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Research, enrollment records highlight year at UT Arlington

Monday, December 22, 2014

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Compelling research stories dominated the news at The University of Texas at Arlington in 2014, a year that saw the University reach record enrollment numbers.

UT Arlington enrollment climbed to nearly 35,000 students during the fall semester, a 65 percent increase since 2001. Gains in engineering, education and nursing primarily fueled the growth.

Micro-windmill on a penny

The micro-windmill that UT Arlington's J.-C. Chiao and Smitha Rao designed and developed was one of the top stories of 2014 at the University.

Total enrollment of all students in UT Arlington programs on campus and online exceeded 41,000 in 2014. UT Arlington’s Division of Enterprise Development served an additional 24,000 students through a wide variety of continuing education, professional training and career enhancement programs.

College of Engineering enrollment topped 6,000 students for the first time this fall, increasing by 25 percent compared with fall 2013.

The College of Business with 5,817 students and the College of Nursing and Health Innovation with 6,909 students in Texas continue to rank among the University’s largest academic programs. Enrollment in the College of Education increased almost 13 percent, reflecting strong partnerships with area school districts.

Leading the stories that received the most page views on the UT Arlington website was a novel micro-windmill technology designed and developed by electrical engineers. A news release about the development received more than 20,000 page views and attracted worldwide broadcast, print and online media coverage throughout the year.

J.-C. Chiao, the Janet and Mike Greene and Jenkins Garrett Professor, and Smitha Rao, a research associate in the Electrical Engineering Department, designed the micro-windmill, which is about 1.8 millimeters at its widest. By generating wind energy, it could become an innovative solution to recharge cellphone batteries and power homes.

Other top UT Arlington news stories in 2014 were:

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