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December

Four Professors Named Charter Fellow of National Academy of Inventors.
Four Professors Named Charter Fellow of National Academy of Inventors.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Four University of Texas at Arlington engineering professors have been named charter fellows to the National Academy of Inventors, the website PhysOrg said. They are Khosrow Behbehani, professor and chair of the Bioengineering Department; Nai Yuen Chen, a distinguished research professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department; George Kondraske, electrical engineering professor; and Robert Magnusson, the Texas Instruments Distinguished University Chair in Nanoelectronics and an electrical engineering professor.

UT Arlington Research Institute Celebrates the New Assistive Robotics Lab
UT Arlington Research Institute Celebrates the New Assistive Robotics Lab

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

KXAS/NBC 5, KTVT/CBS 11, The Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Fort Worth Business Press reported on a Monday event at the UT Arlington Research Institute in Fort Worth that celebrated the Institute’s new Assistive Robotics Lab and a gift to the program of two robots with a combined value of about $1 million -- a Robotic Nursing Assistant and the Dragon Runner 20, a small robot previously used by troops in the Middle East. The gifts mark a significant partnership between private sector technology giants with strong ties to Defense Department research and the UT Arlington Research Institute, which re-launched this summer with a missio! n of bec oming a global leader in the development of advanced technology to help humanity. Reuters, Robotics Wire and other websites also noted the gift.

Behbehani Honored for Contributions to the Development of Medical Devices
Behbehani Honored for Contributions to the Development of Medical Devices

Monday, December 17, 2012

Khosrow Behbehani, chairman of the UT Arlington College of Engineering bioengineering department, recently was honored for his contributions to the development of respiratory therapy devices in chronic pulmonary diseases, the Arlington Citizen-Journal reported. He is the seventh UT Arlington faculty member to be elevated to Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Fellow.

UTA Project Gives Robots Sensitive Skin
UTA Project Gives Robots Sensitive Skin

Monday, December 17, 2012

Engineers at UT Arlington’s Research Institute recently won a $1.35 million grant from the National Science Foundation that will fund a project to help robots feel pressure, pain, temperature and other data through skin - robot skin, a story on the website CultureMap Dallas said. UTARI engineers hope to develop skin filled with sensors that would enable robots to better interact with humans as well as improve prosthetics. Dan Popa, a UT Arlington associate professor of electrical engineering, will lead the project.

Industrial Engineering Student and GM Employee Graduating
Industrial Engineering Student and GM Employee Graduating

Friday, December 14, 2012

Norma Gonzalez, who graduates from UT Arlington with an industrial engineering degree Sunday, was featured in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about the inner workings of the General Motors plant in Arlington. Gonzalez started working at the Arlington plant six years ago as a high school intern and soon earned a full-time job on the assembly line, where she worked her way through college, sleeping only a few hours a day.

UTA Project Gives Robots Sensitive Skin
UTA Project Gives Robots Sensitive Skin

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A team from UT Arlington's Research Institute in Fort Worth could help humans get one step closer to more intelligent, and more human-like, robots -- complete with soft skin and high-tech sensors, according to KERA/90.1 FM. The story said the four-year project headed by electrical engineering professor Dan Popa aims to develop robots with more advanced functions that can interact with humans in a variety of settings. Popa’s team works with manufacturers to allow robots to do more advanced tasks by implanting sensors and giving them more delicate motor functions.

Bioengineering Chairman Honored as IEEE Fellow
Bioengineering Chairman Honored as IEEE Fellow

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Khosrow Behbehani, chairman of the UT Arlington College of Engineering bioengineering department, recently was honored for his contributions to the development of respiratory therapy devices in chronic pulmonary diseases, the Arlington Citizen-Journal reported. He is the seventh UT Arlington faculty member to be elevated to Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Fellow.

UT Arlington Engineers Developing Smart Skin
UT Arlington Engineers Developing Smart Skin

Monday, December 10, 2012

Engineers at The University of Texas at Arlington are developing smart skin and fabrics that can help robotic devices, such as prosthetics, learn about their environments and react accordingly, the website Science Business reported. The four-year, $1.35 million project is led by engineering professor Dan Popa, director of Arlington's Next Gen Systems group.

