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In the News 2014


Electrical engineer promoted

Thursday, April 24, 2014

EF Johnson Technologies Inc. has named Jim Green president and chief executive officer, IT Business Net, KMPH 26 in Fresno, Calif., and several other websites reported. Green holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from UT Arlington.

Better bone growth

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The University of Texas at Arlington has teamed with Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital to research whether bone growth from a person’s stem cells can replace bone grafts, D Healthcare Daily and the Business Standard reported. Liping Tang, UT Arlington’s bioengineering chair and professor, and Joseph Borrelli, chair of orthopedics for the hospital, are the lead investigators on the project and co-authored a paper published in the online journal PLoS One. 

Targeting a hot field

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The University of Texas at Arlington will launch an unmanned vehicle systems certificate program in the fall for engineering students interested in entering that fast-growing industry, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. “There is a lot of activity right now in trying to bring the use of UVS to the civilian application,” Engineering Dean Khosrow Behbehani said. FindLaw ran the Star-Telegram story. WFAA Channel 8 aired a similar story on the certification program.

Slowing cancer

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

UT Arlington physicist Wei Chen was working to create a luminescent nanoparticle to use in security-related radiation detection may have instead happened upon an advance in photodynamic cancer therapy that significantly slowed tumor growth in lab studies, R&D Magazine reported.

Technology for searches

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Texas EquuSearch, a Texas-based group involved in searches for missing persons around the nation, has filed a lawsuit asking a federal court to set aside an order prohibiting the nonprofit organization from employing drones in its work, KRLD 1080 reported. The story mentioned that the UT Arlington Research Institute is part of a statewide push to make unmanned vehicles profitable and safe.

Engineering in the News

Friday, April 18, 2014

The University of Texas at Arlington has announced a new unmanned vehicle systems undergraduate certificate for students interested in careers in one of the nation’s most exciting engineering fields, the website Unmanned Systems Technology reported. The program is a collaboration between the College of Engineering and the UT Arlington Research Institute, which received Federal Aviation Administration approval early this year for unmanned aircraft system test flights at the Institute’s Fort Worth campus.

Engineering in the News

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Researchers from UT Arlington and Texas Health Arlington Memorial described a new bone tissue generation technique in a recent paper published by PLoS One, D Healthcare Daily and the website Hispanic Business reported. Liping Tang, UT Arlington bioengineering chair and professor, is one of the leaders of the research team. The procedure could help with open bone fractures, osteomyelitis, fractures that fail to heal, congenital malformations, tumors and, in a more general sense, perhaps osteoporosis.

Unmanned vehicles certification

Monday, April 14, 2014

UT Arlington officials say a booming industry in need of skilled workers has motivated them to launch a new unmanned vehicle systems certification program for undergraduates next fall, according to a KXAS/NBC 5 story that appeared on local NBC news programs in several cities, including Miami; Yakima, Wash.; Sacramento, Calif.; and Colorado Springs, Colo. “We anticipate a rather intense interest in it,” said Khosrow Behbehani, dean of the College of Engineering. UT Arlington’s program will be particularly unique because it is one of just a handful of universities across the country that has been given permission by the federal government to test drones outdoors.

Tissue engineering

Monday, April 14, 2014

Dr. Liping Tang, bioengineering chair and professor at UT Arlington, and Dr. Joseph Borrelli, chair of orthopedics at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, are working together to solve the problem of healing bone fractures and augmenting bone growth after osteomyelitis, BioNews Texas, Stem Cell News Blog and Innovation Toronto reported. Their new technique, which is detailed in the journal PLoS One, cuts down on cost and surgery time, and enhances patient comfort. 

Creating bone tissue

Friday, April 11, 2014

Several online publications, including R&D Magazine, Science Newsline and NanoWerk, reported on a UT Arlington and Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital project to investigate whether bone grown from the body’s own stem cells can replace traditional types of bone grafting. Liping Tang, UT Arlington bioengineering chair and professor, and Dr. Joseph Borrelli, chair of orthopedics for Texas Health Arlington Memorial, hope to use the body’s own healing capacity in bone repair.

Unmanned Vehicle Systems certificate program

Thursday, April 10, 2014

UT Arlington is gearing up to meet the expected growth in the unmanned vehicle systems industry with a new certificate program, according to a report on KRLD/1080 AM. Eileen Clements, director of research at the UT Arlington Research Institute, told the station: “The market’s huge ... You need people who know how to design those systems, who know how to operate them, who know how to maintain them.”

