research focuses on energy conservation, HVAC, alternative energy, cogeneration, energy use monitoring, energy code training, emission reductions from energy efficiency, electric utility deregulation, and continuous commissioning.

Food Protein Research and Development Center

The Food Protein Research and Development Center develops processes for converting agricultural crops and biological materials into functional food, feed and industrial ingredients, and for using these materials in industrial and consumer products. The center also conducts research in recovering valuable components from by-products and in the treatment of processing waters and wastes. The Center works to increase marketability and profitability of commodities produced in Texas; to generate new jobs in value-added industries; and communicate its accomplishments and their potential benefits to producers, processors and consumers. The Center has four research programs - Basic Sciences, Extrusion and Texturization, Fats and Oils and Separation Science - and two service programs - Industry Services and Good Laboratory Practices - and conducts a series of practical short courses.

Gas and Fuels Research Center

The Gas and Fuels Research Center (GFRC) is a multidisciplinary research center involving 19 professors from Texas A&M’s main campus in College Station and the Qatar campus. The center’s key objective is to lead the integrated research activities and the resources of Texas A&M to support shale gas and natural gas exploration, production and monetization activities both in the United States and in Qatar.

Global Petroleum Research Institute

The Global Petroleum Research Institute (GPRI) is the managing partner of a Cooperative effort to conduct critical research in the development of petroleum technology. Research findings will lead to the application of new and innovative technologies in petroleum exploration and production to address the increasing demand for cost-effective production and enhanced recovery.

Institute for Engineering Education and Innovation

The institute will synthesize research and practice on learning, teaching and educational technology to help faculty keep pace, offer leadership to clarify intent and find space for transformative learning environments. It will also foster advances in engineering education through four foundational pillars: multidisciplinary design, experimental learning, systems thinking and professional development.

Institute for Manufacturing Systems

The Institute for Manufacturing Systems was formed to provide coordination of research and education in the broad area of manufacturing systems. The institute serves as a focus for manufacturing research. The term “manufacturing” is used in its most broad sense and encompasses all aspects related to the production and distribution of goods, including product and process design and engineering, operations, marketing and sales and product life cycle management. The institute's mission is to promote and develop research in manufacturing which will enhance the manufacturing component of the engineering curriculum and advance the technologies essential to the manufacturing industries in the state of Texas.

Institute for National Security Education and Research

The Institute for National Security Education and Research (INSER) strives to enhance the capabilities of today's national security professionals and prepare students to become tomorrow's outstanding professionals. It is based on an affiliation between the Texas A&M University System and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), a part of the U.S. Department of Energy. The institute collaborates with LLNL to develop educational and research programs in three areas: detection and prevention of proliferation of nuclear and radiological weapons; large-scale computer simulations of complex physical processes; and homeland and international security. Through this partnership, LLNL and the Texas A&M University System will combine their strengths to address some of the nation's most pressing national security issues as well as provide critical training to future generations to ensure our nation is prepared to answer its security challenges.

Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center

The Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center was established in 1995 through the generosity of Houston businessman T. Michael O'Connor. His vision and the mission of the Center are to improve safety in the chemical process industry. The Center conducts programs and research activities that enhance safety in the chemical process industries. The Center's educational activities promote safety as second nature to everyone in the industry. In addition, the Center develops safer processes, equipment, procedures and management strategies to minimize losses within the processing industry.

National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing

The National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing (NCTM), an institute within the Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), will become the international leader and regulatory benchmark for flexible manufacturing technologies applied to biological therapeutics â€" including monoclonal antibodies, DNA and protein therapeutics, personalized cancer vaccines and infectious disease bioterrorism counter measures. The goal of the NCTM is to provide rapid, cost-effective, FDA-compliant, and scalable manufacturing so that an array of new products will enter clinical trials in humans.

The NCTM's new first-in-class, flexible-by-design biomanufacturing facility, developed through collaborations with academia, governmental agencies and commercial partners, will revolutionize the processes required for intermediate and advanced biopharmaceutical development. The facility's unique design, proprietary to the NCTM's key collaborator, will allow the resources necessary to focus on simultaneously producing multiple biological products using multiple production technologies. Scheduled for completion in mid-2011, this facility will include approximately 105,000 sq. ft. of vaccine and pharmaceutical manufacturing space, including 20 self-contained mobile clean room pods, and nearly 50,000 sq. ft. of educational space dedicated to workforce development and applied research.

The technology underway is intended to transform the biomanufacturing industry, and demonstrate the NCTM’s role as a true pioneer in its field.

National Corrosion & Materials Reliability Center

The National Corrosion Center (NCC) focuses on corrosion science research and technology. Corrosion is the natural deterioration that occurs with all materials because of a reaction of the material with its environment. This degradation process affects the assets of nearly every industrial sector and government agency and has direct impact on the economy, health, safety, infrastructure, environment and national security. A U.S. Federal Highway Administration study showed that metal corrosion had a total direct cost of $276 billion per year or 3.1 percent of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product. But it is estimated that approximately 30 percent of the annual costs of corrosion could be eliminated through the implementation of sound engineering practices.

