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News Archive 2018

December

CSE Alum Appointed to Texas Board of Professional Engineers

CSE Alum Appointed to Texas Board of Professional Engineers

Friday, December 7, 2018

Computer Science and Engineering Department alumnus Ademola "Peter" Adejokun has been appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott to the Texas Board of Professional Engineers.

CE Doctoral Student Delivers Keynote Address at GeoMEast Conference

CE Doctoral Student Delivers Keynote Address at GeoMEast Conference

Friday, December 7, 2018

Surya Sarat Chandra Congress, a UTA civil engineering doctoral student, delivered a Bright Spark Keynote Lecture on his research at the GeoMEast-2018 Conference in November in Cairo, Egypt.

BE Student Morgan Mote is Breaking Misconceptions of Women in STEM

BE Student Morgan Mote is Breaking Misconceptions of Women in STEM

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Morgan Mote has made the most of her experience at UTA and taken her place as a prominent female leader in college. Through her empowerment of other students and aspirations for the future, she is redefining what it means to be an engineer.

November

CSE Students Finish 6th in International Cyber-Security Challenge

CSE Students Finish 6th in International Cyber-Security Challenge

Thursday, November 22, 2018

A team featuring CSE students Aaditya Purani and Jonathon Kirkpatrick finished sixth in the world at the Cyber Security Awareness Weekend (CSAW) cyber security Capture the Flag (CTF) finals on November 8.

CE's Puppala Working to Develop Better Ways to Shore up Embankments

CE's Puppala Working to Develop Better Ways to Shore up Embankments

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Anand Puppala is using $600,000 grant funding from the U.S. DOT regional center and TxDOT to employ geopolymers for soil modification and sustainable cement materials to strengthen highway embankments in the Paris, Texas, district.

UTA Engineer Magazine Feature: Engineering Healthcare

UTA Engineer Magazine Feature: Engineering Healthcare

Thursday, November 15, 2018

UTA researchers are applying insights from industrial, manufacturing, and systems engineering to improve the quality, effciency, and safety of health care for patients and providers

UTA Engineer Magazine Feature: From Farm to Fruit Tray

UTA Engineer Magazine Feature: From Farm to Fruit Tray

Thursday, November 15, 2018

IMSE's Caroline Krejci is working to find solutions to economically bring food hubs to cities.

UTA Engineer Magazine Feature: Making Medicine Smarter

UTA Engineer Magazine Feature: Making Medicine Smarter

Thursday, November 15, 2018

UTA's RFID/RAID Labs are using technology to make medicine smarter.

UTA Engineer Magazine Feature: After the Storm

UTA Engineer Magazine Feature: After the Storm

Thursday, November 15, 2018

When Hurricane Harvey finished wreaking havoc on the Texas coast, UTA engineers were there to help cities recover — and prepare for the next disaster

MAE's Woods Featured in Southern Automotive Magazine

MAE's Woods Featured in Southern Automotive Magazine

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Longtime mechanical engineering professor and Formula SAE team adviser Bob Woods was featured in the October/November 2018 issue of Southern Automotive magazine.

EE's Zhou Developing Bioresorbable Sensor Platform for Brain Monitoring

EE's Zhou Developing Bioresorbable Sensor Platform for Brain Monitoring

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Weidong Zhou is working in collaboration with a pioneer in the field to develop an implantable optical probe that can be inserted in the brain and used to monitor brain function after traumatic injuries or surgeries, then be absorbed by the body.

MAE's Woods Named Inaugural Dr. Bob Woods Distinguished Chair

MAE's Woods Named Inaugural Dr. Bob Woods Distinguished Chair

Friday, November 2, 2018

rst recipient of an endowed chair established in his honor in 2017 through a gift from Paul E. Andrews Jr., an entrepreneur and businessman.

MAE's Iarve Leads Composite Testing for Aeronautical Industry

MAE's Iarve Leads Composite Testing for Aeronautical Industry

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Endel Iarve is part of a $1 million U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory grant looking at establishing fatigue and durability standards for materials used in aircraft.

October

EE's Vasilyev Developing Chip-Scale System for Quantum Communications

EE's Vasilyev Developing Chip-Scale System for Quantum Communications

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Michael Vasilyev and his research partner recently received a three-year, $750,000 National Science Foundation grant to address challenges of large-scale deployment of quantum communication systems.

EE Alumnus Kevin Le to Be Honored as a UTA Distinguished Alumnus

EE Alumnus Kevin Le to Be Honored as a UTA Distinguished Alumnus

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Kevin Le, a co-founder and chief technical officer of Arlington-based Luraco Technologies and a holder of three UTA electrical engineering degrees, has been named one of the University's Distinguished Alumni for 2018.

