Virtual Brown Bag Events

During the COVID-19 pandemic, UTA Engineering began a series of virtual brown bag events.

Join any of these events live on Microsoft Teams, or view the recording of past events.

JANUARY

January 27
Dean's Listening Session
January 29
Research Focus: "When Craft meets Engineering, or had they already met?"
Dr. Cesar Torres, Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering

FEBRUARY

February 3
Student Takeover: Morgan Mote, BSBE '21
February 10
Résumé Workshop
February 12
Research Focus: "Autonomy and its Smart City Applications"
Dr. Yan Wan, Professor, Electrical Engineering
February 23
Interview Workshop
February 24
Dean’s Listening Session
February 25
Industry Focus: “Icebreakers: Predicting and Preventing Ice Buildup on Roads and Bridges”
Dr. Nick Fang, Associate Professor and Dr. Xinbao Yu, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering
February 26
Research Focus: "Traumatic Brain Injury Risk Prediction"
Dr. Ashfaq Adnan, Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering,
Dr. Kathleen M. Gilpin, PMP, Director of National Engagement, Parallax Advanced Research and Commanding Officer of Navy Reserve Commander, Navy Region Japan

MARCH

March 3
Student Takeover: Kevin Leiva, BSME '21
March 4
Industry Focus: David Graves, Senior Nuclear Safety Officer with IAEA (Retired)
March 5
Alumni Spotlight: Deepa Rajamani, MSEE ’04, Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Cubic Nuvotronics
March 10
EpICMavs/Entrepreneurship
March 12
Research Focus: “The Secrets of Ancient Roman Construction Material”
Dr. Warda Ashraf, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering
March 24
Scholarships, Assistantships and Other Funding Opportunities
March 26
Industry Focus: “Impact of NGS 2022 DATUM & Low Distortion Projections (LDPs) to Engineering Projects”
Vasileios (Vas) Kalogirou, Vice President, Survey Practice Leader, Halff Associates
March 31
Dean’s Listening Session

APRIL

April 2
Research Focus: “Self-disinfecting Nanocomposites to Prevent Infections” Luis Soto-Garcia, Doctoral Student and Dr. Kytai Nguyen, Professor, Bioengineering
April 7
International Student Roundtable
April 9
Alumni Spotlight: Wendy Okolo, BS AE '10, PhD AE '15, Aerospace Research Engineer, NASA
April 14
Student Takeover: Alex Johnston, Ph.D. EE '22 and Cameron Johnston, BSEE '22
April 16
Research Focus: “A Peek into the Future of 3D Printing”
Dr. Amir Ameri, Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Dr. Emma Yang, Assistant Professor, Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering
April 21
Innovation Day Showcase
April 23
Industry Focus: Keshav Sundaresh, Global Business Development Director-Math Solutions, Altair
April 28
Dean’s Listening Session Cancelled
April 30
Research Focus: “Prediction-Led Police Deployment in Patrol Operations”
Dr. Yuan Zhou, Assistant Professor, Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering

Previous Events

August 31 - September 4

Day and Time Topic Link to Join Event
Monday
Noon - 1:00pm
Ask-A-Dean: Dean of Engineering, Dr. Peter Crouch View Event
Tuesday
Noon - 1:00pm
Student Resources: A New Vision for Engineering Student Services View Event
Wednesday
Noon - 1:00pm
Student Orgs: Engineering Student Council and Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers View Event
Thursday
Noon - 1:00pm
Ask-An-Ambassador: Ask our Engineering Ambassadors anything about engineering at UTA,
Theme-of-the-Week: “How to Prepare for Majoring in Engineering in College”
View Event
Friday
Noon - 1:00pm
Research Focus: Dr. Caroline Krejci, Assistant Professor, Industrial Engineering
“Designing Logistics Systems for More Efficient Food Delivery for Texas Farmers and Ranchers”
View Event

September 7 - 11

Day and Time Topic Link to Join Event
Monday
Noon - 1:00pm
Labor Day (no event)  
Tuesday
Noon - 1:00pm
Student Resources: Focus on Academic Honesty View Event
Wednesday
Noon - 1:00pm
Student Orgs: American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and ROVER Team View Event
Thursday
Noon - 1:00pm
Ask-An-Ambassador: Ask our Engineering Ambassadors anything about engineering at UTA
Theme-of-the-Week: “Which Extracurricular Activities Can Enhance Your Academic Success”
View Event
Friday
Noon - 1:00pm
Research Focus: Dr. Ming Li, Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering
“Improving Mobility of Visually Impaired People in Outdoor Environments"
View Event

