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News Archive 2019

September

CSE's Ming is Combatting Malware

CSE's Ming is Combatting Malware

Friday, September 13, 2019

Building on discoveries he published in a 2018 paper, CSE's Jiang Ming is working to combat malware by building anti-malware code into computer hardware instead of relying on software.

BE's Nguyen Named BMES Fellow

BE's Nguyen Named BMES Fellow

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Kytai Nguyen has been named a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society, a designation reserved for the top 4% of its members.

Improving Transportation in Texas

Improving Transportation in Texas

Monday, September 9, 2019

CE's Sharareh Kermanshachi has earned two new grants worth more than $105,000 to study third rail insulator failures and develop a workforce development framework for concrete paving experts.

Winners of Maverick Entrepreneurship Competition Announced

Winners of Maverick Entrepreneurship Competition Announced

Thursday, September 5, 2019

The College of Engineering was well-represented in the final pitch competition of the 2019 Maverick Entrepreneurship Program and Award, with three of the five cash prizes going to engineering students.

MSE's Hao Receives CPRIT Funding to Continue Cancer Research

MSE's Hao Receives CPRIT Funding to Continue Cancer Research

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Yaowu Hao was one of two UTA researchers who received grants from the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) for cancer research.

August

CE Researchers' Work Honored by AASHTO

CE Researchers' Work Honored by AASHTO

Friday, August 30, 2019

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) named a pair of UTA researchers' efforts as one of 2019’s Sweet Sixteen high-value research projects.

Renowned Photonics Experts, Including NAE Member, Join EE Department

Renowned Photonics Experts, Including NAE Member, Join EE Department

Thursday, August 22, 2019

The Electrical Engineering Department has added expertise to its strong research group in photonics through the addition of National Academy of Engineering member James Coleman and Catrina Coleman.

July

UTA and Lockheed Martin Team on UAV Project

UTA and Lockheed Martin Team on UAV Project

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Frank Lewis and Yan Wan are teaming with Lockheed Martin Corp. to optimize how unmanned vehicles use sensors to gather information.

Researcher Developing Method to Test Seismic Vulnerability of Water Pipes

Researcher Developing Method to Test Seismic Vulnerability of Water Pipes

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Financiers and investment planners work with risk and assess it each day. Mohsen Shahandashti is taking those same principles of risk aversion and applying them to engineering and modeling methods.

Engineering Faculty Earn UTA Research Grants

Engineering Faculty Earn UTA Research Grants

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Six engineering faculty members are contributing to interdisciplinary teams performing research in health, decision making, human interaction and advanced materials.

UTA Brings Unique Hypersonic Wind Tunnel Online

UTA Brings Unique Hypersonic Wind Tunnel Online

Friday, July 12, 2019

UTA has brought its new arc-heated, hypersonic wind tunnel online, marking a new era in the University’s long history of aerodynamics innovation and discovery.

Shah Elected to Academy of Athens

Shah Elected to Academy of Athens

Friday, July 5, 2019

Surendra Shah, a researcher in the College of Engineering and a world-renowned expert in cement-based materials, has been elected to the Academy of Athens.

EE's Wan Seeking Better Coordination, Communication Among UAVs

EE's Wan Seeking Better Coordination, Communication Among UAVs

Monday, July 1, 2019

Yan Wan is working to solve the challenge of better control and communication among groups of similarly tasked UAVs by designing control and communication systems cohesively.

UTARI Scientist Earns Leadership Award From SAMPE

UTARI Scientist Earns Leadership Award From SAMPE

Monday, July 1, 2019

Rassel Raihan, a research scientist at the Institute for Predictive Performance Methodologies at UTARI, is a recipient of the Young Professionals Emerging Leadership Award from the Society of Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering, or SAMPE.

June

ME Student Wins Medal of Excellence for Study of Noise Control

ME Student Wins Medal of Excellence for Study of Noise Control

Friday, June 28, 2019

Ashish Dev Kotian, a recent mechanical engineering master’s graduate, won a prestigious national award for his work designing, fabricating and testing a muffler for the University’s Formula SAE team.

Strong Showing for UTA in Unmanned Aerial Competition

Strong Showing for UTA in Unmanned Aerial Competition

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Yan Wan, an associate professor of electrical engineering and an expert in multiple unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, networks, led her team to a strong showing at the 2019 Swarm and Search AI Challenge.

CE's Kermanshachi Selected as 2019 Rising Star in Civil Engineering

CE's Kermanshachi Selected as 2019 Rising Star in Civil Engineering

Monday, June 24, 2019

Sharareh (Sherri) Kermanshachi has been selected as a 2019 Rising Star in Civil + Structural Engineering.