UT Arlington Alum Named COO at Demilec (USA) LLC
UT Arlington Alum Named COO at Demilec (USA) LLC

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Demilec (USA) LLC is proud to announce that Robert Naini, former Demilec (USA) Director of Engineering and UT Arlington Alum, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer (COO).

An Urban Water Institute Can Address Regional Water Issues
An Urban Water Institute Can Address Regional Water Issues

Thursday, December 6, 2012

UT Arlington is building support for an Urban Water Institute that can study regional water issues to address a parched Texas.

UT Arlington and UT Dallas Partnering on Mechanical Engineering PhD
UT Arlington and UT Dallas Partnering on Mechanical Engineering PhD

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Dallas Business Journal reported that UT Arlington and the University of Texas at Dallas are partnering on a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering. The program, administered through the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and open for enrollment next semester, is designed to improve technology-based economic development in the Dallas area and state, officials at the universities said.

UT Arlington Considers Creation of an Urban Water Institute
UT Arlington Considers Creation of an Urban Water Institute

Monday, December 3, 2012

The University of Texas at Arlington is considering creating an Urban Water Institute to look at all the complex water issues facing the North Texas region, including financial and environmental impacts, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. "The Urban Water Institute's mission is really to help this region in getting the supply of water it needs to succeed," said Jean-Pierre Bardet, dean of UT Arlington's College of Engineering.

UT Arlington Research Intitute Plans Increased Research Spending
UT Arlington Research Intitute Plans Increased Research Spending

Monday, December 3, 2012

Stars and Stripes published a Fort Worth Star-Telegram column by Mike Norman that focused on the UT Arlington Research Institute in Fort Worth. The piece said that UTARI's new executive director, retired Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, plans to increase the research spending from grants and industry partnerships from its current $1 million a year to $100 million a year by 2022.

November

UT Arlington Research Intitute Re-Branded and Re-Purposed
UT Arlington Research Intitute Re-Branded and Re-Purposed

Friday, November 30, 2012

Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial director Mike Norman focused on the re-branded and re-purposed University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute in Fort Worth in his column today, noting the institute's focus on robots to help older people, gather artificial intelligence and assist with media procedures and technologies. The column said that UTARI¹s new executive director, retired Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, plans to increase the research spending from grants and industry partnerships from its current $1 million a year to $100 million a year by 2022.

UT Arlington Associate Professor Developing a Blocking Device for Texting
UT Arlington Associate Professor Developing a Blocking Device for Texting

Friday, November 16, 2012

Matthew Wright, UT Arlington associate professor of computer science & engineering, was interviewed for a KTVT CBS 11 story about computer security and a software developer who is developing a blocking device for texting that would warn parents if their children had nude or partially nude images sent to them. CBS 11 also ran the story on its website. "And of course with all of these things it's a good idea to communicate with your kids so that they know the dangers that are there and that when you look through their information they know you¹re not just spying on them but you¹re worried about their security," Wright said.

Aerodynamics Research Center Developing Rotating Detonation Engines
Aerodynamics Research Center Developing Rotating Detonation Engines

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

UT Arlington research into developing rotating detonation engines was mentioned in a story about the U.S. Navy on the website Ars Technica. The U.S. Navy relies heavily on gas turbine engines to power both aircraft and ships. Even a small reduction in fuel consumption would save millions of dollars, but future engines also need to meet increasing demands for power.

October

World's Most Accurate Radar System Placed on Roof of Carlisle Hall
World's Most Accurate Radar System Placed on Roof of Carlisle Hall

Monday, October 29, 2012

Weather radar history was made at UT Arlington recently. A helicopter lowered the fastest, most accurate radar system in the world on the roof of Carlisle Hall as part of the Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere, or CASA, program. UT Arlington civil engineering professor Dong-Jun Seo said the new system is an improvement because it measures closer to the ground than what currently exists.

