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‘Texas A&M Today’ Episode 4 Premieres Monday On KAMU-TV

Go inside space research with a former astronaut, and an Aggie Fact about a 1917 Corps caper. Plus, a visit with Engineering's John E. Hurtado.
By Texas A&M University Division of Marketing & Communications November 4, 2022

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Learn about some cutting-edge research in the Department of the Aerospace Engineering.


Air and space are the topics of Episode 4 of “Texas A&M Today,” an original 30-minute show highlighting the people and places that make Aggieland special. The latest episode will feature a former NASA astronaut who’s trying to send humans to Mars; Aggie aerodynamics with a visit to a wind tunnel; an exploration of Texas A&M’s meteorology program; and a chat with John E. Hurtado, interim dean of the College of Engineering and vice chancellor for Texas A&M Engineering.

Watch the Episode 4 promo.

“Texas A&M Today” is hosted by Chelsea Reber, a 2010 A&M graduate who co-hosts “The Infomaniacs” morning show on Bryan Broadcasting’s WTAW 1620 AM.

Episode 4 debuts on Monday at 9 p.m., and will re-air on Nov. 12 at 6 p.m., Nov. 14 at 9 p.m. and Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. All episodes can be viewed on demand.

Season 1 Episode 4

When you’re reading or watching a weather report, there’s a pretty good chance the meteorologist is an Aggie. That’s because of the Texas A&M Department of Atmospheric Sciences and its hands-on learning led by experienced faculty, as well as working professionals like Shel Winkley, chief meteorologist at KBTX-TV. Find out how Aggies are leading the way in keeping people safe from hazardous weather events.

Next, meet a former NASA astronaut researching how to get Americans to Mars – with a little help from students and a few pieces of high-tech equipment. Bonnie Dunbar is in charge of space research projects including spacesuit design and uses a centrifuge located on campus to learn how humans react to spaceflight.

Plus, get a tour of the Oran W. Nicks Low Speed Wind Tunnel which over the last 60-plus years has seen just about everything that relies on air and speed. This large-scale, subsonic wind tunnel is an engineering facility located at Easterwood Airport. Aerospace engineers and other researchers use air velocities of up to 200 mph to test everything from planes and missiles to bicycles, golf clubs and IndyCars.

Next up in Episode 4, the “Aggie Facts” segment features one “hoot” of a Corps caper from way back in 1917.

Finally, Reber sits down with Hurtado, a university and system leader and professor of aerospace engineering. Hurtado will discuss the future of engineering at Texas A&M, as well as his personal journey to Aggieland.

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