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UT Arlington Computing Professor Named Program Director at NSF

December 22, 2008

Sajal Das, professor of computer science and engineering and director of the Center for Research in Wireless Mobility and Networking (CReWMaN) has joined the National Science Foundation as a Program Director in the Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS). Dr. Das will play a critical role in seeking new research directions and innovative ways to address current and future challenges in wireless and sensor networks.

UT System Funding Spurs Research Commercialization

December 15, 2008

Six engineering research projects received $275,000 from the Texas Ignition Fund of The University of Texas System to stimulate commercialization of research discoveries. In all, the UT System awarded nearly $1.2 million to 39 projects at the 15 UT System institutions.

Armanios Selected as Chairman for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

December 9, 2008

Erian Armanios, professor of aerospace engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and director of the Georgia Space Grant Consortium, has been selected to lead the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. He will begin his duties in mid-January of 2009.

Local Businesses Gain Savings/Safety Through UT Arlington Research

November 19, 2008

An interdisciplinary team of engineering researchers is conducting three diverse technology research and demonstration projects designed to increase regional competitiveness in logistics and distribution: Vehicle painting for the General Motors Assembly Plant, package tracking for American Airlines and runway operations safety for the DFW International Airport.

CE Chair Yazdani Named Fellow of American Concrete Institute

November 16, 2008

Dr. Nur Yazdani, professor and chair of the Civil Engineering Department, has been elected a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) in recognition of his outstanding and significant contributions to the production or use of concrete materials, products and structures.

Pain Management Research Receives Additional Funding from Intel

November 12, 2008

Pain management system research being conducted by Electrical Engineering Professor J. C. Chiao and Psychology Associate Professor Yuan-Bo Peng has received funding from Intel. This support supplements funding by the National Science Foundation on neurostimulation to inhibit pain signals to the brain.

Memorial Scholarship Honors Civil Engineering Alumnus Gary Teague

November 12, 2008

Teague Nall and Perkins, Inc. has established an endowed scholarship fund honoring Gary J. Teague, the firm’s founder, president and chairman of the board who passed way in August. The fund will provide a $1,000 scholarship each year for a civil engineering student who graduated from a high school in the North Central Texas area.

UT Arlington Professor to Lead National Electric Arc Flash Study

October 29, 2008

Electrical Engineering Professor Wei-Jen Lee has been selected to lead a multi-year, national study arc flashes and blasts. Every year, approximately 2,000 electrical workers suffer serious burns and/or other injuries as a result of arc flashes. The project is expected to cost between $6 million and $7 million.

Materials Researchers Create Breakthroughs in Single-electron Device Fabrication

October 10, 2008

A team led by MSE Professor Seong Jin Koh has developed fabrication designs and processes that will allow integrated circuit chip manufacturers to go beyond existing limits of size and operating efficiency by packing huge numbers of circuits in a small space.

Formula Racing Team Leads Again in National Competition

October 9, 2008

The Formula SAE auto racing team continued their demonstration of overpowering designing and driving skills as they finished first and took four of the top five places in the 2008 Solo Nationals held in Topeka, Kansas. Mechanical Engineering senior Eric Leichtle posted the quickest average times, taking first place and the Dr. Bob Woods Cup.

Study to Develop Ways to Eliminate Reactions to Medical Implants

October 8, 2008

Many medical implants have to be removed because of the body’s rejection responses to foreign materials. To overcome these problems, Bioengineering Professor Liping Tang is leading a team developing investigative tools and methods to prevent biomaterial-induced reactions.

UT Arlington Dediates Imaging Labs at UT Southwestern Medical Center

September 29, 2008

New imaging laboratories for UT Arlington bioengineering and electrical engineering researchers opened new avenues for exciting collaborative investigations and discoveries with UTSW biomedical engineers and medical doctors.

Magnusson Named Texas Instruments Distinguished University Chair in Nanoelectronics

September 24, 2008

Electrical Engineering Professor Robert Magnusson has been appointed to the Texas Instruments Distinguished University Chair in Nanoelectronics, a $5 million endowed chair. Dr. Magnusson taught at UT Arlington from 1984-98 and served as chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering here from 1998-2001. We are so pleased that Dr. Magnusson has returned to Maverick country,” UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo said. “Texas Instruments – always an insightful player in future technology – recognizes the value of Dr. Magnusson’s research."