UT Arlington Partners with RE2 and Soar Technology in Robotics Challenge
UT Arlington Partners with RE2 and Soar Technology in Robotics Challenge

Thursday, October 25, 2012

RE2, Inc., in partnership with Soar Technology, Inc. and The University of Texas at Arlington, has been selected as a performer on the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's latest cutting edge robotics program entitled the DARPA Robotics Challenge.

Resarchers and Professors are Moving to Texas
Resarchers and Professors are Moving to Texas

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Jean-Pierre Bardet, dean of the UT Arlington College of Engineering, was noted in a Dallas Morning News column that examined why a large number of researchers and college professors have been leaving their prestigious posts to start over in Texas. The article was also carried in Bloomberg Businessweek.

Distinctive Structural Design of Concrete Pipe Offered at UT Arlington
Distinctive Structural Design of Concrete Pipe Offered at UT Arlington

Friday, October 19, 2012

Underground Construction magazine reported that Sam A. Arnaout, senior vice president of engineering with Hanson Engineered Products, was among the four experts selected to lead The University of Texas at Arlington's new course on concrete pipe design. The first of its kind at the graduate collegiate level, "Structural Design of Concrete Gravity/Pressure Pipes," offers future engineers a vital look at the performance properties and structural design procedures for concrete pressure pipe, an engineered product used for water/wastewater applications in 90 of North America's 100 largest metropolitan areas.

Electrical Engineering Associate Professor Optimizing Robot Skin
Electrical Engineering Associate Professor Optimizing Robot Skin

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

RobotLand reported on Electrical Engineering Associate Professor Dan Popa and his Next Generation Robotics research group. Popa's team will find out how to optimize the placement of robotic skin sensors on assistive robotic devices and how to have the robot and human "learn" how to efficiently use the sensors.

September

Agonafer Works to Cool Data Centers
Agonafer Works to Cool Data Centers

Monday, September 17, 2012

A story about the Dereje Agonafer’s role in a project to figure out a way to quickly cool massive data centers for Facebook and 14 other large-scale corporations was featured on the website Ethopian Review.

Civil Engineering Professor Working With Tarrant Regional Water District
Civil Engineering Professor Working With Tarrant Regional Water District

Monday, September 10, 2012

Civil engineering professor Ali Abolmaali is developing computer simulation programs that the Tarrant Regional Water District can use to gauge the response of the pipe used in the water district's Integrated Pipeline, which will run about 150 miles from Tarrant County to Lake Palestine. Professor Anand Puppala is conducting soil research for the pipeline project. Assistant Professor Mohammad Najafi is testing the soil's effect on the actual pipe through sensors as part of the Integrated Pipeline project.

Civil Engineering Professor Addressing State's Road Costs
Civil Engineering Professor Addressing State's Road Costs

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Civil engineering professor Stefan Romanoschi is addressing Texas’ $6.3 billion annual tab for roads and its interest in being more environmentally friendly. He and his research team have devised a pavement testing machine that accelerates the deterioration of road materials, and with a $1.12 million grant from the Texas Department of Transportation, they will test the durability of pavement mixes that include recycled materials. (full story requires subscription)

Romero-Ortega Among 2012 Tech Titan Winners
Romero-Ortega Among 2012 Tech Titan Winners

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Mario Romero-Ortega, a UT Arlington bioengineering associate professor, was named the 2012 Tech Titan Technology Innovator of the year. Romero-Ortega was honored for his work in developing better prosthetic arms that can allow injured military veterans and other amputees greater movement and may restore the sense of touch.

August

Dan Popa Featured in Dartmouth Engineer Magazine
Dan Popa Featured in Dartmouth Engineer Magazine

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Dan Popa (Electrical Engineering) was one of several alumni of Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering who are now teaching in universities around the country.

Romero-Ortega Among 2012 Tech Titan Winners
Romero-Ortega Among 2012 Tech Titan Winners

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

UTA's Mario Romero-Ortega was named a 2012 Tech Titan at a gala August 24 held at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.

