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Summary of research achievements on campus

MAKING A SPLASH

The DFW Mid-Cities Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers named civil and environmental engineering Associate Professor Max Spindler the 2007 Engineer of the Year. Dr. Spindler, who joined the UT Arlington faculty in 1970, is a specialist in water resources and occasionally consults with area engineering firms on water flow issues. He recently teamed with civil and environmental engineering Associate Professor Ernest Crosby on a study for the Texas Department of Transportation to determine hydraulic resistance of water flow over roadways.

VESSELS OF HEALTH

A team of biomedical engineering researchers has received a three-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop safer implanted devices. Led by Assistant Professor Kytai Nguyen, the engineers are studying methods to reduce side effects. Cardiovascular devices such as stents, vascular grafts and heart valves frequently cause adverse responses like thrombosis (the formation of a blood clot in an artery), inflammation and restenosis (the re-narrowing of a coronary artery after it has been treated with angioplasty or stents). Although the mechanisms causing these problems are complicated, one well-known factor is the lack of a natural barrier - a functional cell lining on the surface of these devices. The goal of the research is to enhance the cell lining on the vascular devices by mimicking the natural vascular environment. Dr. Nguyen is collaborating with UT Arlington chemistry Professor Richard Timmons, Cam Patterson of the Cardiology Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Solomon Su of Texas Stent Technology.

PARTNERS FOR GROWTH

A research collaboration between UT Arlington and several area universities and agencies has emerged from the University's sponsorship of Vision North Texas. UT Arlington, UT Dallas, Texas A&M University's Urban Center in Dallas and the Texas Water Resources Institute in College Station have teamed to produce research proposals that are under review by state and federal agencies. Projects include water quality studies within the Trinity River watershed, land and water use assessments along the I-35 corridor and workshops on growth in North Texas' 10 central urban counties. Vision North Texas is a private-public partnership designed to increase awareness about the physical growth expected in the region. The North Central Texas Council of Governments estimates that the area's population will grow from approximately 5.1 million in 2000 to 9.1 million in 2030. UT Arlington, the Urban Land Institute and NCTCOG are Vision North Texas charter sponsors, and School of Architecture Dean Don Gatzke is a member of the group's management committee.

RIVER OF RESEARCH

Earth and environmental sciences Professor John Holbrook has received a $342,000 National Science Foundation grant to study the Missouri River. Specifically, he will examine the rates and processes by which the river's erosion trends shift in response to climate change. The project is designated as a Research Experience for Undergraduates and will enable up to 30 undergraduate students to collaborate over four years. Most will be recruited from Tarrant and Dallas county community colleges.

A STRUCTURED FELLOW

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers has elected mechanical and aerospace engineering Professor Wen Chan as a fellow of the organization. The designation recognizes significant contributions to the engineering profession. The ASME noted Dr. Chan's leadership roles in curriculum development, teaching and research. His research interests include analytical methodology development, testing and design of composite structures, and fracture and fatigue characteristics of metallic and composite materials. He has extensive industrial experience in the analysis and design of aerospace structures. He joined the UT Arlington faculty in 1988.




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