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Tue, Oct 7, 2014
Alternative Spring Break Table - Special Events (UC Center)
Hello Mavericks, Interested in participating in a meaningful Spring Break opportunity? Come out to our table to get an overview of the trips, application process and any initial questions will be answered! UT Arlington Alternative Breaks will be traveling to the Gulf Coast of Mississippi to learn and help the community with various social issues such as environmental sustainability, disaster relief, early childhood education, and homelessness & poverty. These trips are subsidized opportunities for students to engage in hands-on community service and educational activities. More information can be found at
Thu, Oct 30, 2014
Halloween Casino Night - Special Events (Bluebonnet Ballroom, University Center)
This event offers students of UTA to enjoy Halloween in a Casino styled environment. Along with games, there are refreshments, giveaways, music, and a costume contest. EXCEL Campus Activities invites you to this fun filled FREE event!
Thu, Nov 20, 2014
College of Engineering Speaker Series - Lectures/Talks (Rady Room (Reception); 100 Nedderman Hall (Lecture))
Dr. Ali Erdemir, Argonne National Laboratory Argonne Distinguished Fellow Senior Scientist "Facing the Hard Truth about Friction and Its Impact on Global Energy Consumption" To meet the needs of our modern lifestyle, worldwide energy consumption has increased steadily over the years and now is at around 12,000 million tons of oil equivalent per year. With increasing population, mobility, and industrial activity, this number will undoubtedly keep increasing in coming years, especially in the transportation sector, which has currently reached more than one billion motorized vehicles. It is hard to believe, but about one-third of the fuel's energy in these vehicles is consumed by friction, and on average, only about 20% of the fuel in our gas tanks is actually used to move our cars. Overall, nearly 500 million tons of fuel is lost to friction in the world every year. This lecture will break down the sources of the frictional losses in motorized vehicles. Also discussed will be some of the emerging and more advanced transportation technologies that can cut down fuel consumption and CO2 emissions due to friction. The commercialization of such technologies is vital for a sustainable transportation future that is also environmentally sensible. Dr. Ali Erdemir is a Distinguished Fellow and a Senior Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory with international recognition and significant accomplishments in the fields of materials science, surface engineering, and tribology. He received his B.S. degree from Istanbul Technical University in 1977 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1982 and 1986, respectively. In recognition of his pioneering research, Dr. Erdemir has received numerous awards and honors, including the University of Chicago's Medal of Distinguished Performance, five R&D 100 Awards, two Al Sonntag Awards and an Edmond E. Bisson Award from the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE), and an Innovative Research Award from the Tribology Division of ASME. He is a Fellow of ASME, STLE, AVS, and ASM-International. He is the current secretary of STLE and slated to become its president in 2016. He has authored/co-authored more than 280 research articles (190 of which are peer-reviewed) and 18 book/handbook chapters, edited two books, presented more than 150 invited/keynote/plenary talks, and holds 15 U.S. patents. His current research is directed toward nano-scale design and large-scale manufacturing of new materials, coatings, and lubricants for a broad range of applications in manufacturing, transportation, and other energy conversion and utilization systems. Reception: 5 pm, Rady Room (601 Nedderman Hall) Lecture: 6 pm, 100 Nedderman Hall
Thu, Jan 22, 2015
College of Engineering Speaker Series - Lectures/Talks (Rady Room (Reception); 100 Nedderman Hall (Lecture))
"Water Resources: Sustaining Quality and Quantity or What Will Be the State of Our Water Resources When Today's Students Rule the World?" The U.S. Global Change Research Program's Third National Climate Assessment Report indicates that in the future United States, generally wet places will be wetter and the dry places will be drier. What does that mean to our country and our world in the future? As a nation, should we be worried about California, a state struggling with water supply concerns that then exports water across the country supplying almost half of our nation's fruits, nuts and vegetables? What about the impact of continued development and redevelopment of our land on water quality and our natural world? We have plenty of data showing the negative impact of impervious surfaces and stormwater runoff on fish and wildlife. How do we balance a variety of issues with long and short term public needs and build sustainable communities that can withstand and quickly return from both man-made and natural disasters? A number of engineering approaches are being used or considered to address future water quantity and quality needs. Additionally, infrastructure rating systems, such as the Envision infrastructure sustainability rating system, offers a framework to assess and compare some of these strategies. The most promising approaches are often born out of a nexus of various disciplines. Forcing engineers to broaden their horizons and continue to work collaboratively with others including sociologists, economist, biologists and others has provided new strategies to address and effectively deliver viable approaches to water resources concerns. Finding new ways and new approaches to successfully address these challenges will be the ongoing work of tomorrow's water resources professionals. Karen C. Kabbes is president of Kabbes Engineering, Inc. (KEI) a water resources and environmental engineering firm located in Barrington, IL, specializing in sustainable watershed and waterway restoration, permitting and modeling. A registered professional engineer in the State of Illinois, Ms. Kabbes has personally authored or led teams developing state water resource legislation and programs, state floodway rules, and a variety of water resources related ordinances covering municipal wastewater water reuse, local floodplain development, and county wide floodplain, stormwater, water quality, and wetland and soil erosion control. She headed a state floodplain modeling and regulatory program, served as executive director of a public waterway agency and was the chief county stormwater engineer for one the largest counties in the Chicago metropolitan area. Through KEI, her work includes sustainable infrastructure and watershed projects throughout the Midwest, including stormwater infiltration, dam removal and stream restoration projects. Ms. Kabbes has worked on waterway restoration and sediment removal projects across the United States and in Europe. She chaired ASCE's Sustainable Infrastructure Project Rating System Subcommittee, which was tasked with overseeing development and assisting in the preparation of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure's Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system. Representing the ASCE's Environmental and Water Resources Institute, she spent three years helping to write the 2009 Performance Benchmarks and Guideline for the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) green infrastructure rating system. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the developers of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System was also a stakeholder in the Initiative. Ms. Kabbes has received a number of personal professional awards and the firm's projects have won both state and national awards. She was elected as the 2014 President of the ASCE's Environmental and Water Resources Institute. Ms. Kabbes is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers, a Certified Floodplain Manager and an Envision Sustainability Professional. She has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and a M.A.S. in Public Policy Analysis from the University of Illinois in Chicago. Reception: 5 pm, Rady Room (601 Nedderman Hall) Lecture: 6 pm, 100 Nedderman Hall

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