UTA Engineers Optimize Electricity Distribution Networks

UTA Engineers Optimize Electricity Distribution Networks

Monday, October 22, 2018

A team of electrical engineers is combining several principles of machine learning to enable machines to control power networks and other complex dynamic systems more effectively during unexpected events.

Grant to Increase Ph.D. Students in Computer Science and Engineering

Grant to Increase Ph.D. Students in Computer Science and Engineering

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

CSE's Ishfaq Ahmad has received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education that will significantly increase the number of doctoral students, especially women and minorities.

CSE's Das Chairs SIGMOD, Has Paper Included in Journal Special Issue

CSE's Das Chairs SIGMOD, Has Paper Included in Journal Special Issue

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Gautam Das co-chaired one of the most prestigious conferences in his field and had a paper included in the VLDB Conference Journal Special Issue.

CE's Hossain Working With TxDOT to Strengthen Retaining Walls

CE's Hossain Working With TxDOT to Strengthen Retaining Walls

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Sahadat Hossain will use recycled plastic pins to strengthen Mechanically Stabilized Earth, or MSE, walls on North Texas highways.

EE's Magnusson Investigating Fundamental Physics of Photonic Band Dynamics

EE's Magnusson Investigating Fundamental Physics of Photonic Band Dynamics

Friday, October 5, 2018

Robert Magnusson is using a National Science Foundation grant to investigate the fundamental physics of how light is contained within photonic lattices.

CSE Senior Recounts NASA Internship Experience

CSE Senior Recounts NASA Internship Experience

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Joe Cloud interned at NASA’s Langley Research Center and asked a question via video link of U.S. Astronaut Ricky Arnold, who was aboard the International Space Station.

UTA, Navy Sign Agreement to Enhance Research and Education

UTA, Navy Sign Agreement to Enhance Research and Education

Thursday, October 4, 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 personnel and sharing assets.

September

MAE's Shah is 2018 ASME EPPD Student Engineer of the Year

MAE's Shah is 2018 ASME EPPD Student Engineer of the Year

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Jimil Shah, a recent mechanical engineering doctoral graduate, is the recipient of the 2018 ASME EPPD Student Engineer of The Year Award.

CSE's Lei Working to Test Security of IoT Systems, Blockchains

CSE's Lei Working to Test Security of IoT Systems, Blockchains

Monday, September 17, 2018

Blockchains and Internet of Things systems are secure, but mistakes in their implementation often make them vulnerable. Jeff Lei and his team are developing a new approach to secure testing of software systems and avoid these vulnerabilities.

MSE's Yum Creates Hydrogels Capable of Complex Movements

MSE's Yum Creates Hydrogels Capable of Complex Movements

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Replicating living organisms' movements with man-made materials has proven challenging, but Kyungsuk Yum recently published groundbreaking research in Nature Communications that shows promise in finding a solution.

Texas Autocross Rescheduled to September 29-30 Due to Weather

Texas Autocross Rescheduled to September 29-30 Due to Weather

Monday, September 10, 2018

The 18th annual Texas Autocross Weekend, featuring collegiate auto racing teams from across the country, has been rescheduled to Sept. 29-30 due to forecast poor weather.

Environmental Engineer Devising System to Clean Contaminated Soil and Water

Environmental Engineer Devising System to Clean Contaminated Soil and Water

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Hyeok Choi, an associate professor of civil engineering, is devising a system that will allow easier cleanup of contaminated soil and water that the U.S. military has identified.

August

CSE's Datta Connects With Blockchain Provider Komodo for Student Funding

CSE's Datta Connects With Blockchain Provider Komodo for Student Funding

Monday, August 20, 2018

Computer Science and Engineering students will be eligible to compete for funding for scholarships and senior design projects because of a new agreement with Komodo, a leading provider of blockchain technology.

CSE's Song Jiang Working to Use Computer Cache to Speed Memory Access

CSE's Song Jiang Working to Use Computer Cache to Speed Memory Access

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Song Jiang is using a grant from the National Science Foundation to explore how to  make better use of a cache to increase computing speed by allowing programmers to directly access it in software.

EE Professor's Patent Gives Robots Ultra-Sensitive Skin

EE Professor's Patent Gives Robots Ultra-Sensitive Skin

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

UTA has patented a smart skin, created by a UTA electrical engineering professor Zeynep Çelik-Butler, that will give robots more sensitive tactile feeling than humans.