Bone repair

Thursday, April 10, 2014

UT Arlington and Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital are investigating whether bone grown from the body’s own stem cells can replace traditional types of bone grafting, according to Hispanic Liping Tang, UT Arlington bioengineering chair and professor, and Dr. Joseph Borrelli, chair of orthopedics for Texas Health Arlington Memorial, co-authored a paper on the research. The goal is to use the body’s own healing capacity in bone repair.

Repairing the road

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sahadat Hossain, a UT Arlington associate professor of civil engineering, is working with the Texas Department of Transportation to mend failing highway slopes with recycled plastic pins, NTX, the North Texas Commission Magazine (p. 56), reported in its spring/summer edition. 

Odd couples

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Several FOX television stations, including WXIX/FOX 19(Cincinnati), mentioned a story that dispelled the idea that opposites attract. The story, which originally appeared on, featured research by William Ickes, distinguished professor of psychology at UT Arlington. Ickes said that similar people are more likely to get together in the first place -- and are also more likely to find satisfaction in their relationship.

Automation Technology Expo

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Dan Popa, associate professor of electrical engineering at UT Arlington, will be a guest speaker at a Learning Labs seminar that is part of the upcoming Automation Technology Expo Texas in Fort Worth, Aerospace Journal, Virtual Strategy magazine and numerous others reported.  Popa will speak as part of a session called "Robotic Technology: Strategic Applications in Manufacturing."

Possibilities behind micro-windmills

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tribology & Lubrication Technology magazine (p.8) featured a story on the energy generating micro-windmills being developed by Smitha Rao, a UT Arlington research associate, and J.-C. Chaio, an electrical engineering professor. The magazine is published by the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers and read by 4,000 professionals worldwide.

Confined spaces

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Jackson Pettyjohn, a manager in UT Arlington’s Division for Enterprise Development, was featured in the April issue of Underground Construction, discussing how to develop a safety program for confined spaces. He said confined spaces represent one of the most challenging and potentially dangerous scenarios in construction.

Micro manufacturing systems featured

Monday, April 7, 2014

Dan Popa, associate professor of electrical engineering at UT Arlington, was featured on the website Micro Manufacturing explaining how manufacturers deal with adhesive forces that act on the surfaces of objects. Popa is head of the Next Generation Systems Research Group at UT Arlington, which researches best practices in designing microscale manufacturing systems.

Micro-windmill research highlighted

Friday, April 4, 2014

German magazine blog, 123energie, reported on tiny windmills being constructed by Smitha Rao, a UT Arlington research associate, and J.-C. Chiao, an electrical engineering professor. The team believes the devices could provide wind energy for cellular phone charging or home energy generation. 


Tiny windmills could power cell phones

Monday, March 31, 2014

Two UT Arlington engineers have invented tiny, working windmills, Fresh reported. They propose creating a field of these windmills on a cell phone sleeve, and using them to recharge cell phone batteries.

Engineering in the News

Friday, March 28, 2014

The mayors of Fort Worth, Dallas and Houston Thursday announced their support for a high-speed rail route between Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. “Building in the urban core will cost more than between cities,” said Steve Mattingly, a University of Texas at Arlington civil engineer who conducted a feasibility study for bringing bullet trains into Dallas-Fort Worth when speaking to the Fort Worth Business Press earlier this year.

Powerful possibilites.. mini windmills

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Looking like the buzzing of a hummingbird’s wing, UT Arlington researchers are working on micro-windmills that have many practical applications, Fort Worth, Texas magazine reported. Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering J.C. Chiao is the principal investigator on the research but gives major credit to his former student Dr. Smitha Rao. Chiao said: “The major application will be in charging wireless sensors, like those used to safeguard our decaying infrastructure.”

Discovering speed

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Discovery Channel (Canada) featured UT Arlington student engineers on its program, Daily Planet. The students interviewed designed and built a racecar with the goal of competing to win the Formula SAE competition. One of the car’s features is Active Aero technology, which uses a student-developed, on-board computer to open or close the “wings” to reduce drag and increase down force to make the car stick to the road. 

UTA alumnus featured

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Winds of Change, a prominent STEM magazine for American Indian and Alaska Native college students and faculty, featured UT Arlington alumnus Ken Vargas in a story about the Navy. The magazine called that branch of the U.S. Armed Forces one of the top 50 STEM workplaces. Vargas serves as a Navy Facilities Engineering Command Contingency/Disaster Preparedness Officer.

