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Transportation forum

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

UTA hosted city leaders and the Arlington community for a public forum on public transportation, the Arlington Voice reported. UTA’s Institute of Transportation Engineers co-hosted the event.

Cooling computers

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Data Center Knowledge reported about various methods for cooling computers, including a UTA project led by Seong Jin Koh, a UTA professor of materials science and engineering. Koh developed a computer chip that contains nanoscale structures that enable electron cooling at room temperature.

NSF award in education

Monday, May 22, 2017

Yi "Leaf" Zhang, a UTA assistant professor of education, has been awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER grant to help community college transfer students more easily and quickly attain degrees in the STEM fields, Sciencemag reported.

Recyling plastic for roads

Monday, May 22, 2017

Sahadat Hossain, a UTA civil engineering professor, has written a book about the use of recycled plastic pins to reinforce soil near and under Texas highways, Sciencemag, and AboNewsCast reported.

Smart cities

Monday, May 22, 2017

Anand Puppala, UTA associate dean of research in the College of Engineering, recently participated in a North Texas Smart Cities Summit, according to Dallas Innovates. Puppala is working with the concept of modular construction and the use of specially formed blocks of foam to prevent the earth from settling and shifting around bridges and embankments.

Using recycled plastic

Friday, May 19, 2017

Sahadat Hossain, a UTA civil engineering professor, has written a book about the use of recycled plastic pins to reinforce soil that supports Texas highways, according to

Driverless tech

Monday, May 15, 2017

UTA’s campus is one of the areas in Arlington that will be testing out driverless technology, according to Government Technology magazine.

Alumnus honored

Friday, May 12, 2017

Kilgore College will present the Blue Ribbon Medal of Excellence for Alumni Success to Kelcy Warren, a UTA alumnus, at its Friday graduation ceremony, the Gilmer Mirror reported. Warren earned a civil engineering degree from UTA after attending night classes at Kilgore College while working in the East Texas oilfields during the day.

UTARI at conference

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

KXAS NBC 5 interviewed Cody Lundberg, a UTA Research Institute research scientist, on its morning show. He talked about Baxter, one of the robots UTARI is working with to help the elderly live independently and other applications. UTARI was displaying its robots, unmanned aerial vehicles and other technological work at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Xponential conference in Dallas this week.

Cohort announced

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship announced the selection of its third cohort of Dallas-Fort Worth Albert Schweitzer Fellows, reported. Twelve graduate and medical students from various schools, including UTA, are included in the cohort.

Pipes status

Monday, May 8, 2017

Rhode Island’s natural gas distribution system has a troubling percentage of bare steel and iron pipes — outdated materials prone to corrosion and cracking that need to be replaced for the public’s safety, the Providence Journal reported in an in-depth look at the state’s pipes. Mohammad Najafi, UTA civil engineering professor and director of UTA’s Center for Underground Infrastructure Research and Education, said the design life of a pipeline is only about 50 years and that a huge amount of work needs to be done to bring the nation’s pipes up to date.

Transportation forum

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Arlington Voice is sponsoring an Arlington Transportation Forum Thursday, May 25, in the Lone Star Auditorium in the Maverick Activities Center. Sia Ardekani, a UTA civil engineering professor, is on the panel.

Piper professor

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Bob Woods, a longtime UTA mechanical engineering professor and founder of the UTA FSAE racing team, has been named a 2017 Piper Professor by the San Antonio-based Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation. ScienceMag and Public Now reported

3-D printed blood vessels

Monday, May 1, 2017

KXAS/NBC 5 reported on a National Institutes of Health grant Yi Hong is working on that would create 3-D printed blood vessels mainly for children. Hong is a UTA assistant professor or bioeningeering.

Alumnus touts UTA

Monday, May 1, 2017

UTA alumnus Yusuf Durbar Shabbir wrote a column for The Hindu about his experience in attaining his master’s degree in industrial engineering from the University.

City/UTA collaboration

Monday, May 1, 2017

A Water Online story asked if the nation’s water infrastructure needs will be overlooked again. A project in which the city of Arlington and UTA collaborate uses a floating robot to film the condition of its water and sewer lines was featured in the story.

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.

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