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News from The University of Texas at Arlington

May 2015

Vistasp M. Karbhari, President of UT Arlington

Cultivating Innovation

By encouraging a climate of relentless investigation, The University of Texas at Arlington is making major breakthroughs that will drive the economy and offer hope for future generations. Our new StartUp Lounge provides a collaborative environment that aims to bolster entrepreneurial efforts throughout North Texas. The recently launched Technology Education Academy uses assistive robots to encourage middle- and high-school students to pursue STEM fields. These bold initiatives are among the stories in this issue of UTA Impact that demonstrate the breadth and depth of UT Arlington’s scholarly pursuits while reinforcing our reputation as the model 21st century urban research university. As always, please feel free to contact me at

New UT Arlington entrepreneurial meeting place hopes to forward research ideas toward commercialization

Boosting entrepreneurialism across North Texas

The University of Texas at Arlington has launched the new StartUp Lounge, a meeting place where ideas may begin the journey toward becoming inventions, products or processes. more »

UT Arlington computer scientist uses assistive robots to fuel youngsters’ minds about science, technology, engineering, mathematics

New academy fuels student interest in STEM fields

A University of Texas at Arlington computer scientist and his students are using assistive robots to spur the interest of local middle- and high-school students toward STEM. more »

Civil engineer to explore the use of geothermal energy to melt ice from bridges

Making Texas bridges and overpasses safer

A team of researchers from The University of Texas at Arlington is exploring ways to use geothermal energy to make bridges and overpasses safer during winter weather. more »

UT Arlington alumna is named 2015 National Teacher of the Year

UTA graduate wins prestigious award as nation's top teacher

A University of Texas at Arlington alumna has been named the 2015 National Teacher of the Year, America’s oldest and most prestigious honor of its kind. The award is given by the Council of Chief State School Officers and is a first for UT Arlington. more »

New UT Arlington technology could create more efficient energy, solve power shortages

Innovative power generator creates more efficient energy

A team of UT Arlington researchers has created a new power generator that can produce electricity up to 25 percent more efficiently than existing technology, reduce emissions, and could alleviate power shortages in more remote areas of the globe. more »

Electrical engineering professor developing ultraviolet lasers to detect weapons’ agents

Laser detection system aids homeland security

A University of Texas at Arlington electrical engineering researcher is building a small laser for detection systems to do a more efficient job at spotting chemical and biological agents used for weapons. more »