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UTA In The News — Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

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Driverless car project

The Fort Worth Business reported that Manfred Huber, associate professor of computer science and engineering at UTA, is working with Maryland-based engineering firm Robotic Research on a $100,000 driverless car project. Their goal is to design a driverless car that can pick up wounded veterans on a military base and take them to the base’s medical facilities for doctors’ appointments.  

Sustainable landscaping

Phys.org reported on work within the UTA College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs to create sustainable plantings through “polycultures” of plants that work together.

UTA's positron beam facility

I-Connect007 reported that researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington are developing a next generation positron beam facility that will enable them to analyze the properties of advanced materials for future electronics applications such as ultra compact high-speed computers and ultra small high-powered batteries.

Syria situation explained

Brent Sasley, a UTA associate professor of political science, interviewed this morning with WBAP/820 AM (ABC Radio) about the situation developing in Syria following the attacks in France and Gov. Abbott’s call to bar Syrian refugees from Texas.

Teacher shortage looming

In recent years, UTA has been the No. 1 supplier of teachers for Fort Worth and its neighboring suburban districts. But the university, like several others in North Texas, is graduating fewer students who want to become teachers, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The looming teacher shortage, in part, is blamed on post-recession cuts to education spending.

Athletics subsidies

Universities across the country are relying heavily on student fees and other subsidies to help fund athletics programs, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported. The report mentioned UTA as well as other Texas universities. The Houston Chronicle also carried the story.

New CASA radar

A Sustainable City Network.com report about newly installed CASA radar in northwest Fort Worth noted that one of the radars is located at UTA. In all, six have been installed across the region. The radars work as a network to give forecasters more than one view of a storm.

UTA alum named CIO

Penn Energy.com and other outlets reported that UTA alumnus Nic Burtea has been named chief information officer of Enertia Software. Burtea has been with the company for 15 years. He earned a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering degree from UTA.