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Lubricant technology

Friday, October 20, 2017

Researchers at UTA’s Tribology, Lubrication and Coating Laboratory have refined new vehicle lubricant technologies as part of an ongoing partnership with ESL TEKnologies, Dallas Innovates reported. Pranesh Aswath, a UTA professor of materials science and engineering and mechanical and aerospace engineering, is leading the partnership and lubricant research.

Housing assessment

Friday, October 20, 2017

UTA has been hired by the North Texas Regional Housing Assessment to conduct the HUD Assessment of Fair Housing for a consortium of 20 cities and housing authorities in the DFW area, deafnetwork.com reported. This study will give the North Texas region many new ways to look at housing data and will serve to inform local planning on housing in the future.

SEIR building touted

Friday, October 20, 2017

Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams noted that UTA’s Science and Engineering Innovation and Research building is well under construction, the Arlington Voice reported in covering his state of the city address. He said the $180 million investment will “propel Arlington to new heights in inventions and innovation.”

Girls in STEM

Friday, October 20, 2017

Letia Blanco was interviewed on KGAN CBS 2 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for a story about steering more girls into STEM fields, particularly engineering. Blanco, who is now a systems engineer with Raytheon, obtained a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from UTA.

Measuring debris

Monday, October 16, 2017

Anand Puppala, associate dean of research at UTA’s College of Engineering, and Junzhou Huang, associate professor of computer science and engineering, have received funding from the National Science Foundation to study how much waste debris is left behind by Hurricane Harvey on the Texas Gulf Coast, Dallas Innovates reported.

Inclusivity Initiative Scholarship

Monday, October 16, 2017

Sarvani Chadalapaka, a computing administrator with the Office of Information Technology at the University of California, Merced, was named one of six winners of the Inclusivity Initiative Scholarship, hpcwire.com reported. The scholarship recognizes women in the field of information technology and their efforts to use technology to serve research and education at their individual institutions. Chadalapaka earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from UTA.

Cancer detector

Friday, October 13, 2017

Yuze “Alice” Sun, a UTA assistant professor in the Electrical Engineering Department, has received a $199,999 grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas to develop a non-invasive means to detect early stage lung cancer through biomarkers in a patient’s breath, AZoSensors, Scienmag, Health Medicine Network, News-Medical and several other media outlets reported.

Brain measuring device

Friday, October 13, 2017

Hanli Liu, a UTA bioengineering professor, is working with a UT Southwestern team to help neonatals who suffer from encephalopathy, Phys.org reported. She is integrating a portable brain imaging system for newborns that will better measure the babies' neurophysiology in real time, providing physicians needed analysis to treat encephalopathy more quickly.

Helping babies

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Hanli Liu, a UTA bioengineering professor, is working with a team from UT Southwestern to help newborns who suffer from encephalopathy, PublicNow reported. Liu is using $500,000 of a $1.73 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to integrate a portable brain imaging system that will better measure the babies' neurophysiology in real time, providing physicians needed analysis to treat encephalopathy more quickly.

McNair Scholars

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The University of Texas at Arlington received a $1.4 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to further the efforts of the McNair Scholars program, Scienmag reported. The program assists undergraduate students who are first-generation college students, from low-income and minority populations, continue their education and pursue master's and doctoral degrees.

Gas-to-liquids technology

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Greenway Technologies recently shared information about its innovative gas-to-liquids technology at the East Africa Chamber of Commerce Conference in Dallas, Financial Buzz and many other media outlets reported. Greenway sponsored a GTL pilot plant at UTA, where the technology is being advanced.

Fairchild appointed

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The University of Texas at Arlington has appointed Michael Fairchild as undergraduate adviser for its new construction management program, the ENR Texas & Louisiana reported. Fairchild has been teaching at UTA as an adjunct professor in civil engineering since 2009. He has 40 years of experience in architecture, development and construction. ENR is the Engineering News-Record, which provides engineering and construction news to the industry.

Commercialization effort

Monday, October 9, 2017

UTA researchers have developed a pipeline of new vehicle lubricant technologies that lower greenhouse gas emissions, reduce wear and improve gas mileage, as part of an 18-year collaboration with ESL TEKnologies and its predecessor companies in Dallas, Phys.org and Gears of Biz reported. “This is a really good example of business leveraging knowledge and know-how at the university to develop new products over the long term," said Pranesh Aswath, one of the researchers and UTA professor of Materials Science & Engineering and Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering.

Lifetime achievement

Monday, October 9, 2017

Frank Lewis, UTA Moncrief-O'Donnell endowed chair and professor of electrical engineering, has been awarded the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, 24-7 Press Release reported. Lewis has been at UTA for 27 years.

Life science summit

Friday, October 6, 2017

Life science experts will meet at bionorthTX Third Annual iC3 Life Science Summit at UTA next week, Dallas Innovates reported.

Flexible transistor

Friday, October 6, 2017

An engineering team has created the most functional flexible transistor in the world, Solid State Technology reported. Weidong Zhou, UTA electrical engineering professor, is a part of that team.