Rogers One of Seven UTA Professors Honored by UT Regents
Rogers One of Seven UTA Professors Honored by UT Regents

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Seven faculty members from The University of Texas at Arlington are among 65 educators to be honored this year by the University of Texas System Board of Regents for excellence in the classroom, The Dallas Morning News Education Notes reported. The professors, who will share $1.8 million in awards, were chosen based on recommendations from department chairs, deans and committees. They are Elisabeth Cawthon, history; Christopher Conway, modern languages; Jonathan Davis-Secord, English; Victoria Farrar-Myers, political science; K.J. “Jamie” Rogers, engineering; Kathleen Tice, education; and Nilakshi Veerabathina, physics.

Romanoschi's Pavement Testing Machine Unveiled
Romanoschi's Pavement Testing Machine Unveiled

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Using a $1.12 million grant from the Texas Department of Transportation, civil engineering professor Stefan Romanoschi has developed an accelerated pavement testing machine for a new pavement testing center at The University of Texas Arlington, Action News reported. Action is the industry voice for the National Asphalt Pavement Association. The machine and center will test various pavement materials' stability and longevity.

UTA Research Institute to Produce $100M Annually in Research Expenditures
UTA Research Institute to Produce $100M Annually in Research Expenditures

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The University of Texas at Arlington has a new name and a bold new mission for its former robotics institute in Fort Worth: The UT Arlington Research Institute aims to become a global leader in the research and development of advanced technology to help humanity and to provide unique, affordable solutions to complex problems.

Computer Science Professor Talks About Smart Care
Computer Science Professor Talks About Smart Care

Monday, August 20, 2012

KTVT/CBS 11 aired a report on Smart Care, a research collaboration between the UT Arlington College of Engineering and College of Nursing. The program is funded by nearly $1 million in federal grants and aims to improve the health and longevity of seniors and disabled veterans by installing health-monitoring technologies in the home. Several undergraduates worked with Manfred Huber, associate professor of computer science, and Kathryn Daniel, assistant professor of nursing, this summer on Smart Care projects.

MAE Professor Luo Discusses Micropunching Lithography on WBAP
MAE Professor Luo Discusses Micropunching Lithography on WBAP

Monday, August 13, 2012

WBAP/News Talk 820 AM aired a report on work by UT Arlington aerospace and mechanical engineering professor Cheng Luo to develop a process called "micropunching lithography." The process is used to create lightweight, low-cost and more flexible polymer-based devices that have the potential to replace silicon-based materials commonly used in computers and other electronic devices.

Forbes Releases 2012-13 Engineering School Rankings; UTA tied 88th
Forbes Releases 2012-13 Engineering School Rankings; UTA tied 88th

Monday, August 6, 2012

UTA ranked in a tie for 88th in the Forbes rankings of the best engineering schools in the United States.

UTA AE Alumnus Competed in the 1992 Barcelona Paralympics
UTA AE Alumnus Competed in the 1992 Barcelona Paralympics

Monday, August 6, 2012

UTA Aerospace Engineering alumnus Greg Speed competed in the 1992 Paralympic Games and shares his thoughts on the Olympics.

July

Micropuncture Lithography Could Produce Pliable Laptop, Cell Phone
Micropuncture Lithography Could Produce Pliable Laptop, Cell Phone

Monday, July 30, 2012

UT Arlington professor Cheng Luo envisions the day that a flexible cell phone could be folded and placed in a pocket like a billfold or that a laptop computer could be rolled up and stored.

Printed Photonic Crystal Mirrors Shrink On-Chip Lasers
Printed Photonic Crystal Mirrors Shrink On-Chip Lasers

Monday, July 23, 2012

Electrical engineers at The University of Texas at Arlington and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have devised a new laser for on-chip optical connections that could give computers a huge boost in speed and energy efficiency.

EADS Develops Ambitious Plan to Develop Detonation Engine
EADS Develops Ambitious Plan to Develop Detonation Engine

Monday, July 23, 2012

UTA researchers comment on the efficiency of a continuous detonation engine compared to a pulsed detonation engine.

