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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

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Civil engineering professor discusses pipe defects

Since at least 2006, ExxonMobil has known that its 1940s-era Pegasus pipeline had many manufacturing defects, the Arkansas Times reported. Mohammad Najafi, a pipeline construction expert and UT Arlington civil engineering professor, said ExxonMobil was not careful. "I'm looking at this from a distance ... but they were not very careful. They should have been more concerned about the pipe." Najafi reviewed the pipeline's metallurgical report and hydrostatic test results.

Urban Design Center produces problem-solving students

UT Arlington architecture and urban planning students receive real-world experience at the Urban Design Center at City Hall, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Graduate students offer free advice under supervision from the University and the city to help guide business owners' decisions on property and buildings. Don Gatzke, UT Arlington School of Architecture dean, said he can tell when students have completed internships at the Urban Design Center because they can more clearly and succinctly articulate their vision for a project and demonstrate creative problem solving. Those experiences benefit not only the students but also their future employers.

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