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April

Shipping underground

Friday, April 17, 2015

The University of Texas at Arlington has received a $1.2 million competitive research grant from the Texas Department of Transportation to investigate building underground freight transportation in certain urban environments with heavy truck traffic, Phys.org reported. Mo Najafi, a UT Arlington civil engineering professor, will lead the project. Sia Ardekani, civil engineering professor, and Mohsen Shahandashti, civil engineering senior lecturer, are co-principal investigators on the project.

New power source

Friday, April 17, 2015

A team of UT Arlington researchers has created a new power generator that can produce electricity up to 25 percent more efficiently than existing technology, reduce emissions and could alleviate power shortages in more remote areas of the globe, Phys.org and ECN Magazine.com reported. Raheem Bello, an aerospace engineering doctoral candidate in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, is chief executive officer and cofounder of Afthon, which has won accolades for its innovation, including $25,000 grant funding from VentureWell.

StartUp Lounge

Friday, April 17, 2015

An entrepreneurial collision space – The StartUp Lounge – has opened at The University of Texas at Arlington, CityBizList Dallas reported. The StartUp Lounge expects to augment institutions that exist within the North Texas region by facilitating initial steps within the entrepreneurial process. The initiative is highly collaborative, with representation from Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies, the UT Arlington Colleges of Business, Science and Engineering, and TECH Fort Worth through TECHFW@UTA.  

Office of the future model

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported on a movement that is looking at college campuses like UT Arlington as models for the office of the future. Rebecca Boles, assistant dean of the School of Architecture, led a tour Wednesday of furniture makers who wanted to see firsthand where individuals have spent the last four to six years of their lives. Campus stops included Nedderman Hall, the Central Library and the LINK Research Lab. Many large corporations are making moves, in varying degrees, toward improving their workspaces for the millennials, said George Siemens, executive director of the LINK Lab. “They’re going to choose the environment that is better suited for collaboration and innovation, a human workplace,” he said. The article also appeared at Bloomberg.com.

High-speed rail plan

Friday, April 17, 2015

Despite mounting opposition, the company backing high-speed rail between Dallas and Houston insists that the $12 billion plan will reach fruition, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. The road to rail began with a feasibility study finding that constructing track between “pair cities” such as Dallas and Houston would require less funding than laying track within more congested urban areas such as the stretch between Fort Worth and Dallas. Conducting the 2011-2013 study was Steve Mattingly, a University of Texas at Arlington civil engineer.

UTA part of NASA project

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Controlled Environments magazine reported The University of Texas at Arlington is one of four U.S. institutions selected by NASA to develop improved methods for oxygen recovery and reuse aboard human spacecraft, a technology the agency says is crucial to enable the human journey to Mars and beyond.

UT alum appointed president, CEO

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Nephros, Inc., a commercial stage medical device company, has appointed UT Arlington alumnus Daron Evans as president and chief executive officer of its Board of Directors, CNN Money, Bloomberg, IStockAnalyst and other business news organizations reported. Evans received his master's degree in biomedical engineering from a joint program at UT Arlington and UT Southwestern Medical School.

Improving healthcare

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Science & Enterprise noted Fillia Makedon, Jenkins-Garrett Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at UT Arlington, in an item about the iPerform Center for Assistive Technologies to Enhance Human Performance, which she directs. The National Science Foundation will fund the center formed by UT Arlington and UT Dallas for five years. Researchers will study software solutions for assistive technologies that benefit disabled and able-bodied people alike. 

AIMBE fellow hired as new biomedical engineering chair

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The University of Texas at Arlington has hired Michael Cho, a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biomedical Engineering and professor at University of Illinois-Chicago, to be the new chair of the UT Arlington Bioengineering Department, the Dallas Business Journal’s People on the Move section reported.

NASA chooses UT Arlington to study oxygen recovery technology for space travel

Monday, April 13, 2015

News360, Nanowerk.com, Next Big Future.com, AZO Nano.com and Art of Service.com reported that NASA has selected UT Arlington as one of four U.S. institutions to develop improved methods for oxygen recovery and reuse aboard human spacecraft, a technology the agency says is crucial to “enable our human journey to Mars and beyond.” NASA’s Game Changing Development Program awarded $513,356 recently to the UT Arlington team.   

