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In the News 2016


Aerial inspection

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

UTA civil engineering professor Anand Puppala will lead a collaborative effort to use unmanned aerial vehicles to inspect highways and railroads remotely and develop guidelines for how to safely complete the task, reported. 

SEIR building construction

Monday, November 28, 2016 named UTA’s SEIR building as one of the major educational construction projects that kicked off in the month of October.

Education construction

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Several news outlets, including WLIO Channel 8 in Lima, Ohio, WDAM Channel 7 in Hattiesburg, Miss., and  --WALB News 10 in Albany, Ga., carried a story listing UTA’s SEIR building as one of last month’s major educational facilities construction projects.

SEIR building a science showcase

Friday, November 18, 2016

The new UTA Science and Engineering Innovation and Research building will become a facility to put science on display, The Dallas Morning News reported. Construction Dive also reported that the SEIR building was one of the top seven highest valued projects among higher education construction projects announced in October.

Former astronaut visits

Friday, November 18, 2016

Former Astronaut José Hernández told a packed house at UTA's Nedderman Hall about his journey from being a migrant farm worker as a child to an astronaut for NASA, KXTX Telemundo 39 reported. Hernández’s speech was sponsored by UTA, GM and the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute.

CPRIT award

Friday, November 18, 2016

Baohong Yuan, a UTA bioengineering associate professor, is one of several researchers who received Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas awards, PublicNow reported. Yuan’s project is titled “Super-resolution imaging of tumor angiogenesis in deep tissue with high specificity and sensitivity.”

BattleBots team

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A UTA student team from the Mechanical and Engineering Department in the College of Engineering is vying to become a team on BattleBots, a rebooted television show due to air on the ABC network in early 2017, reported. Aviana Knochel and her student colleagues have built and are refining the robot they want to compete on the show.

Life Sciences Summit

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Second Annual iC3 Life Sciences Summit, hosted by bionorthTX and held at UTA’s College Park Center, attracted 400 business, academic and government leaders who emphasized the significance of life sciences economic development for the region and highlighted its leadership in health care innovation, WVIR/NBC 29 in Charlottesville, Va., WVUE/Fox 8 in New Orleans, La., WSFA/NBC 12 in Montgomery, Ala., KFMB/CBS 8 in San Diego, Calif., and many other websites reported.

Pipeline impact

Friday, November 11, 2016

A detailed analysis by a pipeline safety expert found the potential for the Dakota Access pipeline to spill oil into the Missouri River was greatly underestimated, Inside Climate News reported. Mohammad Najafi, UTA director of the Construction Management Program and a civil engineering professor, who did not take part in the analysis, said a landslide falling on top of the pipeline would cause it to rupture and leak.

Student helps with app

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Fernando Campa, a UTA undergraduate, is helping a University of Houston researcher and his team develop a smart phone app that will allow users to test water for pathogens, ScienceMag reported.

Rainfall accuracy

Monday, November 7, 2016

D.J. Seo, a UTA civil engineering professor and hydrologic researcher, expects to improve the accuracy of rainfall maps produced by the National Weather Service by 10 to 20 percent for heavy-to-extreme rainfall events through a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grant, reported. Greg Waller, service coordination hydrologist for the National Weather Service's West Gulf River Forecast Center, said Seo's work will enhance the agency's ability to better serve the public.

Gubernatorial appointments

Monday, November 7, 2016

Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Michael Guyton, Tina Mims and Jay Zeidman to the Small Business Assistance Advisory Task Force, reported. Guyton received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from UTA. Mims received a bachelor of business administration in marketing and economics from UTA.

Big data and medicine

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Big data has become a big part of our lives, and UTA professor Heng Huang is looking to develop big data mining tools that could help scientists and physicians better predict clinical outcomes and lead to cures for such diseases as cancer, Dallas Innovates, ScienMag,  HealthMedicineNetwork and PublicNow reported.


De-icing funding

Monday, October 24, 2016

UTA researchers are devising a way to use geothermal energy to de-ice Texas bridges and overpasses through funding from a Texas Department of Transportation Innovation Project, Solar Thermal Magazine reported. The research is being done in UTA’s Organized Research Center of Excellence on Sustainable and Resilient Civil Infrastructure.

UTA alum builds car

Monday, October 24, 2016

UTA alumnus John Goode has successfully rebuilt a 1952 Chevy 3100, Hot Rod Network reported. Goode honed both his car skills and engineering skills at UTA working on a Formula SAE car and earning a degree in mechanical engineering.

Heating up

Friday, October 21, 2016

A team of researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington will test concepts it developed during the last year to use geothermal energy to make Texas bridges and overpasses safer during winter weather, reported. Xinbao Yu, a UTA assistant professor of civil engineering, will lead the two-year, $743,000 project.

Producing energy

Friday, October 21, 2016

North Texas Daily, the official student newspaper for the University of North Texas, reported on the Denton landfill’s move towards sustainability. UTA Civil Engineering Professor Sahadat Hossain has partnered with the City of Denton to produce more energy by using closed landfill cells.

