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2009

College of Engineering Supports Regional Science/Engineering Fair

December 4, 2009

The College of Engineering will be a major supporter of the 2010 Fort Worth Regional Science and Engineering Fair, to be held in late February. Students in the 6th through 12th grades in 10 north central Texas counties will be participating in the fair. Bioengineering Professor Liping Tang is the chairman for the 2010 fair.

Project’s Goal: Quality of Life Improvements for the Elderly

December 3, 2009

Human Centered Computing Laboratory researchers have received a three-year, $774,000 grant to develop of a suite of visualization software forming a “command-center” that will help elderly individuals live safely and as long as possible in their homes. CSE Professor and Chair Fillia Makedon is leading a team from the College of Engineering and the School of Nursing, plus faculty at the University of California-Davis and Boston University.

Engineering Counseling and Advising Center Changes Name

December 3, 2009

Effective November 1, the College of Engineering’s Engineering Counseling and Advising Center officially became the Engineering Student Services Center. “The old name really didn’t describe what we did,” said Center Director Beth Isbell Tapley. "We coordinate student recruiting, co-op and internship opportunities, engineering distance education and the Engineering Freshman Interest Group program."

Local Engineering Group Establishes Scholarship Endowment Fund

November 16, 2009

Representatives of the Fort Worth Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers have announced the creation of an endowment fund to provide scholarships for civil engineering students. The Branch has committed to raise $25,000 over the next five years, an amount that will be matched by the University through its Maverick Match program.

UT Arlington Engineering Professor Receives Prestigious NSF Grant

November 3, 2009

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Assistant Professor Yaling Liu has become the seventh College of Engineering faculty member to receive a National Science Foundation Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, one of the most highly respected by engineering and science researchers. Dr. Liu received the award based on his proposed project to develop a method for predicting the efficacy of drug-carrying nanoparticles to a targeted area in a vascular environment.

UT Arlington Bioengineer Discovers Method for Boosting Adult Stem Cell Production

November 3, 2009

A serendipitous examination by researchers has discovered that implantation of medical devices such as catheters leads to the creation of 200 times as many adult stem cells than previous methods of harvesting. Bioengineering's Dr. Liping Tang came upon the startling discovery while studying fiberous growth around implanted devices.

Highway/Levee Slopes Subject of Engineering Investigations

October 8, 2009

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has issued a two-year, $671,395 grant to civil engineering researchers to investigate slopes along highways and levees along the Trinity River in the Dallas and Fort Worth area. There are six major tasks in the study; some of the more noticeable are related to the planned Trinity River Corridor project in Dallas and the Trinity River Vision project in Fort Worth.

Earthquake-resistant Structures Subjects of UT Arlington Study

October 7, 2009

Civil Engineering's Dr. Shih-Ho “Simon” Chao is leading a team comprised of researchers at UT Arlington and Valparaiso University to develop standards that will allow architects and engineers to incorporate popular truss designs in buildings in earthquake-prone regions. Their work is funded by a 599,500 grant from the National Science Foundation.

COE Professor Receives Fulbright Scholar Grant

September 22, 2009

Materials Science & Engineering Associate Chair Professor Pranesh Aswath has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and conduct research at the University of Trento in Italy during the spring of 2010. The Fulbright Program is America's flagship international educational exchange program.

Presentations/Ribbon Cutting Begin College’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

September 2, 2009

World-renown inventor Dean Kamen, university leaders, federal and state legislators, several alumni and thousands of students took part in activities beginning the celebration of the College of Engineering’s 50th Anniversary.

Air Force Grant Supports Intelligence Gathering Software Development

August 14, 2009

CSE researchers have secured a $267,000 Air Force Research Laboratory grant to develop mechanisms to organize data from multiple unmanned aerial and ground vehicles into useful information and to efficiently retrieve and distribute that information.

Engineering Students Learning to Address Sustainability

July 30, 2009

Three engineering departments are collaborating for a concerted effort to improve students' knowledge of and competency in addressing sustainability issues in engineering design and problem solving. Civil Engineering's Dr. Melanie Sattler is coordinating the “Engineering Sustainable Engineers” program, where sustainability concepts will be integrated into 12 core engineering courses.