UTA research could lead to more efficient energy use

Monday, April 13, 2015

A University of Texas at Arlington engineering researcher will build nanoscale pillars that will lead to more energy-efficient transistors in electronic devices and gadgets, ECN Magazine.com reported. Seong Jin Koh, an associate professor in the Materials Science & Engineering Department, has received a $300,000 National Science Foundation grant that could lead to a tenfold reduction in energy consumption of smart phones, laptops and tablets, which could result in an identical reduction in the frequency of battery charging for those devices. Koh's work also was highlighted in today's ASEE First Bell e-newsletter.

Going vertical

Friday, April 10, 2015

Seong Jin Koh, a UT Arlington engineering researcher, will build nanoscale pillars that will lead to more energy-efficient transistors in electronic devices and gadgets, NanoTech, Phys.org, Congoo, eScience News and many other websites reported.

Hearing help

Thursday, April 9, 2015

UT Arlington electrical engineering researcher Sungyong Jung is developing more efficient, low-power integrated circuits for directional hearing aids that will lead to a better quality of life for hearing-impaired people, In Compliance Magazine reported. Jung received a grant from the Korean Electrotechnology Research Institute that would create an integrated circuit for a tiny microphone that would mimic the auditory system of a parasitic fly known for its exceptionally miniscule ear.

Trenchless methods

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Another area of growth for the trenchless relining market is for rehabilitating culverts that were constructed to divert storm water under newly built roadways, Utility Contractor Online reported. Mohammad Najafi, a UT Arlington civil engineering professor, said like municipal water and sewer systems, these culverts were built in the post-war years as America began to expand rapidly and are in need of repair. Najafi, who also is director of the UT Arlington Center for Underground Infrastructure Research and Education, said culverts represent an area in which trenchless methods are still in the early stages.

Green card system

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Shyam Sriram said getting a green card in the United States takes an inordinate amount of time and Congress should fix the system, Gazette.net, a Maryland community newspaper website, reported. Sriram, 35, came to the United States from India to attend graduate school at UT Arlington. He has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and works in the transportation business. He has an H-1B visa which allows him to work. Sriram is vice president of the Maryland Chapter of Immigration Voice, a grass roots organization concerned about the backlog of green card applications.

Hearing help

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

UT Arlington electrical engineering researcher Sungyong Jung is developing more efficient, low-power integrated circuits for directional hearing aids that will lead to a better quality of life for hearing-impaired people, MDLinx and Hearing Aid News reported. Jung received a grant from the Korean Electrotechnology Research Institute that would create an integrated circuit for a tiny microphone that would mimic the auditory system of a parasitic fly known for its exceptionally miniscule ear.

Hearing help

Thursday, April 2, 2015

UT Arlington electrical engineering researcher Sungyong Jung is developing more efficient, low-power integrated circuits for directional hearing aids that will lead to a better quality of life for hearing-impaired people, ECN reported. Jung received a grant from the Korean Electrotechnology Research Institute that would create an integrated circuit for a tiny microphone that would mimic the auditory system of a parasitic fly known for its exceptionally miniscule ear. The American Society for Engineering Education's First Bell compilation also included a brief about Jung's research,

Hearing help

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Sungyong Jung, a UT Arlington electrical engineering associate professor, is developing a more efficient, low-power integrated circuit for directional hearing aids that will lead to a better quality of life for hearing impaired people, News-Medical.net, Health News, Hearing Aid News, MDT Magazine and many other websites reported. Jung received a grant from the Korean Electrotechnology Research Institute to build an integrated circuit for a tiny microphone that would mimic the auditory system of a parasitic fly known for its exceptionally miniscule ear.

March

Radar system tracks tornadoes

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Red Orbit story about the CASA radar’s ability to track tornadoes up to the minute mentioned UT Arlington, which partnered with other institutions on the National Science Foundation’s Accelerating Innovative Research program.

STEM help

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Frisco Enterprise mentioned that UT Arlington is one of the institutions partnering with the Frisco Education Foundation to make the 2015 Mindbender Camp possible. The program encourages middle school students to explore the world of science, technology, engineering, art and math, and is Frisco ISD’s most popular event.

Building solutions

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Inc. Magazine included UT Arlington doctoral student Raheem Bello in its look at three young entrepreneurs who built solutions after encountering real problems. A power outage in his hometown in Nigeria led Bello to co-found Afthon, a company that is increasing the efficiency of combustion engines by leveraging a supersonic combustion process. He’s starting by developing solar generators. Bello is pursuing his PhD in aerospace, aeronautical, and astronautical engineering at UTA.

