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Engineering research

Friday, June 26, 2015

The City of Arlington website, MyArlingtonTX, reported on a major donation of 480 servers by Yahoo! Labs. The gift will support furthered research into making the essential network equipment more efficient.

Flood risks

Friday, June 26, 2015

A University of Texas at Arlington study on flood risks in Tarrant County was mentioned in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article about the history of floods alongs the Trinity River.

Special delivery

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Yahoo! Labs delivered hundreds of servers to UT Arlington to further student and academic research into more efficient systems of cooling essential network equipment, KXAS/NBC5 reported.

Senior scientist appointment

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Bloomberg Business and Reuters reported that Jennifer Seifert has been appointed as Senior Scientist to lead the spinal cord injuries repair program for TissueGen. As a postdoctoral fellow at UT Arlington, Seifert established an animal model of distraction spinal cord injury in collaboration with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital.

Composites in infrastructure

Friday, June 19, 2015

A new National Science Foundation center at The University of Texas at Arlington will determine how to best use composite materials to extend the life-cycle of civil infrastructure, resulting in less maintenance and lower costs to taxpayers, JEC Group reported. The new Center for Integration of Composites into Infrastructure, an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center, will highlight the sustainable benefits of using composites in infrastructure construction because traditional methods of repairing roads, bridges and other structures are not working, said Anand Puppala, associate dean for research in UTA’s College of Engineering and the center’s director.

Beak-like water system

Friday, June 19, 2015

UT Arlington College of Engineering researchers' work on a fog-harvesting system that can collect water in arid areas was featured in an article in Mental Floss. The article highlighted bio-inspired innovations that were based on animals' physiology. The UT Arlington system is based on a shorebird's beak and how it collects water.

Geofoam blocks

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A UT Arlington research team is using giant lightweight geofoam blocks to bolster the earth beneath roads and bridges and slow down the settling of roadways and bridges, GCR reported. Anand Puppala, UT Arlington associate dean for research in the College of Engineering and distinguished scholar professor in the Civil Engineering Department, said that the majority of the world's largest cities, often built in areas near water bodies, have soft and compressible soils. The blocks would help alleviate that soft soil.

New pollution rules coming

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Need for the Truth blog questioned a CNN report about how well the U.S. economy is performing. In the article, Melanie Sattler, a UT Arlington civil engineering associate professor, said more and more oil and natural gas wells are being drilled in urban areas. The article said that new pollution rules could mean thousands of those wells would have to have their leaks fixed.

Bolstering the Earth with blocks

Monday, June 15, 2015

A UT Arlington research team is using giant lightweight geofoam blocks to bolster the earth beneath roads and bridges and slow down the settling of roadways and bridges, Civil + Structural EngineerThe Edge and Congoo reported. Anand Puppala, UT Arlington associate dean for research in the College of Engineering and distinguished scholar professor in the Civil Engineering Department, said that the majority of the world's largest cities, often built in areas near water bodies, have soft and compressible soils. The blocks would help alleviate that soft soil.

Smarter care for seniors

Monday, June 15, 2015

Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington hope that intelligent care technology in apartments and homes in the future will reduce risks and costs encountered by older adults and those with disabilities who want to live independently, Property Management Insider reported. Such an apartment, filled with special sensors that measure the health of its occupants and compile data that could detect illness or injury, debuted in May in Fort Worth.

Solving problems

Friday, June 12, 2015

A UT Arlington research team is using giant lightweight geofoam blocks to bolster the earth beneath roads and bridges and slow down the settling of roadways and bridges, Phys.org and e Science News reported. Anand Puppala, UT Arlington associate dean for research in the College of Engineering and Distinguished Scholar Professor in the Civil Engineering Department, said that the majority of the world's largest cities, often built in areas near water bodies, have soft and compressible soils. He said this research will help alleviate those road and bridge problems.

