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June

UTA collaborates

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Interdisciplinary teams of researchers at the University of North Texas Health Science Center are using high-tech sensors to develop treatments for people with balance problems, PublicNow reported. UTA and the UTA Research Institute are two of the collaborating institutions at the center’s Human Movement Performance Laboratory.

Alumnus hired

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Ben Hashemi has joined George, Miles & Buhr LLC as a project engineer, Delaware Business Now reported. Hashemi earned his master’s degree in civil engineering from UTA.

Detecting fake news

Monday, June 19, 2017

A UTA-led team is building computer tools to detect social bots on the Internet that create and spread fake news, Communications of the ACM reported. The ACM is the Association for Computing Machinery. Chengkai Li and Christoph Csaller, UTA associate professors in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and Mark Tremayne, UTA assistant professor in the Department of Communication, and on the team.

Yoga MOOC

Friday, June 16, 2017

UTA and the Free Life People™ School of Yoga, a local Arlington business, are teaming up to instruct a free Massive Open Online Course or MOOC centered on yoga and wellness in the digital age, PublicNow reported.

Detecting bots

Friday, June 16, 2017

A UTA-led team is building computer tools to detect social bots within the Internet that create and spread fake news, American Society for Engineering Education’s First Bell reported. Chengkai Li and Christoph Csaller, UTA associate professors in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and Mark Tremayne, UTA assistant professor in the Department of Communication, are on the team.

Detecting bots

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A UTA-led team is building computer tools to detect social bots within the worldwide web that create and spread fake news, Hindustan Times, India-based Outlook, The HinduPublicNow.com, Scienmag, Science X Newsletter’s The Edge and many other media outlets reported. Chengkai Li and Christoph Csaller, UTA associate professors in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and Mark Tremayne, UTA assistant professor in the Department of Communication, are on the team.

Better laser

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

UTA electrical engineering professor Weidong Zhou is leading research to develop a laser with a significantly smaller frame and the same amount of power, MyInforms.com reported.

Piper professor

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Bob Woods, a longtime UTA mechanical engineering professor and founder of the UTA racing team, has been named a 2017 Piper Professor by the San Antonio-based Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, pressreader reported in publishing an article that originally ran in The Dallas Morning News.

Alumnus move

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Matt Childs has joined HawkeyePedershaab Concrete Technologies Inc. as a precast machinery specialist, Concrete Products reported. Childs was president of the American Concrete Association for the last 12 years. Childs holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from UTA.

TissueGen announces progress

Monday, June 12, 2017

Dr. Kevin Nelson, founder and chief scientific officer of TissueGen, said progress on implantable and topical fiber-based delivery of biologics and pharmaceuticals is paving the way for the next generation of orthopedic medical products, tissue engineering breakthroughs and advances in regenerative medicine, ODT Magazine reported. Nelson is a former UTA bioengineering faculty member.

Powerful lasers

Friday, June 9, 2017

Laser Focus World reported that Weidong Zhou, a professor in UTA’s College of Engineering, has received a 5-year, $3 million grant to develop a high-power semiconductor laser.

App available for iPhone

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The iSeeFlood app, developed by UTA Civil Engineer D.J. Seo, is now available in the iPhone app store, MyInforms.com and EIN reported.

Water quality

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

ASEE First Bell reported that UTA is working with Apache Corp. to conduct baseline water quality tests near drilling sites in West Texas.

Driverless technology

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Anand Puppala, associate dean of research in the UTA College of Engineering, was quoted in a Frisco Community Impact article about driverless vehicle technology.

Better lasers

Monday, June 5, 2017

Weidong Zhou, a UTA electrical engineering professor, is developing a smaller, more efficient, more powerful laser that could have applications in medicine, military and security, MyInforms.com reported.

Manhole evaluation

Monday, June 5, 2017

ScienMag reported that a UTA team will lead a City of Arlington project evaluating manholes.

Robotics connections

Monday, June 5, 2017

A Dallas Morning News article on Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas, mentioned her efforts to connect researchers at MIT with robotics work underway at UTA. Johnson has drafted a bill that would provide grants to universities to develop “blue collar STEM” programs for workers to get trained.

