Texas A&M Engineering SoundBytes

Texas A&M Engineering SoundBytes

SoundBytes is the official podcast of Texas A&M Engineering where faculty, students and staff share their passions, experience and expertise. Giving a voice to the happenings throughout the engineering program, episodes showcase impactful research, career advice and outstanding student stories. So, go ahead - hit that play button! Do you have a story to tell? Message engineeringsoundbytes@tamu.edu to let us know!

Episodes

August 20, 2019 4 min

Howdy and welcome to Texas A&M Engineering: SoundBytes. Sit back, relax and meet the members of the PodSquad in this inaugural episode of The Wire.

Reach out to us at EngineeringSoundBytes@tamu.edu

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Two years ago, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, leaving devastation and destruction in its wake. Dr. Ali Mostafavi, assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, shares how his expertise and work in infrastructure and disaster resilience has unearthed ways to improve how people and cities respond in the wake of disaster – looking through the lens of Harvey’s aftermath.

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September 3, 2019 7 min

We're kicking off the fall semester. On this episode of The Wire, learn about upcoming events, need-to-knows and hear the premiere of Voices of ZACH - a segment featuring Texas A&M Engineering students in the Zachry Engineering Education Complex. 

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September 10, 2019 15 min

The Study Break is made by students, for students. On this inaugural episode, two seniors and Ingenium bloggers sit down and chat about their tips and tricks for the Zachry Engineering Education Complex, as well as their experiences in the building. Gain insight into ZACH and learn everything new students need to know about their engineering hub.

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September 17, 2019 11 min

On this episode of The Wire, learn about upcoming events, need-to-knows and the latest Voices of ZACH from the engineering career fair. Also, learn about some exciting research out of the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

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From emergency response to sitting at a desk from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., we all face workplace challenges. Dr. Ranjana Mehta, associate professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, shares her research in the emerging field of neuro ergonomics, where she seeks to combine the study of brain function with human factors and behaviors  on the job site to help engineer better tools and technologies.

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October 1, 2019 6 min

Get ready to party! On this episode of The Wire, learn more about the student blog, Ingenium, and its upcoming birthday celebration in the Zachry Engineering Education Complex. Then, hear what motivated a few of our students to become engineers in this week's Voices of ZACH.

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The Study Break is made by students, for students. On this episode, sophomore Ritika Bhattacharjee sat down with Professor Shayla Rivera to talk about ENGR [x] and the importance of feeling comfortable and confident in yourself, while pushing to break the mold as an engineer.

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On this episode of The Wire, hear the best study tips from a few of our students in this week's Voices of ZACH. Also: Fall weather, pumpkin carving and a few reminders. 

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Speaking in front of others, whether it’s in a classroom or in the workplace, can be intimidating. It’s hard to practice public speaking in a setting that will adequately prepare someone for the real experience. Dr. Theodora Chaspari, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering is testing whether virtual reality technology can help.

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October 29, 2019 6 min

On this episode of The Wire, we talk about the historic all-women spacewalk and how researchers in the aerospace engineering department at Texas A&M are working on a NASA funded project to design a spacesuit for planetary exploration of the Moon and Mars. Plus: Ingenium student bloggers share why they wanted to get involved. 

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On this episode of The Study Break, Ritika Bhattacharjee and Inaam Hajj-Ali talk about what its like to come to college feeling out of place and how they overcame their fears to get involved in organizations to bridge the gap of college and the cultures from which they were raised.

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November 12, 2019 5 min

On this episode of The Wire, we talk about how the U.S. Navy and first responders are using small drones for new purposes in the field and how that connects to research in the College of Engineering. 

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On this bonus episode of Texas A&M Engineering: SoundBytes, we dive into what life is like as a graduate student. Joined by Bryton Praslicka, we chat about the impact of study abroad, graduate research and why Bryton decided to become an Aggie engineer.

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NASA put out a call for a university-led initiative to return to commercial supersonic flight, a challenge Texas A&M University answered. Dr. Darren Hartl, assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, shares how the research team is developing adaptive materials to reduce the noise of planes traveling faster than the speed of sound.

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On this episode of The Wire, we talk about how Texas A&M Engineering researchers are predicting the potential impact of tsunamis caused by underwater landslides in the Gulf of Mexico. Plus, what are you thankful for?

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On this episode of The Study Break, Ritika Bhattacharjee and Amanda Beeck talk about how to find opportunities to get involved and become leaders through various student organizations. They also discuss the many things they have learned during their journey of involvement, while maintaining their grades as engineering students.

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This week on The Wire, join Hannah, Steve, Ritika and the rest of the SoundBytes team in looking back at the first four months of the podcast!

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Bringing together fact and fiction - be it the lunar landing or "That's no moon" - space exploration has been a fascination for humankind throughout history. Now, as NASA sets its sights on a return to the moon and beyond, Dr. Ana Diaz Artiles, assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, is designing the future of spacesuits.

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How is picking a lock similar to breaking into a computer? Dr. Jeyavijayan "JV" Rajendran, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, poses this exact question to his students. Rajendran is researching ways to improve hardware security, which has a become a weak link in cybersecurity. He also has found a passion for helping students get excited about cybersecurity through a "capture th...

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