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Engineering Professor Named Fellow of Professional Organization

December 20, 2007

Professor of Computer Science & Engineering Ishfaq Ahmad has been elevated to the rank of Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Dr. Ahmad, who had been a Senior Member of the organization, was recognized for his contributions to scheduling techniques in parallel and distributed computing systems.

UT Arlington Researcher Receives Grant to Develop Quantum Sensors

December 20, 2007

Electrical Engineering Assistant Professor Michael Vasilyev has received a $225,000 contract from the Harris Corporation to investigate using quantum properties of light to enhance the angular and spatial resolution of optical remote sensors. The Quantum Imaging Laser Detection and Ranging (LADAR) system will offer a significant improvement in resolution over conventional laser sensors used today.

Corps of Engineers Funds Embankment Stability Study

December 20, 2007

Civil Engineering Professor Anand Puppala is leading a two-year, $178,000 study to develop treatment methods to mitigate soil cracking on slopes and embankments. The Corps is specifically interested in stopping soil slipping from dam faces.

UT Arlington Researcher Receives Prestigious NSF Award

November 28, 2007

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Bumsoo Han has been awarded a prestigious CAREER award from the National Science Foundation to study how biological tissues respond to freezing. This knowledge will ultimately help to design successful cryomedical applications for a wide variety of tissues. The outcomes of this research will build a framework of understanding of freeze/thaw-induced cell-fluid-matrix interactions, improving the outcomes of applications such as cryotherapies for cancers and cardiovascular disease, and the cryopreservation of transplant tissues.

Civil Engineering Study to Improve Roadway/Bridge Connections

November 27, 2007

The Texas Department of Transportation has awarded a grant to CE researchers to create and evaluate methods to prevent roadway subsidence at bridge approaches. The team will test some of their ideas on the three bridges being constructed over I-30 in Arlington as part of the plan to relieve traffic congestion caused by crowds attending football games and other activities at the new Dallas Cowboys stadium.

Transportation Group to Conduct Four-year Project for DART

November 27, 2007

The Dallas Area Rapid Transit Authority (DART) has entered a partnership with the Transportation Group within the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department to conduct studies aimed at improving regional mobility within DART’s service area. The first study in the partnership will investigate ways to improve the identification and response to roadway incidents that have a potential to hamper DART operations.

UT Arlington Secures $265K Grant for Personnel Locator Research

November 7, 2007

The National Institutes of Justice have awarded CSE researchers a $264,879 grant to develop a mesh network-based solution to identify and locate strategic personnel within a secure area. Principal Investigator Dr. Gergely Zaruba says his team's results will provide essential information to senior officials and first-responders in emergency situations.

Grant to Expand Interest in Unmanned Vehicle Development

November 6, 2007

An interdisciplinary project funded by the Texas Workforce Commission will establish an education and training laboratory to create learning materials and teaching strategies, develop faculty expertise, and implement educational innovations in the emerging area of autonomous unmanned vehicle systems. Industry and government want to use unmanned ground, air, surface and underwater vehicles as safe, low-cost, long-endurance platforms.

Kelcy Warren Named Distinguished Alumnus of College of Engineering

October 29, 2007

Civil Engineering alumnus Kelcy L. Warren, CEO and chairman of Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. in Dallas, was saluted at the UT Arlington Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Gala on October 20. He was the College of Engineering’s selection for the Distinguished Alumnus Award; only 27 individuals had received this honor during the life of the college. The Distinguished Alumnus Award honors graduates and former students who have made significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments and careers have brought credit to the University.

NSF Grant to Address Wireless Device Location/Privacy Issues

October 17, 2007

CSE Assistant Professor Nan Zhang and his collaborators at other universities have received a $636,800 National Science Foundation grant to conduct research on problems associated with properly identifying the location of wireless devices. This information is of great importance to emergency personnel responding to 9-1-1 calls sent from cell phones, but it also introduces privacy issues.

Initial Trials of Wireless GERD Sensor are Successful

October 9, 2007

A series of animal trials conducted by EE doctoral student Thermpon Ativanichayaphong has confirmed the practicality of a wireless sensor to monitor gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The trials are another step in perfecting the device for the monitoring and evaluation of acid reflux patients.

