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UTA In The News — Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

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Billionaire invests in Blue Bell

KXAS/NBC 5 and KRLD/1080 AM interviewed Elten Briggs, a UT Arlington associate professor of marketing, about the move by Fort Worth billionaire Sid Bass to partner with Blue Bell Ice Cream to help the Brenham-based company return to the market. “This will perhaps provide some relief for them, operationally, as well as the image benefits,” Briggs said. Blue Bell stopped production after its ice cream was linked to Listeria. It’s estimated that the company has lost more than $100 million since April. 

Stronger materials

A University of Texas at Arlington professor is collaborating with Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. through a $1.35 million grant to design more durable materials and accelerate their implementation in composite aircraft, and ECN reported. Andrew Makeev, professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and director of the UT Arlington Advanced Materials and Structures Lab, received the grant from the Army National Rotorcraft Technology Center to build stronger and more durable composite materials for aircraft.

America Makes awards funding

America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, announced that UT Arlington is among the awardees of its Project Call #3 for additive manufacturing applied research and development projects, Westmoreland Times reported. Up to $8 million in funding will be awarded to a total of nine teams.  The project, “A Design Guidance System for AM” is led by the Georgia Institute of Technology, in conjunction with UT Arlington, UT Austin, Siemens Corporate Technology, MSC, Senvol, Lockheed Martin, GKN Aerospace, Woodward, Siemens Energy, and Siemens PLM.  

Research university

During an interview with KDFW/Fox 4, new Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams promoted UT Arlington as a major research university.  

Online teacher prep programs

In its story about getting employer buy-in for online teacher prep programs, noted that Shanna Peeples, the 2015 National Teacher of the Year, earned her M.Ed. in curriculum instruction through a fully online program at UT Arlington.