It all adds up

Friday, June 12, 2015

Lockheed Martin, a global security and aerospace company, estimates that widely used software testing methods developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology can trim test planning and design costs by up to 20 percent, while greatly improving the thoroughness of product and system testing during development, SC Online reported. Developed with collaborators from The University of Texas at Arlington, NIST’s Advanced Combinatorial Testing System “uses proven mathematical techniques to greatly reduce the number of tests a company needs to perform to ensure the quality of a product or process,” explains NIST computer scientist Richard Kuhn.

Bringing back manufacturing

Thursday, June 11, 2015

UT Arlington researchers — with help from Wal-Mart — are developing a flexible manufacturing system that assembles parts slightly larger than a thimble, Micromanufacturing reported. The theory is that the system could be adapted to different products of different sizes, reducing the manufacturing costs and allowing goods built overseas to be made in the United States. The story originally ran in The Dallas Morning News.

Mathematical techniques

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Lockheed Martin, a global security and aerospace company, estimates that widely used software testing methods developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology can trim test planning and design costs by up to 20 percent, while greatly improving the thoroughness of product and system testing during development, NIST.gov reported. Developed with collaborators from The University of Texas at Arlington, NIST’s Advanced Combinatorial Testing System “uses proven mathematical techniques to greatly reduce the number of tests a company needs to perform to ensure the quality of a product or process,” explains NIST computer scientist Richard Kuhn.

Using composite materials

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The new Center for Integration of Composites into Infrastructure, a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center, will determine how to best use composite materials to extend the life-cycle of civil infrastructure, resulting in less maintenance and lower costs to taxpayers, Phys.org reported.

New technology development

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

UT Arlington is collaborating with the University of Wisconsin, Michigan State University and a North Carolina-based company to develop compact and efficient ultraviolet lasers under a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency grant, Laser Focus World reported. The new technology has applications in the military, medical and communications sectors.

Bringing back manufacturing

Monday, June 8, 2015

The seeds for a U.S. manufacturing renaissance are being sewn in east Fort Worth, where researchers are pioneering automated technologies that could restore stateside products production, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. As one of seven recipients of Walmart Foundation grant money awarded last year, UTARI is using its $229,214 to develop flexible assembly lines. Using the same equipment for multiple products in multiple sizes could cut manufacturing costs and strengthen what Wal-Mart officials call a “reshoring” of U.S jobs sent overseas years ago. UTARI held a U.S. Manufacturing Symposium Wednesday.

Better batteries

Monday, June 8, 2015

David Wetz, a UT Arlington associate professor of electrical engineering, is studying how batteries behave when run at the highest rates for the U.S. Navy, In Compliance Magazine reported.

Improving emergency response

Monday, June 8, 2015

As North Texas continues to dry out, leaders from across the area met last week to discuss the challenges posed by the flooding. They are working to improve emergency response going forward, the Dallas Sun and eWallStreeter reported. The story orgininally aired on KXAS NBC 5

Water experts

Friday, June 5, 2015

Water experts from North Texas cities, agencies, federal groups and universities met at UT Arlington yesterday and today to identify challenges and develop solutions to flooding problems the region experienced in May, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, KXAS NBC 5, WFAA Channel 8 and KTVT CBS 11 reported. D.J. Seo, a UT Arlington associate professor of civil engineering, organized the workshop. Seo's work using a new radar system and crowdsourcing helps answer urban  flooding problems.

Flexible manufacturing

Friday, June 5, 2015

UT Arlington researchers — with help from Wal-Mart — are developing a flexible manufacturing system that assembles parts slightly larger than a thimble, Congoo reported. The theory is that the system could be adapted to different products of different sizes, reducing the manufacturing costs and allowing goods built overseas to be made in the United States. The story originally ran in The Dallas Morning News.

Equipment grant

Friday, June 5, 2015

UT Arlington researchers have been awarded a $744,300 grant from the Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Orthapaedic Research Program to create an adaptive interface that fits between a prosthetic and a patient’s limb, The Art of Service reported in listing a number of research projects that deal with amputees.

Better identification through lasers

Friday, June 5, 2015

Compact ultraviolet lasers could identify dangerous substances from a distance, NASA Tech Briefs reported. UT Arlington is a partner in the project, which is being led by the University of Wisconsin.

