Making News, May 2013

The Peninsula newspaper of Qatar reported on the spring commencement ceremony for Texas A&M University Qatar. The 400th engineer graduated from the university, including the first two chemical engineering master’s program graduates. Dr. Mark H. Weichold (TX D ’78), Texas A&M Qatar Dean and CEO, said that the graduates will be playing key roles in Qatar’s development:

“You are a special class for the university as you represent 10 years of Aggie engineering education in Qatar. As engineers, you will be responsible for the further building of Qatar and for creating the new knowledge that will realize Qatar’s goal of becoming a knowledge-based economy. This is truly a time when the future is in your hands.” Read the article


The CEO and President of SanDisk, Sanjay Mehrotra (CA A ’78), was recently quoted by Reuters discussing “the rising cost of building state-of-the-art memory chip factories.”

“We are in for an extended period of stability with respect to flash fundamentals. This will then have an impact in terms of providing a favorable pricing environment for the flash industry,” Mehrotra said. Click here to read more


A group of three engineering students at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology was recently profiled for successfully flying and landing a concrete airplane. The trio of students, including David M. Haberman (SD A 2013), worked on the project for roughly a year with the goal of becoming the first concrete airplane to take off and survive landing.

The group’s airplane was successful even though the flight did not last long. “Everything in aviation you want to be high-strength and low-weight, and concrete is the exact opposite. That’s why the professors did the project, to challenge engineers, to see what we could do,” Haberman said. Read the article from Popular Science



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