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Startups selected

Friday, June 14, 2019

Two startup businesses with UTA ties have been selected for an international accelerator program, illustrating the University's commitment to entrepreneurship and impactful research commercialization, Scienmag reported.

Using near-infrared light

Friday, June 14, 2019

Hanli Liu, a UTA bioengineering professor, is using a NASA grant to study the use of near-infrared laser light on the brain in an effort to improve astronauts’ cognitive and memory function during space missions, Science and Technology Research News reported.

Geotextiles research

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Anand Puppala, associate dean for research and civil engineering professor in the College of Engineering, showed in a new report the advantages of using geotextiles to mend a bridge site in Cleburne, Texas, NewsRx Science Daily reported.

Using light

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Hanli Liu, a UTA bioengineering professor, is using a NASA grant to study the use of near-infrared laser light on the brain in an effort to improve astronauts’ cognitive and memory function during space missions, Photonics.com reported.

Astronaut memory

Monday, June 10, 2019

Hanli Liu, a UTA bioengineering professor, is using a grant from NASA to study the use of near-infared laser light on the brain in an effort to improve astronauts’ cognitive and memory function during space missions, Defense & Aerospace Daily reported.

Faculty award

Friday, June 7, 2019

Dereje Agonafer, a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Distinguished University Professor of mechanical engineering at UTA, has been named by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers as a recipient of its prestigious Heat Transfer Memorial Award, ScienMag reported.

Wheelchair treadmill

Monday, June 3, 2019

A group of recently graduated mechanical engineering students at UTA unveiled its design and build of a fully functional treadmill made specifically for athletes in wheelchairs, KTVT CBS 11 reported. Brandon Griffin, who led the team of students, said they were inspired by a desire to help the University’s wheelchair basketball team, the Movin’ Mavs, with specialized training equipment.

Rehab glove

Monday, June 3, 2019

The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute is making flexible soft robotic gloves that will aid in rehabilitating stroke patients through virtual reality gaming, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. UTARI is partnering with Neuro Rehab VR and the University of North Texas Health Science Center on the project.

Aircraft diagnostics

Monday, June 3, 2019

Andrew Makeev, professor in the UTA Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, received a $900,000 grant from the Army Research Lab to advance structural diagnostics and life assessment in composite aircraft parts, Today’s Motor Vehicles reported.

Universal grease

Monday, June 3, 2019

Pranesh Aswath, professor in UTA’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has developed a lubricant composition that can be used as a universal grease for aircraft, Fuels and Lubes reported. The new product class addresses the superfluity of individual lubricating greases on the market that can cause confusion and increase the likelihood of misappropriation.

Astronaut memory

Friday, May 31, 2019

Hanli Liu, a UTA bioengineering professor, is using a grant from NASA to study the use of near-infared laser light on the brain in an effort to improve astronauts’ cognitive and memory function during space missions, LED Inside and AZO Optics reported.

Transportation infrastructure

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Sharareh "Sherri" Kermanshachi, assistant professor in the UTA Department of Civil Engineering, has received grants from the Texas Department of Transportation and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development aimed at identifying and formulating best practices for the construction of transportation projects, Phys.org reported.

Cancer research

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

UTA is among the North Texas institutions that have received significant funding from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, The Dallas Morning News reported. UTA has received $4.4 million in CPRIT funds intended to bring established researchers and their labs to the state, as well as accelerate work by early-stage investigators.

Data science

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Sharma Chakravarthy, UTA professor of computer science and engineering, served as a featured speaker at a two-day workshop on data science organized by the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar National Institute of Technology in India, The Tribune India reported. Chakravarthy reported on different approaches for managing and analyzing data that have emerged over the past 40 years.

Brain injury research

Friday, May 24, 2019

Ashfaq Adnan, UTA associate professor of mechanical engineering, has been awarded a $261,120 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program, or DURIP, grant to purchase equipment that determines the severity of brain injuries, even if they aren’t readily apparent, Medical newsline and BioPortfolio reported. Kamesh Subbarao, UTA mechanical engineering associate professor, is the co-investigator on the project.