John H. McElroy, Ph.D., Former Dean of Engineering, Dies

September 21, 2007

Dr. John H. McElroy – engineer, educator, scientist – died of a heart attack on September 14. From 1987 to 1996, Dr. McElroy served as dean of the College of Engineering, overseeing a sustained period of growth in both student enrollment and research and teaching facilities. He then served as UT Arlington’s vice provost for research and dean of graduate studies from 1996 to 1997.

$3.5M Defense Funding to Support Microengineering Developments

September 17, 2007

The recently-approved U.S. Fiscal Year 2008 Defense Appropriations Bill includes strategic funding to ARRI to enhance the ability of researchers there to continue and expand the development of fundamental techniques for the packaging and assembly of microparts, enabling cost-effective, on-shore micromanufacturing.

UT Arlington College of Engineering Adds Fifteen Faculty

September 7, 2007

Engineering students will see the arrival of 14 new faculty members this fall, each recognized for outstanding research and teaching abilities. Their addition is the result of the college’s mandate to provide its students with an exceptional learning and research experience.

International Study Reveals Ways to Reduce Implant Rejections

September 7, 2007

Bioengineering's Dr. Liping Tang recently joined with colleagues in Kentucky and Sweden to make a significant breakthrough in developing novel strategies to reduce the body’s rejection of implanted medical devices. An estimated 8 to 10 percent of the U. S. population currently has permanent medical implants.

Surface Texturing from Solution for Omni-Directional Solar Cells

August 28, 2007

Electrical Engineering Dr. Meng Tao and Weidong Zhou have developed a unique method process that should improve the collective efficiency of existing solar cells. They have applied for a patent on their process and hope to see commercial applications soon.

Surface Texturing Improves Performance of Solar Cells

August 28, 2007

Electrical Engineering Dr. Meng Tao and Weidong Zhou have developed a unique method process that should improve the collective efficiency of existing solar cells. They have applied for a patent on their process and hope to see commercial applications soon.

Project to Improve Care/Services to Persons with Mental Illness

August 28, 2007

Researchers in the College of Engineering and School of Social Work have received a two-year, $404,900 award from the National Institutes of Health/National Library of Medicine to develop a drug-adherence system for people with mental illness. When implemented, the system will help caseworkers monitor the physical and mental conditions of their clients.

UT Arlington Engineers Provide Practical RFID Devices and Advice

August 24, 2007

A crib-mounted monitor to help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. A system to identify the locations of firefighters inside a burning building. A wireless acid reflux monitor. A “smart” hospital blanket that monitors a patient’s life signs. These are some of the practical RFID applications and solutions created by College of Engineering researchers.

UT Board of Regents Approves $25M for Structural Research Center

August 23, 2007

The University of Texas Board of Regents authorized $25M in funding to construct the UT Arlington Center for Structural Engineering Research. The center will be one of the largest, if not the largest, structural testing facility in the U.S.

Study Reveals Potential New Source for Adult Stem Cells

August 23, 2007

Biomedical researchers at UT Arlington and UTSW have observed that some hyperproliferative cells found in the tissue isolated from patients with benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) may contain rich source adult stem cells for cell-based therapy research

Materials Graduate Student Receives Three Prestigious Scholarships

August 9, 2007

Materials Science & Engineering graduate student BoHoon Kim was recently notified that he is the recipient of another scholarship – the third that he has received this year. The scholarships are in recognition of his outstanding scholastic and research achievements.

Tissue-Engineered Vascular Grafts May Replace Damaged Blood Vessels

July 19, 2007

Atherosclerotic vascular disease, the progressive narrowing and hardening of the arteries over time, is the number one killer of adults in the United States. In an American Heart Assn.-funded project, Bioengineering's Dr. Jian Yang is using tissue engineering to fabricate replacement blood vessels

College of Engineering Announces New Assistant Dean Position

July 16, 2007

Dean of Engineering Bill Carroll has announced the creation of a new leadership position – Assistant Dean for Student Affairs – and has named Dr. J. Carter Tiernan of the Computer Science & Engineering Department (CSE) as the first person to hold this office. Dr. Tiernan’s duties will include managing College of Engineering recruiting and K-12 outreach activities, coordinating engineering student activities, increasing student retention and serving as ombudsman for engineering students.

Bioengineering Researcher Receives Scientist Development Award

July 13, 2007

The American Heart Association has presented Assistant Professor of Bioengineering Kytai Nguyen with its Scientist Development Award. As part of the award, Dr. Nguyen will receive a four-year, $260,000 grant to develop novel, platelet-mimicking nanoparticles that can carry drugs to injured vessel walls after cardiovascular interventions such as angioplasty.

