Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Activities & Projects


Technical Activity #1: Groundwater Quality, led by Dr. Clapp

The City of Kingsville, Texas, primarily uses groundwater for its potable water supply. Students will learn important water quality parameters like alkalinity, salinity, concentrations of metals, e.g., arsenic, and naturally-occurring radionuclides, e.g., uranium, and conduct research on groundwater quality including lab measurements and drinking water standard analysis.

Technical Activity #2: Computer Technologys, led by Dr.Yilmaz 

Participants will learn the theoretical and practical aspects of computer technologies such as the Input/Output, memory and central processing units and the Bluetooth technology. Participants will build a working computer.

Technical Activity #3: Discover the Product Recycle Value, led by Dr. (Kai) Jin

Students will explore the recycle value of a digital video recorder, i.e., Tivo, by disassembling, recording the disassembly time, measuring the mass of each component, and identifying the material of each component. Then, students will determine the recycle value of Tivo based on collected data, with a Tivo redesign to increase its recycle value.

Technical Activity #4: The Venturi Effect, led by Dr. (Jim) Glusing

The concept will be explained during the introduction. The teams will investigate the phenomena by taking measurements around the College of Engineering building. The teams will then use their findings to model a city space and will experiment with the placement model 'buildings', in wind created by a fan, and gauge the results.


1: Solar Energy,  led by Dr. Ramirez - students will explore three important factors in the production of solar power including light intensity, angle of exposure of a solar panel to the sunlight, and resistance load. The student will size a solar panel to operate a 100-watt light bulb.     

2:Robotics, led by Dr. Ozcelik - students will study characteristics of the robots,and learn V+ language for programming. Students will program a robot to draw certain shapes and perform specified tasks.     

3:Biofuels , led by Dr. Patrick Mills - students will learn about how biodiesel is produced by reactions between vegetable oil and methanol to produce fatty acid methyl esters (FRAME). They will run the reactions in a new reactor type that contains tiny fibres where the oil and methanol react in addition to chemistry the students will gain knowledge on reactor operations the crude biodiesel product analysis and the effects of various reactions conditions on biodiesel product quality.      

4:Introduction to CAD/CAM, led by Dr. Hua Li - computer aided design and manufacturing are used everywhere in manufacturing companies. Students will learn the basic concepts and tools in CAD/CAM Participants will develop a design project and a manufacturing code.        


The Frank H Dotterweich College of Engineering, TAMUK makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the programs of study and other services in the way described on this website. However, the Frank H Dotterweich College of Engineering shall be entitled if it reasonably considers it to be necessary to alter the timetable, technical activities and projects, provided such alterations are reasonable.

This page was last updated on: June 11, 2014