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December

Ethiopia landfills

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Sahadat Hossain, a UTA civil engineering professor and researcher, told Ethiopia’s The Reporter that the city government is working closely with the U.S. embassy to revitalize the Sendafa Landfill Plant. A garbage slide at the Repi Landfill claimed the lives of 72 people and victimized hundreds more nearly a year ago.

Recycled plastic

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Sahadat Hossain, UTA civil engineering professor, said using recycled plastic in roads could become a staple, Impact Lab reported. Hossain leads a test project that uses recycled plastic to shore up raised highway roadbeds in Texas.

Detecting malware

Monday, December 10, 2018

Jiang Ming, an assistant professor in the UTA Computer Science and Engineering Department, co-authored a paper detailing a new, highly effective way to detect malware on Windows-based computers using a common obfuscation technique known as binary packing, Targeted News Service reported.

UTeach grant

Monday, December 10, 2018

The UTeach Arlington secondary math and science teacher preparation program at The University of Texas at Arlington has been selected for a grant by the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation to benefit UTeach students and youth served by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County, Arlington-TX.gov and U.S. Fed News reported.

Engineering partners

Monday, December 10, 2018

UTA’s Electrical Engineering Department is partnering with Liaison International’s EngineeringCAS™, SFGate.com and several other media outlets reported. The system is aimed at streamlining the graduate engineering admissions process.

UTeach grant

Friday, December 7, 2018

The UTeach Arlington secondary math and science teacher preparation program at The University of Texas at Arlington has been selected for a grant by the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation. The grant benefits UTeach students and youth served by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County, Medicine newsline and Targeted News Service reported.

Bendable concrete

Friday, December 7, 2018

Trans-SET, a collaborative partnership between nine major institutions and two community colleges, led by LSU, is close to perfecting engineered cementitious composites, or bendable concrete, on a marketable scale, Civil + Structural Engineer, Aggregate Research, Construction Equipment Guide, Phys.org and many other media outlets reported. UTA is a part of Trans-SET.

Alumnus appointed

Friday, December 7, 2018

Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Ademola “Peter” Adejokun of Arlington to the Texas Board of Professional Engineers, Houston Style Magazine reported. Adejokun sits on UTA’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering industry advisory board. He also received bachelor’s degrees in computer science and engineering, and physics from UTA.

Electrical engineering partnership

Friday, December 7, 2018

UTA’s Electrical Engineering Department is partnering with Liaison International’s EngineeringCAS™, University Business and several other media outlets reported. The system is aimed at streamlining the graduate engineering admissions process.

Sensitive skin

Monday, December 3, 2018

A UTA research team may one day cover robots and prosthetic devices with skin equipped with nanotechnology to provide them with a sense of touch far superior to humans, SIGNAL Magazine reported. Zeynep Çelik-Butler, UTA electrical engineering professor, is leading the research. SIGNAL is a product of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association.

November

Heat impact

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

A 2015 study by UTA researchers on heat damage related to transportation was mentioned in a republished article in The Dallas Morning News. The study showed heat affects roads, bridges, railroads and vehicles, which in turn affect humans and wildlife.

Test subject

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

When graduate students at The University of Texas at Arlington need help in their research, Bill McNeill is one of the most frequently participating test subjects, The Dallas Morning News reported in a story about how graduate students draft those test subjects.

Biotech industry

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Frank Grassler, vice president for Technology Development at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Board Chairman for bionorthTX, said even though North Texas didn’t win the Amazon second headquarters sweepstakes, the biotech industry could become the region’s next big play, D CEO Healthcare reported in a column Grassler authored that mentioned UTA as one of the universities contributing to that optimism.

Student earns scholarship

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Lorenzo Novoa, a UTA student, was one of the recipients of the Vertical Flight Foundation scholarships, PRWeb.com reported. Scholarships totaling $90,000 were awarded this year to 25 of the world's most talented engineering students interested in vertical flight. AHS International, The Vertical Flight Society, sponsors the scholarships.

Distinguished alumni

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The University of Texas at Arlington recently recognized Mike Dolabi, who studied at UTA and is now the president and owner of National Autobody Parts Warehouse, as a Distinguished Alumni at the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards, FenderBender reported.

Alumna recognized

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Evelyn Torres, CEO of Solaris Technologies, was recognized in D CEO's Dallas 500 for the fourth year in a row. The Dallas 500 celebrates the most influential business leaders in North Texas. Torres is on the advisory board for UTA’s College of Engineering.

Talent pool improvements

Monday, November 19, 2018

Amazon’s decision not to choose Dallas as its second headquarters is a call to action to develop the local talent pool, The Dallas Morning News reported. UTA ranks No. 72 and No. 90 for research expenditures in engineering and computer science.