Robots in the kitchen

Monday, March 24, 2014

As part of the 2013 Student Infrared Imaging Competition sponsored by DRS Technologies, students from the UT Arlington Research Institute used a PR2 robot from Willow Garage and an infrared camera from DRS Technologies to perform some basic functions in the kitchen, reported.

Emergency responders training on new faster, more precise radar

Friday, March 21, 2014

National Weather Service meteorologists said a local network of more precise radar units provided quicker and more precise information when a storm system rumbled across North Texas on Saturday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. However, officials said that the full capabilities of the radar system called CASA, for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere, won’t likely be on display until later this year. So far, only two of the $500,000 radar units — one at The University of Texas at Arlington, the other in Midlothian — are fully operational. Four more are expected to be online soon.

Gridlock no more?

Friday, March 21, 2014

North Texas motorists may not realize it, but since October they have traveled a “living laboratory” designed to minimize gridlock and empower commuters, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. Dallas is one of only two cities piloting the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Integrated Corridor Management System. Sia Ardekani, a UT Arlington civil engineering professor who assisted in the project, said his team worked with DART, the North Central Texas Council of Governments, the Texas Department of Transportation, North Texas Tollway Authority and the cities of Dallas, Plano, Richardson and University Park to make their individual transportation systems work seamlessly through the new system.

Rice Business Plan Competition

Friday, March 21, 2014

UT Arlington's Detonation Dynamics team is one of 42 finalists competing in the 14th annual Rice Business Plan Competition, PressReleasePoint reported. The teams are vying for more than $1 million in prizes in the competition, which is sponsored by Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business. More than 155 past competitors have gone on to successfully launch their ventures and are still in business today. They have raised in excess of $844 million in funding and created more than 1,000 new jobs.

More powerful testing for performance-enhancing drugs

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Researchers have developed a new test to detect performance-enhancing drugs that they say are 1,000 times more sensitive than current methods, Science Codex, Newswise, Science Daily and many other websites reported. UT Arlington's Daniel Armstrong, Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, led the research team that developed the ultra-sensitive methods of detecting the drugs.

Dr. Gupta talks 'prescription for life'

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s prescription for life is to do something that scares you every day, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent told a crowd of about 2,500 at the University of Texas at Arlington Tuesday night that he struggled with communicating when he first started reporting.

Support needed

Monday, March 17, 2014

While the cause of Allen Eagle Stadium construction problems has yet to be determined, a UT Arlington associate professor of civil engineering said the facility likely could need additional support reinforcements to help ensure the concrete’s durability, The Dallas Morning News reported. Shih-Ho “Simon” Chao, who teaches structural engineering at UT Arlington, said the “alligator pattern” of cracks suggest they are due more to support issues than to bad concrete work. That can be addressed by adding additional support beams without a major overhaul of the facility, Chao said.

Student places third in coding contest

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Tracy Oguni, a student at The University of Texas, Arlington, took third place in the recent Pearson Student Coding Contest, according to a press release featured by Virtual-Strategy Magazine,, TMC News and others. Oguni developed Study Buddy, an Android application to help students manage the common problem of scheduling their assignments and study time.

Researchers develop device that could answer cell phone charging issues

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tiny windmills being developed by Smitha Rao, a UT Arlington research associate, and J.-C. Chaio, an electrical engineering professor could one day provide wind energy for cellular phone charging or home energy generation, according to the websites TOMO News and MICROManufacturing Magazine. The machines could also power wireless sensors that detect cracks in bridges, failures in security systems and dryness in soils, according to a McClatchy wire service story that appeared on the websites Energy Central and Energy Biz.

Tiny windmills, large possibilities

Monday, March 3, 2014

Millions of tiny windmills could one day power wireless sensors that detect cracks in bridges, failures in security systems and dryness in soils — all thanks to two University of Texas at Arlington research scientists who were inspired by a little girl’s pinwheel, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Electrical engineering professor J.C. Chiao and associate researcher Smitha Rao designed the 1.8 millimeter by 2 millimeter micro windmills that are so small 10 would fit on a grain of rice. The tiny windmills also could be used to charge smartphones.

Stadium concerns

Monday, March 3, 2014

Simon Chao, a civil engineering associate professor at UT Arlington, was quoted in a WFAA/ABC8 story about cracks found in the concrete of Allen ISD’s new football stadium. He said: "Cracking is fairly common in concrete. The problem is the damage water may cause by getting in the cracks." The story also appeared on KHOU/ABC11 (Houston) and KVUE/ABC33 (Austin).