Bringing back manufacturing

Thursday, June 4, 2015

UT Arlington researchers — with help from Wal-Mart — are developing a flexible manufacturing system that assembles parts slightly larger than a thimble, The Dallas Morning News reported. The theory is that the system could be adapted to different products of different sizes, reducing the manufacturing costs and allowing goods built overseas to be made in the United States. “We have to learn how to be more competitive, smarter and more cost-efficient,” Mickey McCabe, executive director of the UT Arlington Research Institute said Wednesday at its annual U.S. Manufacturing Symposium in Fort Worth.

Small motors focus

Thursday, June 4, 2015

UT Arlington’s robotic system is focused on the assembly of small motors used in many electrical items — from toys to kitchen appliances, The Dallas Morning News Biz Beat Blog reported. Aditya Das, senior scientist at the UT Arlington Research Institute, hopes to equal the current sale price of such motors — 50 cents — through U.S. manufacturing. “We’re looking at the system as a way to cut costs and improve the reliability – not just in the manufacturing process but in the product — as part of the whole Made in the USA movement,” Das said during an interview in his Fort Worth lab. “It’s about the whole supply chain.”

Battery research

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

David Wetz, UT Arlington associate professor of electrical engineering, is using funding through the Office of Naval Research to determine how batteries age when used at high rates, Green Car Congress.com reported. The project is one of more than a half-dozen grants Wetz has been working on during the last few years that total more than $2 million in funding.

Better batteries

Monday, June 1, 2015

David Wetz, UT Arlington associate professor of electrical engineering, is using funding through the Office of Naval Research to determine how batteries age when used at high rates, Converter News.com and ECNmag.com reported. The project is one of more than a half-dozen grants Wetz has been working on during the last few years that total more than $2 million in funding.

May

Battery research

Friday, May 29, 2015

David Wetz, UT Arlington associate professor of electrical engineering, is using funding through the Office of Naval Research to determine how batteries age when used at high rates, Topix.com and Phys.org reported. The project is one of more than a half-dozen grants Wetz has been working on during the last few years that total more than $2 million in funding.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Yuze Sun, associate professor of electrical engineering at UT Arlington, is among 35 junior faculty awarded competitive research grants totaling $175,000, Oak Ridge Today reported. The annual grants are made through Oak Ridge Associated University’s Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards program that provides funds to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty.

Infrastructure expert

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Anand Puppala, distinguished teaching professor of civil engineering and associate dean for research in the UT Arlington College of Engineering, provided analysis for a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article about hundreds of flights being delayed at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport after one of its four main runways shut down because of a nearby sinkhole. “It is most likely a pipeline break or leak that could have triggered it,” Puppala said. “With the water we’re getting, it is causing the ground to move and it could cause significant shifts or changes which can cause a collapse in the soil.”

Smart Care

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Starting this fall, a senior citizen will move in to a live-in laboratory in Fort Worth. And from the moment they step foot onto the ceramic tiles, they’ll be monitored — helping researchers and nurses at UT Arlington determine the best ways to prevent falls, monitor bedsores, even changes in pulse, Dallas NPR affiliate KERA 90.1 FM reported in its Breakthroughs series. The Smart Care apartment is a collaboration among the UT Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation, the College of Engineering and Lakewood Village Senior Living Community.

Technology academy

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

eSchool News reported on Gian-Luca Mariottini, a UT Arlington assistant professor of computer science and engineering, who launched the Technology Education Academy, a pilot 12-week, after-school program funded by the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation and in collaboration with the Arlington Public Library and Arlington school district.

Technology Academy

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

UT Arlington robotics experts are looking to expand their work with the Arlington Public Library, bringing robotics education to middle and high school students in a Technology Education Academy, the Fort Worth Star Telegram reported. “The theme is assistive robotics — robots that can help people in need,” said Gian-Luca Mariottini, an assistant professor in UT Arlington Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the creator of the pilot 12-week after-school program.

