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Breaking Barriers

Celebrating a year of growth and excellence

James P. Grover

James P. Grover. Illustration by Lara Tomlin

Welcome to Inquiry, the research magazine for The University of Texas at Arlington. This edition of Inquiry captures the research, growth, and development that placed 2019 among the most transcendent years in UTA’s history. We enjoyed marked success thanks to the relentless spirit of discovery that is shared among our faculty, as well as the efforts of our staff and University leadership.

The combined vision and energy of the people at UTA have resulted in groundbreaking discoveries and new projects closely aligned with our strategic plan and its four themes: Health and the Human Condition, Sustainable Urban Communities, Global Environmental Impact, and Data-Driven Discovery. We have forged new ground in solving some of our greatest challenges while elevating the budding researchers and leaders in our student body.

I am perhaps most proud to say that 2019 brought with it a tremendous achievement for UTA: We offcially met all criteria to become Texas’ next Tier One institution and will be eligible for funding from the National Research University Fund after sustaining the benchmarks for two years. This was made possible by the profound growth and excellence of all who are members of the Maverick family.

While this designation, when offcial, will present numerous, meaningful opportunities, it will more importantly serve as a signal to the global research community that UTA is a breeding ground for innovation and service through discovery. It demonstrates that we are among the best of the best in our ability to propel people, industries, and communities forward.

Our goals for growth and excellence are fueled by our desire to provide solutions and knowledge that improve the world we live in. Top-tier research universities support prosperity and development for all, and UTA is no exception. Last year was an important one for the University, but there is still much ahead on the horizon for us to pursue. I hope you enjoy this encapsulation of a year of excellence at UTA and stay connected with us as we work to transform the world.

Go Mavericks,
James P. Grover
Vice President ad interim for Research

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