David Wetz, professor of electrical engineering at UT Arlington, has received a $424,618 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program grant from the Office of Naval Research to purchase equipment for studying materials at high voltages, Targeted News Service reported. The research is aimed at making Navy ships more efficient by studying how to improve insulation properties in compact high-voltage systems.
Repairing gas leaks
Kathleen Smits, UTA civil engineering associate professor, has received a pair of grants focused on detecting and repairing natural gas leaks in underground pipelines, Mirage News reported. For the first, Smits is collaborating with Colorado State University on a U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration grant to investigate leak detection and repair methods for underground pipelines. The second project, funded by a grant from the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, focuses on detecting and reducing natural gas emissions and decreasing the likelihood of accidents due to leaks.
UTA professor's new book
Lonny Harrison, UTA modern languages faculty member and associate professor of Russian, has written an interpretive history of the Russian Revolution and the literary tradition that fostered it, as well as the writers who reacted to and resisted it. In his new book, Language and Metaphors of the Russian Revolution: Sow the Wind, Reap the Storm, Harrison provides a collective examination of Russian fiction in the context of revolutionary culture for a unique, cross-disciplinary analysis, Mirage News reported.