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UTA In The News — Monday, March 25, 2019

Monday, March 25, 2019

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National academy election

UTA’s Dererje Agonafer, the Jenkins Garrett Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, was one of the 27 Sigma Xi members elected to the National Academy of Engineering recently, Targeted News Service reported. Agonafer was elected for contributions to computer-aided electro/thermo/mechanical design and modeling of electronic equipment.

Robots in steelmaking

Daejong Kim, a UTA associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, was awarded an $80,000 grant from South Korea-based POSCO–one of the world’s largest steelmakers–to help fund a one-year feasibility study of intelligent robot systems for inspection and maintenance of steelmaking facilities, reported.

Young scientist honored

UTA’s M. Farooq Wahab, a research engineering scientist in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was one of this year's Young Scientist Award winners at Pittcon, the annual event of the analytical instrument industry, reported. The Chinese American Chromatography Association honored some of the award winners and leaders at a dinner, where UTA Professor Daniel Armstrong delivered the keynote speech, “Quantifying Your Existence.” Armstrong is the Robert A. Welch Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Alumna named president

Emerson, a global engineering and technology company, has appointed Vidya Ramnath as the new president for its automation solutions business in the Middle East and Africa, reported. Ramnath earned her master’s degree in industrial engineering from UTA.

Biden could have edge

UTA's Allan Saxe, associate professor of political science, said if former Vice President Joe Biden runs for president, he could enlist aid from former President Barack Obama on the campaign trail, WBAP 820 AM reported. Saxe said that could distinguish Biden from the many other Democratic candidates.