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Well Control CAT System
Well Control CAT System

Check-6 Deploys the Next Generation of Well Control Training to Texas Tech

Check-6 has inked a deal with the Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering to install three Well Control CATS (Competency Assurance Training Systems) in the Chevron Well Control Simulation Lab at the new Terry Fuller Petroleum Engineering Research Building. As part of the deal, Check-6 will be providing more than $250,000 in training software to the department.

"Sophisticated learning platforms such as Well Control CATS are playing a critical role in the development of today's digital oilfields, and we are pleased to deploy high-tech, hands-on training systems to help prepare future petroleum engineers for real world situations," said Jason "Mac" McAlister, chief operating officer for Check-6 Training Systems.

Each Well Control CAT System features a 150° dome display which delivers academic and simulation modules designed to keep crews and students sharp on the critical fundamentals of primary and secondary well control for both surface and sub-sea scenarios. The modular curriculum, created by Check-6, is designed to enhance classroom instruction and add hands-on simulation exercises to well control training and certification courses. The system also includes the Check-6 Learning Management System which tracks and documents student performance for all academic and simulation training scenarios.

Check-6 expects to have all three units built and integrated into the Terry Fuller Petroleum Engineering Research Building by late October 2014. After completing installation, Check-6 will provide a two-day "train the trainer" course for faculty. As part of the monthly license agreement, the company will provide the university with software and lesson content access, upgrades and technical support.

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Bilbao
Bilbao

Basu, Bilbao, and Schrock Named ARCS Scholars

The Lubbock Chapter of the Achievement Rewards for College Students (ARCS) has selected Avik Basu and Alejandro Bilbao, mechanical engineering doctoral students, and James A. Schrock, an electrical engineering doctoral student, as ARCS Scholars for the 2014-2015 year. They will be honored at an event on October 28.

The Lubbock chapter was founded in 1972. The ARCS Foundation is dedicated to helping meet the country's need for scientists and engineers by providing scholarships to academically outstanding students who are United States citizens in need of financial assistance to complete their higher education, thereby contributing not only to the advancement of science, but also to the material and intellectual welfare of all people.

Gragg
Gragg

Gragg Receives Second Place in Outstanding Dissertation Award Competition

Dr. Jared Gragg, who recently completed his dissertation in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, received second place in the Texas Tech Graduate School's Outstanding Dissertation Award Competition. His dissertation title was "Investigating the onset of slip in gait by employing probabilistic theory and optimization-based motion prediction." Dr. James Yang, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, nominated Gragg.

"We are pleased to be able to honor our graduate students and the top-quality research they are conducting," said Mark Sheridan, vice provost for graduate affairs and dean of the Graduate School. "Graduate students and research are a critical component of Texas Tech's drive to be a top-tier research university."

In even numbered years, the Graduate School recognizes work in social sciences, mathematics, physical sciences, and engineering. In odd years, the school recognizes biological life sciences, humanities, and fine arts. Students are nominated by faculty members for this award, which is partially supported through Helen Jones Foundation funding.

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Chen
Chen

Chen Named IEEE TCSC Young Achiever in Scalable Computing

Dr. Yong Chen, an assistant professor of computer science, has been named a 2014 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Technical Committee on Scalable Computing (TCSC) Young Achiever in Scalable Computing. The IEEE TCSC selection committee selected five recipients and the award will be presented at the 2014 International Conference on High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC14) conference in New Orleans, Louisiana in November.

The IEEE TCSC annual Young Achiever in Scalable Computing Award recognizes up to five individuals who have made outstanding, influential, and potentially long-lasting contributions in the field of scalable computing within five years of receiving their Ph.D.

The IEEE TCSC is an International Forum within the IEEE, aimed at fostering research and education in Scalable Computing. TCSC is interested in all areas of scalable computing, including but not limited to, high performance computing systems, cloud computing systems, grid, algorithms, applications, scheduling and workflows, and various others.

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Hanson
Hanson

Hanson Named Chair Elect of ASME Board on Student Programs

Dr. Jeff Hanson, an instructor of mechanical engineering, has been named chair elect of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Board on Student Programs.

The Board on Student Programs, under direction and oversight of the Council for the Student and Early Career Development (SECD) Sector, is responsible for providing innovative programs focused on preparing students for their professional careers through professional development, mentoring, networking, and continuing education by leveraging the ASME co-curricular teaching/learning organizations at the university and college campuses worldwide.

The chair provides guidance and leadership to ASME student sections on the university and college campuses to enhance the quality, content and relevance of their activities in preparation for their professional career.

Grants and Contracts

July 11 – August 11, 2014

Investigator(s) Agency Title Amount
Center for Multidisciplinary Research in Transportation
Dr. Pangil Choi,
Dr. Sanjaya P. Senadheera, and
Dr. Moon-Cheol Won
TX Dept of Transportation 14-17 Research on Joint Seal Materials to Improve Installation and Performance $18,748
Dr. Moon-Cheol Won TX Dept of Transportation 46-3MTIA035 Technical Support for Rigid Pavements and Concrete Materials Branch $20,000
Dr. Sang Wook Bae
Dr. Priyantha W. Jayawickrama
Dr. William D. Lawson
Dr. Stephen M. Morse
Dr. Hoyoung Seo
Dr. James G. Surles, and
Timothy A. Wood
TX Dept of Transportation Load Rating TxDOT's Pre-1980 In-Service Culverts $1,097,227.10
Dr. Alon Kvashny,
Dr. Hongchao Liu,*
Dr. Cynthia B. McKenney,
Dr. Sanjaya P. Senadheera, and
Dr. Moon-Cheol Won
TX Dept of Transportation Technical Assistance to Texas Department of Transportation $31,234
Center for Nanophotonics
Dr. Hongxing Jiang
Dr. Jingyu Lin
National Science Foundation Exploiting Novel Device Structures for Deep Ultraviolet Emitters $324,919
Center for Pulsed Power and Power Electronics
Dr. Stephen B. Bayne U.S. Army Research Lab/CREE Evaluation of High Voltage SiC IGBTs $133,346
Dr. James C. Dickens,
Dr. John J. Mankowski, and
Dr. Andreas A. Neuber*
DOE Sandia Ntl Laboratories Physical Processes of High-Voltage Breakdown $50,000
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Clifford B. Fedler TX Commission on Environmental Quality Wichita Falls Air Monitoring (FY14) $5,148
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. Changzhi Li National Science Foundation I-Corps: A Modern Cost-Effective Device for Sleep Apnea Diagnosis and SIDS Monitor $50,000
Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Michelle L. Pantoya U.S. Army Research Office Diagnostics for Analysis of Surface Chemistry Effects on Composite Energetic Material Reactions $224,580
Nano Tech Center
Dr. Zhaoyang Fan National Science Foundation Organometal Halide Perovskites: Sequential Vapor Deposition And Device Study Toward Highly Efficient Thin-Film Solar Cells $330,000

* Primary Investigator

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