President's Excellence Fund Symposium Welcome to our Virtual Event X-Grants | T3

The President’s Excellence Fund, established in October 2017, is a 10-year, $100 million initiative designed to further Texas A&M University’s commitments to the three pillars of advancing transformational learning; enhancing discovery and innovation; and expanding impact on our community, state, nation, and world.

The Program

Opening Remarks

President Michael K. Young

Welcome Address

Mark A. Barteau

Round 2


A President's Excellence Fund Initiative

An interdisciplinary research program that is part of the ten-year, $100 million President’s Excellence Fund. The X-Grants program invests $7 million each year, with Round Two funding supporting seventy-two Texas A&M researchers across eight projects. This program is open to all faculty, researchers, and staff at Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.

Round 2

T3: Texas A&M Triads For Transformation

A President's Excellence Fund Initiative

An interdisciplinary seed-grant program that is part of the President’s Excellence Fund. This program enables interdisciplinary teams of three faculty members (Triads) to develop long-term research and scholarship collaborations. Each year $3 million will be available to fund up to 100 Triads at $30,000 each.


Delivery of CRISPR/Cas-9 Using Cationic Liposome

Mohammad T Nutan, Peter P Nghiem, Pooneh Bagher


Molecular Mechanisms of Intracellular Copper Trafficking

Vishal M Gohil, Paul A Lindahl, Beiyan Nan


Raman-Based Diagnostics of Libebacter Diseases in Tomatoes

Dzmitry L Kurouski, Cecilia Tamborindeguy, Willa W Chen


Analytics for Renewable Energy Management in Microgrids

Natarajan Gautam, Katherine M Davis, Anirban Bhattacharya


Correlates and Disparities of COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy

Jennifer A Lueck, Timothy H Callaghan, Johanna L Dunaway


EducatAR: Supplementing the STEM Classroom Experience

Darren J Hartl, Raymundo Arroyave, Christopher J Nowotarski


Modeling, IoT and Machine Learning for Smart Greenhouse

Maria King, Ronald E Lacey, Konstantinos E Kakosimos


Microclimatic Design Studies for Long Term Space Habitation

Manoranjan Majji, Robert E Skelton, Robert D Brown


Responding to Disasters: When and How to Activate Alternative Capacity?

Xiaofeng Nie, Andres Fernando Jola Sanchez, Xiubin B Wang


Sequential Minimum Energy Designs for Model Selection

David Edward Jones, Rui Tuo, Huiyan Sang


Hydrocarbon Exposure and Public Perceptions in Shale Areas

Gunnar W Schade, Sarah D Brooks, C S Shafer


Vascular-Islet-On-A-Chip Biosystem

Abhishek Jain, Yuxiang Sun, Akhilesh K Gaharwar


Designing Optimal Diets via Mathematical Programming

Sergiy I Butenko, Stephen T Talcott, Hrayer Aprahamian


Texas Freedom Colonies Project Community Heritage Collaborative

Andrea R Roberts, Rebecca L Hankins, Lynn M Burlbaw


Avian Behavior, Physiology, and the Gut Microbiome

Jessica L Yorzinski, Gil G Rosenthal, Sarah A Hamer


A Systems-Oriented Post-Event Assessment of Community Resilience

Burak Guneralp, Nasir G Gharaibeh, Philip R Berke


Generating Nanoparticles Using Supercritical Fluids

Dorrin Jarrahbashi, Mohammed Al-Hashimi, Shiren Wang


Impacts of Primary Productivity on Air-Sea Gas Exchange in an Anthropogenic Estuary

Kathryn E Shamberger, Shari A Yvon-Lewis, Antonietta S Quigg


3 Phase Flow Assessment with Fiber Optics Sensor

Mohammad A Rahman, Abu Rashid Hasan, Ibrahim Hassan


A Triad of Geological and Environmental ICPMS Applications

Brent V Miller, Nicholas D Perez, Shankararaman Chellam


Comparative Models of NSAID-Induced Intestinal Inflammation

Canaan M Whitfield-Cargile, Robert S Chapkin, Kelley M Mankin


Flux of Seawater and Animals in a Submarine Cave

Thomas M Iliffe, Ayal Anis, Joshuah Perkin


Strain Localization in Geomaterials

Hiroko Kitajima, Amine A Benzerga, Janet F Bluemel


Paternal Contribution to Placentation and Pregnancy Success

Ky Garrett Pohler, David W Forrest, Gregory A Johnson


Revitalizing Neglected Public Space with Recycled Plastics

Alejandro Borges Gonzalez, Weiling He, Terry S Creasy


Muscle Synergies, Assistive Devices and the Control of Movement

Louis G Tassinary, Takashi Yamauchi, Jeonghee Kim


Socioeconomic Impacts of Local Fracking Booms: Household Wealth and College Attendance

Anastasia V Shcherbakova, Steven L Puller, Christian Brannstrom


Topological Phases of Matter and Quantum Error Correction and Detection

Michael P Brannan, Eric C Rowell, Andreas Klappenecker


Deep Learning – Exploring the Limits Beyond Low Hanging Fruit

Philip Galanter, Nima Khademi Kalantari, Jeffrey M Morris


Perovskite Optical Metamaterials

Zi Jing Wong, Svetlana A Sukhishvili, Alexey A Belyanin


Tracking the Genes Underlying Seasonal Migration

Kira Delmore, Christine Merlin, Kamran Entesari


Probing Chirality of Biomolecules with Nano-Structured Laser Light

Alexei V Sokolov, Krzysztof A Michalski, Muhammad S Zubairy


Unraveling Pathological Mechanisms of Muscular Dystrophy

Vladislav M Panin, Hung-Jen Wu, Vladislav V Yakovlev


Philosophical Foundations of Probability and Mathematical Reasoning

Jeffrey Kuan, Frank J Sottile, Kenneth K Easwaran


Learning with Safety Constraints

Dileep Manisseri Kalathil, Srinivas G Shakkottai, Bani K Mallick


A New Stable Fracture Mechanics Test: Application to PMMA

Dinakar Sagapuram, Arun R Srinivasa, Ashlee E Watts