Bad soil

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Anand Puppala, distinguished teaching professor of civil engineering and associate dean for research in the College of Engineering at UT Arlington, provided analysis for a KTVT/CBS 11 investigative piece about a falling retaining wall. A Fort Worth homeowner is fighting to get the wall fixed. “I’ve seen this kinds of failures,” Puppala noted after examining the wall. “But the soil that is in the front of the wall is probably one of the worse ones I’ve seen.” He said soil, the quality of material to build the wall and proper drainage are all major factors in its failure.

Bonds for campus academic buildings

Thursday, March 12, 2015

A group of education budget writers in the House has recommended funding for a raft of new academic buildings on state university and technical college campuses — including seven projects at Dallas-area schools, The Dallas Morning News reported. At UT Arlington, $70 million of $190 million requested for a science and education innovation and research building was recommended. However, a UT Arlington nursing building was not funded.

Alumna on the move

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Burns & McDonnell, a company made up of more than 5,000 engineers architects, construction professionals, scientists, consultants and entrepreneurs, has hired water industry leader Kathy Berek to lead a new division centered on water, EIN and several other websites reported. Berek received her master's degree in civil engineering from UT Arlington.

Winter weather closing

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Wintry weather closed UT Arlington, and many schools and businesses today, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and many other media outlets reported.

Foundation work

Thursday, March 5, 2015

A UT Arlington researcher's project will show whether California bridge foundations are safe and up to standards that the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials has set, Phys.org and Congoo News reported. Xinbao Yu, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, has been awarded a two-year, $220,000 California Department of Transportation or Caltrans research project that will analyze and evaluate whether its bridge foundations are in accordance with the federal AASHTO standards.

Boiler sensor research

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Haiying Huang, UT Arlington mechanical and aerospace engineering professor, received a $399,311 Department of Energy grant that will make coal-fired boilers safer and more efficient, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Engineering research

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

One of the keys of UT Arlington researchers' designing and building a working micro-windmill to generate power for electronic devices is in using a nickel alloy to construct it, EE Times reported. 

February

Reservation please

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

As part of an Army-led effort to design driverless vehicles for a variety of uses, U.S. troops who return from war zones with mental or emotional trauma may one day be taken to their medical appointments by automated cars on military bases, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. A computer scientist at the University of Texas at Arlington hopes to make sure the troops can book a ride. Manfred Huber is designing an automatic reservation and reminder system that can be used as an Android smartphone app or accessed at a kiosk along the route.

Internationally recognized expert to lead new institute at UTA

Monday, February 23, 2015

Kenneth Reifsnider will join The University of Texas at Arlington in June to lead a new Institute for Predictive Performance of Advanced Materials and Structures, The Dallas Morning News reported. Reifsnider is an internationally recognized expert in high temperature energy systems and composite materials, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Incubator program

Monday, February 23, 2015

A Dallas Business Journal story about TECH Fort Worth’s Latin American incubator program mentioned partnerships with UT Arlington. Benjamin Castaneda of Medical Innovation & Technology (Peru) is working on an agreement with the UT Arlington Research Institute to collaborate on a project. David Guzman of Mediimplants (Colombia) is collaborating with UTA researcher Liping Tang, interim chair of bioengineering, to do research at the school. Lorena Mejia of LeaderLife (Colombia) aims to create a U.S. manufacturing brand that will sell hyperbaric chambers and work with UT Arlington researchers to study the effects of the treatment on patients with post-traumatic stress disorder. The program, Latin America Idea Partnership Incubator, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Windmill technology

Friday, February 20, 2015

EDN Network noted The University of Texas at Arlington in its story about windmills being used for energy harvesting. Much of the research is being done at UT Arlington in conjunction with support and production from WinMEMS Technologies in Taiwan, the article stated.

Application for education

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

One News Page.com, the San Antonio Express-News and Virtual-Strategy Magazine reported on the Civitas Learning competition held in Austin recently that gave college students just 24 hours to develop apps that improve student learning and outcomes and that directly impact student success. Students from Pennsylvania State University took first place. Outstanding students from The University of Texas at Arlington also thrived in the hackathon environment and demoed apps designed to connect students to organizations on campus, and another that leveraged location technologies to find and manage study groups.

Helping veterans

Monday, February 16, 2015

A University of Texas at Arlington computer scientist is designing a reservation/reminder software system as part of a project that will eventually lead to veterans on military bases being driven to doctor appointments via driverless cars, KRLD/1080 AM (CBS Radio) and ECN Mag.com reported. Manfred Huber, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, is principal investigator on the $100,000 project with Robotic Research LLC, which is leading the entire driverless vehicle project.

