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News Archive 2001 - 2010


Memorial Service Set for Dr. Nikolai Stelmakh

December 10, 2010

Professor Nikolai Stelmakh, a faculty member at the Electrical Engineering Department, died suddenly at his home on December 8 of a heart attack. He was 49 years old. Dr. Stelmakh was recognized as the world’s leading research authority on short-pulse semiconductor lasers. He received the college's Outstanding Teaching Award in 2005. An Outstanding Student Research Award has been established in his name. A memorial service for Dr. Stelmakh will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, December 14, at Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel and Cemetery, 7301 East Lancaster, Fort Worth.

Evening Program Begun for Computer Science Master’s Degree

December 1, 2010

Working information technology professionals who want to increase their knowledge and enhance their career opportunities can now earn a master’s degree completely through evening courses. Students can concentrate their efforts in one of three areas of study: software engineering, database and information technology, and computer networks and security. The evening courses will be open to both full-time and part-time students.

Soil Enhancement Studies to Improve Structure of Local Dams

October 14, 2010

Joe Pool Lake, which straddles the Dallas and Tarrant county line, was constructed in the late 1980s, but earlier this year extensive repairs were required along more than a quarter mile of its dam’s north slope because of soil slippage. Similar problems have been encountered at Grapevine Lake. However, investigations being conducted by civil engineering researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington are leading to ways to reduce or eliminate these soil problems, which can cost millions of dollars annually to fix.

Armanios Receives Composites Research Award

September 28, 2010

Dr. Erian Armanios, professor and chair of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, was honored with an Outstanding Research Award presented by the American Society for Composites (ASC). The award recognizes his significant impact on the science and technology of composite materials through his sustained body of innovative research over the past 30 years.

Retired Professor Goolsby Honored with Professor Emeritus Status

September 22, 2010

Dr. Roger Goolsby, who retired earlier this year after 30 years of service in the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and the Materials Science & Engineering Departments, has been honored with the title of Professor Emeritus. Retired faculty may achieve the status of professor emeritus through a demonstrated record of outstanding service to the University.

New Assistant Dean to Manage Engineering Student Diversity/Retention

September 1, 2010

Dean of Engineering Dr. Bill Carroll has announced the appointment of Professor Mahera “Mimi” Philobos as the College of Engineering’s assistant dean for diversity and retention, a new position. Dean Carroll has charged her with increasing the number of engineering students, particularly at the graduate level, and the diversity of the entire engineering student body.

Technique for Repairing Small Blood Vessels Being Developed

July 29, 2010

Biomedical engineering researchers believe they have found a way to help the body regenerate small diameter vascular grafts and have secured a two-year, $140,000 grant from the American Heart Association to refine their process. Bioengineering Professor Liping Tang, Assistant Professor Jian Yang and their team of post-doctoral and graduate researchers recently developed a novel tissue regeneration method called an orchestrated stem cell regeneration technique, which triggers specific tissue regeneration by programming self-donated stem cells using growth factors released from tissue engineered scaffolds.

Engineering Student Recruitment/Retention Program Receives Funding

July 22, 2010

Lower classmen university and community college students are the targets of a new program – Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) – intended to produce more graduates with engineering degrees. Professor and Chair of Civil Engineering Nur Yazdani and Senior Lecturer Dr. Yvette Weatherton, P.E., are the developers and coordinators of the REU program, which is being funded by a $300,000 National Science Foundation grant. Participants in the program will concentrate in the fields of civil, electrical and computer engineering as they apply to topics in hazard mitigation.

Researchers Team to Alleviate Chronic Pain with Wireless Stimulators

July 21, 2010

An interdisciplinary study involving faculty members in the Colleges of Engineering and Science should lead to implantable wireless stimulators that provide full-time pain blockage automatically and optimally. EE's Dr. J. C. Chiao is working with Yuan Bo Peng, M.D., an associate professor of psychology, on the pain management systems that optimize stimulation according to a patient’s own physiological conditions.

UT Arlington Civil Engineers Designing Traffic Management System

July 16, 2010

The Civil Engineering Department has received a one-year, $198,692 grant from Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) to develop an integrated traffic management plan covering nine counties in North Central Texas. Drs. Sia Ardekani and Steve Mattingly will be concentrating on two major areas: determine what kind of information is most valuable to commuters/drivers and how to collect and evaluate that information.

