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Friday, April 28, 2017

Julienne Greer, UTA assistant professor of theater arts, is participating in the Rising Tide Initiative launch at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History to discuss social robotics and performance, Fort Worth Business reported. The Rising Tide Initiative aims to enhance entrepreneurship, innovation and technology in Fort Worth and Tarrant County through a collaborative technological ecosystem. Greer’s social robot Nao, which can recite Shakespeare, was featured on KDAF CW 33.

Deep brain research

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Research by UTA professors J.C. Chiao and Juan Bo Peng reveals that stimulating the deep brain structure may potentially ease chronic pain, and reported. According to researchers, electrical stimulation of the deep, middle brain structure could potentially offer an alternative treatment which is drug-free. 

Pollution prevention

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

UTA’s Division for Enterprise Development and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality will co-sponsor a two-day training session on pollution prevention and lean business practices, PublicNow reported. 

Lifetime award

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Rhonda Harris, UTA alumna, member of UTA’s College of Engineering Board of Advisors and vice president of Tata and Howard, was awarded the Water Environment Association of Texas Lifetime Achievement Award, PR Web and many other media reported. 

Alumnus hired

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

UTA alumnus Jim Fant has been named executive managing director – acquisitions for Westmount Realty Capital, CityBizList and many other media reported. Fant earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from UTA.

Astronaut biopic

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Priyanka Chopra will play the part of UTA alumna and astronaut Kalpana Chawla in her biopic, Yahoo! and Bollywood Life reported. Chawla was one of the seven crew members who died in the 1997 Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.

Transportation forum

Monday, April 24, 2017

 The Arlington Voice, in partnership with UTA’s Institute of Transportation Engineers, will host a public forum at the end of May for citizens to learn about and weigh in on the city’s transportation future.

New provost hired

Friday, April 21, 2017

Dr. Teik C. Lim, dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Cincinnati, will be the next provost and vice president for academic affairs of UTA, the Star-Telegram, Fort Worth Business, Dallas Business Journal, Yahoo! Finance and many other media reported. The Dallas Business Journal’s People on the Move also announced the hiring.

Alumnus named senior VP, COO

Friday, April 21, 2017

Liberty Hall Capital Partners has appointed UTA alumnus Patrick Russell to the role of senior vice president and chief operating officer of AIM Aerospace Corp., a leading supplier of composite ducting, structural and interior parts for the global aerospace industry, CityBizlist and many other media reported. 

Training PhD students

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Kytai Nguyen, a UTA bioengineering professor with extensive experience in healthcare applications for nanotechnology, recently was awarded a National Institutes of Health T-32 grant totaling more than $1 million over five years to recruit and train outstanding doctoral students, Health Medicine Network and MyInforms reported. 

UTA alumnus lands new job

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

After nearly 12 years as American Concrete Pipe Association president, UTA alumnus Matt Childs has joined pipe and precast machinery specialist HawkeyePedershaab as vice president of sales, responsible for the North American market, Concrete Products reported. Childs earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering at UTA. 

Parking, security app

Monday, April 17, 2017

John Priest, a UTA professor in the Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department, and 13 industrial engineering students, have created a smartphone app conceptual design to help students, faculty and staff locate and reserve available parking spots and make students more secure, ASEE First Bell reported. The app “would receive data collected by lamppost-mounted high-resolution cameras, which would then feed that information” to users. The article initially appeared in Dallas Innovates.

Fair housing

Monday, April 17, 2017

Stephen Mattingly, a UTA civil engineering associate professor, is leading an interdisciplinary study to assess fair housing challenges across the region, looking at proactively removing barriers among affected populations, reported. 

Robotics demonstration

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Dallas Morning News featured a photograph of UTA research scientist Kris Doelling demonstrating the use of Microsoft HoloLens during the 2017 National Robotics Week Showcase at UTARI, The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute. 

Parking, security app

Friday, April 14, 2017

A group of engineering students and UTA Industrial Engineering Professor John Priest are working with the MetroLab Network to develop an app to feed information to students about open parking spots, Dallas Innovates reported. The app also is aimed at improving student security. The MetroLab Network works to solve urban issues by partnering university researchers with city and county officials.

Robotics event

Friday, April 14, 2017

KDFW FOX 4 reported on the UTA Research Institute’s National Robotics Week Event. The event drew hundreds of middle school and high school students for interactive robotic demonstrations.