September 14 - 18

Day and Time Topic Link to Join Event
Monday
Noon - 1:00pm
Ask-A-Chair: Dr. Ali Abolmaali, Chair, Civil Engineering Department View Event
Tuesday
Noon - 1:00pm
Student Resources: How to Get a Co-op or Internship View Event
Wednesday
Noon - 1:00pm
Student Orgs: Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and Game Developers Club (GDC) View Event
Thursday
Noon - 1:00pm
Ask-An-Ambassador: Ask our Engineering Ambassadors anything about engineering at UTA
Theme-of-the-Week: “Time Management and Organizational Skills”
View Event
Friday
Noon - 1:00pm
Research Focus: Dr. Kathleen Smits, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering
“What’s going on underground?
How can we detect and respond better to leaks from natural gas operations?”
View Event

September 21 - 25

Day and Time Topic Link to Join Event
Monday
Noon - 1:00pm
Ask-A-Chair: Dr. Stathis Meletis, Chair, Materials Science and Engineering Department View Event
Tuesday
Noon - 1:00pm
Student Resources: University Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction (UTSI) Services View Event
Wednesday
Noon - 1:00pm
Student Orgs: Pi Tau Sigma (Mechanical Engineering Honor Society) and
Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society)
View Event
Thursday
Noon - 1:00pm
Ask-An-Ambassador: Ask our Engineering Ambassadors anything about engineering at UTA
Theme-of-the-Week: “How to Choose an Engineering Major”
View Event
Friday
Noon - 1:00pm
Research Focus: Industry and Alumni Focus: Sushil Sharma, Chief Product Officer,
Lending Tree and Former Chief Product Officer, Match.com
View Event

September 28 - October 2

Day and Time Topic Link to Join Event
Monday
Noon - 1:00pm
Ask-A-Chair: Dr. Paul Componation, Chair,
Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering Department
View Event
Tuesday
Noon - 1:00pm
Student Resources: Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in the College of Engineering and UTA View Event
Wednesday
Noon - 1:00pm
Student Orgs: Engineers Without Borders and National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) View Event
Thursday
Noon - 1:00pm
Ask-An-Ambassador: Ask our Engineering Ambassadors anything about engineering at UTA
Theme-of-the-Week: The Importance of Study Skills and Study Groups
View Event
Friday
Noon - 1:00pm
Research Focus: Dr. Weidong Zhou, Professor, Electrical Engineering
“Light is the Future of Electronics: Photonics and Laser Research for a Sustainable Smart
Society”
View Event

October 5 - 9

Day and Time Topic Link to Join Event
Monday
Noon - 1:00pm
Ask-A-Chair: Dr. Hong Jiang, Chair, Computer Science and Engineering Department View Event
Tuesday
Noon - 1:00pm
Student Resources: “How to Get Involved in Research” View Event
Wednesday
Noon - 1:00pm
Student Orgs: Biomedical Engineering Student Society (BMESS) and AeroMavericks View Event
Thursday
Noon - 1:00pm
Ask-An-Ambassador: Ask our Engineering Ambassadors anything about engineering at UTA
Theme-of-the-Week: How to build a good relationship with faculty
View Event
Friday
Noon - 1:00pm
Research Focus: Ernest Huffman, Program Manager, Aviation Planning and Education,
North Central Texas Council of Governments
"Integration Autonomous Drone Tech into the DFW Metroplex"
View Event

October 12 - 16

Day and Time Topic Link to Join Event
Monday
Noon - 1:00pm
Ask-A-Chair: Dr. Diana Huffaker, Chair, Electrical Engineering Department View Event
Tuesday
Noon - 1:00pm
Student Resources: Focus on Lab Safety View Event
Wednesday
Noon - 1:00pm
Virtual Career Fair Day (No Virtual Brown Bag)
Thursday
Noon - 1:00pm
Ask-An-Ambassador: Ask our Engineering Ambassadors anything about engineering at UTA
Theme-of-the-Week: Academic Grit and Self-Advocacy 
View Event
Friday
Noon - 1:00pm
Research Focus: Dr. Luca Maddalena, Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
“Advanced National Hypersonic Testing Facilities:
The new UTA-ONR Hypersonic Arc-Heated Wind Tunnel"
View Event