UTA startup in competition

Friday, May 24, 2019

UTA startup SolGro was one of five companies selected for up to $250,000 and technical support from the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator, Houston’s citybizlist reported. SolGro develops innovative, light-converting greenhouse canopies that can help produce food more sustainably.

Research collaboration

Friday, May 24, 2019

UTA researchers collaborated with a team from Taiwan’s National Cheng Kung University on new methods of aiding quantum technology, the Taipei Times reported.

Reformulating oil

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Pranesh Aswath, professor in UTA’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, recommends in a new study that reformulating lubricating oils for internal combustion engines could significantly improve the life of the oil and engine, Canada’s CBC News reported. Aswath also is UTA’s vice provost for academic planning and policy.

Alumnus named VP

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

National Circuit Assembly appointed Stephen Lehocky to vice president of operations, SMT Today and iConnect007.com reported. Lehocky is working toward his doctorate in industrial engineering at UTA.

NIH fellowship

Monday, May 20, 2019

UTA bioengineering doctoral student Aneetta Kuriakose has become the first student from the university to be awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship by the National Institutes of Health, Dallas Innovates reported. The fellowship will support research into a new minimally invasive treatment for peripheral artery disease.

Battery research

Monday, May 20, 2019

UTA researchers conducted a survey for the U.S. Navy that evaluated energy density, storage and life of batteries. Skeleton Technologies, based in Großröhrsdorf, Germany, ranked first in that comparative study, Wirtschaft reported.

Oil reformulation

Friday, May 17, 2019

Pranesh Aswath, professor in UTA’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, recommends that reformulating lubricating oils for internal combustion engines could significantly improve the life of the oil and engine in a new study, Phys.org reported. Aswath also is UTA’s vice provost for academic planning and policy.

Women in Technology

Friday, May 17, 2019

UTA’s Fillia Makedon, an expert and leader in machine learning and assistive technologies, was among 25 women named by the Dallas Business Journal as winners in the sixth annual Women in Technology Awards. Makedon, a Jenkins Garrett professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Arlington, and her fellow honorees were recognized at a reception May 14 at the Westin Galleria Dallas.

Industry panel

Friday, May 17, 2019

Ali Abolmaali, chair of the Department of Civil Engineering, was part of a panel examining interactions between industry and academia that are working well, with a focus on why and how they function, All Together reported.

UTA startup

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

UTA startup SolGro is one of five companies to be selected to participate in the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator program, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. SolGro was developed in partnership with UTA and has created plastics that amplify sunlight into the wavelengths that are best for plant growth. The program is a $30 million technology incubator and platform funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation.

Engineering ranked

Monday, May 13, 2019

UTA engineering ranked No. 82 of 199 campuses around the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report as reported by Michigan Watchdog and several other media websites. The criteria included 10 indicators such as recruiter assessment scores, acceptance rates, student-faculty ratios, research activities and the percentage of instructors in the National Academy of Engineering.

Scholarship partner

Friday, May 10, 2019

UTA has entered a partnership with Radium, a company that specializes in bringing advanced utility to blockchain, Bitcoin Exchange Guide reported. They are collaborating to deliver scholarships to two top students every semester for the next five years. Sajib Datta, senior lecturer and graduate advisor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, will be responsible for effectively supervising the students.

Ultracapacitators research

Friday, May 10, 2019

David Wetz, professor of electrical engineering at UTA, is conducting a study for the Office of Naval Research to assess the suitability of ultracapacitators in applications demanding high transient power, European Passive Components Institute reported.

Water planning

Monday, May 6, 2019

A team of researchers at UTA is using a grant from the Trinity River Authority of Texas to develop a water resources modeling tool that the authority will use to plan water movement, storage and use, Dallas Innovates reported.

Software safety

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

A research effort involving Jeff Lei, professor in the UTA Department of Computer Science and Engineering, has developed new tools that strengthen the safety tests software companies conduct on programs that control vehicles, power plants and other demanding technologies, Security Now and ISS Source reported. The research included collaborators from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Adobe Systems Inc. and Austria's SBA Research.

Recycling programs

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Sahadat Hossain, civil engineering professor and director of the Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability at UTA, was featured in a story by The Texas Standard analyzing struggling recycling programs. Hossain said Texas is in a waste management crisis brought on by overconsumption.  

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