Maintaining security

Friday, October 6, 2017

Kiran Chitturi, a computer scientist and network architect, wrote an Information Week column about how to maintain security when rolling out development operations programs. Chitturi earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from UTA.

Hyper-resolution modeling

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

D.J. Seo, a professor in UTA's Civil Engineering Department, will use a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grant to use hyper-resolution modeling for the National Water Model locally in Arlington and Grand Prairie, Scienmag reported.

Impact of parent staying home

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Quartz reported on how to evaluate the impact of a parent leaving the workforce to raise a family. The article quoted Christy Spivey, UTA associate clinical professor in the College of Business, who analyzed historical data about just how much families could lose if a parent stays home.

Summit planned

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Life science experts will meet at the bionorthTX Third Annual iC3 Life Science Summit at UTA on Oct. 12, WVUE Fox 8 in New Orleans, La., WICU NBC 12 in Erie, Pa. and several other media outlets reported.

Most innovative

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Dallas Innovates reported that UTA, as a part of the UT System, made Reuter’s list of the world’s most innovative universities. It lauded UTA’s newly opened Conrad Greer Lab, which converts natural gas to high-grade diesel and jet fuel, and a team of UTA grads who received a patent on a smart bandage.

Flexible transistor

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

An engineering team has created the most functional flexible transistor in the world, Kurzweil.net, Collective Intelligence and several other media outlets reported. Weidong Zhou, UTA electrical engineering professor, is a part of that team.

Better composites

Monday, October 2, 2017

The University of Texas at Arlington has received a $600,000 grant from Boeing to test composite components that officials believe will lead to longer-lasting aircraft and identify when those components might fail, Dallas Innovates and Composites Manufacturing Magazine reported. Andrew Makeev, UTA professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and director of the Advanced Materials and Structures Lab, will lead the project.

Weather mapping

Monday, October 2, 2017

Seongjin Noh, assistant professor for research in UTA's Civil Engineering Department, will use a two-year, $209,564 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grant to create a streamflow data assimilator to improve the National Weather Service's ability to monitor and predict floods and droughts in the nation's rivers and streams, Scienmag reported.

Water research

Monday, October 2, 2017

A new research partnership between the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation and UTA seeks to tackle one of the most challenging and persistent water contaminants — perfluorooctane sulfonate, Chemical Engineering reported.

UTA hackathon

Monday, October 2, 2017

Students from all over North Texas took part in a 24-hour hackathon at The University of Texas at Arlington this past weekend, KXAS NBC 5 reported. The groups were focused on disaster recovery and how technology can help automate systems or even distribute supplies.

Greer Lab innovative

Friday, September 29, 2017

The University of Texas System, which includes UTA, ranked no.9 on Reuters’ list of the world’s 100 most innovative universities, Dallas Business JournalSan Antonio Express-News and Houston Chronicle reported. The Reuters article mentioned UTA’s recent opening of the Conrad Greer Lab, which will develop methods of compressing natural gas into high-grade diesel and jet fuel as an example of innovation in the region. 

Fact checking

Friday, September 29, 2017

Chengkai Li, associate professor of computer science and engineering, and Mark Tremayne, assistant professor of communication, are participating in a new $1.2 million project that refines a fact-checking automation tool. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Facebook Journalism Project and the Craig Newmark Foundation funded the project, which went to the Duke Tech & Check Cooperative, ReportersLab.org reported. The UTA share of the grant is $105,000. 

Flexible transistors

Friday, September 29, 2017

Weidong Zhou, UTA professor of electrical engineering, participated in a project led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison to build the most functional flexible transistor in the world, and with it, a fast, simple and inexpensive fabrication process that’s easily scalable to the commercial level, Health Medicine Network and BrightSurf reported. 

Petsche passes away

Friday, September 29, 2017

Arnold Petsche. UTA donor and distinguished honorary alumnus, has died, the Star-Telegram reported. He established The Arnold E. Petsche Center for Automotive Engineering at UTA, which he considered one of his proudest achievements. Petsche also was heavily involved in UTA's Formula SAE student racing team.

Prabhu appointed

Friday, September 29, 2017

Cloudify has appointed Krish Prabhu as strategic advisor, CityBizlist New York and many other media outlets reported. Prabhu most recently served as president of AT&T Labs and chief technology officer and was inducted into UTA’s Engineering Hall of Achievement in 2016.

Composites grant

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Boeing has given a $600,000 grant to Andrew Makeev, UTA professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, to test composite components that officials believe will pave the way toward longer-lasting aircraft as well as help identify when those components might fail, AZO Materials reported.

UTA part of talent

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Mark Cuban, Dallas Mavericks owner, said Dallas would make a great home for Amazon’s second headquarters because of its talent base, including students graduating from UTA and other North Texas universities, The Dallas Morning News reported. Cuban did express concern that Texas’ conservative political reputation may pose a challenge in landing the company.

Facial recognition

Monday, September 25, 2017

Vassilis Athitsos, associate professor in UTA’s Computer Science and Engineering Department, is assisting a large tech corporation in evaluating existing facial recognition technologies and how they can be improved, Dallas Innovates and Scienmag reported.