Magnusson Working to Develop Longwave Infrared Photonic Device Technology

Magnusson Working to Develop Longwave Infrared Photonic Device Technology

Friday, June 21, 2019

Robert Magnusson is working with the Army Research Laboratory to develop nanophotonic devices that could have applications in thermal imaging and resonant filtering.

CE's Fang Studying Flood-Control Solutions for Southeast Texas

CE's Fang Studying Flood-Control Solutions for Southeast Texas

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Nick Fang received a $499,981 grant to analyze regional drainage and propose recommendations for future flood prevention in nine counties in southeast Texas.

Students Awarded Prestigious Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships

Students Awarded Prestigious Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Eleven students in UTA's Colleges of Engineering, Business and Science have received coveted Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Agonafer Earns Prestigious ASME Award

Agonafer Earns Prestigious ASME Award

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Dereje Agonafer, a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Distinguished University Professor of mechanical engineering, has received the prestigious Heat Transfer Memorial Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

May

MSE Ph.D. Student Earns Prestigious SRC Fellowship

MSE Ph.D. Student Earns Prestigious SRC Fellowship

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Allison Osmanson, a doctoral student in the Materials Science and Engineering Department, is the recipient of a prestigious fellowship from the Semiconductor Research Corp.

Liu's LED Device Could Increase Memory Retention Among Astronauts

Liu's LED Device Could Increase Memory Retention Among Astronauts

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Hanli Liu, a professor of bioengineering, is working to improve memory and cognitive function in astronauts during space missions by directing light onto their brains.

CE Researcher to Examine Transportation Construction, Maintenance Risks

CE Researcher to Examine Transportation Construction, Maintenance Risks

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Sharareh “Sherri” Kermanshachi has received grants from the Texas Department of Transportation and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development to identify and formulate best practices for construction of transportation projects.

CSE's Makedon Earns Dallas Business Journal Woman In Technology Award

CSE's Makedon Earns Dallas Business Journal Woman In Technology Award

Friday, May 24, 2019

Fillia Makedon, an expert and leader in machine learning and assistive technologies, was among 25 women named by the Dallas Business Journal as winners in the sixth annual Women in Technology Awards.

MAE's Adnan Earns Equipment Grant to Expand Research into Brain Injuries

MAE's Adnan Earns Equipment Grant to Expand Research into Brain Injuries

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Ashfaq Adnan will purchase equipment that determines the severity of brain injuries, even if they aren’t readily apparent.

Nearly 400 Undergraduates Earn Spring Dean's List Honors

Nearly 400 Undergraduates Earn Spring Dean's List Honors

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Ninety-seven undergraduate engineering students earned perfect 4.0 grade-point averages and 381 were named to the dean’s list for the recently completed spring semester.

BE Student Receives NIH Fellowship

BE Student Receives NIH Fellowship

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Aneetta Kuriakose is the first UTA student to earn a prestigious pre-doctoral fellowship by the National Institutes of Health that will support her research into a new minimally invasive treatment for peripheral artery disease.

Wendell Nedderman, Founding Dean of College of Engineering, Dies

Wendell Nedderman, Founding Dean of College of Engineering, Dies

Friday, May 10, 2019

Wendell Nedderman, who founded the College of Engineering 60 years ago and went on to become UTA president for 20 years, died at age 97 at his home on May 8.

Fast Company

Fast Company

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The most decorated university racing team in the United States began its quest for a ninth Formula SAE championship on April 5 with an unveiling of its 2019 car.

College Announces Transfer Scholars Initiative

College Announces Transfer Scholars Initiative

Friday, May 3, 2019

The Transfer Scholars Initiative will help community college students attend UTA for up to three years.  

SHPE Student Chapter Working to Help Members Attend National Conference

SHPE Student Chapter Working to Help Members Attend National Conference

Friday, May 3, 2019

UTA's chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, or SHPE, is working to help more of its members attend the 2019 SHPE National Convention in Phoenix this fall.

CE's Smits Organizes Workshop to Help Peru’s Artisanal Gold Miners

CE's Smits Organizes Workshop to Help Peru’s Artisanal Gold Miners

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Kathleen Smits helped organize the Voces Mineras workshop in Lima, Peru, for industry, government, academic and non-governmental organizations committed to the sustainability of artisanal and small-scale gold mining, or ASGM.

CE's Fang Developing Tool to Track Water Movement, Storage and Use

CE's Fang Developing Tool to Track Water Movement, Storage and Use

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Nick Fang will develop the water management and planning tool using a modeling platform for operational decision-making and long-term planning for water reservoirs, rivers, lakes and watersheds.