Transportation, soil projects

Monday, November 19, 2018

Anand Puppala, civil engineering professor and the associate dean for research in UTA’s College of Engineering, is using U.S. Department of Transportation and the Texas Department of Transportation funding that will employ geopolymers for soil modification and sustainable cement materials to strengthen highway embankments in the Paris, Texas, district, Phys.org reported.

Lubricant patent

Friday, November 16, 2018

UTA has been awarded a patent for a lubricant composition that can be used as a universal grease for aircraft, World Industrial Reporter, Phys.org, Scienmag and Techsite reported. Pranesh Aswath, a professor of materials science and engineering and mechanical and aerospace engineering and the vice provost for Academic Planning and Policy, led the research.

Soil, embankment grants

Friday, November 16, 2018

Anand Puppala, a UTA civil engineering soil researcher, is using U.S. Department of Transportation and the Texas Department of Transportation grants that will employ geopolymers for soil modification and sustainable cement materials to strengthen highway embankments in the Paris, Texas, district, Phys.org and Targeted News Service reported.

Tech university collaboration

Friday, November 16, 2018

A Dallas Morning News editorial urged the region to build an “Amazon U” even though the company decided against building its second headquarters in Dallas. The Amazon U was a joint project among UTA and other higher education institutions that would have provided the firm with a steady pipeline of skilled workers. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban agreed in a DMN Sports Day story about Amazon.

Engineering jobs

Friday, November 16, 2018

KXTX Telemundo 39 interviewed Adrian Rodriguez, a UTA assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and students Elida Sorto-Ramos and Lauren Sorto-Ramos about high-paying jobs for Latinos.

Implantable probe

Friday, November 16, 2018

Weidong Zhou, a distinguished professor at UTA in electrical engineering, received a $200,000 Partnerships for Innovation grant from the National Science Foundation to develop an implantable optical probe that can be inserted in the brain to monitor brain function after traumatic injuries or surgeries, then be absorbed by the body, Electronics Newsweekly reported. Zhou is working with John Rogers, a world leader in the field of bioresorbable or biodegradable electronics at Northwestern University.

Latino jobs

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

KXTX Telemundo 39 interviewed Adrian Rodriguez, a UTA assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and students Elida Sorto-Ramos and Lauren Sorto-Ramos about high-paying jobs for Latinos.

Optical probe

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Weidong Zhou, a distinguished professor at UTA in electrical engineering, received a $200,000 Partnerships for Innovation grant from the National Science Foundation to develop an implantable optical probe that can be inserted in the brain to monitor brain function after traumatic injuries or surgeries, then be absorbed by the body, Science and Technology Research News reported. Zhou is working with John Rogers, a world leader in the field of bioresorbable or biodegradable electronics at Northwestern University.

Amazon disappointment

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said he was disappointed in the city being unable to land Amazon's second headquarters, KTVT CBS 11 and The Dallas Morning News reported. Rawlings said the region had set up a multi-university partnership, which included UTA, to provide a high-tech workforce for the company.

Alumnus named VP

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Mark Schwartz, a 25-year veteran of cardiovascular device development, has joined BioCardia as vice president of clinical affairs, Cardiovascular News reported. Schwartz holds a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from UTA.

NSF partners grant

Monday, November 12, 2018

Weidong Zhou, a Distinguished Professor at UTA in electrical engineering, received a $200,000 Partnerships for Innovation grant from the National Science Foundation to apply fundamental research derived from his work with John Rogers, a world leader in the field of bioresorbable or biodegradable electronics at Northwestern University, Medicalnewser.com reported.

Fair housing assessment

Friday, November 9, 2018

While UTA’s affordable fair housing assessment study reflects an unflattering image of segregation in Dallas, the city had the courage to initiate the research and is learning from this study, a UTA alumna wrote in an op-ed piece in The Dallas Morning News. Myriam Igoufe, who earned her doctorate at UTA in urban planning, wrote that the Dallas City Council expressed a commitment to finding bold ways to tackle these complex issues.

Efficient quantum communications

Friday, November 9, 2018

Michael Vasilyev, UTA professor of electrical engineering, will work to build an efficient and robust integrated quantum system on a chip, photonics.com and Targeted News Service reported.

NSF partnerships grant

Friday, November 9, 2018

Weidong Zhou, a Distinguished Professor at UTA in electrical engineering, received a $200,000 Partnerships for Innovation grant from the National Science Foundation to apply fundamental research derived from his work with John Rogers, a world leader in the field of bioresorbable or biodegradable electronics at Northwestern University, Targeted News Service reported.