New UD leader named

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Dallas Morning News reported that the University of Dallas named Charles Eaker its new provost and chief academic officer. Under Eaker’s tenure as dean of the university’s undergraduate college, the university added cooperative degree programs with Texas Woman’s University in nursing and with The University of Texas at Arlingtonin engineering.

Engineering students recognized for race car design

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The UT Arlington Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department draws students from across the state and country, eager to live their dream of designing a race car, ArlingtonTx.gov reported. The city produced a video on the popular Formula SAE team at UT Arlington as part of its American Dream City marketing effort.

Bioengineering research leads to novel polymers

Monday, February 9, 2015

Kytai Nguyen, a UT Arlington bioengineering professor, was mentioned as part of a team that has developed novel polymers using “click chemistry,” MED Device Online reported. The polymers show promise in applications ranging from connective tissue replacement materials to drug releasing nanoparticles. Jian Yang, a Penn State University and former UT Arlington professor, is leading the research. Nguyen’s expertise is in artificial platelet design.

Micro-optics assembly

Friday, February 6, 2015

A University of Texas at Arlington researcher will use an Army Research Office grant to purchase a micro-optics assembly and characterization system that will usher in more intricate nanoscale-related research and manufacturing in the College of Engineering, Phys.org, AZoNano.com and Controlled Environments magazine reported. Weidong Zhou, an electrical engineering professor who specializes in nanophotonic devices and nanotechnology manufacturing, is the principal investigator on the $298,770 grant.

Boiler efficiency

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The U.S. Department of Energy homepage featured a UT Arlington professor's grant that will help develop a sensor system for real-time evaluation of boilers. Haiying Huang, a mechanical and aerospace engineering professor, received a $399,341 DOE grant that will lead to making the units safer, more efficient and better designed.

Enhancing lives

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Researchers at UT Arlington believe robots hold a key to early diagnosis in children with autism, The Guardian reported. Dan Popa, UT Arlington electrical engineering associate professor, is collaborating with Hanson RoboKind, the Dallas Autism Treatment Centre, Texas Instruments and National Instruments for a project that has children with autistic disorders associating with a two-foot robot named Zeno.

New leader

Monday, February 2, 2015

The University of Texas at Arlington has selected Kenneth Reifsnider, an internationally known materials scientist and engineer, to lead its new Institute for Predictive Performance of Advanced Materials and Structures, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. Reifsnider, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, will join UT Arlington in June.

January

NAE member named center director

Friday, January 30, 2015

The Dallas Business Journal People on the Move column recognized Kenneth Reifsnider, who has been hired to lead the new UT Arlington Institute for Predictive Performance of Advanced Materials and Structures. Reifsnider is an internationally known expert in high temperature energy systems and composite materials and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Graduate tabbed to chair board

Friday, January 30, 2015

Better Online Solutions has appointed Yossef Lahad as its new chairman of the B.O.S Board of Directors, CNN Money, ITBusinessnet.com and other media outlets reported. Lahad serves as director of JPI Group China, a leading strategic planning firm, advising companies entering the Chinese market, and as an active chairman of several startup companies. He holds a master’s degree in engineering from The University of Texas at Arlington.

National leader

Monday, January 26, 2015

Dr. Kenneth Reifsnider, an internationally recognized expert in high temperature energy systems and composite materials and a member of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering, will join UT Arlington in June to lead the new Institute for Predictive Performance of Advanced Materials and Structures, the Houston Business Journal, iStockAnalyst.com, Renewable Energy World.com, Sys-Con Media, Bloomberg Businessweek and various media organizations reported.

University highlights research for chancellor's committee

Friday, January 23, 2015

From tiny wind turbines designed to power small electronics to the exploration of life on other planets, The University of Texas at Arlington showcased its research and academic programs to higher education supporters on Thursday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Newly appointed UT System Chancellor Bill McRaven made his first public visit to the UTA campus for the event. He pledged to help each of the system’s 15 universities reach its goals, including President Vistasp Karbhari’s drive for UT Arlington to become a nationally recognized research university. KERA.org (NPR) and KRLD/1080 AM (CBS) also reported on the meeting.

Conference to look at water issues

Friday, January 23, 2015

Construction Equipment Guide.com reported on the Underground Construction Technology International Conference planned Jan. 27-29 in Houston. A key discussion will focus on how funding from the Texas Water Development Board can help Texas cities and water authorities facing critical water issues. Attendees of the UCT educational sessions can earn Continuing Education Units or Professional Development Hours granted by UT Arlington or industry certification, depending on the specific course taken.