UTA Researchers' Robot Helps Gain Insight into Diagnosis of Autism
UTA Researchers' Robot Helps Gain Insight into Diagnosis of Autism

Monday, July 16, 2012

Dan Popa and his robot, 'Zeno', are helping researchers at the UNT Health Sciences Center find ways to detect and treat autism earlier.

UTA Hosts Texas Autocross Weekend
UTA Hosts Texas Autocross Weekend

Monday, July 16, 2012

Students in the FSAE program at UTA competed against teams from 11 other colleges and universities this weekend in Arlington.

Boeing Name UTA Aerospace Engineering Student 'Student of the Year'
Boeing Name UTA Aerospace Engineering Student 'Student of the Year'

Monday, July 16, 2012

Yayu Monica Hew was named undergraduate Engineering Student of the Year by Boeing and Flightglobal. She is the first undergraduate student ever to win the award.

Alternative Petroleum Technologies Appoints Dr. Buckingham, P.E. as CEO
Alternative Petroleum Technologies Appoints Dr. Buckingham, P.E. as CEO

Monday, July 2, 2012

Alternative Petroleum Technologies Appoints Dr. Fred Buckingham, P.E. as CEO in addition to Chairman of the Board

June

TA Researchers Receive NSF Grant to Study New Model for How Motor Proteins
TA Researchers Receive NSF Grant to Study New Model for How Motor Proteins

Monday, June 25, 2012

UT Arlington researchers have been awarded a $300,000 National Science Foundation grant to study a new model for how motor proteins behave in the body. Alan Bowling, an assistant professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, is the lead investigator.

UTA Bioengineering Professors Earn Share of $600,000 in Grants from Texas M
UTA Bioengineering Professors Earn Share of $600,000 in Grants from Texas M

Monday, June 18, 2012

UTA researchers were among those receiving grants from a medical technology consortium focused on moving innovation to the marketplace.

NASA Awards Grant to UTA Researchers to Study Hypersonic Propulsion
NASA Awards Grant to UTA Researchers to Study Hypersonic Propulsion

Monday, June 18, 2012

Aerospace engineering professors Luca Maddalena and Luca Massa have been awarded a three-year, $640,000 NASA National Research Award to study engine performance at hypersonic speeds – work aimed at reducing air travel times and making space access affordable.

UTA Debuts New Course on Concrete Pipe Design
UTA Debuts New Course on Concrete Pipe Design

Monday, June 18, 2012

Four experts in the field of concrete pipe, led by Ali Abolmaali, will lead a new course at UTA this summer. “Structural Design of Concrete Gravity/Pressure Pipes” has been added to the curriculum of the College of Engineering, marking the first time a course focused solely on concrete pipe design has been offered in a collegiate setting.

Obama Expands OPT Visa Program for Foreign Students
Obama Expands OPT Visa Program for Foreign Students

Monday, June 11, 2012

A program that allows foreign students who hold or are pursuing degrees in the so-called STEM fields -- science, technology, engineering and math -- to work in the U.S. for 29 months without work visas was quietly expanded last month by President Barack Obama's administration.

Adjunct Professor in CE Earns Two Honors
Adjunct Professor in CE Earns Two Honors

Monday, June 11, 2012

Cheng Lok (Caleb) Hing, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, adjunct faculty in the Civil Engineering Department and a structural engineer in the Arlington office of Michael Baker Jr., Inc., was recently honored as a member of Structural Engineering Institute’s (SEI) inaugural class of SEI Fellows at Structures Congress on March 31 in Chicago, Ill., and was also selected as one of 15 2012 Rising Stars in Structural Engineering by ZweigWhite’s Structural Engineer Magazine.

CSE Professor Matthew Wright Spoke About a Severe Weather Warning System
CSE Professor Matthew Wright Spoke About a Severe Weather Warning System

Monday, June 4, 2012

CSE Professor Matthew Wright Spoke About a Severe Weather Warning System on WFAA channel 8

May

McKinney Native Completes NASA Internship
McKinney Native Completes NASA Internship

Monday, May 21, 2012

McKinney resident Jennifer Hembd recently completed an internship at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, where she assisted with a project central to the retirement of the space shuttles. Hembd, a student at Collin College who will transfer to UTA this fall, landed a NASA internship through the Career Exploration Program.

