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National academy election

Monday, March 25, 2019

UTA’s Dererje Agonafer, the Jenkins Garrett Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, was one of the 27 Sigma Xi members elected to the National Academy of Engineering recently, Targeted News Service reported. Agonafer was elected for contributions to computer-aided electro/thermo/mechanical design and modeling of electronic equipment.

Robots in steelmaking

Monday, March 25, 2019

Daejong Kim, a UTA associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, was awarded an $80,000 grant from South Korea-based POSCO–one of the world’s largest steelmakers–to help fund a one-year feasibility study of intelligent robot systems for inspection and maintenance of steelmaking facilities, SatoshiNakamotoBlog.com reported.

Alumna named president

Monday, March 25, 2019

Emerson, a global engineering and technology company, has appointed Vidya Ramnath as the new president for its automation solutions business in the Middle East and Africa, OilandGas.com reported. Ramnath earned her master’s degree in industrial engineering from UTA.

GURI recruit

Friday, March 22, 2019

Gov. Greg Abbott announced that Surendra Shah, National Academy of Engineering member, has joined the departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Civil Engineering at UTA through the Governor’s University Research Initiative, the San Marcos Corridor News reported.

Bike planning

Friday, March 22, 2019

Kate Hyun, UTA assistant professor of civil engineering, is exploring data fusion techniques that will provide planners with better data on potential bicycle volumes for a city, Engineering Business Daily reported.

Florida highway troubles

Friday, March 22, 2019

Michael Fairchild, associate professor of civil engineering, said the rising toll of injuries and deaths on a Florida highway construction project could be an indicator of improper training or equipment, The Orlando Sentinel reported.

Food transportation

Friday, March 22, 2019

Caroline Krejci, an assistant professor in the Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering Department at UTA, will use a $299,310 grant to show how farmers and ranchers can make food transportation more efficient, Engineering Business Daily reported.

Efficient lasers

Friday, March 22, 2019

Weidong Zhou, an electrical engineering professor at UTA, will use a $450,000 grant from the Army Research Office to determine the minimum amount of energy required to develop high-speed and energy-efficient lasers based on nanophotonic cavities and nanostructured materials, Technology Business Daily reported.

Leading alumna

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Wendy Okolo, a NASA aerospace research engineer, became the first black woman to earn a doctoral degree in aerospace engineering when she graduated from UTA in 2015, The Philadelphia Tribune and All Together by the Society of Women Engineers reported. Okolo also received her bachelor’s degree at UTA.

One-of-a-kind wind tunnel

Friday, March 15, 2019

Luca Maddalena, UTA associate professor of aerospace engineering and director of the Aerodynamics Research Center, successfully created an arc-heated hypersonic wind tunnel, the only one of its kind at a university in the United States, InComplianceMag.com reported.

Consortium leads to innovations

Friday, March 15, 2019

A technology consortium including the city of Arlington and UTA has spawned new innovative methods using advanced pipeline assessment technology to help cities better manage and understand their underground infrastructure, TrenchlessTechnology.com reported.

Ultrasound waves grants

Friday, March 15, 2019

Haiying Huang, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at UTA, has earned a pair of grants worth nearly $900,000 to monitor structural health and use ultrasound waves to detect structural damage in ships' hulls, Phys.org reported.

Food transportation efficiency

Friday, March 15, 2019

Caroline Krejci, an assistant professor in the Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering Department at UTA, will use a $299,310 grant from the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education program to show how farmers and ranchers can make food transportation more efficient, Bioengineer.org and Phys.org reported.

STEM festival

Friday, March 15, 2019

UTA participated in the Pi Day Math Festival in the Dallas Arts District on March 14. The event is designed to show how STEM fields connect to most spheres of human activity, including the arts, humanities and design, ScientificAmerican.com reported.

Strengthening 3D printing

Friday, March 15, 2019

Rhugdhrivya Rane, a UTA mechanical and aerospace engineering doctoral student, offered in his thesis some ways to improve the strength of parts in 3D printing for use in many applications, 3DPrint.com reported.

Recycled roadways

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Sahadat Hossain, director of UTA's Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability and civil engineering professor, said in a Houston Chronicle story that widespread adoption of an asphalt mix that includes post-consumer recycled plastic on roadways could happen soon if policymakers act quickly.

Bicycle planning

Monday, March 11, 2019

Kate Hyun, UTA assistant professor of civil engineering, is exploring data fusion techniques that will provide planners with better data on potential bicycle volumes for a city, Phys.org reports. Hyun is one of the researchers on a $200,000 grant from the National Institute for Transportation and Communities at Portland State University.

UTA energy achievements

Monday, March 11, 2019

An O.K. Carter column in the Fort Worth Business Press highlights UTA’s recent noteworthy grants and research achievements in the energy spectrum as the university’s efforts continue to be recognized as a top tier research university.

