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Texas A&M Engineering SoundBytes
23 minutes | May 11, 2021
Just a SEC: You graduated; now what?
Those walking across the graduation stage are beginning a new chapter of their lives as new graduates, new hires and new engineers. On this episode of Just a SEC, our student hosts are joined by Sabrina Pardoe and Claire Riordan from the Class of 2020 to discuss what it's like to be someone with a job lined up after graduation as well as someone who had to successfully pivot and find a career after a bit of searching.
15 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
Engineer This!: Making bioplastics with help from bacteria (featuring Dr. Bella Chu)
Plastic waste is plaguing our planet, filling landfills and oceans with trash. However, research at Texas A&M University is working with bacteria that feed on wastewater sludge to harness a byproduct of this process — materials that can be used to develop biodegradable bioplastics. On this episode of Engineer This!, our hosts talk with Dr. Bella Chu, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and doctoral student Fahad Asiri, to learn how they are finding ways to innovate the plastics industry, ranging from aquaculture to medical fields to the plastic bottles we use every day.
15 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
The Study Break: Nuclear Engineering and Medicine Internship? (featuring Kaya Mariello)
How much do you actually know about the field of nuclear engineering? On this episode of the Study Break, senior Kaya Mariello describes how her passion for healthcare and the field of nuclear engineering intersect and the many opportunities open to nuclear engineers.Read more about her internship at UT Health Science Center - San Antonio: tx.ag/CareerPathIn this episode, Kaya mentions the ETAM process. Learn more about Entry to a major here: tx.ag/ETAM
23 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Bonus Bytes: Academic misconduct and what that means (featuring Dr. Angie Hill Price)
With the rise of remote learning due to COVID-19 came the challenge of combating remote cheating methods. On this special episode of SoundBytes, student host Drew DeHaven talks with Dr. Angie Hill Price, associate dean for undergraduate programs at Texas A&M Engineering, about what academic dishonesty is and how Aggie engineers can uphold their honor code in the virtual classroom.
23 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Just a SEC: Student Engineers' Council Mental Health Campaign
COVID-19 has brought with it new stresses and a heaviness shared by people throughout Texas A&M Engineering and the world. On this episode of Just a SEC, our student hosts are joined by SEC representatives Baylee Becka and Justis Morales to discuss the importance of mental health awareness and the upcoming mental health campaign hosted by the Student Engineers' Council.
15 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Engineer This!: Phasing into a next generation of materials (featuring Dr. Emily Pentzer)
Learning about how materials change between phases, from solids to liquids to gases, is a hallmark of primary school science class. To the average person. This building block of material science is often thought of in the simplest terms, but what if your home could use the energy involved in these transitions to help passively heat or cool it, just by changing out the molding.On this episode of Engineer This, Dr. Emily Pentzer, an associate professor in the Departments of Material Science & Engineering and Chemistry, discusses how her research is working to design next generation materials by using simple and scalable techniques.
21 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
The Study Break: Your network starts now
Did you know that your professional network started developing from the very day you entered Texas A&M? From the people you sit next to in class, to the same professors teaching those classes. All these relationships can blossom into long standing partnerships. Join cohosts Drew & Ritika as they speak with Martha Bellens-Martin '85 to discuss her journey into technical sales and how she continues to build her network and give back to the Aggie Women Engineers Network (AWEN). Learn more about AWEN: tx.ag/AWEN
22 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
Just a SEC: How to Make a Successful Student Startup (featuring Ben Omonira)
Explore the world of student startup businesses in this episode of Just a SEC. Join our student hosts as they talk with chemical engineering undergraduate Ben Omonira about his experience with entrepreneurship and what he's learned during his time working on Lazarus, his non-lethal bullet.
21 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
Engineer This!: Reducing capsize risk to keep ships on course
Throughout history, ships have had to battle waves, facing the risk of going past their tipping point in capsizing. Whether on a family cruise, participating in a sailing competition or serving on a military vessel, when people are out on open waters, they want to make sure somebody is working to make it as safe as possible.Naval architect and professor in the Department of Ocean Engineering, Dr. Jeffrey Falzarano has more than 30 years of experience researching and developing new ways to keep ships and their crews safe. His team’s current research focuses on two areas — designing wave energy devices and researching how ships maneuver differently on waves from shallow to deep water.