High-resolution Electron Microscope to Enhance Interdisciplinary Research and Education

September 10, 2008

An improved model of electron microscope will allow researchers to view images of the lattice structures of materials, according to MSE Chair & Professor Stathis Meletis. The high-resolution Transmission Electron Microscope, a $640,000 purchase, will be housed in the new Characterization Center for Materials and Biology.

Researchers Seek Improved Sequence Searches in Large Databases

August 28, 2008

Computer Science & Engineering Professors Vassilis Athitsos and Gautam Das, along with collaborator Professor George Kollios at Boston University, are working to improve and expand subsequence matching capabilities for wider and scientifically productive uses in areas such as stock market modeling, seismic activity analysis and sensor-based health monitoring.

New Program Will Provide Virtual Recreations of Events

August 21, 2008

Computer Science & Engineering Drs. Mohan Kumar and Yonghe Liu will recreate virtual scenes of events from the immediate past, thanks to a program they are developing that gathers information from various sensors and devices and combines them to create a virtual observation. They will be collaborating with the Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia.

Mining Databases for Hidden Information Goal of Researchers

August 20, 2008

Structured hidden databases are widely prevalent on the Internet. Computer Science & Engineering Drs. Gautam Das and Nan Zhang are searching for ways to access hidden information, gathering more comprehensive views of the data to improve search queries.

University Autocross Teams Motoring to UT Arlington July 26-27

July 14, 2008

Collegiate racing teams will gather here July 26 and 27 for the 8th Annual Texas Autocross Weekend, testing their skills in a challenging autocross competition. Approximately 20 cars from 10 universities will be speeding through a twisting path, each driver trying to achieve the lowest time around the course.

Autonomous Vehicle Team Scores Again in International Competition

July 11, 2008

A student team from the Autonomous Vehicles Laboratory (AVL) was awarded first place in several categories and third place overall at the Student Unmanned Aerial System Competition. Teams from 14 universities from around the globe participated in the competition.

Computer Science & Engineering Degree Titles Change to Reflect Current Trends

July 3, 2008

The University of Texas System has approved changes to the titles of undergraduate and graduate degrees offered by the Computer Science & Engineering Department. This will result in three degrees provided by the department at the undergraduate level.

Dependable Electric Service in NYC Goal of Engineering Researchers

June 24, 2008

The electricity distribution system in New York City is the most sophisticated of its type in the world, but it's also subject to failure. Two engineering researchers are working to reduce the chances of a power outage by identifying problems before they cause a system shutdown.

Home Power Unit Combines Solar, Wind, Fuel Cell and Energy Storage

June 19, 2008

EE Assistant Professor Babak Fahimi and his students have developed processes to create hydrogen using solar and wind power and ethanol or other renewable biofuels, resulting in an uninterruptable power source.

Researchers Developing Preservation Techniques for Engineered Tissues

June 18, 2008

Although advances of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine show great promise in laboratory and small-scale tests, the transition to large-scale manufacturing of tissue-engineered products is limited due to the lack of reliable storage methods. Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Bumsoo Han's research will make a significant impact on tissue engineering and transplantation surgeries.

Bridge Design Specifications Become New Industry Standards

June 5, 2008

Findings of a study led by Civil Engineering's Dr. Ali Abolmaali have led to the adoption of new design specifications for certain types of concrete bridges. The results of his study have been incorporated into the Load and Resistance Factor Design Specifications for both Concrete Design and Culvert Structures, replacing the current national bridge design codes.

Researchers Continue Power Plant Emissions Reduction Strategies

June 5, 2008

A team of industrial and civil engineers led by IE's Dr. Jay Rosenberger has received another grant from Luminant (formerly the generation division of TXU) to enhance the capabilities of a software package that optimizes the management of emission controls at Luminant’s existing and proposed coal-fueled power plants.