Warren selected

Friday, March 8, 2019

Kelcy Warren, a UTA alumnus, has been appointed to the UT System Board of Regents by Gov. Greg Abbott, KYTX CBS 19 in Tyler/Longview, The Daily Texan and the Guidry News reported. Warren is chairman and CEO of Energy Transfer Partners. Gubernatorial appointments have to be confirmed by the Texas Senate.

Efficient lasers

Friday, March 8, 2019

Weidong Zhou, a UTA electrical engineering professor, will use a $450,000 grant from the Army Research Office to determine the minimum amount of energy required to develop high-speed and energy-efficient lasers based on nanophotonic cavities and nanostructured materials, Satoshi Nakamoto Blog reported.

Pi Day Math Festival

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

UTA is one of many universities and organizations participating in the third annual Pi Day Math Festival at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, Dallas Weekly reported.

Design team takes second

Monday, March 4, 2019

A UTA student design team took second place in a competition at an International Corrugated Packaging Foundation conference, FlexoGlobal reported.

Nationally ranked

Friday, March 1, 2019

UTA’s master of Construction Management degree program was ranked nationally by OnlineMasters.com, Targeted News Service reported.

UTA alumna profiled

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

UTA alumna Wendy Okolo was profiled in AllAfrica.com about being the first black woman to earn a doctorate in aerospace engineering from UTA. The article originally appeared in Nigeria’s Legit.ng.

Developing heat shields

Monday, February 25, 2019

UTA’s Luca Maddalena, an aerospace engineering professor, received Navy grants worth more than $1.5 million to develop heat shields for hypersonic vehicles and measure plasma flow, Dallas Innovates reported.

Hypersonic research grants

Friday, February 22, 2019

Luca Maddalena, UTA aerospace engineering associate professor and director of the Aerodynamics Research Center, won a pair of federal grants that will help his work in developing heat shields for hypersonic vehicles and advanced laser-based measurements of plasma flow, Techsite, Bioengineer and Targeted News Service reported.

CAREER grant

Friday, February 22, 2019

Kyungsuk Yum, a UTA assistant professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department, has been awarded a five-year, $500,000 National Science Foundation Early Career Development, or CAREER, grant to design and develop bioinspired 3D materials with programmed shapes and motions, Photonics.com reported. The research could transform the way soft engineering systems or devices are designed and fabricated.

Computer contest

Friday, February 22, 2019

Ramtin Madani, a UTA assistant professor in electrical engineering, is leading a team in a contest to make computer searches more efficient and faster, Energy Business Daily reported.

Regional fair

Friday, February 22, 2019

UTA will host the 68th Fort Worth Regional Science & Engineering Fair Feb. 24-25, Targeted News Service reported.

Tier One march

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Texas cannot slow down now as more universities, including UTA, head toward Tier One status, an op-ed for The Dallas Morning News said. The column said that as a result of faculty and research achievements, The University of Texas at Arlington is approaching National Research University Fund eligibility. Dan Branch, former state representative and chair of the House Higher Education Committee, wrote the op-ed.

Computer efficiency

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Jia Rao, an assistant professor in the UTA Computer Science and Engineering Department, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Early Career Development Program, or CAREER, grant to redesign abstractions in virtualized systems aimed at improving efficiency, Scienmag and Phys.org reported. 

Bioinspired 3D shapes

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Kyungsuk Yum, a UTA assistant professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department, has been awarded a five-year, $500,000 National Science Foundation Early Career Development, or CAREER, grant to design and develop bioinspired 3D materials with programmed shapes and motions, Science and Technology Research News reported. The research could transform the way soft engineering systems or devices are designed and fabricated.

Construction management

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

OnlineMasters.com ranked UTA’s construction management program among the best online programs nationwide for 2019, Construction Business Owner reported.

UTA alumna profiled

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

UTA alumna Wendy Okolo was profiled in Nigeria’s Legit.ng about being the first black woman to earn a doctorate in aerospace engineering at UTA.

New vice president

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Tarek Alzien has been hired as vice president of operations for Boomerang Tube LLC, an oil tubular goods producer, GlobeNewswire, Oil & Gas 360, Palestine News Network and several other media outlets reported. Alzien earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from UTA.

3D creations

Monday, February 18, 2019

Kyungsuk Yum, a UTA assistant professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department, has been awarded a five-year, $500,000 National Science Foundation Early Career Development, or CAREER, grant to design and develop bioinspired 3D materials with programmed shapes and motions, Phys.org, TechSite and other websites reported. The research could transform the way soft engineering systems or devices are designed and fabricated.

Team effort

Monday, February 18, 2019

Ramtin Madani, a UTA assistant professor in electrical engineering, is leading a team in a contest to make computer searches more efficient and faster, Dallas Innovates reported.

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.

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