UTA In The News — Monday, August 8, 2022

Monday, Aug 08, 2022 • Media Contact : UT Arlington Media Relations

New president says planning for future essential
UT Arlington President Jennifer Cowley spoke to an Arlington Chamber of Commerce event about who she is as a leader, Patch.com reported. “I am a direct communicator. I like to think I am a thoughtful and resourceful leader. It is all about looking towards the future,” Cowley said. She said a UTA leader needs to look five to 20 years ahead.

Wearable gas analysis device
Yuze “Alice” Sun, a UT Arlington electrical engineering researcher, is creating a portable, wearable device for rapid gas analysis that could detect illness immediately, Clinical Lab Products, the Netherlands’ scientias.nl and U.S. Fed News reported. For her research, she received a $550,000 National Science Foundation grant from the Partnerships for Innovation–Research Partnerships program.

New four-star general a UTA alum
Lt. Gen. Michael E. Langley, a graduate of UT Arlington, will become the first Black four-star general in the Marines’ 246-year history, after the Senate confirmed his promotion last week, The New York Times, the U.S. Marine Corps website, the Detroit News, MSN, Austin’s KVUE ABC 24, Rochester, Minn., KAAL ABC 6, Yahoo! News, Louisville, Ky.’s Spectrum News 1 and several other media sites reported. Langley was formally appointed at a recent ceremony in Washington, D.C. He became the new head of U.S. Africa Command at its headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany.

Turbine/compressor design
Daejong Kim, a UTA associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is leading a project to provide a conceptual design of a 50-megawatt helium turbine and compressor for defense contractor General Atomics' fast modular nuclear reactor, Space Daily reported.

Automated vehicles’ relation to underserved
A UT Arlington civil engineering professor is developing a framework for evaluating the use of automated vehicles and how they relate to underserved populations across a five-state area, U.S. Fed News and Targeted News Service reported. Stephen Mattingly is using a $106,000 Tran-SET grant out of the University Transportation Center at Louisiana State University to build this framework.

UTA professor named to UN council
Wei-Jen Lee, a UTA professor of electrical engineering, is one of just five faculty members from an American university invited to serve on the United Nations Council of Engineers for the Energy Transition: An Independent Advisory Council to the Secretary-General, U.S. Fed News reported.

Griner trial significance
Brian Whitmore, UTA assistant professor of practice and expert in Russian affairs, spoke with WBAP 820 AM on the significance of American Brittney Griner’s Russian court case and conviction. Part 2 of the interview is here.