July

CSE Researcher's Device Allows Persons to Point to Objects With Their Eyes

CSE Researcher's Device Allows Persons to Point to Objects With Their Eyes

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Chris McMurrough is the inventor of a revolutionary new technology that is able to scan a user’s eye movements and enable them to navigate mobile platforms, such as electric wheelchairs, without the use of hands.

MSE's Koh Receives Patent on Novel Cold-Electron Transistor

MSE's Koh Receives Patent on Novel Cold-Electron Transistor

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

MSE's Seong-Jin Koh has received a patent on a novel cold electron transistor that drastically reduces the amount of energy required to operate as compared to traditional transistors.

CE's Mattingly Teaming to Find Solutions for Re-Entry of Former Offenders

CE's Mattingly Teaming to Find Solutions for Re-Entry of Former Offenders

Monday, July 23, 2018

Steve Mattingly is part of a team using a grant from the National Institute for Transportation and Communities to find ways to link former criminal offenders to transportation essentials to needed services.

CE Researchers Release N. Texas Fair Housing Assessment

CE Researchers Release N. Texas Fair Housing Assessment

Friday, July 20, 2018

After extensively analyzing fair housing in North Texas, UTA researchers have discovered that in many cases, segregation and associated problems are becoming more pronounced.

MAE Student Completes Disney Internship

MAE Student Completes Disney Internship

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Justin Hawthorne isn’t your average engineering student. A rising senior, he is a motivational speaker and spent the 2017-18 academic year as a professional intern with engineering teams at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

EE's Madani Developing Algorithm to Improve National Power Grid

EE's Madani Developing Algorithm to Improve National Power Grid

Monday, July 9, 2018

Ramtin Madani was recently awarded a $325,000 NSF grand to develop massively scalable computational methods for power scheduling. 

FSAE Team Travels to London for Competition

FSAE Team Travels to London for Competition

Friday, July 6, 2018

Former and current UTA  students are in the United Kingdom to participate in the 20th anniversary of the inaugural Formula Student United Kingdom event held at Silverstone Circuit, United Kingdom.

EE's Lewis Earns Prestigious John R. Ragazzini Award

EE's Lewis Earns Prestigious John R. Ragazzini Award

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Frank Lewis is the recipient of the 2018 John R. Ragazzini Award from the American Automatic Control Council, which recognizes outstanding contributions to automatic control education in any form.

June

327 Undergraduates Earn Spring 2018 Dean's List Honors

327 Undergraduates Earn Spring 2018 Dean's List Honors

Monday, June 11, 2018

Eighty-nine undergraduate engineering students earned perfect 4.0 grade-point averages and 327 were named to the dean’s list for the recently completed spring semester. 

Abolmaali to Lead Review of Fort Worth Public Work Policies, Guidelines

Abolmaali to Lead Review of Fort Worth Public Work Policies, Guidelines

Friday, June 8, 2018

Civil Engineering Chair Ali Abolmaali and his team will perform academic review of policies, practice manuals and guideline specifications for work related to infrastructure in the city of Fort Worth.

Engineers Among Startups Participating in TechFW Impact Showcase

Engineers Among Startups Participating in TechFW Impact Showcase

Friday, June 8, 2018

Four startups developed by UTA faculty and students, including several from the College of Engineering, participated in TECH Fort Worth’s fifth annual Impact Showcase of inspirational client startups.

NAE Member Schafrik Joins College Faculty; First N. Texas GURI Scholar

NAE Member Schafrik Joins College Faculty; First N. Texas GURI Scholar

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

NAE member Robert Schafrik, an internationally renowned expert in materials and manufacturing, has joined the College faculty. He is the first North Texas scholar supported by Gov. Greg Abbott’s Governor’s University Research Initiative.

SensTek Licenses Chiao's pH Sensor Technology

SensTek Licenses Chiao's pH Sensor Technology

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

California startup SensTek has licensed pH sensor technology linked to two issued patents developed by electrical engineering professor J.C. Chiao.

UTA Awarded NSF Grant to Recruit More STEM Teachers

UTA Awarded NSF Grant to Recruit More STEM Teachers

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The National Science Foundation has awarded UTA close to $1.5 million in a Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program grant to recruit new science and mathematics teachers, including in computer science and engineering.

May

IMSE Ph.D. Student Co-founds Company to Excite Youngsters About STEM

IMSE Ph.D. Student Co-founds Company to Excite Youngsters About STEM

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Doctoral student LaTasha Taylor Starr developed the ESTe²M Builders educational program to help young students gain knowledge and self-esteem through hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, entrepreneurship and math.

