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Talent pool improvements

Monday, November 19, 2018

Amazon’s decision not to choose Dallas as its second headquarters is a call to action to develop the local talent pool, The Dallas Morning News reported. UTA ranks No. 72 and No. 90 for research expenditures in engineering and computer science.

Transportation, soil projects

Monday, November 19, 2018

Anand Puppala, civil engineering professor and the associate dean for research in UTA’s College of Engineering, is using U.S. Department of Transportation and the Texas Department of Transportation funding that will employ geopolymers for soil modification and sustainable cement materials to strengthen highway embankments in the Paris, Texas, district, Phys.org reported.

Lubricant patent

Friday, November 16, 2018

UTA has been awarded a patent for a lubricant composition that can be used as a universal grease for aircraft, World Industrial Reporter, Phys.org, Scienmag and Techsite reported. Pranesh Aswath, a professor of materials science and engineering and mechanical and aerospace engineering and the vice provost for Academic Planning and Policy, led the research.

Soil, embankment grants

Friday, November 16, 2018

Anand Puppala, a UTA civil engineering soil researcher, is using U.S. Department of Transportation and the Texas Department of Transportation grants that will employ geopolymers for soil modification and sustainable cement materials to strengthen highway embankments in the Paris, Texas, district, Phys.org and Targeted News Service reported.

Tech university collaboration

Friday, November 16, 2018

A Dallas Morning News editorial urged the region to build an “Amazon U” even though the company decided against building its second headquarters in Dallas. The Amazon U was a joint project among UTA and other higher education institutions that would have provided the firm with a steady pipeline of skilled workers. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban agreed in a DMN Sports Day story about Amazon.

Engineering jobs

Friday, November 16, 2018

KXTX Telemundo 39 interviewed Adrian Rodriguez, a UTA assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and students Elida Sorto-Ramos and Lauren Sorto-Ramos about high-paying jobs for Latinos.

Implantable probe

Friday, November 16, 2018

Weidong Zhou, a distinguished professor at UTA in electrical engineering, received a $200,000 Partnerships for Innovation grant from the National Science Foundation to develop an implantable optical probe that can be inserted in the brain to monitor brain function after traumatic injuries or surgeries, then be absorbed by the body, Electronics Newsweekly reported. Zhou is working with John Rogers, a world leader in the field of bioresorbable or biodegradable electronics at Northwestern University.

Latino jobs

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

KXTX Telemundo 39 interviewed Adrian Rodriguez, a UTA assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and students Elida Sorto-Ramos and Lauren Sorto-Ramos about high-paying jobs for Latinos.

Optical probe

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Weidong Zhou, a distinguished professor at UTA in electrical engineering, received a $200,000 Partnerships for Innovation grant from the National Science Foundation to develop an implantable optical probe that can be inserted in the brain to monitor brain function after traumatic injuries or surgeries, then be absorbed by the body, Science and Technology Research News reported. Zhou is working with John Rogers, a world leader in the field of bioresorbable or biodegradable electronics at Northwestern University.

Amazon disappointment

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said he was disappointed in the city being unable to land Amazon's second headquarters, KTVT CBS 11 and The Dallas Morning News reported. Rawlings said the region had set up a multi-university partnership, which included UTA, to provide a high-tech workforce for the company.

Alumnus named VP

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Mark Schwartz, a 25-year veteran of cardiovascular device development, has joined BioCardia as vice president of clinical affairs, Cardiovascular News reported. Schwartz holds a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from UTA.

NSF partners grant

Monday, November 12, 2018

Weidong Zhou, a Distinguished Professor at UTA in electrical engineering, received a $200,000 Partnerships for Innovation grant from the National Science Foundation to apply fundamental research derived from his work with John Rogers, a world leader in the field of bioresorbable or biodegradable electronics at Northwestern University, Medicalnewser.com reported.

Fair housing assessment

Friday, November 9, 2018

While UTA’s affordable fair housing assessment study reflects an unflattering image of segregation in Dallas, the city had the courage to initiate the research and is learning from this study, a UTA alumna wrote in an op-ed piece in The Dallas Morning News. Myriam Igoufe, who earned her doctorate at UTA in urban planning, wrote that the Dallas City Council expressed a commitment to finding bold ways to tackle these complex issues.

Efficient quantum communications

Friday, November 9, 2018

Michael Vasilyev, UTA professor of electrical engineering, will work to build an efficient and robust integrated quantum system on a chip, photonics.com and Targeted News Service reported.