IE Student Wins “Best Paper” at IEEE International Conference

July 3, 2007

Industrial Engineering Ph.D. candidate Veera Jawahar Vibeeshanan won the Best Paper Award at the IEEE’s 2007 International Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Robotics and Automation. This was the first time that Jawahar presented a paper at a conference.

MSE Department Receives $1M NSF/NIRT Grant for Nanofabrications

June 26, 2007

The National Science Foundation has awarded a four-year, $1,000,000 grant to fund an inter-disciplinary, inter-institutional project led by researchers in the Materials Science and Engineering Department. The award was made through the NSF’s highly-selective Nanoscale Interdisciplinary Research Team program; only 20 were awarded out of 267 submissions this year.

Engineers Testing Building Panels Resistance to Strong Winds

June 18, 2007

Researchers have received an additional $151,000 grant to test and evaluate the ability of lightweight ductile concrete panels to resist hurricane-force loads. Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering Ali Abolmaali is the principal investigator of the project.

Aerospace Team Takes First Place in Low-cost Satellite Competition

June 15, 2007

A team of undergraduate aerospace engineering students recently won the international CanSat competition. Their objective was to design, build and launch a space-type system capable of telemetry to a ground control station, weigh 500grams or less and cost less than $1,000. The CanSat name is derived from the size of the satellite; its workings could be contained in a soda can.

UT Arlington Bioengineer Leads $1 Million Anti-Stroke Project

June 12, 2007

Dr. Hanli Liu is leading a four-year study to improve therapies for anyone who has had or may have a stroke. The researchers are developing methods to construct accurate, non-invasive and complex 3-dimensional images as a dynamic monitoring means to investigate microcirculatory dysfunction during ischemic stroke.

Grad Student’s Serendipity Leads to Device to Thwart SIDS

June 4, 2007

Electrical Engineering graduate student Hung Cao's visit to a hospital nursery room to see his new-born son initiated an idea leading to the development of a device that could help prevent deaths from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The device monitors a child’s breathing and initiates an alarm if the infant stops breathing for a predetermined time.

Researchers Work with City to Rehabilitate Contaminated Sites

May 31, 2007

Civil & Environmental Engineering researchers will assist the City of Arlington in the identification, assessment and remediation of potentially-toxic locations within the city. Most of the locations are the sites of former businesses that sold or used petroleum products and/or hazardous substances.

Software to Reveal Secrets of DNA Regulatory Signals

May 16, 2007

A software suite being developed by CSE Assistant Professor Nikola Stojanovic will provide biologists and chemists with clues to medically relevant motifs in long DNA sequences. The program will be based on an adaptation of classic string processing algorithms to isolate statistically and compositionally significant signals in DNA.

Engineering Professor Selected for ONR Summer Fellowship

May 16, 2007

The Office of Naval Research has selected University of Texas at Arlington Computer Science & Engineering Assistant Professor Gergely Zaruba to participate in its prestigious Summer Faculty Fellowship Program. Participation in the Summer Fellowship Program is highly sought after; Dr. Zaruba was among the more than 500 applicants.

Prestigious Honors Continue for IE Ph.D. Candidate

May 11, 2007

M. D. Sarder’s academic and organizational achievements have resulted in his receiving several honors and scholarships during his years as a doctoral student. His latest is a prestigious Fellowship from Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society.

Two Prominent Civil Engineering Professors to Retire

May 11, 2007

The Civil & Environmental Engineering Department will see the departure to two long-time professors soon. Drs. Syed Qasim and Max Spindler have chosen to retire after many years of commendable service to the university.

Aerospace Students Score High in Regional Competition

May 3, 2007

A team of senior AE students recently competed in a regional student paper conference organized by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and received many of the top awards. Their student chapter also received top marks.

ME Professor Woods Receives University Teaching Award

May 2, 2007

Mechanical Engineering Professor Bob Woods has been elected to the UT Arlington's Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Dr. Woods is the faculty advisor for the university's Formula SAE racing teams.The award recognizes his outstanding teaching and commitment to students and the learning process.

Retiree Earns Civil Engineering Doctoral Degree

April 27, 2007

Satyamangalan “Saty” Satyamurti, 72, became bored with retirement, so he decided to continue his education by earning his Ph.D. Because of his efforts, he may be starting a new career.

