The State of Research




Fast Facts

UTA inventors received 23 patents in 2022, contributing to the UT System’s overall ranking of No. 3 on the list of Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents.
(National Academy of Inventors & Intellectual Property Owners Association)

Based on typical patterns, spinoff from research at UTA can be expected to generate approximately $158.6 million per year in the North Central Texas Region as well as 1,275 jobs.
(“The Economic and Fiscal Impact of UTA,” Perryman Group 2022)

8th fastest-growing doctoral public institution in the country.
(The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2022 Almanac)


Restricted and Federal Research Expenditures for fiscal years 2020, 2021, and 2022

Restricted Research Expenditures

2020: $52 M

2021: $45.8 M

2022: $54.4 M

Federal Research Expenditures

2020: $44.3 M

2021: $46.2 M

2022: $52.6 M

Total Grant and Contract Research Expenditures

2020: $54.9 M

2021: $57.9 M

2022: $67.8 M

UTA Total Research Expenditures by fiscal year, as reported in the THECB RD Expenditure Survey

2018: $99.5 M

2019: $116.9 M

2020: $125.5 M

2021: $117.4 M

2022: $122 M


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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