ARLINGTON - Students, faculty and
supporters of The University of Texas at Arlington will celebrate the debut of
the 234,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Engineering Research Building with a March
4 dedication event and open house.
The landmark center is one of UT Arlington's
largest academic facilities to date and is shared by College of Engineering
and College of Science
researchers who are exploring new cancer treatments, working to improve
detection of deadly viruses and developing systems to help older adults live
independently longer, among a multitude of projects.
The 2 p.m. dedication ceremony is
scheduled for the new Research Quadrangle, south of UTA Boulevard and east of
South Cooper Street. Building tours highlighting some of the University’s most promising
research collaborations will follow the ceremony.
The Engineering Research Building
anchors the Research Quadrangle, which is bordered by the Engineering Lab
Building – a facility expanded and upgraded in 2009 – and the existing
Nedderman Hall. The new building houses the Departments of Computer
Science and Engineering and Bioengineering, but also integrates research
teams from biology, biochemistry, genomics, math, neuroscience and physics to
foster new, collaborative initiatives.
“This building is an incredible resource that will fuel our
research and allow us to take advantage of resources across disciplines,” UT
Arlington President James D. Spaniolo said. “Already we are seeing new, promising
collaborations – research designed to make a difference in the lives of people
and to solve real problems.”
The Engineering Research Building is designed to meet LEED Silver
standards for sustainability and incorporates several energy-saving
features, including green roofs, windows that make optimal use of natural light
and rain and condensate water capture. LEED standards are established and
administered by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Spaniolo said the new center will further
UT Arlington's rapidly expanding research activity and the University’s strategy
to become a Tier One institution. Annual research expenditures have nearly
tripled over the past six years to more than $63 million in 2010. The
University is aggressively recruiting world-class faculty and doctoral students
as it builds its reputation as a national research institution.
“Facilities like this play an important
role in attracting innovative researchers and top scholars to our University,”
said Donald R. Bobbitt, UT Arlington provost and vice president for academic
affairs. “We’ve been able to
pull off some remarkable accomplishments in our facilities to date, and the
Engineering Research Building positions us to achieve even more.”
UT Arlington’s expertise is on the rise in
bioengineering, medical diagnostics, drug-delivery systems, nanotechnology and
micro-manufacturing and defense technologies, among other areas. Overall, the
University has an estimated $1 billion annual economic impact on the North Texas region.
Among the collaborative labs inside the
Engineering Research Building are:
Regenerative Neurobiology Lab. Bioengineers are building a better
system of connecting live neurons with electrodes. The goal: giving amputees
more realistic control over prostheses and even restoring their sense of touch.
Lab. Bioengineering and physics researchers are using optical
tweezers to trap and manipulate nanoparticles and to determine how they
interact with cells. The work will improve drug deliver systems in the
treatment of cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Optics Lab. Bioengineers who specialize in minimally invasive tissue
imaging are partnering with social work faculty to study and improve the
cognitive functions of veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder and
traumatic brain injury. The goal: improving diagnostics and treatment from
soldiers returning from war.
Heracleia Human-Centered Computing Lab. Computer science
engineers are using motion sensors, video cameras, facial recognition
technology and algorithms to monitor and predict erratic behavior. The goal:
improving assistance for aging populations and improving security in facilities
such as prisons.
These collaborations are representative
of the cutting-edge innovations taking place at The University of Texas at
Arlington, a comprehensive research institution of 33,800 students in the heart
of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to
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