Tiny windmill, big potential

Thursday, January 22, 2015

USGreenTechnology.com noted UT Arlington engineering research in an editorial about alternative ways to charge a cell phone. Electrical Engineering Professor J.C. Chiao and Research Associate Smitha Rao envision embedding micro-windmills into the sleeves of cell phones so they are available when the battery is low. Then, all the user has to do is simply wave the phone in the air, hold it out the window of a moving car or hold it in front of a fan in order to charge it, the editorial noted.

Chancellor McRaven visits UT Arlington

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Dr. Frank Alexander, the recently-appointed Chair of the University of Texas Chancellor's Committee for the 2014-15 academic year, will welcome his colleagues on the University of Texas Chancellor's Council Executive Committee to the UT Arlington campus for their winter Business Meeting, Bloomberg Businessweek, Technology Today, Fox Tallahassee, KHQ-TV.com (Spokane, WA) and other media organizations reported. The meeting will mark new Chancellor William McRaven’s first official visit to UT Arlington and “we are eager to show him and the rest of the council the exciting innovations in research that are happening here," Alexander said.

SPIE Fellow

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Weidong Zhou, a University of Texas at Arlington electrical engineering professor, has been elected a Fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, AZO Optics and Congoo.com reported.

Guest editor

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Frank Lewis, Moncrief-O’Donnell chair at the UT Arlington Research Institute and electrical engineering professor, served as guest editor for the CFP: IEEE TNNLS special issue on “New Developments in Neural Network Structures for Signal Processing, Autonomous Decision, and Adaptive Control,” which appeared in the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society blog.

FabNow Conference

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

About 200 people, including educators, engineers, librarians and entrepreneurs, attended the two-day FabNow Conference at Tarrant County College’s Trinity River Campus East, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. It was also sponsored by Downtown Fort Worth Inc., UT Arlington’s Fort Worth campus, XTO Energy and RadioShack. The story also appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek.

New partnership in education

Friday, January 16, 2015

A new partnership between The University of Texas at Arlington and the Arlington Independent School District will offer high school students classroom and enrichment experiences that put them on a path to success in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, Arlington School & Family Magazine reported on page 10 of its January issue.

Mico-windmills development marks collaboration

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Two UT Arlington researchers collaborated with a Taiwanese fabrication firm to design, develop and manufacture micro-windmills that someday could recharge cell phones or provide temporary electricity for emergency actions, Product, Design & Development reported. Electrical Engineering Professor J.-C. Chiao and Research Associate Smitha Rao developed the micro-windmills.

Cooling electrons

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A UT Arlington team of researchers has discovered a way to cool electrons to -228 °C without external means and at room temperature, an advancement that could enable electronic devices to function with very little energy, the Interesting Things blog reported. Seong Jin Koh, an associate professor at UT Arlington in the Materials Science & Engineering Department, led the research.

Earthquake concerns

Friday, January 9, 2015

Simon Chao, UT Arlington associate professor of civil engineering, said earthquakes in the North Texas area would have to get to a 5.0 before inflicting any possible structural damage on buildings and homes, KRLD 1080 AM reported. North Texas has experienced more than a dozen earthquakes since 2015 began.

New leader

Friday, January 9, 2015

The University of Texas at Arlington has announced the appointment of Duane B. Dimos of Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M., as vice president for research, the Fort Worth Business Press, PR Newswire, the Business Journals and many other websites and media outlets reported. Sandia is the nation's premier science and engineering laboratory for national security and technology innovation. Dr. Dimos is an expert in materials science and engineering. He has published more than 140 technical papers, edited four proceedings volumes and holds 11 patents.

New appointment

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Daron Evans has been appointed chairman of the Board of Directors at Nephros Inc., Education Technology, Financial Tech Spotlight and several other websites reported. He will continue to serve as chairman of the Audit Committee. Evans received his master's of science in biomedical engineering from a joint program at The University of Texas at Arlington and UT Southwestern Medical School. Nephros is a commercial stage medical device company that develops and sells high-performance, liquid-purification filters.

Students win NTx Apps Challenge

Monday, January 5, 2015

Three UT Arlington Computer Science and Engineering students have won a $10,000 prize in the NTx Apps Challenge for a smart traffic light network that adjusts traffic light schedules to make traffic flow more efficient, Informed Infrastructure reported. GridLock was developed by Zedd Shmais, James Staud and Nhat Tran. All are seniors from Fort Worth. The team created a real-time monitoring system that analyzes traffic conditions and enables better vehicular flow.

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