Given the various constraints imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual summer research experiences for undergraduates at Texas A&M looked a little different this year. The Materials Science and Engineering Department proceeded to develop and manage a very successful Online Research Experience for Undergraduates (O-REU), which included two students advised by Dr. Hartl. [Videos provided below]
Both students completed their experiences by creating 5-10 minute summary videos. Sebastian Chirinos (Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University), showcased his efforts over 10 weeks to greatly increase the efficiency of structural design problems considering hierarchical assemblies of smaller structural units.
Britney Fang (Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas) was charged with augmenting the lab’s genetic programming-based topological design approach using the tools of machine learning.