Leading Edge


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National Alliance

Last year, UTA helped launch the Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Research Universities, a collaboration among the 21 universities categorized as both R-1 by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and a Hispanic-Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education. The alliance’s goal is to increase opportunities for those historically underserved by higher education. “Together, UTA and our fellow alliance universities have the ability to make an extraordinary difference in people’s lives,” says UTA President Jennifer Cowley.


Program Makes a Difference

The American Mathematical Society selected UTA’s Bridge to Math Doctorate program for its 2023 Mathematics Programs That Make a Difference Award, which recognizes initiatives that increase the number of students from groups historically underrepresented in advanced mathematical degree programs, including minorities, women, low-income, and first-generation college students.

Founded in 2016, UTA’s Bridge program provides one year of advanced courses and faculty mentoring to strengthen students’ mathematical and academic skills as they prepare for doctoral studies. Over six years, 42 fellows have received support, with 94% of its participants entering graduate programs at research universities.


Celebration of Research and Innovation

In April, UTA spotlighted the ingenuity and creativity of its students, faculty, and staff during its first-ever Celebration of Research and Innovation.

The daylong event, sponsored by Toyota and held at College Park Center, showcased some of the University’s top scientists and inventors, alongside local business leaders, entrepreneurs, and commercialization experts. Robert Magnusson, the Texas Instruments Distinguished University Chair in Nanoelectronics, was the keynote speaker.

“We really wanted the UTA community to understand where their research can go—to learn where innovators and inventors get their inspiration and how they navigate the world of innovation at the University,” says Eileen Clements, interim executive director of the UTA Research Institute.


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.

Inquiry Magazine 2023

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