UT Arlington’s commitment to becoming a major national research institution is embodied in the state-of-the-art Engineering Research Building. The new $126 million, 234,000-square-foot facility supports science and engineering collaboration like that of electrical engineering
Assistant Professor Samir Iqbal, right, and biology
Associate Professor Michael Roner. They’re partnering on a project that uses nanotechnology to detect viruses. Now, instead of carrying delicate samples across campus from one lab to another, the team can work in Dr. Roner’s lab in the new building. “It certainly will help with that aspect of our research,” he says. The researchers say the military and health care sectors could benefit from their discoveries. “We’re trying to determine fast and reliably, without false alarms, what types of viruses are present in food or the air,” Dr. Iqbal says. Roner and Iqbal agree that having College of Science
and College of Engineering
professors and graduate students sharing space helps immensely in furthering ideas and research. The Engineering Research Building primarily houses computer science engineering and bioengineering, but parts of biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, genomics, and other engineering departments also call the new structure home.