NSF partnerships grant

Friday, November 9, 2018

Weidong Zhou, a Distinguished Professor at UTA in electrical engineering, received a $200,000 Partnerships for Innovation grant from the National Science Foundation to apply fundamental research derived from his work with John Rogers, a world leader in the field of bioresorbable or biodegradable electronics at Northwestern University, Targeted News Service reported.

ClaimBuster cited

Friday, November 9, 2018

An article about the accuracy of medical news and reports could use a tool like ClaimBuster, a UTA-invented fact-checking system that reporters and news organizations use to check facts, Germany’s 360 MFA reported.

Alumnus listed

Friday, November 9, 2018

Kelcy Warren, chief executive of Energy Transfer LP, graduated from UTA, the Dallas Business Journal reported in a list it published on where Texas Fortune 500 CEOs studied.

Fair housing

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

A UTA fair housing assessment showed economic and racial segregation across Dallas, The Dallas Morning News and D Magazine reported. Myriam Igoufe, who recently earned her doctorate from UTA, and Stephen Mattingly, a UTA civil engineering professor, performed the assessment for the city of Dallas and 20-plus other cities and housing authorities. “Dallas is marked by a very stark geography of inequity,” Igoufe said. “We have also documented systemic barriers to opportunities.” Mattingly said if the study had gone back earlier than 1990, he believes data would have shown these areas of inequity for a long time.

Endowed chair

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Bob Woods, the longtime UTA mechanical engineering professor and Formula SAE adviser, is the first recipient of an endowed chair established in his honor in 2017 through a gift from Paul E. Andrews Jr., an entrepreneur and businessman, Bioengineer.org and Targeted News Service reported.

UAV uses

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Water & Wastes Digest published an article about the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in managing and evaluating infrastructure. The article, originally published in Roads & Bridges, was authored by Anand Puppala, UTA Distinguished Teaching Professor of civil engineering, and Surya Congress, a graduate research assistant.

Recycled road

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

A UTA civil engineering professor said future highways might be made of a recycled plastic slurry, SentinelSource.com of Keene, N.H., reported. Sahadat Hossain, the civil engineering professor and the director of UTA's Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability, has projects using recycled plastic to shore up failing highway slopes and highway walls. The original story ran in The Washington Post.

Scholarships offered

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Ten U.S. and Canadian scholarships for doctoral dissertation held jointly with a Greece research center are being offered in the fields of artificial intelligence, robotics, mechanical learning, big data and bioinformatics, the Interconnection Office of the Democritus University of Thrace reported. UTA’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering is one of the participants.

Quantum communications

Monday, November 5, 2018

UTA engineers received a $750,000 National Science Foundation grant to explore how to develop better quantum communications, Dallas Innovates reported. Michael Vasilyev, a professor of electrical engineering, and his research partner, Yuping Huang of the Stevens Institute of Technology, are the chief researchers on the project.

Endowed chair awarded

Monday, November 5, 2018

Bob Woods, longtime UTA mechanical engineering professor and Formula SAE adviser, is the first recipient of an endowed chair established in his honor in 2017 through a gift from Paul E. Andrews Jr., an entrepreneur and businessman, Targeted News Service reported.

Materials standard

Monday, November 5, 2018

A UTA researcher is leading a $1 million U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory grant looking at establishing fatigue and durability standards for materials used in aircraft, Targeted News Service reported. Endel Iarve, a UTA professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is leading the project.

Recycled roads

Friday, November 2, 2018

A UTA civil engineering professor said future highways might be made of a recycled plastic slurry, ASEE’s First Bell reported in linking to a story originally published in The Washington Post. Sahadat Hossain, a civil engineering professor and the director of UTA's Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability, has projects using recycled plastic to shore up failing highway slopes and highway walls. Steel Guru magazine also ran the Post article. ASEE is the American Society for Engineering Education.

Quantum communication

Friday, November 2, 2018

Michael Vasilyev, a UTA professor of electrical engineering, and his research partner, Professor Yuping Huang of the Stevens Institute of Technology, received a three-year, $750,000 National Science Foundation grant to address the challenges of large-scale deployment of quantum communication systems, Phys.org reported.

UAVs to inspect

Friday, November 2, 2018

Anand Puppala, UTA Distinguished Teaching Professor of civil engineering, and Surya Congress, a graduate research assistant, authored a Roads & Bridges article about the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in managing and evaluating infrastructure.

Eye movement technology

Friday, November 2, 2018

UTA has been awarded a patent for a revolutionary new technology that is able to scan a user's eye movements and enable him or her to navigate mobile platforms, such as electric wheelchairs, without the use of hands, Greece’s Palo reported. Inventor Christopher McMurrough, now a UTA computer science and engineering lecturer, said his interest in this technology grew out of seeing how his mother-in-law struggled with eye-tracking devices as an ALS patient.