Veterans assistance

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

KXTX 39/Telemundo Dallas interviewed Lezette Montion, a student recruiter at UT Arlington’s Veterans Assistance Center, about services that the center provides to military veterans to help them adapt and succeed in their academic pursuits. Montion said the services ranged from tutoring to assistance with financial aid applications.

A better road mix

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

UT Arlington’s Accelerated Pavement Testing Center was declared a hit in a Dallas Morning News editorial, lauding its efforts to develop more durable, cost-effective road surfacing. The editorial reported that even a 5 percent improvement in asphalt durability could save the state $150 million over three years.

STEM Academy

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

UT Arlington and the Arlington Independent School District have partnered to create a new STEM Academy set to open August 2015 at Martin High School, Arlington School and Family Magazine reported. Students will have the opportunity to earn high school and college credits along four pathways – engineering, biology/biomedical science, computer science and math/science.

CPRIT grants to aid cancer research

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) Wednesday announced that six institutions of The University of Texas System have been awarded a combined $41.6 million in grants to help make advancements in the prevention and treatment of cancer. UT Arlington received a grant for biomechanical profiling of migrating brain cancer genotypes in tightly-confined space for drug screening.

Smart Care apartment

Friday, May 22, 2015

A collaboration between UT Arlington’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation and College of Engineering with Christian Care Senior Living Communities has yielded a “smart” apartment that could change the face of healthcare, World Magazine and Senior Housing News reported. All of the monitoring is non-invasive, with sensors embedded in structures throughout the living quarters so the apartment looks no different than any other. The “smart care” apartment not only offers residents more independence but can also give families peace of mind.

Big data

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Students at the Center for Energy-Smart Electronic Systems (ES2), a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center, are working to design data-centers for greatest safety and optimum energy efficiency, Newswise reported. UT Arlington is a partner in the research center’s effort.

Sustainable roads

Thursday, May 21, 2015

KDAF/CW33 reported on UT Arlington’s Accelerated Pavement Testing Facility and civil engineering research into which asphalt mixtures hold up the best on Texas roads. The report also noted that UT Arlington’s testing machine is the only one of its kind in the state of Texas.

Sustainable roads

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Engineers at The University of Texas at Arlington are looking to give drivers a smoother ride while potentially saving the state tens of millions of dollars a year, The Dallas Morning News reported. The University's Civil Engineering department held a demonstration Tuesday of its year-old Accelerated Pavement Testing Center in an East Fort Worth industrial park. The University and the Texas Department of Transportation are working together to determine the most durable or cost-efficient asphalt mix.

Better road surfaces

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

KXAS/NBC 5 and KRLD 1080AM also reported on UT Arlington’s Accelerated Pavement Testing Facility and civil engineering research with the Texas Department of Transportation into which asphalt mixtures hold up the best on Texas roads. The story noted that recycled materials may be part of the answer. “It is important to come up with a better solution because it has a major impact on the economy," said Stefan Romanoschi, lead researcher and an associate professor of civil engineering.

The Future of Health

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Texas Standard reported on UT Arlington’s recent unveiling of the innovative “Smart Care” apartment. The apartment uses intelligent care technology to reduce risks to the elderly and disabled who want to live independently. Kathryn Daniel, associate professor in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation and director of the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program, said: "It’s about the integration of things that already exist, using the technology that we already have in new ways.”

Formula SAE

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

UT Arlington’s Formula SAE team was mentioned in a Huffington Post article about fresh engineering student design competitions.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Jean Pierre Bardet, director of the UT Arlington Urban Water Institute, is quoted in a KNBC NBC 4  story looking to Los Angeles's aging infrastructure as a possible reason for a series of water main breaks. "It doesn't take much for a system like that to experience rashes of failures," said Bardet.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Young entrepreneur Jeff Tippey is developing a wireless braking system for trains that will send signals to activate brakes on rail cars, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Tippey earned his master’s degree in electrical engineering from The University of Texas at Arlington. His Arlington-based startup, InteliRail Systems, is lining up an engineering partner to speed up the development process and move toward tests with major railroads. 