UT Arlington Organizes International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

June 5, 2008

Materials Science & Engineering Professor Stathis Meletis, along with associates at Harvard University and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, has organized the 1st International Conference from Nanoparticles and Nanomaterials to Nanodevices and Nanosystems (IC4N) to be held June 15-19 in Halkidiki, Greece.

Study to Examine Pavements’ Effects on Fuel Use, Emissions

June 3, 2008

Engineers have generally only considered the initial construction costs associated with new roadways when designing them. Now, in a two-year study, Civil Engineering Professors Sia Ardekani and Stefan Romanoschi will incorporate fuel consumption and emissions savings as part of the life-cycle cost analysis for evaluating various paving material alternatives.

Engineering Professor Slated to Receive Society Award

May 28, 2008

The International Neural Network Society (INNS) has notified Professor Frank L. Lewis that he will receive the Society’s Gabor Award for 2009. The Gabor Award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the field of neural networks.

Wireless Sensor Network Monitors Green Roof Environmental Conditions

May 22, 2008

A sensor network designed by CSE Assistant Professor Youngh Liu is monitoring environmental factors of the newly-installed green roof on the Life Science Building. The sensors will help determine the best soils, plants, and roofing systems for this and future projects.

UT Arlington Moving Ideas from Laboratories to Marketplace

May 20, 2008

Three projects have each received $50,000 through the Texas Ignition Fund in an effort to stimulate the commercialization of products and processes developed in College of Engineering laboratories. The projects include a health monitoring system, solar energy collection and crude oil from lignite coal.

Advances in Computer Security Being Developed at UT Arlington

May 16, 2008

CSE Professor and Chair Fillia Makedon is leading a NSF Cybertrust-funded project to design robust, privacy preserving and efficient recommendation systems to prevent the malicious manipulation of commercial systems and any application that involves an overload of information.

Engineering Faculty Secure U.T. System Advanced Research Grants

May 16, 2008

Five College of Engineering faculty members will receive almost a half-million dollars in funding through the University of Texas System’s Advanced Research Program to further their research projects. Their work spans individual projects to interdisciplinary, interinstitutional studies.

Bioengineering Student Wins Prominent Fellowship to Study in England

May 16, 2008

Kristy Cloyd will be spending a year in London, thanks to a prestigious Whitaker Foundation fellowship she received. She will be conducting tissue engineering and biomaterials research under the direction of Professor Molly Stevens at the Imperial College London.

Industrial Engineers Provide Insight on Deicing Strategies at D/FW Airport

May 1, 2008

IE researchers led by Dr. Victoria Chen are teaming with the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to develop decision-making tools to optimize physical resources and monitor the discharge of spent chemicals during aircraft deicing operations at the airport.

UT Arlington Organizes International Conference on Assistive Technologies

May 1, 2008

CSE Professor and Chair Fillia Makedon is one of the main organizers of the first international conference devoted to examining different types of technology to address important social and healthcare issues. The Conference on Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA) will be held in Athens, Greece in July.

Dual-major Engineering Student Receives Another Honor

May 1, 2008

Christopher Harrison, an aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering senior , was recognized as an Outstanding Engineering Senior by the Technical Club of Dallas. Earlier this year, Chris received the UT Arlington College of Engineering’s Outstanding Student Leader Scholarship

Two Engineering Faculty Receive University Recognition

April 30, 2008

Two faculty members of the College of Engineering – Electrical Engineering Professor K. R. Rao and Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering Senior Lecturer Bonnie Boardman –received prestigious honors from The University of Texas at Arlington during the Spring Faculty Meeting on April 24.

Materials Science Student Selected for Leadership Training

April 24, 2008

MSE Ph.D. student Hande Demirkiran has received an esteemed scholarship to attend a leadership-training program sponsored by the materials society ASM International (ASM). The ASM’s Materials Education Foundation presented only six of these scholarships worldwide.

Air Force MURI Award Supports Nanophotonics Research at UT Arlington

April 17, 2008

Electrical Engineering Assistant Professor Weidong Zhou is part of a multidisciplinary, multi-university team investigating various photonic and electronic devices based on silicon nanomembranes. Dr. Zhou‘s nanophotonics group will develop photonic crystal-based nanophotonic devices for silicon photonics and infrared sensing applications.