April

BE's Liao Co-Edits Newly Released Book

BE's Liao Co-Edits Newly Released Book

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Jun Liao is co-editor of a recently released book on the latest research developments in heart valve biomechanics and bioengineering.

Concrete Canoe Team Places Third in ASCE Competitions

Concrete Canoe Team Places Third in ASCE Competitions

Monday, April 29, 2019

UTA’s concrete canoe team captured third-place finishes in the men’s sprint and co-ed sprint events at the ASCE Concrete Canoe Regional Competition in South Padre Island, Texas.

Engineering Students Design UAV Built With Bio-Based Materials

Engineering Students Design UAV Built With Bio-Based Materials

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

A team of engineering students and faculty advisers is one of 11 finalists competing in the U.S. Army’s inaugural HBCU/MI Design Competition at The University of Texas at El Paso.

Engineering Students Build Treadmill to Help Wheelchair Athletes Work Out

Engineering Students Build Treadmill to Help Wheelchair Athletes Work Out

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The eight-time national champion UTA Movin’ Mavs might be getting even better soon, thanks to some ingenuity among mechanical engineering students, whose senior design project team built a treadmill that can be used by athletes in wheelchairs.

CE's Kermanshachi Earns DBIA International Award

CE's Kermanshachi Earns DBIA International Award

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Sharareh (Sherri) Kermanshachi has won the 2018 Design-Build Institute of America, or DBIA, Distinguished Leadership Award in the faculty category.

College Hosts Innovation Day

College Hosts Innovation Day

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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

BE Student Attends Graduate Research Fellowship Program Conference

BE Student Attends Graduate Research Fellowship Program Conference

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Arturo Velazquez, a UTA College of Engineering Ambassador, recently attended the Graduate Research Fellowship Program Conference at Georgia Tech.

TxDOT Grants Allow UTA Civil Engineers to Build More Resilient Roadways

TxDOT Grants Allow UTA Civil Engineers to Build More Resilient Roadways

Monday, April 15, 2019

Civil engineering researchers Mohsen Shahandashti and Sahadat Hossain are working with TxDOT to better monitor and predict soil weakness, which can lead to slope failures on state highways.

March

MAE's Kim Collaborates on Robot Feasibility Study

MAE's Kim Collaborates on Robot Feasibility Study

Friday, March 22, 2019

Daejong Kim has partnered with a long-time friend from his home nation of South Korea to help find a more effective way for steelmaking companies to inspect and maintain their facilities.

NAE Member Surendra Shah Joins College of Engineering

NAE Member Surendra Shah Joins College of Engineering

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Surendra Shah, a National Academy of Engineering member and internationally renowned expert on cementitious materials, has joined the faculty of UTA's College of Engineering.
Article by BE's Lee Highlighted in Nature Photonics

Article by BE's Lee Highlighted in Nature Photonics

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

An article by Juhyun Lee about a super-resolution imaging technique was highlighted by the journal Nature Photonics in its March issue.

CE's Smits Designing Sustainable Practices for Artisanal Gold Mining

CE's Smits Designing Sustainable Practices for Artisanal Gold Mining

Monday, March 18, 2019

Kate Smits is part of a team that is working to find ways to increase sustainability and lessen the negative effects of artisanal gold mining while allowing communities to continue their ancestral way of life.

UTA Lab Teams with India to Fix Large Penstock Pipes

UTA Lab Teams with India to Fix Large Penstock Pipes

Monday, March 18, 2019

Mohammad Najafi is teaming with the Indian Society for Trenchless Technology to work with the government of India to solve leakage of large-diameter pipes that carry storm water to provide hydroelectric power to Indian communities.

IMSE's Krejci Earns Grant to Study Food Transportation for Farmers

IMSE's Krejci Earns Grant to Study Food Transportation for Farmers

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Caroline Krejci will use a $299,310 grant from the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education program to explore how to make food transportation cheaper and easier through collaborative transportation and aggregation.

MAE's Huang Earns Grants to Monitor Structural Health and Detect Damage

MAE's Huang Earns Grants to Monitor Structural Health and Detect Damage

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Haiying Huang has earned a pair of grants worth nearly $900,000 to monitor structural health and detect when and where damage happens.

CE's Hyun Working to Provide Better Data on Potential Bike Volumes

CE's Hyun Working to Provide Better Data on Potential Bike Volumes

Friday, March 8, 2019

Civil engineering assistant professor Kate Hyun is exploring data fusion techniques that will provide planners with better data on potential bicycle volumes for a city.

