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Texas A&M's D3EM project was represented earlier this month in Washington, D.C. by (foreground, from left) graduate students Luke Johnson (materials science and engineering), Erick Braham (chemistry) and Anish Patel (chemical engineering), along with (background, from left) Dr. Joseph Ross, co-principal investigator and professor of physics and astronomy, and Dr. Raymundo Arróyave, principal investigator and associate professor of materials science and engineering. Not pictured: Emily Conant (physics and astronomy).

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The first cohort of Texas A&M University's National Research Traineeship (NRT) program recently collaborated with national experts in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) during training at the National Science Foundation's inaugural NRT Annual Meeting at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.

The May 3 meeting brought together representatives of the first cohorts of 18 NSF-funded NRT projects that seek to revolutionize interdisciplinary training in graduate education. Led by experts in STEM training, the teams participated in a discussion to develop strategies to efficiently coordinate this national challenge.

The following day, Texas A&M's team showcased its NRT project, Data-enabled Discovery and Design of Energy Materials (D3EM) at the Future STEM Leaders Workshop, held in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Raymundo Arróyave, principal investigator and an associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Dr. Joseph Ross, co-principal investigator and a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, attended the event. Additionally, graduate students Luke Johnson (materials science and engineering), Emily Conant (physics and astronomy), Anish Patel (chemical engineering) and Erick Braham (chemistry) attended the event.

Last fall, Texas A&M received a five-year, $3 million NSF grant for graduate training and research. The D3EM project will provide approximately 40 NRT fellowships over a period of five years to graduate students from six different Texas A&M departments within the Dwight Look College of Engineering and College of Science: Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Chemistry and Physics and Astronomy.

See additional photographs from the meeting and learn more about the D3EM project at http://d3em.tamu.edu/.

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  • Luke Johnson (left) and Dr. Joseph Ross (right).

  • Texas A&M Chemistry's Erick Braham.

  • Texas A&M Physics and Astronomy's Emily Conant.

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