Nuclear Power Institute

The mission of the Nuclear Power Institute (NPI) is to build the nuclear workforce by informing, attracting and educating students for high paying, high tech jobs in the nuclear power industry through a partnership of industry, community colleges, universities, high schools, middle schools, and teachers. Approximately 70% of the needed workforce will require two-year degrees with a focus in nuclear power technology. The balance of the workforce will hold baccalaureate degrees in several engineering fields, also with a strong emphasis in nuclear. An important part of NPI is outreach to students about these opportunities. NPI will create new staff positions to achieve its mission, and will create programs that prepare students for jobs that will contribute significantly to economic growth in Texas.

Nuclear Science Center

The Nuclear Science Center (NSC) is operated by the Texas Engineering Experiment Station as a service to the Texas A&M University System and the state of Texas. The NSC is a multi-disciplinary research and education center supporting basic and applied research in all nuclear related fields of science and engineering as well as providing educational opportunities for students in those fields. NSC also provides services to commercial ventures requiring radiation or isotope production services.

Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute

The Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) is a university-based entity that focuses on graduate education, research, and service on a variety of topics related to the safeguarding of nuclear materials and the reduction of nuclear threats. NSSPI works in collaboration with our national laboratory and other partners to develop technological solutions to problems associated with the malicious use of nuclear materials and to study policy issues related to nuclear security. NSSPI's mission has three interrelated and mutually supporting elements: (1) develop and apply science and technology to help detect, prevent, and reverse the proliferation of nuclear and radiological weapons and guard against nuclear terrorism; (2) educate the next generation of leaders in the field of nuclear security sciences; and (3) study the policy implications of deploying new technologies.

Offshore Technology Research Center

The Offshore Technology Research Center's research program is aimed at technology needs for offshore oil and gas production in water depths up to 12,000 ft. The program includes research on improved analytical and experimental modeling techniques to predict motions and forces on floating structures, mooring systems and riser; testing and qualification of new lightweight materials for mooring systems; characterization of the engineering properties of the seafloor; improved models for predicting the capacity of foundation systems.

Polymer Technology Center

The mission of PTC is to be a source of trained engineers and scientists and to provide new technology and insight to the polymers industry. PTC also features an educational component of graduate and undergraduate courses, seminars on polymer-related topics and graduate-level degrees. The master's and Ph.D. degree programs emphasize engineering with polymers.

Smart Grid Center

The Smart Grid Center (SGC) brings together several smart grid electric energy efforts already under way in the A&M System and will position the system as a leader in education, research and public service in the modernization of the electricity system. The center will bring together interdisciplinary research teams to develop more innovative and effective smart grid solutions. The SGC will aim to transform the electrical grid infrastructure in the United States to meet the demands of the 21st century. The formation of this center is vital at this time, given the importance of the electricity grid to the U.S. economy and to national energy security.

Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center

The Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center has some of the most advanced expertise in the nation to address the broad spectrum of issues involved in the expansion and protection of information and communications infrastructure systems. The CIAS recognizes ensuring confidentiality, integrity, and availability for business, government, and commercial information systems is imperative to the nation's progress and security.Presidential Decision Directive 63, issued in 1998, identified the security and assurance of our nation's information and communications infrastructure as a national priority. Following the unanticipated attacks on our nation on September 11, 2001, this directive and all national security efforts have taken on new meaning. The importance of information assurance and security to society has increased dramatically; the production of trained and educated professionals in this area is paramount.Information Assurance and Security refers to policies, procedures, methods, and techniques that protect and defend information and information systems by ensuring availability, integrity, authentication, confidentiality and non-repudiation.

Texas Center for Applied Technology

The center is focused on greater involvement of research personnel and capabilities; increased partnerships with industry and government; enhancement of Texas industrial and manufacturing competitiveness and education and training of students and technical professionals in applied research. The center implements a spectrum of activities, from basic and applied research to development and prototyping and application, to enable economic benefit and technology development throughout Texas and the nation.

Thomas and Joan Read Center for Distribution Research & Education

The Thomas and Joan Read Center offers a variety of programs specifically for manufacturers and distributors programs that give you the tools to excel in your career and company. The Thomas and Joan Read Center for Distribution Research and Education applies both advanced research skills and a thorough understanding of distribution to every project. Our experts, who merge long-standing industry experience with the latest developments in academia, conduct both primary and secondary research for manufacturers, distributors, professional associations and publications.

Turbomachinery Laboratory

The Turbomachinery Laboratory conducts basic and applied research into important problems of reliability and performance of turbomachinery -- rotating machinery that extracts or adds energy to fluids. That's everything from classic Dutch windmills to the space shuttle's main engine turbopumps and compressors that move natural gas through the distribution system. The research program is carried out by staff engineers and faculty of Texas A&M University. We focus on issues involved in turbomachinery performance and reliability. We draw on the world-renowned research expertise of Texas A&M University's Dwight Look College of Engineering and the Texas Engineering Experiment Station.