October 19 - 23

Day and Time Topic Link to Join Event
Monday
Noon - 1:00pm
Ask-A-Dean: Dr. Lynn Peterson, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs;
Dr. Carter Tiernan, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
View Event
Tuesday
Noon - 1:00pm
Student Resources: I.D.E.A.S. View Event
Wednesday
Noon - 1:00pm
Student Orgs: Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) and
Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE)
View Event
Thursday
Noon - 1:00pm
Ask-An-Ambassador: Ask our Engineering Ambassadors anything about engineering at UTA
Theme-of-the-Week: The Importance of Maintaining a Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit             
View Event
Friday
Noon - 1:00pm
Industry and Alumni Focus: Bill Swope, Survey Business Development Manager, Halff
"The Benefits of Hybrid Geospatial Data"
View Event

October 26 - 30

Day and Time Topic Link to Join Event
Monday
Noon - 1:00pm
Ask-A-Chair: Dr. Michael Cho, Chair of the Bioengineering Department
Tuesday
Noon - 1:00pm
Student Resources: “UTA: A Community That Cares” View Event
Wednesday
Noon - 1:00pm
Student Orgs: Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
View Event
Thursday
Noon - 1:00pm
Ask-An-Ambassador: Ask our Engineering Ambassadors anything about engineering at UTA
Theme-of-the-Week: How to Have an Active Social Life as an Engineering Major 
View Event
Friday
Noon - 1:00pm
Research Focus: Dr. Justyn Jaworski, Assistant Professor, Bioengineering
"Clumping, Color, and Cancer:
How Developments in Nanoparticle Biosensors are Informing us About Diseases"
View Event

November 2 - 6

Day and Time Topic Link to Join Event
Monday
Noon - 1:00pm
Ask-A-Chair: Dr. Don Wilson, Associate Chair, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering View Event
Tuesday
Noon - 1:00pm
Student Resources: What is Title IX and How Does it Affect Me View Event
Wednesday
Noon - 1:00pm
Student Orgs: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and
Chi Epsilon (Civil Engineering Honor Society)
View Event
Thursday
Noon - 1:00pm
CANCELLED: Ask-An-Ambassador: Ask our Engineering Ambassadors anything about engineering at UTA 
Theme-of-the-Week: Participating in Undergraduate Research and Senior Design Projects
Event Cancelled
Friday
Noon - 1:00pm
Industry and Alumni Focus Focus: Paul Arrendell, Vice President of Global Quality
Management, Jabil. Inc. 
"Trends in Medical Device Manufacturing and Regulatory Environments"
View Event

November 9 - 13

Day and Time Topic Link to Join Event
Monday
Noon - 1:00pm
Ask-A-Chair: Dr. Erick Jones, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Professor View Event
Tuesday
Noon - 1:00pm
Student Resources: Academic Success Center View Event
Wednesday
Noon - 1:00pm
Student Orgs: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)             
View Event
Thursday
Noon - 1:00pm
Ask-An-Ambassador: Ask our Engineering Ambassadors anything about engineering at UTA
Theme-of-the-Week: Participating in Undergraduate Research and Senior Design Projects
View Event
Friday
Noon - 1:00pm
Industry and Alumni Focus Focus: Dr. Seong Jin Koh, Professor,
Materials Science and Engineering Department
"Engineering on a Nanoscale Level: From Manipulating Single
Electrons to Detecting COVID-19 RNA"
View Event

November 16 - 20

Day and Time Topic Link to Join Event
Monday
Noon - 1:00pm
Ask-A-Chair: Dr. Gautam Das, Associate Dean for Research and Distinguished University Chair View Event
Tuesday
Noon - 1:00pm
Student Resources: Lockheed Martin Career Services View Event
Wednesday
Noon - 1:00pm
Student Orgs:American Nuclear Society and UTA Racing View Event
Thursday
Noon - 1:00pm
Ask-An-Ambassador: Ask our Engineering Ambassadors anything about engineering at UTA
Theme-of-the-Week: Top 10 Tips for Success as an Engineering Major
View Event
Friday
Noon - 1:00pm
Industry and Alumni Focus Focus: Arun Bhikshesvaran, CEO of Radisys 
"Exploring the C-forces that are Shaping the Digital Society"
View Event