UTA In The News — Friday, June 19, 2020
Business impact of societal movements
Elten Briggs, chair of the UTA Department of Marketing, told KERA that businesses, especially those in the service industry, are doing damage by staying silent during the societal movement against police brutality and racial injustice, as demonstrators hope to use their wallets to push their message beyond protests. "Many companies have liked to remain relatively silent on these issues, not to rock the boat, not to offend any particular customer base, you know? And this is one of those times where consumers are demanding that you show yourselves," Briggs said.
Wendy Okolo, a NASA aerospace research engineer, became the first black woman to earn a doctoral degree in aerospace engineering when she graduated from UTA in 2015, Briefly, Yen and Legit reported. Okolo also received her bachelor’s degree at UTA.
Optimized autonomous networks
A trio of electrical engineering faculty members from UTA has received a three-year, $750,000 grant to improve control of networked convoys that include autonomous vehicles and those operated by humans, Technology Business Daily reported. The Army Research Office recently awarded the funding to Professor Frank Lewis and Associate Professors Yan Wan and Ali Davoudi.