ClaimBuster cited

Friday, November 9, 2018

An article about the accuracy of medical news and reports could use a tool like ClaimBuster, a UTA-invented fact-checking system that reporters and news organizations use to check facts, Germany’s 360 MFA reported.

Alumnus listed

Friday, November 9, 2018

Kelcy Warren, chief executive of Energy Transfer LP, graduated from UTA, the Dallas Business Journal reported in a list it published on where Texas Fortune 500 CEOs studied.

Fair housing

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

A UTA fair housing assessment showed economic and racial segregation across Dallas, The Dallas Morning News and D Magazine reported. Myriam Igoufe, who recently earned her doctorate from UTA, and Stephen Mattingly, a UTA civil engineering professor, performed the assessment for the city of Dallas and 20-plus other cities and housing authorities. “Dallas is marked by a very stark geography of inequity,” Igoufe said. “We have also documented systemic barriers to opportunities.” Mattingly said if the study had gone back earlier than 1990, he believes data would have shown these areas of inequity for a long time.

Endowed chair

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Bob Woods, the longtime UTA mechanical engineering professor and Formula SAE adviser, is the first recipient of an endowed chair established in his honor in 2017 through a gift from Paul E. Andrews Jr., an entrepreneur and businessman, Bioengineer.org and Targeted News Service reported.

UAV uses

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Water & Wastes Digest published an article about the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in managing and evaluating infrastructure. The article, originally published in Roads & Bridges, was authored by Anand Puppala, UTA Distinguished Teaching Professor of civil engineering, and Surya Congress, a graduate research assistant.

Recycled road

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

A UTA civil engineering professor said future highways might be made of a recycled plastic slurry, SentinelSource.com of Keene, N.H., reported. Sahadat Hossain, the civil engineering professor and the director of UTA's Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability, has projects using recycled plastic to shore up failing highway slopes and highway walls. The original story ran in The Washington Post.

Scholarships offered

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Ten U.S. and Canadian scholarships for doctoral dissertation held jointly with a Greece research center are being offered in the fields of artificial intelligence, robotics, mechanical learning, big data and bioinformatics, the Interconnection Office of the Democritus University of Thrace reported. UTA’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering is one of the participants.

Quantum communications

Monday, November 5, 2018

UTA engineers received a $750,000 National Science Foundation grant to explore how to develop better quantum communications, Dallas Innovates reported. Michael Vasilyev, a professor of electrical engineering, and his research partner, Yuping Huang of the Stevens Institute of Technology, are the chief researchers on the project.

Endowed chair awarded

Monday, November 5, 2018

Bob Woods, longtime UTA mechanical engineering professor and Formula SAE adviser, is the first recipient of an endowed chair established in his honor in 2017 through a gift from Paul E. Andrews Jr., an entrepreneur and businessman, Targeted News Service reported.

Materials standard

Monday, November 5, 2018

A UTA researcher is leading a $1 million U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory grant looking at establishing fatigue and durability standards for materials used in aircraft, Targeted News Service reported. Endel Iarve, a UTA professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is leading the project.

Recycled roads

Friday, November 2, 2018

A UTA civil engineering professor said future highways might be made of a recycled plastic slurry, ASEE’s First Bell reported in linking to a story originally published in The Washington Post. Sahadat Hossain, a civil engineering professor and the director of UTA's Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability, has projects using recycled plastic to shore up failing highway slopes and highway walls. Steel Guru magazine also ran the Post article. ASEE is the American Society for Engineering Education.

Quantum communication

Friday, November 2, 2018

Michael Vasilyev, a UTA professor of electrical engineering, and his research partner, Professor Yuping Huang of the Stevens Institute of Technology, received a three-year, $750,000 National Science Foundation grant to address the challenges of large-scale deployment of quantum communication systems, Phys.org reported.

UAVs to inspect

Friday, November 2, 2018

Anand Puppala, UTA Distinguished Teaching Professor of civil engineering, and Surya Congress, a graduate research assistant, authored a Roads & Bridges article about the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in managing and evaluating infrastructure.

Eye movement technology

Friday, November 2, 2018

UTA has been awarded a patent for a revolutionary new technology that is able to scan a user's eye movements and enable him or her to navigate mobile platforms, such as electric wheelchairs, without the use of hands, Greece’s Palo reported. Inventor Christopher McMurrough, now a UTA computer science and engineering lecturer, said his interest in this technology grew out of seeing how his mother-in-law struggled with eye-tracking devices as an ALS patient.

Genomics alliance

Friday, November 2, 2018

Texas A&M University and The University of Texas at Arlington have established the Texas Genomics Core Alliance to increase access to and decrease costs of cutting-edge, high-throughput genomics sequencing technologies, Biotech Week reported.

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