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Inquiry Magazine • 2023

Editorial Director

Jessica Bridges

Art Director

Samantha Morales


Randy Gentry
Erika Nina Suárez


Jeremy Agor
Herb Booth
Jeff Carlton
Lee Coburn
Teresa Newton
Greg Pederson
Mark Permenter
Brody Price
Neph Rivera
Amber Scott

Digital Coordinators

Michael Tackett
Richard Schmitt
Ryan Stankard
Crystal Branner
Soffia Davidsdottir
Kausher Patel
Christina Castillo


Jennifer Cowley

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Tamara L. Brown

Vice President for Research and Innovation

Kate C. Miller

Vice President for Marketing, Messaging, and Engagement

Yolanda Bevill

Senior Associate Vice President for Marketing, Messaging, and Engagement

Joe Carpenter


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Rick Wilder

Investigating Earth’s ionosphere-thermosphere

A space physicist at UTA is playing a key role in NASA’s Geospace Dynamics Constellation mission aimed at improving our understanding of the planet’s ionosphere-thermosphere (I-T) system.

Kyeong Rok Ryu

Quantifying the benefits of roadside vegetation

Construction management Assistant Professor Kyeong Rok Ryu is helping cultivate a better-looking Texas by creating best practices for roadside vegetation.

Illustration by Jing Jing Tsong

Evaluating smart traffic signal design

Civil engineer Pengfei “Taylor” Li hopes to make traffic signals smarter with new simulation techniques and big data.

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