Genomics alliance

Friday, November 2, 2018

Texas A&M University and The University of Texas at Arlington have established the Texas Genomics Core Alliance to increase access to and decrease costs of cutting-edge, high-throughput genomics sequencing technologies, Biotech Week reported.

Recycled roads

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Future highways might be made of a recycled plastic slurry, a UTA civil engineering professor told The Washington Post in a story exploring some of the uses for recycled plastic. Sahadat Hossain, the civil engineering professor and the director of UTA's Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability, has projects using recycled plastic to shore up failing highway slopes and highway walls. The Post story also ran in the Chicago Tribune, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and The Malone Telegram in Franklin County, N.Y.

Woods profiled

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Bob Woods, the longtime UTA mechanical engineering professor and Formula SAE advisor, was profiled in Southern Automotive Alliance magazine for his mentoring and teaching career at The University of Texas at Arlington.

Increasing PhDs

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The University of Texas at Arlington has announced that a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, supplemented with $300,000 in UTA matching funds, will help increase the number of doctoral students, especially among women and minorities, Hispanic Engineer reported.

Texas Mobility Summit

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Texas Innovation Alliance, in conjunction with the city of Arlington, UTA, North Central Texas Council of Governments and the Texas Department of Transportation, sponsored the Texas Mobility Summit Oct. 28-30, Arlington-tx.gov reported. The summit investigated transportation strategies for the future.

NSF EAGER grant

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Frank Lewis, the Moncrief-O'Donnell Professor of Electrical Engineering, Yan Wan and Ali Davoudi, associate professors of electrical engineering, are using a $220,000 Early-concept Grant for Exploratory Research, or EAGER, from the National Science Foundation to use real-time learning to create a unified theory on how to optimize microgrid capacity through DC distribution, Phys.org, TechSite and Targeted News Service reported.

Design-Build Award

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Sharareh Kermanshachi, UTA assistant professor of civil engineering, is receiving a 2018 National Design-Build Award at the 2018 Design-Build Conference and Expo from the Design-Build Institute of America, Waco's KTTV ABC 25 reported. In addition to serving as the director of UTA’s Construction Research Lab, supervising multiple doctoral and master’s students, Kermanshachi founded UTA’s Design-Build Institute of America student chapter and currently serves as its faculty adviser.

PhD pipeline

Friday, October 19, 2018

A UTA computer science professor has received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, supplemented with $300,000 in UTA matching funds, that will significantly increase the number of doctoral students, especially among women and minorities, the City of Arlington and Techsite reported. Ishfaq Ahmad, UTA professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, will lead the project.

Most Valuable Professional

Friday, October 19, 2018

Lynn Osborn, board member for UTA's Center for Underground Infrastructure Research and Education, will be awarded the 2019 Most Valuable Professional at a banquet on Jan. 29 during the Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition in Fort Worth, Underground Construction reported.

Increasing PhDs

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A UTA computer science professor has received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, supplemented with $300,000 in UTA matching funds, that will significantly increase the number of doctoral students, especially among women and minorities, Scienmag reported. UTA Professor Ishfaq Ahmad will lead the project.

ASME award

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Jimil Shah, who recently received a doctorate in mechanical enginering from UTA, is the recipient of the 2018 ASME Electronic and Photonic Packaging Division Student Engineer of the Year Award, Scienmag reported. He received the award at the recent American Society of Mechanical Engineers' InterPACK Conference in San Francisco.

Strengthening highways

Monday, October 15, 2018

Sahadat Hossain, UTA civil engineering professor, and his team are using a $1.37 million proof-of-concept contract with the Texas Department of Transportation to show that recycled plastic pins can strengthen mechanically stabilized earth walls on highways in North Texas, Dallas Innovates reported. 

NSF grant

Friday, October 12, 2018

Robert Magnusson, UTA’s Texas Instruments Distinguished University Chair in Nanoelectronics and an electrical engineering professor, will use a $360,000 National Science Foundation grant for his research into band flips and bound states in leaky-mode resonant photonic lattices, Phys.org and Techsite reported.

Strengthening infrastructure

Friday, October 12, 2018

Sahadat Hossain, a UTA civil engineering professor, is using a $1.37 million proof-of-concept contract from the Texas Department of Transportation to utilize recycled plastic pins to strengthen mechanically stabilized earth on North Texas highways, Scienmag reported.