Agonafer Honored by American Society of Mechanical Engineers

July 23, 2009

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Professor Dereje Agonafer received the 2009 American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ InterPACK Achievement Award, presented July 22rd during the organization’s international conference. The award honors individuals who have demonstrated excellence and received international recognition in the area of research and development related to electronic packaging as well as service to the technical community at large.

Mechanical Engineering Professor Receives NSF CAREER Grant

July 17, 2009

The National Science Foundation has awarded a CAREER grant to Dr. Haiying Huang to further her development of a revolutionary sensor concept utilizing engineered skins to monitor the condition of structures as varied as airplanes and bridges.

Trust-based Mechanisms Build Cooperative Control for Networks

July 16, 2009

Dr. Frank Lewis at the Automation & Robotics Research Institute is developing methods to establish protocols to evaluate and establish levels of trust that can be used in battlefield and emergency response situations where human lives are at stake.

Magnetic Nanodisks Will Speed the Analysis of Biochemicals

July 15, 2009

Materials Science & Engineering's Dr. Yaowu Hao is developing a new tool for professionals in biological and biomedical research fields to quickly and accurately identify the chemical makeup of biological samples. The process involves the introduction of magnetic nanodisks that attract the various organic molecules in the sample.

UT Arlington Researchers Receive Texas Ignition Fund Grants

June 30, 2009

Three projects have received product development funding from the University of Texas System. Texas Ignition Fund (TIF) grants to stimulate the development and maturation of research discoveries into marketable intellectual properties.

Breakthrough fluorescent biomaterials to aid disease treatment

June 30, 2009

A team led by Bioengineering Assistant Professor Jian Yang has developed fluorescent biopolymers that can illuminate cancerous regions and deliver needed drugs to cancerous areas of the body, build temporary stents in arteries and even regenerate tissue.

Senior Design Project Brings Joy to Boy with Disabilities

June 30, 2009

A team of senior CSE students designed a computer-centered activity wall to entertain and stimulate a hydrochepalic boy with limited cognative and physical abilities. The Wall of Fun responds with lights and sounds to his inputs.

Materials Expert Joins Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

June 24, 2009

Dragos-Stefan Dancila, Ph.D., formerly with the Georgia Institute of Technology, has joined the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department as an associate professor. At UT Arlington, his focus will be on engineering innovations in wind turbine technology.

Electrical Engineering Chair Named at UT Arlington

June 12, 2009

Dean of Engineering Dr. Bill Carroll has announced the selection of Professor Jonathan Bredow to lead the college’s Electrical Engineering Department. Dr. Bredow has served as interim chair of the department since August 2008.

Breakthrough Fluorescent Biomaterials To Aid Disease Treatment

June 9, 2009

A team of researchers led by Bioengineering Assistant Professor Jian Yang has developed novel biodegradable fluorescent biomaterials useful for cancer therapy, cellular imaging, biosensing, immunology, drug delivery and tissue engineering. The team includes members from the Colleges of Engineering and Science at UT Arlington and the Radiology Department at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

Engineering Students Take Top Prize in Design Contest

May 21, 2009

A team of electrical engineering graduate students took first place in their category in a competition to design a device that would monitor existing distribution transformers operating in an electric utility power grid. The student-designed device alerts the electric utility of a potential failure before a complete failure occurs.

Student Team Finalists in International Future Energy Challenge

May 19, 2009

Three undergraduate electrical engineering students will be heading to Australia in July for the final events in an international competition to develop energy generation and storage devices. The team’s faculty advisor, Dr. Rasool Kenarangui, thinks they have come up with the winning device.

Matthys Named to First Huang Endowed Professorship

May 14, 2009

Dr. John Matthys, P.E., has been appointed the Dr. Tseng Huang Endowed Professor in the Civil Engineering Department. The position, which becomes effective June 1, was established to honor the lifetime achievements of the late Professor Tseng Huang.

Computer Science Professor Receives Outstanding Educator Award

April 30, 2009

Computer Science & Engineering Professor Sajal K. Das has been named the Outstanding Engineering Educator for 2008 for Region 5 of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Dr. Das was praised for his rich theoretical concepts and their innovative applications to complex real-life problems.

