The following centers are divisions of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station and are located at Texas A&M University.
The Aerospace Vehicle Systems Institute works with academic institutions and industry to improve and to reduce the costs of complex subsystems in aerospace vehicle systems, architectures, tools and processes.
The goal of the AggieSat Lab Satellite Program is to develop and demonstrate modern technologies by using a small-satellite platform, while educating students and enriching the undergraduate experience. Our Lab takes an integrated approach to small-spacecraft research, design-build-fly, and education for multidisciplinary teams of freshmen through graduate students, along with industry and government affiliates. Our Lab is currently engaged in a four-mission campaign with NASA Johnson Space Center to demonstrate autonomous rendezvous and docking technologies. Contact Dr. Helen Reed or see http://aggiesatweb.tamu.edu
The TEES Flight Research Laboratory involves the following interdisciplinary research areas: Boundary-layer stability and transition to turbulence with continued emphasis on the control of laminar-turbulent transition and laminar-flow airfoils; Flight experiments in the area of flow control; Various environmental studies involving atmospheric measurements; Use research aircraft as the platform for multiplying the "reach" of both in situ and remote sensors.
The mission of the TEES Center for Mechanics of Composites is to provide a knowledge base for the state and nation in the field of mechanics of composite materials by providing a synergistic environment for teaching, research, and service. Current research within the center focuses on a wide array of mechanics issues in composite materials, including micromechanics and structural mechanics of composites; homogenization methods for composites; inelasticity and damage in composites; nondestructive evaluation methods in composites; experimental solid mechanics; cohesive zones and interface phenomena; intermolecular potentials; fracture mechanics; transport phenomena; finite element methods for composites; error estimation in finite elements; and microelectromechanical systems.
The Oran W. Nicks Low Speed Wind Tunnel is a self-contained research facility located near Texas A&M. It is a closed-circuit, single-return type tunnel, with a rectangular test section 10 feet wide and seven feet high and housed in a two-story building. The administrative building, tunnel and test section, external balance and drive motor all have independent foundations to reduce the transmission of vibrations among them. A wide variety of tests are conducted at the wind tunnel for industry, governmental agencies, educational institutions, and private individuals. Tests at the tunnel have dealt with, but are not limited to aircraft, space vehicles, ground vehicles, buildings and offshore structures. The wind tunnel can provide many different types of information during a test. It is used for both basic and applied airflow research and development and also provides instructional aid for students of various departments.
SERC is a Texas Engineering Experiment Station center that helps researchers get their advanced engineering concepts to Technology Readiness Levels suitable for adoption by government and commercial users, and helps infuse those customers’ needs into the Texas A&M research and education process. The Space Engineering Research Center pursues research, engineering and testing activities in the areas of power systems, thermal management, space sensors, and other electronics systems. It pursues programs that provide valuable applied research and training opportunities for professors, students and industry collaborators.
NASA has chosen Texas A&M University to lead the Texas Institute of Intelligent Bio-Nano Materials and Structures for Aerospace Vehicles (TiiMS), bringing together some of the top researchers in Texas and the world - including a Nobel laureate and several members of the National Academies - in biotechnology, nanotechnology, biomaterials and aerospace engineering to develop the next generation of bio-nano materials and structures for aerospace vehicles.