Alumnus spotlight

Friday, October 21, 2016

UTA alumnus Prince Olugbenga Adegbuyi Orebanwo recently published “Journey of a Black Man,” chronicling the Yoruba language-speaking people of Western Nigeria and the origins of the black man, according to his ancestors, KWTV News 9 (Oklahoma City, Okla.), WALB ABC/NBC 10 (Albany, Ga.), Tucson News Now and other media outlets reported. Orebanwo earned a bachelor’s of science degree in electrical engineering from UTA.

Social isolation

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

James Campbell Quick, the John and Judy Goolsby-Jacqualyn A. Fouse Endowed Chair in the Goolsby Leadership Academy at UTA, said there is a certain amount of social isolation that occurs as you rise through an organization in a Fast Company Online article about how to keep your work hours in check as a worker is promoted at a company. Quick also is a professor at Alliance Manchester Business School, which is within The University of Manchester, England.

Alumnus recognition

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Bangladesh News 24 hours reported that Bangladesh’s ruling Awarmi League has launched a new webpage to profile alumnus Sajeeb Wazed Joy. Joy, who earned his UTA bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering, is one of the country’s foremost technology advocates.

Smartphone fire concern

Monday, October 17, 2016

KDFW FOX 4 interviewed Ankur Jain, an assistant professor in the UTA Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, about the U.S. Department of Transportation’s decision to ban all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones from airplanes. Numerous fires have been reported as a result of the phone. 

Computer learning

Monday, October 17, 2016

UTA researchers, led by Professor Fillia Makedon, will use artificial intelligence and advanced computational models to help experts assess learning difficulties in children at a very early age, leading to help for these children, reported. The project uses the latest technology in computer vision, machine learning and data mining.

Learning difficulties in children

Friday, October 14, 2016

Researchers in UTA's College of Engineering, led by Professor Fillia Makedon, will use artificial intelligence and advanced computational models to help experts assess learning difficulties in children at a very early age, leading to help for these children, reported The project uses the latest technology in computer vision, machine learning and data mining.

Programs and professors lauded

Friday, October 14, 2016

Several UTA programs and professors were mentioned in different stories in the fall/winter 2016 edition of NTX, the North Texas Commission's magazine. UTA's collaborative project with the city of Arlington to analyze much of its sewer pipe network with a robot was highlighted on page 50. UTA's Smart Care apartment technology was featured on pages 52-54. The article quoted Kathryn Daniel, a nursing associate professor and director of UTAs Adult & Gerontologic Nurse Practitioner Program. Samir Iqbal, associate professor of electrical engineering, was quoted in a story about his research using nanotechnology to detect cancer at a very early stage.

Che earns nearly $800,000 NSF grant

Friday, October 14, 2016

Hao Che, an associate professor in the UTA Computer Science and Engineering Department, has earned a three-year, $799,950 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a model that will make it possible for service providers to guarantee service-level objectives without unneeded resources, The Stack and Data Center Knowledge reported.

H1-B visa holder's story

Friday, October 14, 2016

Losing a job could mean career derailment for H1-B visa holders, The Houston Chronicle reported. The article featured alumnus Ashwani Chandra, who was forced to return to india after falling victim to the oil bust. Chandra earned a master's degree in mechanical engineering from UTA.

Sewer robot

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

MyArlingtonTX reported that the American Society of Civil Engineers has recognized a new Arlington project to examine sanitary sewer lines with the help of a multi-sensor robot as one of 15 Infrastructure Game Changers, a designation that highlights trend-setting projects nationwide that address pressing infrastructure needs. The robot evaluations are made possible by a partnership between UTA and Arlington Water Utilities.

TxDOT implementation contract

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 reported that UTA Civil Engineering Professor Sahadat Hossain has received a $1.2 million Texas Department of Transportation contract to implement a system to improve sub-base repair of rads that would reduce pavement cracking and thus improve pavement maintenance.

Data centers

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 reported that Hao Che, an associate professor in the UTA Computer Science and Engineering Department, has earned a three-year, $799,950 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a model that will make it possible for service providers to guarantee service-level objectives without unneeded resources.

Terrorism's impact on building design

Monday, October 10, 2016

Shih-Ho Chao, UTA associate professor of structural engineering and applied mechanics in UTA's Civil Engineering Department, discussed how terrorism has impacted building design and architecture on the SpareMin podcast.

Hao wins NIH grant

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Yaowu Hao, an associate professor in UTA’s Materials Science and Engineering Department, has earned a three-year, $477,000 R15 grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop radiotherapeutic nanoseeds that will work from inside inoperable solid tumors and cause less damage to healthy cells, Science Magazine reported.

Texas infrastructure

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

UTA is making strides to improve their state's infrastructure through research of a new method of freight transportation, Landscape Online reported.

Road improvement

Monday, October 3, 2016

Sahadat Hossain, a civil engineering professor at The University of Texas at Arlington, has received a $1.2 million contract from the Texas Department of Transportation to implement a system that would improve the sub-base repair of roadways, reducing cracking and improving maintenance in the process, Dallas Innovates reported.