Wearable devices

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wireless Design Mag.com, MCAD Café, Digital Producer magazine, the Phoenix Business Journal and several other media organizations reported on the 2015 International Microwave Symposium being held May 17-22 at the Phoenix Convention Center. During the symposium, J.-C. Chiao, a UT Arlington electrical engineering professor, will present a session about wearable devices utilizing microwaves. A key focus of the event is a Wireless Pavilion featuring emerging wearable electronics that utilize RF and microwave technologies.

Optical Society honor

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Baohong Yuan, a UT Arlington associate professor of bioengineering, has been named a new senior member of the Optical Society, BioSpace.com, EnhancedOnlineNews, Boston.com, Digital Journal and many other media outlets reported. The Optical Society Board of Directors approved 135 senior members for the Class of 2015. Among other accomplishments, the distinction recognizes a member’s experience and professional service in the field of optics and photonics.

Ideal market

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

2e Creative, Inc., a full-service creative agency based in St. Louis, Mo., with expertise in healthcare, science, and technology, will expand to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex to launch a new strategic PR and corporate communications service, the St. Louis Business Journal reported. The Dallas-Fort Worth area has become an ideal market for the health care, medical device and biotech industries, fueled by local institutions like the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and research universities that include the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Dallas, and The University of Texas at Arlington. 

Reducing risks

Monday, May 11, 2015

A collaboration that UT Arlington’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation and College of Engineering have with Christian Care Senior Living Communities has yielded a “smart” apartment that could change the face of healthcare, ASEE First Bell, D Magazine and the Dallas Sun reported. Inside the new “smart care” apartment at the company’s Lakewood Village Senior Living Community in east Fort Worth, tiny sensors embedded under the tile send information about the walker’s overall activity, as well as changes in balance, gait and weight, wirelessly to a bay of computers in an adjacent room. Other technological amenities are aimed at keeping people being more independent longer.

Reducing risks

Friday, May 8, 2015

A collaboration that UT Arlington’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation and College of Engineering have with Christian Care Senior Living Communities has yielded a “smart” apartment that could change the face of healthcare, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, KXAS NBC 5, WFAA Channel 8 and KTVT CBS 11 reported. Inside the new “smart care” apartment at the company’s Lakewood Village Senior Living Community in east Fort Worth, tiny sensors embedded under the tile send information about the walker’s overall activity, as well as changes in balance, gait and weight, wirelessly to a bay of computers in an adjacent room. Other technological amenities are aimed at keeping people being more independent longer.

Smart Care

Thursday, May 7, 2015

University of Texas at Arlington nursing and engineering researchers will unveil a model "Smart Care" apartment today that is infused with intelligent care technology designed to reduce risks encountered by older adults and those with disabilities who want to live independently in their own homes, REHACARE Magazine reported. The federal Health Resources and Services Administration provided more than $600,000 in funding for the five-year project, which has been a collaborative effort involving premier faculty from the UT Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation and the College of Engineering. 

GM grant

Thursday, May 7, 2015

The GM Arlington Assembly announced it will provide UT Arlington a $10,000 grant for University Crossroads, a program aimed at helping local students navigate the road to higher education, The News Wheel reported. The UT Arlington grant was part of $100,000 in grants to various community agencies through the General Motors Foundation’s Plant City Grants program. These grants will be used to help fund essential outreach programs aimed at building a stronger community and enriching lives in the Arlington area.

Smart technology for seniors and people with disabilities

Monday, May 4, 2015

University of Texas at Arlington nursing and engineering researchers will unveil a model "Smart Care" apartment this week that is infused with intelligent care technology designed to reduce risks encountered by older adults and those with disabilities who want to live independently in their own homes, Medical Xpress, Military Technologies and ECN reported. The federal Health Resources and Services Administration provided more than $600,000 in funding for the five-year project, which has been a collaborative effort involving premier faculty from the UT Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation and the College of Engineering.