Aerospace Engineering Student Talks About Student Debt
Aerospace Engineering Student Talks About Student Debt

Monday, May 21, 2012

KDFW/Fox 4 interviewed Karen Krause, UT Arlington executive director for financial aid, and aerospace engineering student Raymond Correa for a report on the mounting student loan debt that college students face and worries it could create a dangerous economic bubble.

UT Arlington Senior Defies the Odds After Growing Up Without a Father
UT Arlington Senior Defies the Odds After Growing Up Without a Father

Monday, May 14, 2012

Charles "Eddie" Beckwith was 15 months old when his father left. The last time he saw his dad was at age 7. Eddie, a multitalented and driven young man, will graduate Saturday from UTA with a degree in aerospace engineering.

UTA Researchers Invent Device to Monitor Infants' Breathing
UTA Researchers Invent Device to Monitor Infants' Breathing

Monday, May 14, 2012

Parents of newborns often invest in nursery monitors that let them hear or even see when their baby is awake or sleeping. And most know the importance of putting the infant to bed on his or her back so that breathing won't be obstructed.

Dean Bardet featured in Fort Worth Business Press Q&A
Dean Bardet featured in Fort Worth Business Press Q&A

Monday, May 7, 2012

The University of Texas at Arlington is investing in transformative research, the Fort Worth Business Press noted, in a Q&A with Jean-Pierre Bardet, new dean of the College of Engineering at UT Arlington.

UTA Ph.D. Student Named Chief Engineer at Blackhawk
UTA Ph.D. Student Named Chief Engineer at Blackhawk

Sunday, May 6, 2012

The University of Texas at Arlington is investing in transformative research, the Fort Worth Business Press noted, in a Q&A with Jean-Pierre Bardet, new dean of the College of Engineering at UT Arlington.

April

AED saved Life of Fort Worth Trimble Tech Senior Baseball Player
AED saved Life of Fort Worth Trimble Tech Senior Baseball Player

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Thanks to quick-thinking, well-trained coaches and a trainer toting an AED, Trimble Tech senior Luis Rubio will be able chase his dreams. Rubio, who will attend UTA in the fall to study civil engineering, almost died after collapsing on the school track on Sept. 10, 2009. His heart had stopped beating.

Bioengineering Ph.D. Student Appears on KERA
Bioengineering Ph.D. Student Appears on KERA

Monday, April 23, 2012

Ben Johnston appears on KERA to discuss his research into microbial fuel cells which could get rid of that high nutrient waste-stream and create energy at the same time.

Artificial Nanopore Production Could Lead to Early Detection of Disease
Artificial Nanopore Production Could Lead to Early Detection of Disease

Saturday, April 21, 2012

A University of Texas at Arlington multi-disciplinary team has received a $360,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to build artificial nanopores made of silicon that can detect "bad molecules" as a very early indication of cancer and other diseases.

CSE ALUMNUS IS NEW PROVOST AND VPAA AT GANNON
CSE ALUMNUS IS NEW PROVOST AND VPAA AT GANNON

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Andrew J. Novobilski, an alumnus of UT Arlington's Computer Science and Engineering Department, has been named Gannon University's provost and vice president for academic affairs.

NEW JOINT SOFTWARE ENGINEERING DEGREE WITH CHINA
NEW JOINT SOFTWARE ENGINEERING DEGREE WITH CHINA

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Officials at the University of Texas at Arlington signed an agreement Tuesday with representatives from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications to offer a joint master’s degree in software engineering.

Dr. Bardet The H-1B visa debate remains lively
Dr. Bardet The H-1B visa debate remains lively

Saturday, April 7, 2012

With the continued strain in the job market, the H-1B program has been a source of controversy, particularly among long-term unemployed workers.

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