NIH focus

Friday, April 14, 2017 reported on the recent focus of the National Institutes of Healths concerning 3D printing technology, including UTA’s research into materials for 3D printed pediatric blood vessels.

Conference sponsor

Friday, April 14, 2017

The University of Texas at Arlington College of Engineering is among the sponsors for the Expanding Your Horizons conference, which focuses on growing STEM education for young women, Public Now reported.

UTA alumnus named VP

Friday, April 14, 2017

EStormWater reported on alumnus Matt Childs' appointment as vice president of sales in charge of the North American market for HawkeyePedershaab Inc. Childs earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from UTA.

Graduate named as project manager

Friday, April 14, 2017

Alumnus Jason Bass has joined MWM DesignGroup as a project manager, Texas Contractor reported. Bass earned a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from UTA.

3-D blood vessels

Monday, April 10, 2017 and My Informs reported that Yi Hong, an assistant professor in the UTA Department of Bioengineering, has been awarded a $211,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop materials that will allow doctors to use a 3-D printer to create unique new blood vessels for children with vascular defects.

National champions

Monday, April 10, 2017

The UTA Esports has taken the top prize at the Heroes of the Dorm National Championship in Las Vegas, Business Wire, Yahoo! Sports, NASDAQ, Yahoo! Finance and many other media outlets reported. The team went 29-0 to win full tuition for the remainder of their college careers.

3-D blood vessels

Friday, April 7, 2017

Yi Hong, an assistant professor in the UTA Department of Bioengineering, has been awarded a $211,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop materials that will allow doctors to use a 3-D printer to create unique new blood vessels for children with vascular defects, ScienMag and reported.

Fact-checker programs

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

An American Press Institute article exploring the challenges for fact-checkers in the wake of the 2016 election mentioned Claimbuster, a tool developed at UTA. Claimbuster is an automated fact checking project led by UTA Computer Science Engineering Associate Professor Chengkai Li.

Student research

Monday, April 3, 2017

UTA student Jessica Lilley has developed a new way to use a thumbprint to determine if someone has handled illegal drugs, KTVT CBS 11, EIN News, KAUZ CBS 6 in Wichita Falls and KYTX CBS 19 in Tyler reported. Lilley worked with a professor on the project and hopes to commercialize the scanner.

New practice leader

Monday, April 3, 2017

Fort Worth Business reported that alumnus Brandon W. O’Donald has been named a new practice leader for Pape-Dawson Engineers Inc. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from UTA.


UTA collaborates with UTSW

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

UTA researchers participated in a UT Southwestern Medical Center study that developed a computer model that can predict patients’ susceptibility to lung cancer, D Healthcare Daily reported.

Alumnus appointed

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

William Gladbach has been appointed managing director of the western region of Manhard Consulting, a civil engineering and surveying firm, KLKN ABC 8 in Lincoln, Neb., WBND-LD ABC 57 in South Bend, Ind., and several other media outlets reported. Gladbach holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture and civil and environmental engineering from UTA. 

Driverless vehicles

Monday, March 27, 2017

Fort Worth Business noted that UTA is one of five locations in Texas – and the only spot in the DFW area – that has been designated an official testing site for driverless vehicles. 

Student innovation competition

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Little Elm Journal featured Peyton Symonds, a junior at Premier High School in Lewisville who is designing a business plan to produce more comfortable classroom chairs. Symonds pitched his plan at the recent UTA Student Innovation Competition. 

Bernard Harris camp

Friday, March 24, 2017

Applications for the 2017 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp at UTA are now open, according to The camp, which will run from June 11 to 23, is for middle school students aspiring to study science, technology, engineering or math and experience college life.

Automated fact-checking

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Chengkai Li, UTA associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, was credited with helping create iCheck software in The tool automates the time-consuming process of checking claims about a candidate’s voting record. 

Alumna named associate

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Priya Acharya has been elected an associate by the board of directors of Weir & Associates Inc., an Arlington firm specializing in civil engineering and land surveying consulting services, the Dallas Business Journal reported. Acharya holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from UTA. 

