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Profs studying new transit mode’s effects on locals’ walking habits

Profs studying new transit mode’s effect on walking habits

posted April 17, 2018
Texas A&M urban planning and public health researchers are studying whether a new El Paso bus rapid transit (BRT) line — a system with dedicated lanes that mimic the efficiency of rail transit — changes walking habits of residents who live close to the line’s stations.
AIA podcast features professor's building code compliance app

AIA podcast eyes professor's code compliance app

posted April 9, 2018
Architects can now check their designs’ International Building Code compliance with a cloud-based app developed by SMARTreview Inc., a firm led by founder and CEO Mark Clayton, Texas A&M professor of architecture.
Arch prof helping Kazakhstan redefine its cultural identity

Arch professor helps Kazakhstan rebrand its cultural identity

posted April 9, 2018
In the emerging Central Asian country of Kazakhstan, Stephen Caffey, a Texas A&M architecture professor, is advising an artist-led initiative promoting the country’s storied history, cultural diversity and aspirations.
TTC, Texas Sea Grant team up to build storm resilient communities

TAMU agencies unite to help build resilient coastal communities

posted March 19, 2018
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, two Texas A&M groups have teamed up to launch the Community Resilience Collaborative, a program aimed at bolstering the resilience of the state’s coastal communities to natural hazards and at restoring their habitats and ecosystems.
Study eyes benefits of ‘green’ stormwater management

‘Green’ stormwater management eyed in Sea Grant study

posted March 19, 2018
A Texas A&M research team is investigating how coastal municipal planners can respond to increasing flood threats in rapidly growing coastal communities and build sustainable and healthy ecosystems using “green” stormwater management methods.
Project to yield cost estimating tools for highway construction

Professor developing new estimating tools for rebuilding roads

posted March 19, 2018
A construction science professor is working to lower the cost of highway construction bids by optimizing data-driven construction scheduling methods in advance of a $1.5 trillion federal highway infrastructure rebuilding proposal.
Survey of construction pros reveals industry tech trends

Construction tech trends revealed in builder survey

posted March 5, 2018
Data security, automation, and a rising demand for digital modeling are three technology trends impacting the building industry in 2018, said James Benham, guest lecturer of construction science and CEO of JBKnowledge, Inc.
Profs improve space requirement calculating for health facilities

Profs develop new way to calculate health facility spaces

posted March 2, 2018
Faculty and graduate student researchers in the Texas A&M College of Architecture have developed a new method to calculate proposed health care facility space requirements that overcome significant limitations of previously established procedures.
Blind 'unlock' PDF content with system developed by viz professor

Blind can 'unlock' PDF content using Viz prof’s system

posted February 28, 2018
With a National Science Foundation grant, Texas A&M Professor of Visualization Francis Quek has developed technology for talking books that allows people who are blind to access more literature with increased command over their reading experiences.
Viz prof's study introducing students to STEM fields

STEM study eyes making makers

posted February 22, 2018
Teacher, firefighter and professional athlete used to top the list of what students at Neal Elementary in Bryan wanted to be when they grew up. But in the past couple of years, Neal students in a Texas A&M study began to include variations on "engineer" in their list.
Prof lauded for waste-based industrial design solutions

Prof earns accolades for designs reusing manufacturing waste

posted February 20, 2018
Ahmed K. Ali, an assistant professor of architecture at Texas A&M University, earned the Architectural Research Centers Consortium’s 2018 New Researcher Award, a prestigious accolade bestowed annually to an emerging scholar.
Planning prof’s research reveals flaws in municipal hazard plans

Five-year study finds coastal communities' hazard plans lacking

posted February 16, 2018
The field of urban planning is gaining interest as cities around the world, including nearby Houston, are facing increased exposure to weather-related risks and hazards ranging from sea level rise and flooding to temperature build-up and urban heat island effect.
Vizzer's color harmonizing app featured in research journal

Vizzer's 3-D color harmonizing app featured in journal

posted December 11, 2017
Inspired by her passions for art theory and computer science, Sarah Brown, a senior Texas A&M visualization student from Ft. Worth, created a computer program for building new, exciting color palettes with harmonious hues.
Oscar-winning CG wizard to teach visualization as Hagler Fellow

Oscar-winning CG artist joins viz dept. as Hagler Fellow

posted December 11, 2017
Jerry Tessendorf, an Academy Award-winning professor from Clemson University who revolutionized the use of fluid simulations in computer graphics, is joining the Department of Visualization faculty in 2018 as a Hagler Institute for Advanced Study Faculty Fellow.
Planning prof presents hazard mitigation strategies in D.C.

Planning prof presents hazard mitigation ideas

posted December 11, 2017
In the nation’s capital, congressional staff and professional meterologists heard Phil Berke, professor of urban planning, present research-based strategies aimed at heightening communities’ ability to withstand and recover from natural disasters.