UTA, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division Ink Agreement

UTA, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division Ink Agreement

Friday, March 8, 2019

UTA and the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division have signed a formal Education Partnership Agreement that will enhance research and education at UTA.

EE Researcher Working to Determine Minimum Energy Use Possible in Lasers

EE Researcher Working to Determine Minimum Energy Use Possible in Lasers

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Weidong Zhou will use a $450,000 grant from the Army Research Office to determine the minimum amount of energy required to develop high-speed and energy-efficient lasers based on nanophotonic cavities and nanostructured materials.

February

MCM Program Ranked by OnlineMasters.com

MCM Program Ranked by OnlineMasters.com

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Skilled managers are needed on job sites and in contractors’ offices and UTA is helping to provide them through its Master of Construction Management program, which was recently ranked for the education it provides its graduates.

MAE's Maddalena Earns Grants to Enhance Unique Hypersonic Wind Tunnel

MAE's Maddalena Earns Grants to Enhance Unique Hypersonic Wind Tunnel

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Luca Maddalena won a pair of Office of Naval Research grants totaling more than $1.5 million to enhance the U.S.' only university-based, arc-heated hypersonic wind tunnel.

CSE's Rao Earns CAREER Award to Redesign Abstractions in Virtual Systems

CSE's Rao Earns CAREER Award to Redesign Abstractions in Virtual Systems

Monday, February 18, 2019

Jia Raohas been awarded a four-year, $498,000 NSF CAREER grant to redesign abstractions in virtualized systems to improve efficiency.

MSE's Yum Earns NSF CAREER Grant to Develop Shape-Morphing 3D Materials

MSE's Yum Earns NSF CAREER Grant to Develop Shape-Morphing 3D Materials

Friday, February 15, 2019

Kyungsuk Yum has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant to design and develop bioinspired 3D materials with programmed shapes and motions.

EE's Madani Leading Team in DoE Grid Optimization Competition

EE's Madani Leading Team in DoE Grid Optimization Competition

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Ramtin Madani is leading a team in the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E, Grid Optimization Competition, with a share of $4 million in prize money at stake for the top 10 teams. 

MAE's Agonafer Elected to National Academy of Engineering

MAE's Agonafer Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Friday, February 8, 2019

Dereje Agonafer, a long-time mechanical engineering professor, is the first active UTA engineering faculty member to be elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

AE Students Craft Winning Missile-Defense Design

AE Students Craft Winning Missile-Defense Design

Thursday, February 7, 2019

A UTA student team crafted a winning design for a conceptual missile system to deploy against inbound hypersonic missile threats that led to a mention in a recent issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology.

Alumna to Receive Most Promising Engineer in Government Award

Alumna to Receive Most Promising Engineer in Government Award

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Wendy Okolo (Ph.D. A.E. '15, B.S.A.E. '10), an aerospace research engineer at NASA, will receive the award from U.S. Black Engineer Magazine.

Engineering Researchers Helping With Grant to Blend Data with Agriculture

Engineering Researchers Helping With Grant to Blend Data with Agriculture

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Four UTA engineering faculty are working on a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to prepare gstudents for data-based careers in agriculture-related fields.

January

BE's Hong Developing New Method of Treating Vaginal Prolapse

BE's Hong Developing New Method of Treating Vaginal Prolapse

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Yi Hong and his team will use a five-year, $1.6 million grant to develop a method of treating a vaginal prolapse before complete detachment, which could prevent complications and improve quality of life.

SEI Grad Student Chapter Named National Chapter of the Year

SEI Grad Student Chapter Named National Chapter of the Year

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

For the second time in three years, the American Society of Civil Engineers Structural Engineering Institute has named UTA’s Graduate Student Chapter its student chapter of the year.

CE's Seo Merging Multiple Forecasts Into One for Weather Events

CE's Seo Merging Multiple Forecasts Into One for Weather Events

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

DJ Seo received a $216,103 subaward from a NOAA grant to devise a way to merge multiple forecasts and metrics into one, integrated forecast for easier understanding during major weather events.

300 Undergraduates Earn Fall Dean's List Honors

300 Undergraduates Earn Fall Dean's List Honors

Monday, January 7, 2019

Sixty-seven undergraduate engineering students earned perfect 4.0 grade-point averages and 300 were named to the dean’s list for the recently completed fall semester.

CE's Smits Working to Improve Response to Gas Leaks

CE's Smits Working to Improve Response to Gas Leaks

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Kathleen Smits recently received a $414,000 grant to develop a method to predict the conditions under which gas migration may occur and establish best practices to improve response to gas migration incidents, and finding and fixing leaks.

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