Research May Prevent Future Underground Infrastructure Failures

June 24, 2010

Professor Ali Abolmaali is investigating methods he believes will lead to design standards that will prevent failures in future underground installations. Working in his Structural Simulation Laboratory, he and his assistants are evaluating properties of different materials and designs.

UT Arlington Nanotechnology Facility Gets $1 Million Improvements

June 9, 2010

The Nanotechnology Research and Teaching Facility is set to receive one million dollars in improvements. More than $900,000 will go toward the purchase of a precision wafer aligner/bonder that will be used to assemble diverse materials and electronics, including semiconductors, glass, metals and polymers, into three-dimensional nano-opto-electromechanical systems.

Engineering Faculty Receive Grants to Conduct Basic Research

June 3, 2010

Eight researchers from across varied disciplines at UT Arlington received a total of just under $976,000 from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Of the eight receiving grants, the three researchers in the College of Engineering received almost $445,000.

UT Arlington Racing Team Sixth in International Competition

May 18, 2010

The Formula SAE racing team comprised of engineering students at The University of Texas at Arlington faced tough competition in the 2010 International Collegiate Design Series sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers. The team finished sixth overall among 120 entries from colleges and universities around the world.

EE’s Lewis Receives IEEE Engineering Educator Award

May 18, 2010

Electrical Engineering Professor Frank L. Lewis has received the Outstanding Engineering Educator Award from the IEEE Region 5. This is the second education-related award presented to Dr. Lewis this year.

Bioengineer Receives Prestigious NSF Research Grant

April 29, 2010

Assistant Professor of Bioengineering Jian Yang has been awarded a National Science Foundation Early Career Development (CAREER) grant. The grant will provide Dr. Yang with $500,000 over five years to conduct research on biodegradable photoluminescent polymers and develop a new education model for introducing college-level fundamentals into high schools.

Engineering Faculty Honored with University Awards

April 27, 2010

Several College of Engineering faulty members received recognition during the University’s annual Spring Meeting of the Faculty and Associates. Awards were presented in a variety of categories, including the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, the Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and Outstanding Research Achievement.

Student Team Soars in “Battle of the Rockets” Competition

April 21, 2010

The Rocket Mavericks, a team of rocket enthusiasts comprised of aerospace and mechanical engineering majors, finished in second place in both of the challenges they entered in the recent “Battle of the Rockets.” Next year, the team is considering entering a more difficult and prestigious event sponsored by NASA.

DOE Funding Supports Nuclear Engineering Studies at UT Arlington

April 2, 2010

The College of Engineering has received a $295,352 grant from the Department of Energy to be used to purchase specialized laboratory equipment needed for instruction in the newly-introduced minor program in nuclear engineering. The funds are being used to implement a Radiation Measurement Applications Laboratory, which supports three courses.

Engineering Students Score Several Victories in Research Showcase

April 1, 2010

Several College of Engineering students received recognition in the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) symposium, a university-wide, day-long event showcasing students’ research and creativity. Undergraduate and graduate students worked with faculty mentors in their disciplines to write and submit abstracts for the competition.

UT Arlington Engineering Professor Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

March 31, 2010

Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering Babak Fahimi has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. The program, whose goal is to promote mutual understanding and respect between the United States and other nations, is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government.

EE’s Dr. Lewis Recognized for Doctoral Student Mentoring

March 29, 2010

Professor Frank L. Lewis is the recipient of the UT Arlington Graduate Dean’s Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring Award. The award recognizes Dr. Lewis’ dedication to mentoring doctoral students at The University of Texas at Arlington and his consistent record of excellence in promoting the professional, personal and academic development of doctoral students.

CSE’s Matthew Wright Awarded Prestigious NSF CAREER Grant

March 1, 2010

Computer Science and Engineering Assistant Professor Matthew Wright has received a five-year, $499,880 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation, allowing him to complete his research project “ Privacy-enabled Routing in the Next-generation Internet.” Dr. Wright aims to design a new anonymity system that can provide efficient and effective privacy protection in a way that existing designs cannot.