Researchers Develop RFID System to Monitor Acid Reflux

April 24, 2007

A collaborative effort between researchers here and UT Southwestern has resulted in an innovative approach to diagnose and monitor the effects of gastroesophageal acid reflux, sometimes called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Their solution involves placing a battery-less sensor in the patient’s esophagus.

Texas Microfactory Acquires Additional Unique Equipment

April 24, 2007

The Texas Microfactory at ARRI has acquired a wafer bonder and aligner capable of very precise, double-sided mask alignment, fusion, anodic and thermo-compression wafer bonding. The equipment was secured through a $503,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research (ONR).

EE Students Semifinalists in International Energy Competition

April 24, 2007

A team of undergraduate electrical engineering students has reached the semifinals in the 2007 International Future Energy Challenge, an international competition organized by IEEE Power Electronics Society and the Power Supply Manufacturers Association. The team’s challenge is to design and develop a universal adaptive charger system for a wide range of batteries using a broadly-identified alternating voltage source.

P-N Junction Innovation Promises Reduced Solar Cell Costs

April 23, 2007

A process developed by electrical engineering and materials science researchers should lower the cost of photovoltaic solar cells and allow the use of more abundant, less expensive and non-toxic materials to convert solar radiation into electricity. They have demonstrated simple processes to make n-type copper oxides and also p-n junctions of copper oxides in solutions.

EE Professor Receives University’s Outstanding Research Award

April 19, 2007

Wei-Jen Lee, Ph.D., a professor of Electrical Engineering and director of the Energy Systems Research Center, has received the Outstanding Research Achievement Award presented by The University of Texas at Arlington. The award recognizes a record of outstanding research, based on the quality, importance and impact of the research.

UT Arlington, UT Southwestern Collaborate on High-impact Bioengineering/Science Research Projects

April 4, 2007

UT Arlington and UT Southwestern will begin seven collaborative research projects involving several departments within the Colleges of Engineering and Science at UT Arlington. The projects are expected to result in prominent and practical outcomes.

Researchers to Explore Ways to Improve Care for Alzheimer’s Patients

March 23, 2007

The Computer Science & Engineering Department, in collaboration with the Electrical Engineering, Material Science and Bioengineering Departments, has established a technological alliance to develop technology to enable monitoring services for the aged and those afflicted with Alzheimer's disease.

Graduate Student Works to Improve Healthcare for the Homeless

March 23, 2007

Kallol Mahata, a computer science & engineering master’s student, is developing a system that will help social service agencies provide them with better health care. He's working with Healthcare for the Homeless-Houston (HHH), which assists the estimated 12,000 people living on the streets there.

Bioengineers Receive NIH Grant to Develop Safer Implanted Devices

March 1, 2007

The National Institutes of Health have awarded a three-year, $211,000 grant to a team of biomedical engineers to develop methods to reduce unwanted side effects in implanted devices. Assistant Professor Kytai T. Nguyen is the principal investigator on the project, which will lead to ways to enhance the endothelial cell lining on the surface of these devices.

Faculty, Staff Honored at Annual Engineering Awards Banquet

February 28, 2007

The College of Engineering honored a Hall of Achievement inductee, three faculty and one staff member at Annual Awards Banquet for their outstanding achievements in research, teaching and administrative support. These were in addition to the many awards presented to students for their superior academic performance.

Professor Wen Chan Named Fellow of ASME

February 20, 2007

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has elected Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Professor Wen Chan as a Fellow of the professional organization. The grade of Fellow recognizes significant engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession.

UT Arlington Researchers to Study Ways to Reduce Harmful Emissions from Coal-burning Power Plants

January 17, 2007

Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering Drs. Victoria Chen and Jay Rosenberger are conducting separate projects designed to monitor and reduce nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and mercury emissions from TXU Power's solid-fuel plants. The projects will develop operational and management tools to maximize the performance of Selective Catalytic Reduction-related technology.

$800,000 Naval Grant Funds Microsystems Research

January 16, 2007

The Office of Naval Research has awarded a 12-month, $800,000 grant to researchers at ARRI to investigate the design and manufacture of sensor arrays for health monitoring of rocket motors and other equipment, and packaging microelectromechanical (MEMS) arrays for guiding projectiles. Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering Dan Popa is the principal investigator on the project.