Kondraske's Tech Could Revolutionize Testing, Tracking of Brain Performance

Kondraske's Tech Could Revolutionize Testing, Tracking of Brain Performance

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

George Kondraske has led the development of computer tests and games, that are both web-based and contained in a cell phone application, that show and track individual human brain functioning.

MAE's Chudoba Developing Parameters to Identify Space-Related S&T Gaps

MAE's Chudoba Developing Parameters to Identify Space-Related S&T Gaps

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Bernd Chudoba is workin to develop parameters for a forecasting methodology that will allow strategic planners to identify science and technology gaps related to space transportation issues.

DBJ Women in Technology Spotlight: Hanli Liu

DBJ Women in Technology Spotlight: Hanli Liu

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Hanli Liu was featured as one of the Dallas Business Journal's 2018 Women in Technology.

BE's Lee Earns AHA Grant to Study Biomechanics Related to Heart Development

BE's Lee Earns AHA Grant to Study Biomechanics Related to Heart Development

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Juhyun Lee is working to determine which gene expressions affect the development of which parts of the heart in an effort to learn how genes might be used to heal damaged heart tissue.

Grant to Help Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with Sustainable Urban Development

Grant to Help Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with Sustainable Urban Development

Friday, May 18, 2018

The city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has signed a five-year, $4 million agreement with CE Professor Sahadat Hossain to help it meet growing demand for sustainable urban development.

BE's Tang Patents "Roach Motel" Cancer Trap

BE's Tang Patents "Roach Motel" Cancer Trap

Monday, May 14, 2018

UTA has successfully patented in Europe an implantable medical device that attracts and kills circulating cancer cells that was invented by BE professor Liping Tang.

BE's Liu Receives DBJ Women in Technology Award

BE's Liu Receives DBJ Women in Technology Award

Monday, May 7, 2018

Hanli Liu, an expert in brain imaging and a professor in the Bioengineering Department, was among 26 women named by the Dallas Business Journal as winners in the fifth annual Women in Technology Awards.

BE's Hong Develops Highly-Elastic, Biodegradable Hydrogel

BE's Hong Develops Highly-Elastic, Biodegradable Hydrogel

Monday, May 7, 2018

Yi Hong, an associate professor of bioengineering, has developed a highly-elastic biodegradable hydrogel for bio-printing of materials that mimic natural human soft tissues. 

MAE's Hullender Named 2018 Minnie Stevens Piper Professor

MAE's Hullender Named 2018 Minnie Stevens Piper Professor

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

David Hullender, a longtime professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has been named a 2018 Piper Professor by the San Antonio-based Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation.

Advanced Materials and Structures Lab Earns ONR Grants Worth $1.4 Million

Advanced Materials and Structures Lab Earns ONR Grants Worth $1.4 Million

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The Office of Naval Research has awarded two grants worth nearly $1.5 million that will further enhance the Advanced Materials and Structures Lab’s national standing and capabilities.

April

MSE Ph.D. Student Wins Materials Research Society Paper Award

MSE Ph.D. Student Wins Materials Research Society Paper Award

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Kamyar Ahmadi Majlan, a Ph.D. student in the Materials Science and Engineering Department, won a Best Paper Award at the 59th Electronic Materials Conference.

College Hosts Inaugural Innovation Day

College Hosts Inaugural Innovation Day

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The College’s inaugural Innovation Day brought together students, faculty, alumni and industry representatives to showcase and celebrate the transformative research being performed in UTA’s engineering laboratories.

Researchers Earn Grant to Teach Students How to Design Assistive Technology

Researchers Earn Grant to Teach Students How to Design Assistive Technology

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Researchers in CSE and the College of Liberal Arts are creating a campus-wide assistive technology program that will teach undergraduates how to design assistive technology to help reduce barriers faced by people with disabilities.

MAE Researcher Investigating Metrics to Guarantee UAV Performance in Groups

MAE Researcher Investigating Metrics to Guarantee UAV Performance in Groups

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Kamesh Subbarao is using a $795,427 Office of Naval Research grant to create metrics to evaluate the performance of multiple UAVs that operators will be able to use to predict vehicle behavior under mission-specific conditions.

EE, CSE Professors Rated Among Best in the World

EE, CSE Professors Rated Among Best in the World

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Three UTA engineering professors are among the top 100 computer science and electronics researchers in the world, according to guide2research.com.

