Patents Assigned to The Texas A&M University System
  • Patent number: 10725239
    Abstract: A waveguide structure including a mid-infrared-transparent waveguide on a mid-infrared-transparent undercladding may serve as a photonic chemical sensor for measuring characteristic absorptions of analytes brought in physical contact with the waveguide. In some embodiments, a sensor including an amorphous-silicon waveguide on a barium-titanate undercladding can operate at wavelengths ranging from 2.5 ?m to about 7 ?m; this sensor may be manufactured by epitaxial growth of the undercladding on a substrate, followed by CMOS-compatible creation of the waveguide. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventor: Pao Tai Lin
  • Patent number: 10726717
    Abstract: Methods and systems include determining travel information from vehicles. In one embodiment, a system monitors traffic on a roadway in real-time. The system includes a plurality of reader devices. The reader devices are capable of asynchronously capturing a unique network identifier of a device in a vehicle when the device is disposed in reader range of the reader devices. The reader device time stamps each captured unique network identifier. The time stamped unique network identifier is forwarded to a host module. The host module receives the time stamped unique network identifier. In addition, the host module determines travel information from the time stamped unique network identifier by comparing the time stamped unique network identifier for a particular vehicle to other time stamped unique network identifiers captured for the particular vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Darryl D. Puckett, Michael J. Vickich
  • Patent number: 10716840
    Abstract: Vaccine vectors capable of eliciting an immune response to enteric bacteria and methods of using the same are provided. The vaccine vectors include a polynucleotide encoding a PAL polypeptide. The PAL polypeptide may be expressed on the surface of the vaccine vector. The vaccine vector may also include a second polypeptide encoding an immunostimulatory polypeptide such as a CD154 polypeptide or an HMGB1 polypeptide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignees: THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS, THE TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SYSTEM
    Inventors: Lisa Bielke, Sherryll Layton, Billy Hargis, Neil R. Pumford, Olivia B. Faulkner, Luc Berghman, Daad Abi-Ghanem
  • Patent number: 10712275
    Abstract: A hand-held synchronous scan spectrometer for in situ analysis of bacteria, viruses, and fungi includes a housing that contains a light source, a first monochromator positioned to receive light from the light source and operable to direct a wavelength of the light from the light source towards a sample, a second monochromator positioned to receive fluoresced light from the sample and light from first monochromator, and a detector disposed within the housing and positioned to receive light output from the second monochromator. The hand-held synchronous scan spectrometer can include a display that is integrated into the housing or can utilize a display of a removable display device (e.g., a cell phone, PDA, tablet, and the like).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Peter M. Rentzepis, Thomas Cesario
  • Patent number: 10710207
    Abstract: A magnetic field manipulated localized polishing system includes a container holding a volume of a magnetic abrasive fluid. The magnetic abrasive fluid contains abrasive particles. A motor is positioned under the container. A magnet is coupled to the motor such that the motor induces rotation of the magnet. A workpiece is suspended in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Satish Bukkapatnam, Arun Srinivasa, Wayne N. p. Hung, Asif Iquebal, Thiagarajan Nagarajan, Matthew Remy Aguirre, Kaitlyn Graham
  • Publication number: 20200217778
    Abstract: A method for determining the susceptibility of a material to corrosion includes generating, via an inlet in a monitoring device, a laminar flow of material comprising a plurality of microorganisms. The plurality of microorganisms comprises at least one microorganism type. The method also includes forming, inside the monitoring device, in response to the laminar flow, a biofilm comprising at least one microorganism type. In addition, the method includes applying a voltage to the first and second electrodes during the laminar flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Applicant: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Susmitha Purnima Kotu, Arul Jayaraman, Mahboobul Sam Mannan, Arum Han
  • Patent number: 10702197
    Abstract: An embodiment relates generally to an improved method and apparatus for modulating the amplitude and rotation of the plane of polarization of linearly polarized light for multiple uses but primarily as part of a noninvasive glucose monitoring system. As compared to previous monitoring systems, an embodiment provides faster monitoring while maintaining or even reducing noise and minimizing system complexity. Embodiments described herein address these concerns with a modulation and compensation approach that both uses a single high speed device and also modulation of the lasers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Gerard L. Cote, Daniel T. Grunden, Bilal H. Malik, Casey Pirnstill, Erwin Thomas, III
  • Publication number: 20200207469
    Abstract: A multi-modal vehicle includes a frame, a rotor pivotally mounted to the frame, the rotor including a first position and a second position circumferentially spaced from the first position, and a motor coupled to the rotor and configured to rotate the rotor, wherein, when the rotor is disposed in the first position, the rotor is configured to generate lift when actuated by the motor, wherein, when the rotor is disposed in the second position, the rotor is configured to engage a surface to transport the vehicle when actuated by the motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Applicants: The Texas A&M University System, University of Maryland, College Park
    Inventors: Moble Benedict, Hunter Denton, Vikram Hrishikeshavan
  • Publication number: 20200195892
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a method for identifying a transportation infrastructure condition may comprise disposing a smart camera system on a vehicle and installing the smart camera system to the vehicle. The method may further comprise recording data from transportation infrastructure with the smart camera system, transmitting the data to a remote server with the transmitter, analyzing the data on the server, and accessing the data on the server with device. A system for identifying a transportation infrastructure condition may comprise a smart camera system disposed on a vehicle, wherein the smart camera system comprises a camera and transmitter, as well as a server capable to analyze data. A device may be configured to record and collect transportation infrastructure conditions. The camera system may comprise a camera, an electronic control module, a global positioning system, a single board computer, and a dashboard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Applicant: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventor: Paul J. Carlson