Prestigious Grant Funds Early Disease Diagnosis Research

April 10, 2009

Dr. Samir Iqbal has received a prestigious CAREER grant to develop new methods of detecting and isolating certain proteins. His proposed “Proteonic Biochips” could detect specific disease biomarkers from their electronic properties, significantly helping early cancer and Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis while reducing costs and time of analysis.

Materials Science Student Selected for Leadership Training

April 7, 2009

Mihirkumar Patel, a doctoral student in the Materials Science & Engineering Department, has received a prestigious scholarship to attend a leadership training program sponsored by the materials society ASM International. The LeaderShape Institute prepares students to meet the changing needs of a diverse world.

Professor, Students Honored at University Excellence Symposium

April 1, 2009

Electrical Engineering's Dr. Venkat Devarajan and several engineering students received awards at the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) symposium, a university-wide, day-long event showcasing the best examples of student research and creativity. Professor Devarajan received the first Graduate Dean’s Excellence in Doctoral Student Mentoring Award.

Computer Research Summer Program Open to Undergraduates

March 18, 2009

College sophomore, junior and senior students majoring in computer science and engineering or a closely-related field can apply for 12 research assistantships this summer in a program sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Billo Recognized for Contributions to Auto ID Industry

March 18, 2009

Dr. Richard Billo, associate dean for research in the College of Engineering, has been selected to become a member of the AIDC 100, a group of individuals who have been recognized by their peers as having significantly contributed to the growth and advancement of the Automatic Identification and Data Collection industry.

Scholarships Grant Supports Recruitment/Retention of Engineering Students

March 18, 2009

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $600,000 to The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Engineering as a part of the NSF’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program. The grant will support the college’s efforts in a national project titled Focus on Retention in Cohorts of Engineering Students (FORCES).

Engineering Faculty Organize Four Summer Conferences in Greece

March 2, 2009

Faculty members in the College of Engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington have helped to organize four conferences/symposia to be conducted in Greece this summer. Subjects presented and examined at the events include wireless communications, assistive technology for the elderly or infirm, automation and nanotechnology.

College of Engineering Honors Hall of Achievement Inductee, Faculty and Staff at Annual Awards Banquet

February 25, 2009

James M. Crites, executive vice president of operations at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, was one of the many individuals honored at the College of Engineering's Annual Awards Banquet for their outstanding achievements in research, teaching and administrative support.

TI Grant Supports Additional Medical Monitoring Research

February 25, 2009

Electrical Engineering Professor J.-C. Chiao and his associates will further the development of an implantable, wireless sensor system monitoring gastroesophageal reflux, thanks to a $200,000 Texas Instruments grant to researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

Prestigious Grant Funds Early Disease Diagnosis Research

January 26, 2009

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering Samir Iqbal has received a prestigious CAREER grant to develop new methods of detecting and isolating certain proteins (“biomarkers”), significantly aiding in early cancer and Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis and reducing costs and time of analysis.

Testing Device Reveals Risk Potential for Spread of Prostate Cancer

January 23, 2009

A new screening test being developed by Electrical Engineering Professor J.C. Chiao and Bioengineering Assistant Professor Kytai Nguyen will provide physicians with a new method to predict if prostate cancer cells will migrate from the primary tumor to a secondary site. The two are creating an innovative device to identify and quantify the important chemical factors promoting cancer cell migration.

Optical Biopsy Probe to Improve Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

January 22, 2009

Bioengineering Professor Hanli Liu has received a $518,000 grant to continue her development of an optical detection system that will provide physicians with highly-accurate and dependable determinations of the presence of cancerous tissue. Current methods may result in a patient being under- or over-treated, with unnecessary side effects.

Novel Nanoparticles Should Greatly Improve Prostate Cancer Treatment

January 22, 2009

A treatment method being developed by Bioengineering's Dr. Kytai Nguyen may reduce or eliminate debilitating side effects of cancer treatments and also improve the effectiveness of drug therapies. Her novel polymer magnetic nanoparticles target only the prostate tumor and prostate cancer cells.