15 minutes | Jan 21, 2021
The Study Break: Serving, Learning and Making a Difference (Featuring Clarissa Rodriguez)
Have you ever wondered what it's like to run for office? Clarissa Rodriguez, an industrial distribution senior and the student senate constituency affairs chair, joins SoundBytes to talk about Senate's far-reaching impact on everything from monuments and dining dollars, to student rule seven, which allows excused absences for interviews. This episode also covers how to run and campaign in the upcoming election cycle.
18 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
Engineer This! Reimagining batteries using dopamine (featuring Dr. Jodie Lutkenhaus)
The rise in popularity of electric vehicles and aircraft presents the possibility of moving toward a more sustainable future. While advancements have dramatically increased the efficiency of these vehicles, there are still several issues standing in the way of widespread adoption. One of the most significant challenges facing electric vehicles has to do with mass, as most current electric batteries and supercapacitors are incredibly heavy. Dr. Jodie Lutkenhaus, professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering, and her team are approaching this problem from the unique angle of utilizing the chemical dopamine to strengthen electrodes.
13 minutes | Nov 17, 2020
The Study Break: We are valuable (featuring Carmen Mota)
On this episode of The Study Break, student hosts Ritika and Drew discuss the importance of self-care and mental health, no matter what challenges may arise. From pandemics to anxiety over finals, they are joined by Carmen Mota, a new member of the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) team who serves students out of the Zachry Engineering Education Complex, to stress "We are valuable not because of what we achieve, but because of who we are."
7 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
Ask an Engineer: What are vaccine delivery systems? (featuring Shreedevi Arun Kumar)
This episode, graduate student Shreedevi Arun Kumar shares what vaccine delivery systems are, why they are important and how new developments could pave the way for a more efficient and cost-effective future.
19 minutes | Nov 3, 2020
Just a SEC: Helping invisible Aggies through the REACH Project (featuring Max Gerall)
On this episode of Just a SEC, our student hosts talk community service and how to take action to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others. Joined by REACH Project founder Max Gerall, they discuss how the Aggie-started nonprofit is supporting university service workers by weaving together all segments of the campus community and making "invisible Aggies," visible.
15 minutes | Oct 29, 2020
Bonus Bytes: Building the future of multidisciplinary engineering (Featuring Dr. Timothy Jacobs)
This episode, Interim Department Head Dr. Timothy Jacobs shares how the College of Engineering's newest department — the Department of Multidiscipinary Engineering — is helping students build the futures they envision for themselves.
17 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
Engineer This!: Investigating fatigue and drowsy driving among health care workers (featuring Alec Smith)
Doctors and nurses work long, 12-hour shifts which impact their physical, mental and emotional health, with or without the additional stress of the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers in the Wm Michael Barnes '64 Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University are researching the impacts of these shifts and ways to help health care workers. One part of that research looks at a potentially dangerous side effect of fatigue: drowsy driving. In this episode, we’re joined by Alec Smith, a doctoral student in the department, to learn more about his research on drowsy driving among nurses.
18 minutes | Oct 20, 2020
The Study Break: Future of Study Abroad
While traveling internationally has halted during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Halliburton Engineering Global Programs office has worked tirelessly to develop opportunities for students to benefit from experiences abroad. Dr. Maria Alves, senior director of the Halliburton Engineering Global Programs office and Antonella Acosta, student ambassador, spoke with Drew and Ritika about what students can expect for the spring 2021 trips.
4 minutes | Oct 13, 2020
Ask an Engineer: What is assistive technology? (Featuring Dr. Jeonghee Kim)
On this episode of Ask an Engineer, Dr. Jeonghee Kim shares how assistive technology can be used to enhance the lives of those with disabilities.
15 minutes | Oct 6, 2020
Just a SEC: Interning and coming together during COVID-19
On this episode of Just a SEC, student host Drew DeHaven dives into the inner workings of the Student Engineers' Council's Directed Summer Internship. From chatting with the leader of the initiative born from internships getting canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic to hearing from a participant of the program, tune in to discover more about how the SEC has brought the student body of Texas A&M Engineering together to do great things during COVID-19.
20 minutes | Sep 29, 2020
Engineer This!: Improving mental health through mobile technology (featuring Dr. Farzan Sasangohar)
A team, led by Dr. Farzan Sasangohar of the Wm Michael Barnes ‘64 Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, is seeking to develop technological solutions to improve the mental health of veterans, college students, health care workers and more. The Mental Health Evaluation and Lookout pilot program — also known as mHELP — combines commercial smartwatches with advanced machine learning and a wide range of sensors to detect signs and symptoms of high anxiety and direct the user to mental health and self-care resources.
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