Smart seat cushion

Friday, October 12, 2018

Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have patented a smart seat cushion that uses changes in air pressure to redistribute body weight to help prevent pressure ulcers, Germany’s der-querschnitt.de reported. Muthu Wijesundara, co-inventor of the technology, is chief research scientist at UTA's Research Institute.

UTA-Navy agreement

Friday, October 12, 2018

UTA and the Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia signed an education partnership agreement, Techsite reported. The pact allows UTA faculty and students to collaborate in U.S. Navy research projects, loan equipment to the university for educational purposes, and, perhaps, developing and teaching science and engineering courses at the university.

Photonics research

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Robert Magnusson, UTA’s Texas Instruments Distinguished University Chair in Nanoelectronics and an electrical engineering professor, will use a $360,000 National Science Foundation grant for his research into band flips and bound states in leaky-mode resonant photonic lattices, Science & Technology Research News reported.

ClaimBuster

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Germany’s idw-online.de published a story about social media platforms, including ClaimBuster, a fact-checking tool designed by Chengkai Li, a UTA computer science and engineering associate professor. Mark Tremayne, UTA associate professor of communication, also works on the project.

UTA-Navy education agreement

Monday, October 8, 2018

UTA and the Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia signed an education partnership agreement, Dallas Innovates reported. The pact could involve faculty and students from UTA in U.S. Navy research projects, loan equipment to the university for educational purposes, and, perhaps, develop and teach science and engineering courses at the University.

Smart seat

Friday, October 5, 2018

Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington have patented a smart seat cushion that uses changes in air pressure to redistribute body weight to help prevent pressure ulcers, MedicalBrief reported. Muthu Wijesundara, co-inventor of the technology, is chief research scientist at UTA's Research Institute.

UTA-Navy partnership

Friday, October 5, 2018

UTA and the Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division signed a formal Education Partnership Agreement recently that will enhance research and education at UTA through interactions with division personnel and sharing scientific, engineering and technological assets, Targeted News Service reported.

Komodo-UTA agreement

Friday, October 5, 2018

Komodo Platform, the blockchain service ecosystem, announced a collaboration with The University of Texas at Arlington, CapRE Media and BitcoinExchangeGuide.com reported. Komodo will provide funding for two senior design projects, as well as scholarships for two undergraduate students and two graduate students for one academic year.

Summit scheduled

Friday, October 5, 2018

BionorthTX invites guests to the fourth annual IC3 Life Science Summit Wednesday, Oct. 10, at UTA’s E.H. Hereford University Center, Dallas Innovates reported.

SEIR dedication

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

UTA is taking big strides toward becoming a health research powerhouse in the North Texas area with the opening of its new research building, D CEO Healthcare, Fort Worth Magazine, KXAS NBC 5 and NBCDFW.com reported. UTA officially dedicated its new Science & Engineering Innovation & Research, or SEIR, building last week. Research projects that focus on brain health, cancer, cardiovascular health, aging and genomics will be housed at SEIR.

Smart seat

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington have patented a smart seat cushion that uses changes in air pressure to redistribute body weight to help prevent pressure ulcers, Today’s WoundClinic reported. Muthu Wijesundara, co-inventor of the technology, is chief research scientist at UTA's Research Institute.

Programmable hydrogels

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The London Institute of Medical Sciences featured Kyungsuk Yum’s research in its Biomedical Picture of the Day. Yum, a UTA assistant professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department, creates programmable hydrogels that replicate the movement of humans’ soft tissues. His teams’ work was featured in Nature Communications recently.

Komodo-UTA collaboration

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Komodo Platform, the blockchain service ecosystem, announced a collaboration with The University of Texas at Arlington, CryptoNinjas reported. Komodo will provide funding for two senior design projects as well as scholarships for two undergraduate students and two graduate students for one academic year.

SEIR opening

Monday, October 1, 2018

UTA is taking big strides toward becoming a health research powerhouse in the North Texas area, KTVT CBS 11, DFW.CBSlocal.com, KDFW FOX 4, The Dallas Morning News, ASEE First BellFort Worth Business Press and Arlington-Tx.gov reported. Last Friday, UTA officially dedicated its new Science & Engineering Innovation & Research building, or SEIR, which includes teaching areas as well as 12 research neighborhoods.

Next generation

Monday, October 1, 2018

UTA’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering students are learning to build the next generation of computer interfaces, Dallas Innovates reported. Studying problems in human-computer interactions, they are developing autonomous trucks, and using gamification to help workers work more effectively and safely with robots in manufacturing facilities.

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