May

Transportation forum

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

UTA hosted city leaders and the Arlington community for a public forum on public transportation, the Arlington Voice reported. UTA’s Institute of Transportation Engineers co-hosted the event.

Cooling computers

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Data Center Knowledge reported about various methods for cooling computers, including a UTA project led by Seong Jin Koh, a UTA professor of materials science and engineering. Koh developed a computer chip that contains nanoscale structures that enable electron cooling at room temperature.

NSF award in education

Monday, May 22, 2017

Yi "Leaf" Zhang, a UTA assistant professor of education, has been awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER grant to help community college transfer students more easily and quickly attain degrees in the STEM fields, Sciencemag reported.

Recyling plastic for roads

Monday, May 22, 2017

Sahadat Hossain, a UTA civil engineering professor, has written a book about the use of recycled plastic pins to reinforce soil near and under Texas highways, Sciencemag, myinforms.com and AboNewsCast reported.

Smart cities

Monday, May 22, 2017

Anand Puppala, UTA associate dean of research in the College of Engineering, recently participated in a North Texas Smart Cities Summit, according to Dallas Innovates. Puppala is working with the concept of modular construction and the use of specially formed blocks of foam to prevent the earth from settling and shifting around bridges and embankments.

Using recycled plastic

Friday, May 19, 2017

Sahadat Hossain, a UTA civil engineering professor, has written a book about the use of recycled plastic pins to reinforce soil that supports Texas highways, according to myheadlinez.com.

Driverless tech

Monday, May 15, 2017

UTA’s campus is one of the areas in Arlington that will be testing out driverless technology, according to Government Technology magazine.

Alumnus honored

Friday, May 12, 2017

Kilgore College will present the Blue Ribbon Medal of Excellence for Alumni Success to Kelcy Warren, a UTA alumnus, at its Friday graduation ceremony, the Gilmer Mirror reported. Warren earned a civil engineering degree from UTA after attending night classes at Kilgore College while working in the East Texas oilfields during the day.

UTARI at conference

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

KXAS NBC 5 interviewed Cody Lundberg, a UTA Research Institute research scientist, on its morning show. He talked about Baxter, one of the robots UTARI is working with to help the elderly live independently and other applications. UTARI was displaying its robots, unmanned aerial vehicles and other technological work at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Xponential conference in Dallas this week.

Cohort announced

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship announced the selection of its third cohort of Dallas-Fort Worth Albert Schweitzer Fellows, PressReleasePoint.com reported. Twelve graduate and medical students from various schools, including UTA, are included in the cohort.

Pipes status

Monday, May 8, 2017

Rhode Island’s natural gas distribution system has a troubling percentage of bare steel and iron pipes — outdated materials prone to corrosion and cracking that need to be replaced for the public’s safety, the Providence Journal reported in an in-depth look at the state’s pipes. Mohammad Najafi, UTA civil engineering professor and director of UTA’s Center for Underground Infrastructure Research and Education, said the design life of a pipeline is only about 50 years and that a huge amount of work needs to be done to bring the nation’s pipes up to date.

Transportation forum

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Arlington Voice is sponsoring an Arlington Transportation Forum Thursday, May 25, in the Lone Star Auditorium in the Maverick Activities Center. Sia Ardekani, a UTA civil engineering professor, is on the panel.

Piper professor

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Bob Woods, a longtime UTA mechanical engineering professor and founder of the UTA FSAE racing team, has been named a 2017 Piper Professor by the San Antonio-based Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation. ScienceMag and Public Now reported

3-D printed blood vessels

Monday, May 1, 2017

KXAS/NBC 5 reported on a National Institutes of Health grant Yi Hong is working on that would create 3-D printed blood vessels mainly for children. Hong is a UTA assistant professor or bioeningeering.

Alumnus touts UTA

Monday, May 1, 2017

UTA alumnus Yusuf Durbar Shabbir wrote a column for The Hindu about his experience in attaining his master’s degree in industrial engineering from the University.

City/UTA collaboration

Monday, May 1, 2017

A Water Online story asked if the nation’s water infrastructure needs will be overlooked again. A project in which the city of Arlington and UTA collaborate uses a floating robot to film the condition of its water and sewer lines was featured in the story.

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