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UTA In The News — Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday, August 11, 2017

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iWork project

Fillia Makedon, a UTA professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, is leading a team of researchers who will use a National Science Foundation grant to develop iWork, a smart, robot-based system that assesses workers' physical, cognitive and collaborative skills while they perform simulated manufacturing tasks, and Scienmag reported.

High honor

Krishnan Rajeshwar, UTA distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has been named Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Szeged in Hungary, in recognition for his outstanding achievements in support of the mission of the University, reported.

UAV risk reduction

Atilla Dogan, UTA associate professor of aerospace engineering, will use a National Science Foundation grant to gauge and reduce the risks posed by unmanned aerial systems, Communications of the ACM and reported. ACM is the Association for Computing Machinery. AUVSI is the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International reported.

Acoustics evaluation

Suyun Ham, a UTA civil engineering assistant professor, is co-author of a recent study that says acoustics can be used as an early warning system for deteriorating bridges, the Norfolk (Neb.) Daily News and several other media outlets reported. Ham was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Nebraska when he did the study with colleagues there. Their research appeared in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.

Phillips named guest star

Lou Diamond Phillips was named as a guest star on You’re the Worst, the FXX acclaimed comedy, Eclipse Magazine reported. Phillips, a UTA alumnus, is the first speaker in the 2017-18 season of the Maverick Speakers Series. He will speak Thursday, Sept. 7, at Texas Hall. 

UTA studying water

John Christmann, the CEO for Apache Corp., an oil and gas exploration and production company, mentioned UTA in a question-and-answer column about the firm’s West Texas energy find, the San Antonio Express-News and the Midland Reporter-Telegram reported. UTA is performing a study of the water system in order to protect springs in the area.

Right financial choice

A parents column about children attending college advised readers to make the right financial choice in choosing a university for their kids, Charisma Magazine reported. She said her son chose UTA rather than private institutions because even with scholarships, he would have accumulated about $60,000 in student debt from those private colleges by graduation.

Scholarship winner

Mhina Barry plans to attend The University of Texas at Arlington on a Limetree Bay Terminal Award Scholarship, St. Croix Source and St. John Source reported. Limetree awarded 17 graduates of Virgin Island high schools with the scholarship.

Deane plays with Johnson

Stuart Deane, UTA’s director of golf, played much of a back nine practice round with Dustin Johnson, the No. 1 golfer in the world, at the PGA Championship in North Carolina, the Star-Telegram and Yahoo! Sports reported. 

Alumnus named director

Helius Medical Technologies Inc. has named Dane Andreeff as director, Market Exclusive reported. Andreeff received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from UTA.

Alumnus named head of revenue

Conifer Health has named James Logsdon as president of its hospital revenue unit, Sys-Con Media reported. Logsdon holds a master’s degree in healthcare and business administration from UTA.

Alumna helping others

Aimee Muir has overcome a car crash and brain injury to help others in need through a variety of non-profits, Park Cities Bubble Life and several sister publications reported. Muir received her MBA from UTA.