Brain data

Friday, September 22, 2017

Junzhou Huang, a UTA associate professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department, received a $210,000 National Science Foundation grant to explore a new method for accurately analyzing brain image data, Scienmag and News Medical reported.

Bot reporting

Friday, September 22, 2017

Chengki Li, a UTA  associate professor of computer science and engineering, and Mark Tremayne, a UTA assistant professor of communication, are developing algorithms to detect automated accounts – also known as “bots” – that spread misinformation online, KERA.org reported.

Elsenbaumer named chancellor

Friday, September 22, 2017

Purdue announced that UTA’s Ronald Elsenbaumer will become the next chancellor of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, The Journal Gazette and WPTA ABC 21, both in Fort Wayne, Ind., and many other media outlets reported. Elsenbaumer joined UTA in 1991 and served in a variety of roles, including chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, vice president for research, provost and interim provost, and most recently as senior advisor to the president for entrepreneurship and economic development, and interim dean of the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs.

UTA-DART academy

Friday, September 22, 2017

UTA and Dallas Area Rapid Transit have launched the UTA/DART Transportation Leadership Academy, a first-of-its-kind partnership offering select UTA undergraduates valuable experiential learning opportunities in the fields of business, engineering, urban planning and transportation management, Dallas Innovates reported. 

Recycling costs

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sahadat Hossain, the director of the Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability at UTA, was interviewed by WFMY CBS 2 in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina  about how the business of recycling is not proving economically viable. Hoassain ran numbers for several cities across Texas. It costs about $20 to $50 to dump a ton of trash. To recycle a ton, it costs $150 to $200. "Making recycling a profitable business is going to be very, very difficult," said Hossain, who also is a UTA civil engineering  professor. The original story was aired on WFAA ABC 8.

Alumnus featured

Friday, September 15, 2017

Alumnus Thaddeus Arroyo, chief executive officer of AT&T Business, was profiled in a Dallas Business Journal article. Arroyo earned a bachelor’s of science in mathematics and computer science from UTA.

Flood warning system

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

KXAS NBC 5 reported that Nick Fang, a UTA assistant professor of civil engineering, created a flood warning system that helped protect Texas Medical Center during Hurricane Harvey. Fang said it’s unlikely for a storm to cause the similar damage in DFW.

Business of recycling

Monday, September 11, 2017

Sahadat Hossain, professor in UTA’s Civil Engineering Department and director of the Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability, said the business of recycling isn’t working economically in the U.S. in an interview on WFAA ABC 8 about large American cities attempting to go zero waste. Hossain compared costs of current practices and found it is cheaper to put waste in a landfill than to recycle it. Austin's KVUE ABC 39 also carried the story.

New data analytics

Monday, September 11, 2017

Gautam Das, a UTA computer science and engineering professor, will use an Early-concept Grant for Exploratory Research, or EAGER, from the National Science Foundation to show that it is possible to perform data analytics with only local views, Scienmag reported. Das’ project would then develop techniques to tap into that data and allow third-party clients to leverage the technology to develop location-based services applications for the public.

First Bell features Fang

Monday, September 11, 2017

ASEE First Bell carried a Dallas Morning News article on UTA engineering professor Nick Fang’s work to help protect Houston's Texas Medical Center from Hurricane Harvey.

Robot interaction

Friday, September 8, 2017

Brookdale Senior Living Solutions reported that UTA researchers have been working with their senior residents to study engagement with robot NAO using sonnets from Shakespeare. The interdisciplinary research team includes UTA’s Department of Theatre Arts, School of Social Work and the UTA Research Institute.

NSF grant for UAS

Friday, September 8, 2017

Public Now reported that UTA is among four universities awarded a total of $1 million by the National Science Foundation for unmanned aerial systems research.

Alumnus' business recognized

Friday, September 8, 2017

Alumnus Andrew Feghali’s company Aeroblaze Laboratory will be recognized at the annual TechFW IMPACT Awards luncheon, Dallas CityBizList reported. Feghali earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree of business administration from UTA.

Free-flow of data

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Public Now reported that Gautam Das, a UTA computer science and engineering professor, will use a highly competitive National Science Foundation EAGER grant to develop techniques that would allow third-party clients to access location-based data.

DART academy

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

UTA has partnered with Dallas Area Rapid Transit to offer select UTA students the opportunity to participate in a year-long transportation leadership academy, MyInforms.com reported.

Hurricane Harvey help

Friday, September 1, 2017

Nick Fang, a UTA assistant professor of civil engineering, helped keep Texas Medical Center hospitals safe during Hurricane Harvey, The Dallas Morning News reported. Fang, a noted expert on storm water management, co-designed a storm alert system that helped many of Houston’s most critical institutions survive.

Internships needed

Friday, September 1, 2017

Erick Jones, UTA’s George and Elizabeth Pickett Endowed Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, wrote an article in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education about how graduate research internships could fill a STEM workforce gap. He said underrepresented minorities are a critical domestic population to consider for filling these jobs.

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