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Illuminating Discoveries Through Boundless Exploration

Researchers at UT Arlington are at the forefront of discovery, working to solve the world’s most urgent challenges and turning ideas into products and systems that benefit society. Their explorations range from battling serious diseases like cancer and diabetes to devising novel methods of ensuring cleaner energy, air, and water. By encouraging an environment of relentless investigation, the University is making major breakthroughs that will drive the Texas economy and offer hope for future generations.

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education 2013 Almanac ranks UT Arlington as the nation’s seventh fastest-growing public research institution based on enrollment between 2001 and 2011.

  • UT Arlington is one of only six universities nationwide to be named a “Next Generation University” in a recent study published by the New America Foundation. 

  • UT Arlington’s world-renowned scientists and state-of-the-art laboratories sparked a record rise in total research expenditures to $77.7 million last year.

  • The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies UT Arlington as a Research University/High Research Activity.

  • Four engineering professors have been named charter fellows of the National Academy of Inventors for creating devices and processes that improve the quality of life. 

  • The University’s Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies houses $22.5 million in state-of-the-art instrumentation from Shimadzu Scientific Instruments.

  • Electrical engineering researchers are participating in an $8 million Defense Department grant to significantly increase the amount of information that can be securely transmitted via the Internet and the distance it can travel.

  • Inventions by UT Arlington researchers have received 65 patents in the past five years. 

  • Bioengineers are using part of a $3.4 million National Institutes of Health grant to develop a nanoparticle drug-delivery system to stimulate lung growth and function.

  • The UT Arlington Research Institute bridges the gap between academic research and product development in advanced manufacturing, biomedical technologies, and robotics.

  • The Center of Excellence for High Energy Physics played a key role in the discovery of the elusive Higgs boson. Physicists believe interaction with the Higgs gives particles in the universe their mass.

  • Renewable energy initiatives by researchers in science and engineering include building a better electric automobile and converting natural gas to clean-burning synthetic fuel.

  • The Center for Sustainable and Resilient Civil Infrastructure focuses on designing and constructing better highways, runways, dams, levees, and other core essentials.

  • The Security Advances Via Applied Nanotechnology, or SAVANT, center pursues nanotechnology innovations to combat threats to homeland security.

  • Engineers working with U.S. Army surgeons are developing a Biomask embedded with electrical, mechanical, and biological components that can speed healing from facial burns often suffered by soldiers.

  • A $1.35 million National Science Foundation grant is helping researchers develop smart skin applications and sensor garments to make robots more lifelike.

  • A recent study by UT Arlington scientists of 100 private water wells in and near the Barnett Shale showed elevated levels of potential contaminants in those closest to natural gas extraction sites. The team conducted much of the water sample testing in the University’s Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry.

  • An aerospace engineering team is developing diagnostic and predictive tools that can make aircraft safer, faster, and more reliable.

  • Using innovative physical rehabilitation programs, the Center for Healthy Living and Longevity works to improve the quality of life for older adults.

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Two students recently earned national Goldwater Scholar recognition while two others received prestigious Amelia Earhart Fellowships.

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