Connecting with Silicon Valley

Monday, May 4, 2015

The University of Texas at Arlington announced a new partnership with a longtime Silicon Valley entrepreneur and alumna who will establish a strategic outpost to match technology developed within the University with investors and corporate partners, Military Technologies reported. As part of the partnership, an agreement between GrandCanal Solutions, a supply chain optimization company, and the UT Arlington Department of Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering will focus on resolving industrial engineering issues within the complexity of today’s outsourced supply-chain environments.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Students in UT Arlington’s Emerging Scholars Program, a collaboration between the College of Engineering and Department of Mathematics, analyzed a website operated by the Public Utility Commission of Texas for a KXAS/NBC 5 investigation into hundreds of electricity rate plans that promise to save consumers money. 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Robert Taylor, professor in practice at UT Arlington’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, will make a presentation on structural component design optimization at the 2015 Americas Altair Technology Conference in Dearborn, Mich., Engineering.com and many other websites reported. He will demonstrate how additive manufacturing removes many of the constraints on product design, including weight.

April

Structural component design optimization

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Robert Taylor, professor in practice in UT Arlington’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, will make a presentation on structural component design optimization at the 2015 Americas Altair Technology Conference in Dearborn, Mich., May 5-7 KUSI in San Diego, WAFF 48 in Huntsville, Ala., WRCB 3 in Chatranooga, Tenn. and many other websites reported. He will demonstrate how additive manufacturing removes many of the constraints on product design, including weight.

Cartilage regeneration

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Liping Tang, a bioengineering professor and interim chair of the bioengineering department at The University of Texas at Arlington, is making progress on research that uses hyaluronic acid to rescue cells, Orthopedic This Week reported. Tang was awarded a $1.04 million grant from the U.S. Army. “We are using biomolecules to recruit patients’ stem cells to the injured cartilage to promote its healing process. At this time we are making hyaluronic acid particles to deliver biomolecules that will trigger a stem cell response.” Hyaluronic acid is a biological hydrogel.

Great Minds in STEM

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Great Minds in STEM announced a partnership with the STEM Community Council of Arlington in a citywide celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math this week, WLNE ABC 6 in Providence, R.I., WOWK 13 in Charleston, W. Va., WLTZ in Columbus, Ga., ABC 33/40 in Birmingham, Ala., and many other websites reported. Local STEM college students from UT Arlington and other colleges will serve as college mentors, guiding student teams through various challenges posed to them throughout an engineering and science design process.

Great minds celebrate STEM fields

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Great Minds in STEM announced a partnership with the STEM Community Council of Arlington in a citywide celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math this week, WAVE 3 in Louisville, Ky., WFMJ 21 in Youngstown, Ohio, KSLA 12 in Shreveport, La., Boston.com and many other websites reported. Local STEM college students from UT Arlington and other colleges will serve as college mentors, guiding student teams through various challenges posed to them throughout an engineering and science design process later this week.

StartUp Lounge

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

UT Arlington announced the opening of The StartUp Lounge, a new innovation center located on campus, BioNews Texas reported. The center aims to be a collaborative space that will bolster the development and entrepreneurial efforts of institutions within North Texas. The StartUp Lounge is a collaboration among Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies, the UT Arlington College of Business, College of Engineering and College of Science, ant Tech FW.

Discovering new materials

Monday, April 27, 2015

A UT Arlington electrical engineer is discovering new materials and processes to provide better imaging, faster computing and more communications security, Phys.org, Congoo News and SG Online News reported. Weidong Zhou, the UTA electrical engineer who specializes in nanophotonics, has been awarded a $120,000 National Science Foundation grant to develop manmade nanostructured photonic materials to accomplish those stated goals and eventually help in the nano-manufacturing process.

Analytical chemistry award

Friday, April 24, 2015

The India Journal reported that Purnendu Dasgupta, Jenkins Garrett Professor of Chemistry at UT Arlington, has been awarded the 2015 American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry J. Calvin Giddings Award. Among other accomplishments, the national award recognizes a scientist who has enhanced the professional development of analytical chemistry students. 