  • Patent number: 10682398
    Abstract: Vaccine compositions including a yeast comprising an immunostimulatory polypeptide and optionally an antigenic polypeptide are provided herein. The immunostimulatory polypeptide and the antigenic polypeptide are expressed or displayed on the surface of the yeast vaccine composition. Methods of using the vaccine composition to vaccinate subjects are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignees: THE TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SYSTEM, THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
    Inventors: Olivia B. Faulkner, Lisa Bielke, Leona Nicole Calhoun, Luc Berghman, Billy Hargis
  • Patent number: 10678337
    Abstract: A movement recognition system includes a feature extraction circuit and a classification circuit that is orientation independent. The feature extraction circuit is configured to receive a plurality of acceleration or angular velocity measurements from a sensor or multiple sensors that include a three dimensional (3D) accelerometer and 3D gyroscope. Each of the measurements is taken at different times. The feature extraction circuit is also configured to determine a difference between a first of the measurements and each other of the measurements. The classification circuit is configured to classify a movement of an object attached to the sensor irrespective of an orientation of the sensor on the object utilizing a signal recognition technique based on the difference between the first of the measurements and each other of the measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Roozbeh Jafari, Jian Wu
  • Publication number: 20200158891
    Abstract: Provided herein are multi-channel analyzers (MCA) designed for radiation detections systems. The MCA has an application specific single-chip structure of an integrated circuit chip with at least one instance of the MCA that has a plurality of MCA functions integrated thereon. An analog-to-digital converter and/or a microcontroller unit may be integrated on the chip to reduce the footprint and power and energy consumption.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Applicant: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Sunil P. Khatri, Craig M. Marianno, Ronald Evan Guise
  • Patent number: 10647037
    Abstract: Polymeric based closed cell foams, such as shape memory polymer foams, contain bubbles. Making these bubbles continuous is called reticulation. Disclosed are embodiments of a device and method to controllably reticulate polymer-based closed cell foams by puncturing the membranes of these polymer-based closed cell foams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignees: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC, The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Jennifer N. Rodriguez, Duncan J. Maitland, Thomas S. Wilson
  • Patent number: 10648939
    Abstract: A method of determining if unstable asphaltenes are present in a crude oil sample includes obtaining a crude oil sample and performing a fractional analysis of the crude oil sample. In one embodiment, the method further includes measuring, via a cylindrical capacitor, a dielectric constant of the crude oil sample. Responsive to the measured dielectric constant, presence of unstable asphaltenes within the crude oil sample is determined. Responsive to the determined presence of unstable asphaltenes in an amount above a predetermined value, asphaltene precipitation is mitigated by addition of a chemical additive to the well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Berna Hascakir, Abhishek Punase
  • Patent number: PP31723
    Abstract: ‘15011 GR’ is a new and distinct hardy herbaceous Hibiscus hybrid with novel characteristics that include upright branched stems, numerous, outward-facing, near white, lighter than yellowish white flowers with a light purplish pink blush and a center eye that is nearest strong purplish red, a prolonged blooming season, petals with indented top margins, and hastate, trilobed leaves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Dariusz P. Malinowski, William E. Pinchak, R. Steve Brown
  • Patent number: PP31750
    Abstract: ‘15719 GRW’ is a new and distinct hardy herbaceous Hibiscus hybrid with novel characteristics that include upright branched stems, numerous, outward-facing, very light purplish-blue flowers, which can intensify to very pale purplish blue in response to high UV radiation, with a dark-red eye with an external halo of vivid red, a prolonged blooming season, and hastate, trilobed leaves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Dariusz P. Malinowski, William E. Pinchak, R. Steve Brown
  • Patent number: PP31939
    Abstract: ‘15734-1 GR’ is a new and distinct hardy herbaceous Hibiscus hybrid with novel characteristics that include upright branched stems, numerous, outward-facing, reddish purple flowers that have a center eye that is between dark red and deep purplish red, a prolonged blooming season, and hastate, trilobed leaves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Dariusz P. Malinowski, William E. Pinchak, R. Steve Brown
  • Patent number: PP31940
    Abstract: ‘15714-1N’ is a new and distinct hardy herbaceous Hibiscus hybrid with novel characteristics that include upright branched stems, numerous, outward-facing, very light purplish-blue flowers, which can intensify in response to high UV radiation, and a center eye that is between dark red (RHS 59A) and deep purplish red (RHS 59B), with the outer part of the eye moderate red (RHS 185B), a prolonged blooming season, and hastate, trilobed leaves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Dariusz P. Malinowski, William E. Pinchak, R. Steve Brown
  • Patent number: PP31967
    Abstract: ‘15353-2N’ is a new and distinct hardy herbaceous Hibiscus hybrid with novel characteristics that include upright branched stems, numerous, outward-facing, near deep pink, also referred to as folly red, flowers with dark red veins and a center eye that is between moderate brown and grayish brown, a prolonged blooming season, and hastate leaves with slightly indented margins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Dariusz P. Malinowski, William E. Pinchak, R. Steve Brown
  • Patent number: PP32001
    Abstract: ‘15173 GR’ is a new and distinct hardy herbaceous Hibiscus hybrid with novel characteristics that include upright branched stems, numerous, outward-facing, flowers that exhibit a background that is between moderate yellowish pink and strong pink in the mid and upper part, and between vivid reddish orange and deep yellowish pink from the middle part down to the edge of the center eye, a strong red center eye, a prolonged blooming season, and hastate, trilobed leaves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Dariusz P. Malinowski, William E. Pinchak, R. Steve Brown