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UTA Innovation Day to focus on advanced technologies, entrepreneurship and the commercialization of research


Research will be the focus at InnovationDay@UTA. Pictured is the a prototype of the Rehab glove, which will help post-stroke patients rehabilitate their hands.

The University of Texas at Arlington will showcase a range of technologies including a student-designed, scale-sized Formula car, a social interaction research robot and a rehabilitation glove at the second annual InnovationDay@UTA 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at College Park Center, 600 S. Center St.

Attendees also can enjoy a student innovation competition for high school and collegiate teams, faculty and student poster presentations and an afternoon session with guest panelists discussing innovation, entrepreneurship and how to attract angel investors.

“UTA’s commitment to promoting innovation and entrepreneurship forms part of our DNA as an institution,” said Duane Dimos, vice president for research of UTA. “We are a 21st century research institution and a growing intellectual, economic and cultural hub.”

The general session keynote speaker is UTA alumnus Fadi Bishara, founder and CEO of Blackbox, a global start-up accelerator in Silicon Valley. Bishara has first-hand experience building teams for early-stage start-ups. Bishara will address those in attendance at 2:15 p.m.

UTA’s StartUp Lounge, a collaborative effort among the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies, the Colleges of Business, Engineering and Science, and TechFW, also will hold a morning session to discuss entrepreneurship, the patent process and funding.

The Association of Texas Angel Networks annual meeting also will be held during InnovationDay@UTA, giving participants an opportunity to engage with angel investors.

The free event is open to UTA’s faculty, staff and students as well as the Dallas-Fort Worth business and investment communities and the public-at-large. See for the full agenda and to pre-register online.

High school and collegiate teams need to register via the online application by Friday, Oct. 9.

The competition involves creating a small vehicle prototype that can climb an obstacle three feet high and travel 25 feet fueled by any means except batteries and combustible products. Teams can use Mentos and Diet Coke, or even rubber bands for propulsion. Team can spend no more than $50 building the prototype.

Students and faculty members who wish to showcase a poster also need to register before Oct. 9.

About The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of more than 51,000 students in campus-based and online degree programs and is the second-largest institution in The University of Texas System.  The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UT Arlington as one of the 20 fastest-growing public research universities in the nation in 2014. U.S. News & World Report ranks UT Arlington fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as a “Best for Vets” college by Military Times magazine. Visit to learn more, and find UT Arlington rankings and recognition at