March

Lee Earns Grant to Study Biomechanical Influences on Ventricular Growth

Lee Earns Grant to Study Biomechanical Influences on Ventricular Growth

Friday, March 30, 2018

Juhyun Lee has earned an American Heart Association grant to determine how blood flow and cardiac muscle contraction affects gene development that leads to ventricular chamber development in the heart.

College Honors Faculty, Staff Excellence

College Honors Faculty, Staff Excellence

Friday, March 30, 2018

Dean Peter Crouch and the College of Engineering honored faculty and staff excellence at an awards luncheon April 29.

Williams Named Chi Epsilon President

Williams Named Chi Epsilon President

Monday, March 26, 2018

Jim Williams, a UTA civil engineering professor, has been named president of Chi Epsilon, the national civil engineering honor society.

Student Team Competes in Lockheed-Martin Ethics Competition

Student Team Competes in Lockheed-Martin Ethics Competition

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

A team of engineering students at The University of Texas at Arlington recently took on the topic, competing in the 2018 National Ethics in Engineering Case Competition, sponsored by Lockheed Martin.

Team of CE Students Finishes Second in SWANA Competition

Team of CE Students Finishes Second in SWANA Competition

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

A team of UTA civil engineering students placed second in the Solid Waste Association of North America’s International Solid Waste Design Competition in September 2017

Burning Desire

Burning Desire

Friday, March 9, 2018

Alumnus Andrew Feghali became an entrepreneur at a young age – in middle school, he started a lawn service and hired neighborhood children to work for him – and since graduating he has built a successful fire testing company, Aeroblaze.

February

Society of American Military Engineers Conference Draws Crowd to UTA

Society of American Military Engineers Conference Draws Crowd to UTA

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Determining how smart cities can impact current and future infrastructure was a theme of the 18th annual Society of American Military Engineers Conference held recently at UTA.

CE Professor Emeritus Qasim Publishes Fourth Book

CE Professor Emeritus Qasim Publishes Fourth Book

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Syed Qasim, Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering, has published his fourth book on water and wastewater treatment and reuse.

Best Paper Awards Highlight UTA Participation at TRB Meeting

Best Paper Awards Highlight UTA Participation at TRB Meeting

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A research group from UTA’s Sustainable and Resilient Civil Infrastructure group, or SARCI, earned two “best paper” awards at the 97th Transportation Research Board meeting in Washington, D.C.

CE Ph.D. Students Present Research at Annual TRB Meeting

CE Ph.D. Students Present Research at Annual TRB Meeting

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Four Civil Engineering doctoral students made presentations and participated in a panel discussion at the 97th Transportation Research Board meeting January 7-11 in Washington, D.C.

CE Student Named ASCE 2018 "New Face of Civil Engineering"

CE Student Named ASCE 2018 "New Face of Civil Engineering"

Monday, February 5, 2018

Civil Engineering senior Maria Frias was named one of 10 "New Faces of Civil Engineering, Collegiate Edition" by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

UTA Remembers Kalpana Chawla, Columbia Crew 15 Years Later

UTA Remembers Kalpana Chawla, Columbia Crew 15 Years Later

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Fifteen years ago, seven astronauts, including Kalpana Chawla, one of UTA’s most celebrated graduates and the first Indian-born woman to fly in space, perished when the Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart during re-entry.

January

Alumna Hew Works With German Space Agency on Edema Research

Alumna Hew Works With German Space Agency on Edema Research

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Monica Hew (BSAE '13) recently spent six months at the German Space Center (DLR) in Cologne studying how tissue swelling, or edema, develops in an oxygen-deprived environment.

Fitzer, EE Professor Emeritus, Passes Away

Fitzer, EE Professor Emeritus, Passes Away

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Jack Fitzer, a professor emeritus of electrical engineering, passed away at his home in Eugene, Ore., January 3. 

BE's Tian Helping to Develop Tech for Cardiovascular Health

BE's Tian Helping to Develop Tech for Cardiovascular Health

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Fenghua Tian is working on an NIH grant awarded to Mark Nelson, an assistant professor of kinesiology, to develop a device to study how oxygen is delivered to skeletal muscles and how those muscles utilize that oxygen.

IMSE's Rogers Named ABET Fellow

IMSE's Rogers Named ABET Fellow

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Jamie Rogers, Distinguished Teaching Professor and associate chair of the Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering Department, has been named a Fellow of ABET.

249 Undergraduates Earn Fall Dean's List Honors

249 Undergraduates Earn Fall Dean's List Honors

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Sixty-nine undergraduate engineering students earned perfect 4.0 grade-point averages and 249 were named to the dean's list for the recently completed fall semester.

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