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Research Experiences for Undergraduates (May 30 - August 4, 2017)

Each student is selected on a competitive basis from the list of qualified applicants; they are paid a generous stipend and have their room covered.

Insufficient energy research and the shortage of U.S. citizens pursuing advanced degrees in engineering and science are both topics of supreme importance in modern times, and with this Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site we are targeting both problems through a collaborative effort between various laboratories at Texas A&M University. Approximately ten undergraduate students from colleges and universities throughout the United States will reside at the Texas A&M campus for 10 weeks during the summer months, working alongside professors and graduate students conducting research on a broad range of topics related to energy and combustion science.

Each student is selected on a competitive basis from the list of qualified applicants; they are paid a generous stipend and have their room covered. Students with majors from engineering, physics, or chemistry with interests in research related to energy and combustion are encouraged to apply. The projects in this REU site emphasize experiment-based research involving, for example, shock tubes for combustion studies; nano- and microfabrication; a diesel engine laboratory; furnace and gasifier rigs for studying coal and biomass fuels; advanced laser diagnostics; rocket propellants with nanoparticle additives; and a nano-fluids laboratory, among others. As an added benefit, the main 10-week summer program at Texas A&M takes advantage of a complementary campus-sponsored infrastructure that is geared toward fostering undergraduate research experiences, further enriching the experiences of the participants.

We anticipate that this REU site will impact society in two major ways: 1) through the involvement of undergraduate students in scientific research, encouraging them to pursue advanced degrees in science and engineering; and 2) the energy-related research will potentially benefit thousands of people through alternative sources and improved, less-polluting combustion devices. Special emphasis will be given to the recruitment of ethnic minorities and women from universities in Texas that are not major research institutions, thus providing research opportunities to students who might not otherwise have them. Read More...



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Meet Our Team

 

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Dr. Eric L. Petersen

Professor

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Esther Bolding

REU Program Monitor

For More Information Please Contact

Dr. Eric L. Petersen
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Texas A&M University
3123 TAMU
College Station, TX 77845
epetersen@tamu.edu
979-845-1257

 

Mission Statement

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) will impact society in two major ways: 1) through the involvement of undergraduate students in scientific research, encouraging them to pursue advanced degrees in science and engineering; and 2) the energy-related research will potentially benefit thousands of people through alternative sources and improved, less-polluting combustion devices.