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In the News 2017


NASA intern

Monday, January 30, 2017

Cody Ground, a doctoral student in UTA’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, has earned a Pathways internship with the Hypersonic Air-Breathing Propulsion Branch at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., Science Magazine reported.

Driverless technology

Monday, January 30, 2017

The City of Arlington was chosen as one of the test sites for driverless cars in part because of the UTA campus, which is a relatively closed course where cars do not go fast, KXAS NBC 5 reported.

Cancer research

Friday, January 27, 2017

The University of Texas at Arlington received more than $6 million in new grants in 2016 to fund its integrated cancer research program and improve the patient experience, D Healthcare Daily reported. 

Self-driving technology

Friday, January 27, 2017

UTA has been named one of nine Texas locations for groundbreaking research in developing self-driving vehicle technology, WFAA ABC 8 and Mass Transit magazine reported.

Self-driving technology

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

UTA has been named one of nine Texas locations for groundbreaking research in developing self-driving vehicle technology, The Dallas Morning News, the Star-Telegram and Dallas Innovates reported. D Magazine reported that a pitch to the U.S. Department of Transportation to get Arlington named a pilot site highlighted the UTA campus.

Academic performance

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

UTA researchers are working with Boeing and NASA to better understand the role that social networks play in the completion rates and academic performance of students taking online courses, reported.

Chiao named fellow

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

J.-C. Chiao, a UTA professor of electrical engineering, has been named a fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, Science Magazine reported.

New technologies

Friday, January 20, 2017

Erick Jones, UTA professor in the Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering Department, said preparing new engineers requires flexibility in the classroom in embracing new technologies that the new workforce can employ in their jobs,’s In The Know program reported. Jones’ interview starts at the 6:40 mark of the video.

Boosting minorities

Friday, January 20, 2017

UTA hosted the launch of a multi-year collaborative project among 10 leading educational institutions that aims to increase the number of university faculty from under-represented minority groups, reported. The National Science Foundation's Alliances for Graduate Education and Professoriate program gave $5.9 million in funding for three new alliances consisting of 14 partner universities.

Transportation center

Friday, January 20, 2017

UTA is part of a U.S. Department of Transportation University Transportation Center called Tran-SET, the Las Cruces, N.M., Sun, Equipment World’s Better Roads and Environment Guru reported. Stefan Romanoschi and Anand Puppala, civil engineering professors, are UTA’s representatives in that center, which focuses on improving transportation infrastructure. 

Guest workers

Friday, January 20, 2017

Employers are waiting to see what changes are coming for H-1B visas under the Trump administration, NewsWorks reported. The H-1B visa is for guest foreign workers with at least a bachelor's degree in a field relevant to the job they're seeking in the United States. The article quoted Pradeep Bhadrachalam, who came to the U.S. nine years ago to earn his doctorate in nanotechnology at UTA, about his H-1B experience.

DOT grant

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

UTA is part of a Department of Transportation University Transportation Center called Tran-SET, KRWF 90.7 FM in New Mexico reported. New Mexico State University also is a member of the consortium, which is led by Louisiana State University. The center's goal is to improve the durability of civil engineering or transportation infrastructure, pavement and bridges.

Alum named partner

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Jake LaCombe was named partner in Munck Wilson Mandala, reported. LaCombe graduated cum laude in electrical engineering from UTA. He received his law degree from Texas Weslyan.

Humanity award

Friday, January 13, 2017

Dr. Waseen Asghar, a UTA PhD graduate in electrical engineering, won the 2016 Humanity in Science Award, the Boca Raton Observer reported.

Conference coming

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The 2017 Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition is taking its benchmark education program to the Fort Worth Convention Center, Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, reported. The educational program offers 27 professional development hours, reviewed and certified by UTA. Academic sponsors include UTA’s Center for Underground Infrastructure Research and Education.

UTA hypersonic-testing facility

Friday, January 6, 2017

The University of Texas at Arlington will install the first U.S. university-based, arc-heated, hypersonic-testing facility for thermal protection systems, Aerospace America reported in a 2016 year in review article. Luca Maddalena, a UTA associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is leading the effort to build the facility.

UTA researchers featured

Friday, January 6, 2017

UTA researchers have been included in the multidisciplinary teams chosen by the Aviation Development Directorate, NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate and the Navy’s Office of Naval Research as Vertical Lift Research Centers of Excellence, The Stone Rocket reported. 

Nguyen named fellow

Monday, January 2, 2017

Kytai Nguyen, a professor in UTA’s Bioengineering Department, has been named a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, ScienMag reported.