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In the News 2015


NAE member named center director

Friday, January 30, 2015

The Dallas Business Journal People on the Move column recognized Kenneth Reifsnider, who has been hired to lead the new UT Arlington Institute for Predictive Performance of Advanced Materials and Structures. Reifsnider is an internationally known expert in high temperature energy systems and composite materials and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Graduate tabbed to chair board

Friday, January 30, 2015

Better Online Solutions has appointed Yossef Lahad as its new chairman of the B.O.S Board of Directors, CNN Money, and other media outlets reported. Lahad serves as director of JPI Group China, a leading strategic planning firm, advising companies entering the Chinese market, and as an active chairman of several startup companies. He holds a master’s degree in engineering from The University of Texas at Arlington.

National leader

Monday, January 26, 2015

Dr. Kenneth Reifsnider, an internationally recognized expert in high temperature energy systems and composite materials and a member of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering, will join UT Arlington in June to lead the new Institute for Predictive Performance of Advanced Materials and Structures, the Houston Business Journal,, Renewable Energy, Sys-Con Media, Bloomberg Businessweek and various media organizations reported.

University highlights research for chancellor's committee

Friday, January 23, 2015

From tiny wind turbines designed to power small electronics to the exploration of life on other planets, The University of Texas at Arlington showcased its research and academic programs to higher education supporters on Thursday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Newly appointed UT System Chancellor Bill McRaven made his first public visit to the UTA campus for the event. He pledged to help each of the system’s 15 universities reach its goals, including President Vistasp Karbhari’s drive for UT Arlington to become a nationally recognized research university. (NPR) and KRLD/1080 AM (CBS) also reported on the meeting.

Conference to look at water issues

Friday, January 23, 2015

Construction Equipment reported on the Underground Construction Technology International Conference planned Jan. 27-29 in Houston. A key discussion will focus on how funding from the Texas Water Development Board can help Texas cities and water authorities facing critical water issues. Attendees of the UCT educational sessions can earn Continuing Education Units or Professional Development Hours granted by UT Arlington or industry certification, depending on the specific course taken.

Tiny windmill, big potential

Thursday, January 22, 2015 noted UT Arlington engineering research in an editorial about alternative ways to charge a cell phone. Electrical Engineering Professor J.C. Chiao and Research Associate Smitha Rao envision embedding micro-windmills into the sleeves of cell phones so they are available when the battery is low. Then, all the user has to do is simply wave the phone in the air, hold it out the window of a moving car or hold it in front of a fan in order to charge it, the editorial noted.

Chancellor McRaven visits UT Arlington

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Dr. Frank Alexander, the recently-appointed Chair of the University of Texas Chancellor's Committee for the 2014-15 academic year, will welcome his colleagues on the University of Texas Chancellor's Council Executive Committee to the UT Arlington campus for their winter Business Meeting, Bloomberg Businessweek, Technology Today, Fox Tallahassee, (Spokane, WA) and other media organizations reported. The meeting will mark new Chancellor William McRaven’s first official visit to UT Arlington and “we are eager to show him and the rest of the council the exciting innovations in research that are happening here," Alexander said.

SPIE Fellow

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Weidong Zhou, a University of Texas at Arlington electrical engineering professor, has been elected a Fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, AZO Optics and reported.

Guest editor

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Frank Lewis, Moncrief-O’Donnell chair at the UT Arlington Research Institute and electrical engineering professor, served as guest editor for the CFP: IEEE TNNLS special issue on “New Developments in Neural Network Structures for Signal Processing, Autonomous Decision, and Adaptive Control,” which appeared in the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society blog.

FabNow Conference

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

About 200 people, including educators, engineers, librarians and entrepreneurs, attended the two-day FabNow Conference at Tarrant County College’s Trinity River Campus East, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. It was also sponsored by Downtown Fort Worth Inc., UT Arlington’s Fort Worth campus, XTO Energy and RadioShack. The story also appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek.

New partnership in education

Friday, January 16, 2015

A new partnership between The University of Texas at Arlington and the Arlington Independent School District will offer high school students classroom and enrichment experiences that put them on a path to success in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, Arlington School & Family Magazine reported on page 10 of its January issue.

Mico-windmills development marks collaboration

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Two UT Arlington researchers collaborated with a Taiwanese fabrication firm to design, develop and manufacture micro-windmills that someday could recharge cell phones or provide temporary electricity for emergency actions, Product, Design & Development reported. Electrical Engineering Professor J.-C. Chiao and Research Associate Smitha Rao developed the micro-windmills.

Cooling electrons

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A UT Arlington team of researchers has discovered a way to cool electrons to -228 °C without external means and at room temperature, an advancement that could enable electronic devices to function with very little energy, the Interesting Things blog reported. Seong Jin Koh, an associate professor at UT Arlington in the Materials Science & Engineering Department, led the research.

Earthquake concerns

Friday, January 9, 2015

Simon Chao, UT Arlington associate professor of civil engineering, said earthquakes in the North Texas area would have to get to a 5.0 before inflicting any possible structural damage on buildings and homes, KRLD 1080 AM reported. North Texas has experienced more than a dozen earthquakes since 2015 began.

New leader

Friday, January 9, 2015

The University of Texas at Arlington has announced the appointment of Duane B. Dimos of Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M., as vice president for research, the Fort Worth Business Press, PR Newswire, the Business Journals and many other websites and media outlets reported. Sandia is the nation's premier science and engineering laboratory for national security and technology innovation. Dr. Dimos is an expert in materials science and engineering. He has published more than 140 technical papers, edited four proceedings volumes and holds 11 patents.

New appointment

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Daron Evans has been appointed chairman of the Board of Directors at Nephros Inc., Education Technology, Financial Tech Spotlight and several other websites reported. He will continue to serve as chairman of the Audit Committee. Evans received his master's of science in biomedical engineering from a joint program at The University of Texas at Arlington and UT Southwestern Medical School. Nephros is a commercial stage medical device company that develops and sells high-performance, liquid-purification filters.

Students win NTx Apps Challenge

Monday, January 5, 2015

Three UT Arlington Computer Science and Engineering students have won a $10,000 prize in the NTx Apps Challenge for a smart traffic light network that adjusts traffic light schedules to make traffic flow more efficient, Informed Infrastructure reported. GridLock was developed by Zedd Shmais, James Staud and Nhat Tran. All are seniors from Fort Worth. The team created a real-time monitoring system that analyzes traffic conditions and enables better vehicular flow.