MEIE Funded Programs

HP Catalyst  "Stem-preneur" Program

Texas A&M University-Kingsville is one of the 20 education organizations across twelve countries that have been selected by HP to receive an HP catalyst grant in 2011. As a member of the HP catalyst "STEM - preneur" consortium, we are part of an elite cohort that will be exploring what the future of STEM + learning and teaching can be.

Security Engineering: Development of Curriculum and Research for Homeland Security

Texas A&M University - Kingsville has received an award from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2012 to establish Curriculum and Research in the integrated study of UAVs, Wireless Sensors, Network, Data Mining, Optimization, and Information Analysis and Modeling.

Nuclear Engineering Minor

The Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering at Texas A&M University-Kingsville has received a $226,000 grant from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that will establish a nuclear engineering minor program in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering worked with other faculty members from the environmental engineering and electrical engineering departments to develop curriculum for the nuclear engineering minor, and a full minor study program was available beginning in the fall of 2012.

NSF MRI Award: Acquisition of a Variable-Property Material Synthesizing Instrument

The Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering at Texas A&M University-Kingsville has received a $349,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for the purchase of a Stratasys Connex 500 Multi-material 3D printer. 

Faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Hong Zhou and Larry Peel, worked with faculty members in the Chemistry, and Electrical & Computer Science Departments to develop the proposal for this grant.

This grant provides funding for the acquisition of a variable-property material synthesizing instrument for research and development on variable-property material systems. Inspired by nature, variable-property materials have tailored incremental variations in composition and structure over volume, resulting in corresponding changes in the material properties. These materials can be designed for multiple functions and applications. The instrument synthesizes variable-property materials by directly combining two component materials in specific concentrations and structures to provide the desired properties. The direct fabrication of variable-property materials opens up opportunities to develop complex systems in a single build process, eliminating design restrictions while maintaining accurate look, feel and functionality. It allows the creation of structures or assemblies that cannot be fabricated in other ways, or will greatly increase the quality of such structures. It provides a vehicle to develop compliant mechanisms and smart structures, and the formats for organic semiconductors, superconductors, and other organic electronic devices.

NSF MRI Award: CNC Micro-Milling Workstation

The Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering at Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK) has received a $171,736.00 grant (CBET-1504174) from the National Science Foundation for the acquisition of a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) micro-milling workstation.

Faculty members in multiple Departments at Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK) and Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) worked together for the proposal to better serve research and educational needs of two Hispanic serving institutions in South Texas

The miniaturized fabrication is emerging as a leading contender to meet increasing demands of highly efficient and compact systems that allow scientists or engineers to break through the barriers of developing innovative technologies in many applications.  The purchased CNC micro-milling workstation are specifically designed for fabricating high precision, micro-scale small parts and structures directly on several materials including plastics and metals (Aluminum, Copper, Steel, and Stainless Steel) in cost effectively and fastest way with the capability of ±1 micrometer positioning accuracy and sub-micrometer repeatability. 

The direct fabrication of micro-scale parts and structures opens up opportunities to develop complex micro-scale systems with eliminating design restrictions while maintaining accuracy and functionality.  The workstation enables to develop new research projects and broaden the research capabilities of two institutions in research areas of micro fabrication, microfluidic devices, and bio-micro mechanical electrical systems (Bio-MEMS), and micro/nano-scale heat exchangers.  The newly introduced CNC micro-milling machine will draw more undergraduate and graduate students into multidisciplinary STEM programs provided by the institutions

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