Lockheed Martin naming

Monday, March 20, 2017

Lockheed Martin officials plan to announce a $1.5 million gift to UTA today, making the manufacturer the name sponsor of UTA’s Career Development Center, the Star-Telegram reported. Nearly 1,400 UTA graduates currently work for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.

New robots

Monday, March 20, 2017

UTA was mentioned in a Dallas Innovates article about new robots that armed with 360-degree cameras and license plate recognition have the ability to sniff out and identify cell phones. The robots were recently displayed at UTA.

Bernard Harris camp

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The University of Texas at Arlington is hosting the 2017 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp June 11-23, Public Now reported. While living on the UTA college campus for two weeks, these future innovators will have an all-expenses paid science, technology, engineering and math learning experience and mentorship from Bernard Harris and ExxonMobil engineers. Harris was the first African American man to go in space as one of NASA's research teams.

CSE professor featured

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Chengkai Li, UTA associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, is one of the featured speakers at South-by-Southwest on March 13 at the Hyatt Regency in Austin, reported. Li, Bill Adair of Duke University and Alexios Mantarlis of the Poynter Institute will talk about fact-checking software, including ClaimBuster, which Li helped develop.

Patent awarded

Monday, March 13, 2017

Two faculty advisers – Engineering Professors Panos Shiakolas and Pranesh Aswath – advised and guided a student team, led by Letia Blanco, about five years ago in designing and building a smart bandage, which has been awarded a patent, Today’s Medical Developments reported.

Security robot

Friday, March 10, 2017

Stacy Stephens, a UTA alumnus, demonstrated his Knightscope K-5, a fully autonomous robot that can detect crime using a variety of sensors including video cameras, thermal sensors, a laser range finder, air quality sensors and a microphone at UTA’s College Park Center Thursday, KDFW Fox 4, The Dallas Morning News, KTVT CBS 11, WFAA ABC 8, the Star-Telegram. KHOU CBS 11 in Houston, KENS CBS 5 in San Antonio and many other media outlets. Capt. Mike McCord was interviewed by WBAP 820 AM about the robot.

AT&T challenge

Friday, March 10, 2017

Christoph Csallner, UTA associate professor in Department of Computer Science and Engineering, said whatever caused the 911 outage of AT&T cell phones, the company faces a massive process to search for what caused the problem, KTVT CBS 11 reported.

Celebrating women

Friday, March 10, 2017

USA Today reported on a UTA tweet celebrating International Women’s Day saying that women faculty makes up 41 percent of UTA’s Department of Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering. reported on Kalpana Chawla, a UTA engineering alumnus, as part of its celebration of the day. Chawla died with her seven crewmates in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.

Undergraduate research

Monday, March 6, 2017

ASEE First Bell, a newsletter produced by the American Society for Engineering Education, featured UTA undergraduate research by a student team led by Letia Blanco, who is now with Raytheon. The research produced a smart bandage that was recently patented. UTA faculty advisers – Engineering Professors Panos Shiakolas and Pranesh Aswath – advised and guided the student team. The news item appears in the Research and Development section. 

Flu fighter

Monday, March 6, 2017

Perena Gouma, UTA professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department, explained her research that produced a breathalyzer, which can detect whether a person has the flu, KTVT CBS 11 reported. KGPE CBS 47 in Fresno, Calif., WSBT CBS 22 in South Bend, Ind., KLBK CBS 40 in Lubbock, Texas, WMSN Fox 49 in Madison, Wisc., KWTX CBS 10 in Waco and many other media outlets carried the KTVT story.

Robot companion

Monday, March 6, 2017

Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute are studying how robots can provide realistic companionship and cognitive therapy to senior citizens, KFDM CBS 25 in Beaumont, Texas, reported. The original report aired on KTVT CBS 11. UTA’s Julienne Greer, an assistant professor in theatre arts, is leading the research.

Smart bandage

Friday, March 3, 2017

Two UTA faculty advisers – Engineering Professors Panos Shiakolas and Pranesh Aswath – supervised a student team led by Letia Blanco, who is now a lead engineer at Raytheon, in designing and building a smart bandage which has now been patented, ScienMag, and Medical Product Outsourcing Online reported. 

Robots as companions

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute are studying how robots can provide realistic companionship and cognitive therapy to senior citizens, KTVT CBS 11 reported.

New construction management degree

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

UTA has introduced a bachelor’s degree in construction management, Dallas Innovates reported.