Aerodynamics Research Center
The Aerodynamics Research Center has existed at the university in one form or another since the 1930s, when it was an aircraft maintenance and fabrication facility. In 1986, the present building was constructed to allow for a large expansion of equipment which now includes lowspeed, transonic, supersonic, and hypersonic facilities. Current research has focused on high speed aerodynamics, shock/boundary layer interaction, and various engineering aspects of detonation (which includes pulsed detonation engines). In addition to the experimental facilities, there are extensive capabilities to study and test aerodynamic models using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). The experimental test results can be used to validate the CFD models, and vice-versa.
Civil Engineering Lab Building
Situated on the west side of the UT Arlington campus, the Civil Engineering Lab Building replaces labs formerly located in the Engineering Lab Building and provides enhanced teaching and research facilities for civil engineering faculty members, students and staff. Completed in 2008, the 26,000 square foot facility houses areas for the study of asphalt/pavement, construction engineering, materials/structures, and geoenvironmental and geotechnical systems. The new facility includes state-of-the-art laboratories that enhance the learning experience of the students in the rapidly growing department, plus space for areas of high-demand research.
Completed in 2009, the $22 million expansion of the Engineering Laboratory Building provides an additional 27,000+ square feet of space through the addition of a third floor. New laboratories and offices are occupied by the Electrical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering departments.
Several energy-saving features have been incorporated into the new construction, including the use of 1” insulated tinted glass that can transmit much of sun’s visible light while blocking more than 80% of its solar energy, panels located on the south elevation to bounce daylight deeper inside the building, and a reflective system that channels daylight down to interior classroom ceilings.
Engineering Research Building
The Engineering Research Building provides approximately 234,000 square feet of space for state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary research and teaching labs and classrooms, faculty and graduate student offices, administrative offices, conference rooms and support areas. The building’s design incorporates several energy-saving features, including green and light-reflecting roofs, window designs for improved use of available light, rain and condensate water capture and storage for landscaping, use of recycled materials, and others that will allow the facility to meet requirements for LEED® Gold certification. The building houses offices and labs for the Bioengineering and Computer Science and Engineering Departments, as well as offices and labs for the College of Science.
Nedderman Hall is the College of Engineering’s primary facility. In it are the office of the Dean of Engineering; offices of the Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering Departments; the Center for Distance Education; the Science and Engineering Library; several laboratories and classrooms, and a large auditorium. The two-story atrium features banners representing the nations of all students who have pursued engineering degrees at UT Arlington.
Constructed in 1988, Nedderman Hall is named for Dr. Wendell H. Nedderman, the first dean of the College of Engineering and president of the University from 1972 to 1992. Dr. Nedderman continued to teach civil engineering courses for several years after being named president emeritus.
The Bill and Rita Clements Advanced Medical Imaging Building features 18 specially-designed bays for clinical and research imaging devices. The largest of these houses one of the nation’s first 7-Tesla magnetic resonance imaging devices for human studies. The Medical Imaging Center’s state-of-the-art equipment will provide a catalyst to major collaborative projects involving UT Arlington and UT Dallas and UT Southwestern faculty members and clinicians who will occupy offices and laboratories in the building.
College of Engineering researchers in the Bioengineering and Electrical Engineering departments will use four labs in the Center. Initial projects there include:
- the development of a DLP® Hyperspectral Imager for surgical and clinical use (conducted in association with Texas Instruments);
- the use of a two-photon microscope for photon counting and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy to study how DNA strand breaks (caused, for example, by exposure to ionizing radiation during treatment of cancer) are being repaired by the body’s cellular machinery;
- using diffuse optical imaging for functional brain activities and for tumor diagnosis and prognosis under a variety of treatments;
- using coherent optical tomography to locate targeted nanoparticles that have attached themselves to diseased organs.
Woolf Hall is the College of Engineering’s second-largest building, housing the offices of the Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering, and Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Departments, plus a large number of laboratories and workshops. The building also is the home of the interdisciplinary Autonomous Vehicles Laboratory and the Formula SAE racing team’s offices and garage.
Constructed in 1960 and extensively renovated in 1988, Woolf Hall is named for Dr. Jack R. Woolf, president of Arlington State College (now UT Arlington) from 1959 to 1968. During his tenure, the University moved from being a junior college to a four-year, baccalaureate degree institution. After being named president emeritus in 1968, Dr. Woolf taught mechanical engineering courses until 1994.