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UTA In The News — Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday, April 17, 2015

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Shipping underground

The University of Texas at Arlington has received a $1.2 million competitive research grant from the Texas Department of Transportation to investigate building underground freight transportation in certain urban environments with heavy truck traffic, Phys.org reported. Mo Najafi, a UT Arlington civil engineering professor, will lead the project. Sia Ardekani, civil engineering professor, and Mohsen Shahandashti, civil engineering senior lecturer, are co-principal investigators on the project.

New power source

A team of UT Arlington researchers has created a new power generator that can produce electricity up to 25 percent more efficiently than existing technology, reduce emissions and could alleviate power shortages in more remote areas of the globe, Phys.org and ECN Magazine.com reported. Raheem Bello, an aerospace engineering doctoral candidate in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, is chief executive officer and cofounder of Afthon, which has won accolades for its innovation, including $25,000 grant funding from VentureWell.

StartUp Lounge

An entrepreneurial collision space – The StartUp Lounge – has opened at The University of Texas at Arlington, CityBizList Dallas reported. The StartUp Lounge expects to augment institutions that exist within the North Texas region by facilitating initial steps within the entrepreneurial process. The initiative is highly collaborative, with representation from Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies, the UT Arlington Colleges of Business, Science and Engineering, and TECH Fort Worth through TECHFW@UTA.  

Office of the future model

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported on a movement that is looking at college campuses like UT Arlington as models for the office of the future. Rebecca Boles, assistant dean of the School of Architecture, led a tour Wednesday of furniture makers who wanted to see firsthand where individuals have spent the last four to six years of their lives. Campus stops included Nedderman Hall, the Central Library and the LINK Research Lab. Many large corporations are making moves, in varying degrees, toward improving their workspaces for the millennials, said George Siemens, executive director of the LINK Lab. “They’re going to choose the environment that is better suited for collaboration and innovation, a human workplace,” he said. The article also appeared at Bloomberg.com.

Meiners essay featured in book

A new book comprised of five essays by U.S. economists connects the dots between entrepreneurship, economic freedom, and economic growth, detailing their interrelated roles in America’s sluggish economic recovery, Fraser Institute.org reported. Two of the economists, Roger Meiners of The University of Texas at Arlington and Andrew P. Morriss of the Texas A&M University School of Law, examine the roles of the U.S. legal system and how special interests corrupt the legal and economic framework. They also explain how market competition is impacted by regulation.

High-speed rail plan

Despite mounting opposition, the company backing high-speed rail between Dallas and Houston insists that the $12 billion plan will reach fruition, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. The road to rail began with a feasibility study finding that constructing track between “pair cities” such as Dallas and Houston would require less funding than laying track within more congested urban areas such as the stretch between Fort Worth and Dallas. Conducting the 2011-2013 study was Steve Mattingly, a University of Texas at Arlington civil engineer.

Award winner

American Kinesiology.org noted that Melvin Ibana, a UT Arlington kinesiology graduate student, has been named an AKA Masters Scholar Award 2015 recipient. The AKA Scholar Awards recognize at the national level, the academic and leadership accomplishments of graduate students in AKA member departments.  

Future UTA student featured

KXAS/NBC 5 profiled Katelyn Stepp, a Brewer High School graduating senior, recognized for her academic achievements and for overcoming great odds with the help of Communities in Schools, a dropout prevention organization in Tarrant County. In the fall, Stepp plans to study nursing at UT Arlington with the hope of one day becoming a pediatric nurse.