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February

Tier 1 benchmark

Friday, February 15, 2019

UTA has reached another benchmark toward becoming a Tier 1 research university with Dereje Agonafer, a UTA mechanical engineering professor, being elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. UTA must maintain the benchmarks for two years — then the University can have access to the state’s pool of dollars known as the National Research University Fund. UTA President Vistasp M. Karbhari said, “Number one, it provides us with the recognition close on the heels of UT Dallas. It also provides us additional funds to recruit top faculty and maintain the ones we have.”

Grid optimization team

Friday, February 15, 2019

A high-powered team from many universities is focused on greatly improving the speed and efficiency of energy delivery through the nation's power grid, Phys.org reported. Ramtin Madani, an assistant professor in the Electrical Engineering Department, is leading a team in the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E, Grid Optimization Competition, with colleagues from UT Austin and the University of California-Berkeley.

Professor elected to academy

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Dereje Agonafer, Jenkins Garrett Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington, has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering, First Bell and the Fort Worth Business Press reported. He is one of only two faculty members from Texas universities selected this year. First Bell is the American Society for Engineering Education’s newsletter.

NAE election

Monday, February 11, 2019

Dereje Agonafer, Jenkins Garrett Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington, has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering, Arlington-TX.gov reported. He is one of only two faculty members from Texas universities selected this year.

Data in agriculture

Monday, February 11, 2019

A University of Texas at Arlington team will use a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to prepare graduate and undergraduate students for data-based careers in agriculture-related fields, Dallas Innovates reported. Jianzhong Su, chairman of the Department of Mathematics, will lead the UTA project in collaboration with the University of Texas at El Paso and New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

Nationally ranked

Monday, February 11, 2019

OnlineMasters.com ranked UTA’s civil engineering program among the best offering a master’s degree, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

Genome Center highlighted

Friday, February 1, 2019

At the UTA’s North Texas Genome Center, researchers are using multimillion dollar machines to sequence human DNA, Dallas Innovates reported in a profile about the facility.

Emergency responder help

Friday, February 1, 2019

UTA is working with Newcastle Manufacturing to equip unmanned aerial vehicles with lights to illuminate nighttime crime and accident scenes for emergency responders, Dallas Innovates reported.

Medical help for women

Friday, February 1, 2019

Yi Hong, an associate professor in UTA’s Bioengineering Department, is leading an interdisciplinary team that will use a National Institutes of Health grant to develop a new method for treating a vaginal prolapse, which could prevent complications and improve the quality of life of thousands of women, SpecialChem reported.

Chawla remembered

Friday, February 1, 2019

Kalpana Chawla, an astronaut who died in the 2003 Challenger disaster, was remembered and profiled on the anniversary of that tragedy in News World India, Mid-day.com, LatestLY.com, Daily Hunt and several other media outlets. Chawla, the first woman astronaut of Indian origin, earned her master’s degree in aerospace engineering from UTA.

January

Emerging tech hub

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The University of Texas at Arlington–along with other North Texas higher education institutions–was featured in a Dallas Innovates article about DFW becoming an emerging tech hub. In an accompanying Dallas Innovates story about innovation, UTA was mentioned as having thriving mechanical engineering research and nursing programs.

Helping women

Monday, January 28, 2019

A UTA team of bioengineers is working to develop a method that will allow physicians to repair vaginal prolapses while they are in their early stages, potentially avoiding surgery and other complications, Phys.org reported.

Medical help

Friday, January 25, 2019

A UTA team of bioengineers is working to develop a method that will allow physicians to repair vaginal prolapses while they are in their early stages, potentially avoiding surgery and other complications, Medicalnewser.com, Medicine newsline and BioPortfolio reported.

UTA graduate profiled

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

D Magazine profiled business titan Raj Malik. Malik is a UTA computer and science engineering graduate.

Named fellow

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

L.K. Mestha, affiliated adjunct professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, was named fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, News India Times reported.

Emergency responders help

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The UTA Research Institute is working with Newcastle Manufacturing to equip emergency responders with unmanned aerial vehicles that have lights to illuminate nighttime scenes, Dallas Innovates reported.