StartUp Lounge

Friday, April 24, 2015

EIN News reported on the StartUp Lounge, a new innovation center located within The University of Texas at Arlington. The center aims to be a collaborative space that will bolster the development and entrepreneurial efforts of institutions within the North Texas region.

Concrete canoe competition

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Examiner.com noted several schools, including UT Arlington, have students competing this weekend in the American Society of Civil Engineers Texas-Mexico Regional Concrete Canoe Competition at Lamar University. Winning teams will advance to the 28th annual Concrete Canoe National Competition hosted in June by Clemson University.

Generating power efficiencies

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A UT Arlington-inspired business has created a new power generator that could bring electricity to so many areas of the world who live beyond the grid, Ship & Bunker reported. The Afthon process harnesses pressure gain combustion, also known as detonation, which the team has termed “Fire 2.0.” Afthon's patented technology will be able to replace conventional engines in cars, boats, ships, trains, airplanes, rockets and power plants, researchers said.

Laser detection

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Weidong Zhou, a University of Texas at Arlington electrical engineering professor, has won a $600,000 grant to build a small laser for detection systems that will more efficiently spot chemical and biological agents used for weapons, AZO Nano, BioSpace, Congoo News, Semiconductor Today and CompoundSemi.com reported. The grant is part of an overall, three-year $4.3 million Defense Advance Research Projects Agency grant to make ultraviolet laser detection more available in the field.

Lasers to the rescue

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A University of Texas at Arlington electrical engineering researcher has won a federal grant to build a small laser for detection systems to do a more efficient job at spotting chemical and biological agents used for weapons, Phys.org, I-Connect007Nanowerk.com and several other news sites reported. Weidong Zhou, an electrical engineering professor who specializes in nanophotonics, has been awarded $600,000, which is part of an overall, three-year, $4.3 million Defense Advance Research Projects Agency grant to make ultraviolet laser detection more available in the field.

NASA project

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Dallas NPR affiliate, KERA 90.1 FM, interviewed Brian Dennis, UT Arlington associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, about oxygen recovery and reuse in space. Dennis and his team are in a competition hosted by NASA to create a better way to recycle oxygen for astronauts. NASA also awarded the team more than $500,000 for the research. “Ultimately, what we want to do is take the CO2… pull that oxygen out of the carbon dioxide so that people can breathe it again.” If UTA wins, a piece of the team’s technology would be included in future space travel.

More sustainable generator

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A UT Arlington-inspired business has created a new power generator that could bring electricity to so many areas of the world who live beyond the grid, Bunkerworld News reported. The Afthon process harnesses pressure gain combustion, also known as detonation, which the team has termed “Fire 2.0.” Afthon's patented technology will be able to replace conventional engines in cars, boats, ships, trains, airplanes, rockets and power plants, researchers said.

The StartUp Lounge

Monday, April 20, 2015

A new entrepreneurial space – The StartUp Lounge – has opened at the University of Texas at Arlington, the Fort Worth Business Press Tech Notes and Dallas Business Journal Tech Flash blog 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 a collaborative, with representation from Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies, the UT Arlington schools and colleges of business, science and engineering, and TECH Fort Worth through TECHFW@UTA.

Help for hearing-impaired people

Monday, April 20, 2015

A University of Texas at Arlington electrical engineering researcher 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, MDLinx.com reported. Sungyong Jung, an associate professor of electrical engineering, received a two–year, $144,000 grant from the Korean Electrotechnology Research Institute to build an integrated circuit for a tiny microphone that would mimic the auditory system of a Ornia ochracea – a parasitic fly known for its exceptionally miniscule ear.

Award-worthy tech companies

Monday, April 20, 2015

Three emerging technology companies will be spotlighted at this year’s TECH Fort Worth IMPACT Awards on Wednesday, May 13, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. The IMPACT Awards recognize and celebrate the global impact of emerging technologies in North Texas. Sponsors of TECH Fort Worth include UT Arlington and other institutions.

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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