Math/Science Teachers Learn Hazard Mitigation Techniques at UT Arlington Summer Program

April 9, 2008

An interdisciplinary summer program will provide area high school teachers tools to develop course materials on issues ranging from natural disasters to information security. This Research Experience for Teachers in Engineering (RET) program is being funded by a three-year, $512,000 National Science Foundation grant.

UT Arlington Professor Named Fellow of Engineering Society

April 8, 2008

Electrical Engineering Frank L. Lewis has been elected a Fellow of the International Federation of Automatic Control. Dr. Lewis was cited for his contributions in Neural Network Control, Systems Structure and Control Systems Education.

Hall of Achievement Honoree, Faculty, Staff Recognized at Annual Engineering Awards Banquet

April 4, 2008

Fluor Corporation Chairman & CEO Alan L. Boeckmann was inducted into the college’s Hall of Achievement at the annual awards banquet. Drs. Hanli Liu, Yonghe Liu and David Hullender and staff member Donna Woodhead were also honored during the event.

Aerospace Student Receives Zonta’s Amelia Earhart Fellowship

April 2, 2008

Aerospace engineering graduate student Jolanta Matusewicz has been awarded an Amelia Earhart Fellowship from Zonta International. The $10,000 Fellowships were established in honor of the famed pilot and Zonta club member.

Engineering Student Receives Scholarship, Summer Internship

April 2, 2008

EE junior Nahum Torres-Arenas has been awarded a $6,000 scholarship and an internship with an international engineering firm is part of an awards program conducted the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.

Bioengineering Research on Nanoparticles Receives Additional Funding

March 28, 2008

Assistant Professor of Bioengineering Kytai Nguyen has received $352,000 from the National Institutes of Health to continue her research to develop platelet-mimicking nanoparticles that can carry drugs to injured blood vessel walls after cardiovascular interventions such as angioplasty.

Two Materials Science Submissions Tie for “Best Paper” Award

March 27, 2008

In an unusual occurrence, papers submitted by two MSE graduate students tied for the Best Paper Award presented at the 2008 meeting of TMS, the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society. Both papers dealt with the development of ultra-small devices.

UT Arlington Engineering Professor Receives Society Recognition

March 14, 2008

Professor of Mechanical Engineering Dereje Agonafer has received the “Thermi” award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers’ Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology Society. The award honors a history of significant contributions to thermal issues affecting the performance of semiconductor devices, optoelectronics, and microelectromechanical and related systems.

Computer Science Project to Enhance Use of American Sign Language

February 1, 2008

A research project led by CSE Assistant Professor Vassilis Athitsos will develop methods to aid the learning of American Sign Language (ASL) by both deaf and hearing individuals. The three-year, $900,000 project will involve two significant developments: search technologies for looking up the meaning of an unknown sign, and a visual database and automatic search tool for identifying occurrences of signs in large video databases.

UT Arlington Professor Receives Prestigious NSF CAREER Award

February 1, 2008

Computer Science & Engineering Assistant Professor Nan Zhang has been awarded a CAREER Award by the National Science Foundations. Dr. Zhang proposes to analyze, understand and optimize tradeoffs between privacy protection, data utility and system resources in privacy-preserving data mining.

Education Board Approves Engineering Department Name Change

January 31, 2008

The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering has changed its name to the Department of Civil Engineering to more accurately reflect the current status of the department. “The change will allow the department to be recognized as one where all areas of civil engineering are represented and valued equitably,” said Dr. Nur Yazdani, professor and chair of the department.

Construction Begins on First of Four Engineering Building Projects

January 30, 2008

The first stage in a massive undertaking to improve teaching and research facilities has begun. Construction has begun on the new, $9.8 million Civil Engineering Laboratory Building (CELB) situated on the west side of the UT Arlington campus.

Engineering Professor Receives Professional Educational Award

January 2, 2008

The Society of Automotive Engineers has honored Electrical Engineering Assistant Professor Babak Fahimi with its Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award for 2008. The award is part of a program to stimulate contacts between younger engineering educators and practicing engineers in industry and government.