Texas Genomics Core Alliance

Friday, January 18, 2019

The University of Texas at Arlington and Texas A&M University formed the Texas Genomics Core Alliance, SeedWorld reported.

Helping Ethiopia

Friday, January 18, 2019

Sahadat Hossain, UTA civil engineering professor and director of the Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability, was part of a story about the Sendafa Sanitary Landfill Plant in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, The Reporter said in an article about changes at the landfill. Hossain was invited to be a resource person to help with eventually opening up the landfill again.

Gas leak research

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Eos profiled the research of Kathleen Smits, a UTA civil and environmental engineering associate professor. Her work is improving the way gas leaks are found and how they are fixed. It’s funded through a $414,000 grant from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Eos is a leading magazine about news surrounding the Earth, space and the environment.

Alumnus appointed

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reappointed Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed her information and communication technology affairs adviser, The Independent reported. Wazed received a UTA bachelor’s degree in computers science and engineering.

UAV project

Monday, January 14, 2019

UTARI, or The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute, has signed an agreement with Newcastle Manufacturing to configure and demonstrate a network of unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, that can use lights to support emergency response operations at night, Targeted News Service reported.

Better forecasting

Monday, January 14, 2019

DJ Seo, a UTA civil engineering professor received a National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration grant to devise a way to take forecasts and metrics from many sources and merge them into a single, integrated forecast that will be more easily understood and useful during major weather events, Dallas Innovates reported.

Project to help emergency response

Friday, January 11, 2019

The UTA Research Institute has signed an agreement with Newcastle Manufacturing to configure and demonstrate a network of unmanned aerial vehicles that can use lights to support emergency response operations at night, TechSite reported.

Better forecasting

Friday, January 11, 2019

DJ Seo, a UTA civil engineering professor, received a National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration grant to devise a way to take forecasts and metrics from multiple sources and merge them into a single, integrated forecast that will be more easily understood and useful during major weather events, Phys.org, Scienmag and Targeted News Service reported.

New forecasting model

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

DJ Seo, a UTA civil engineering professor, received a National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration grant to devise a way to take forecasts and metrics from multiple sources and merge them into a single, integrated forecast that will be more easily understood and useful during major weather events, Techsite reported.

Gas leak research

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Kathleen Smits, a UTA civil engineering associate professor, received a $414,000 grant from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to develop a method to predict the conditions under which gas leaks may occur and establish best practices to improve response to gas migration incidents and to find and fix leaks, Science and Technology News reported. 

Gas leak research

Monday, January 7, 2019

Kathleen Smits, a UTA associate professor in the Civil Engineering Department, received a $414,000 grant from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to develop a method to predict the conditions under which gas leaks may occur and establish best practices to improve response to gas migration incidents and find and fix leaks, Dallas Innovates reported.

UTA international influence

Monday, January 7, 2019

India’s Telangana Today featured a story about The University of Texas at Arlington and one of its most illustrious graduates, former astronaut Kalpana Chawla. She was the first Indian woman to travel to space and one of the crew members who died in the 2003 Columbia space shuttle accident.

COE grad student partner

Monday, January 7, 2019

UTA's College of Engineering is partnering with Liaison International's EngineeringCAS™, University Business reported.

Gas leak research

Friday, January 4, 2019

Kathleen Smits, a UTA associate professor in the Civil Engineering Department, received a $414,000 grant from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to develop a gas-leak prevention method and establish best practices to improve response to gas migration incidents, and find and fix leaks, Phys.org and Techsite reported. 

Better forecasting

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

UTA researcher Yu Zhang, an assistant professor in the Civil Engineering Department, has earned a $515,565 grant from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration that could lead to more accurate predictions and warnings for snow melt/runoff, flow and similar events, Science and Technology Research News reported.

SEIR economic development

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The Fort Worth Business Press said UTA’s opening of the Science & Engineering Innovation & Research building will herald even more economic development for Arlington in a recap of economic trends.

NAI Fellows

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

UTA Provost Teik C. Lim and L.K. Mestha, affiliated adjunct professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, were named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors, Biotech Week and MarketScreener.com reported. Lim also is a professor of mechanical engineering. Mestha was featured for the honor in India West.

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