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News from The University of Texas at Arlington

February 2016

Vistasp M. Karbhari, President of UT Arlington

Carnegie Tier 1 Status

The University of Texas at Arlington continues to advance excellence in research, teaching, and reputation, reaching a major milestone this year by earning the classification of Research 1 by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, joining the nation’s elite research universities. This spring, our enrollment reached a record high of 50,661 degree-seeking students on campus and in online degree programs underlining our commitment to meeting the needs of the State of Texas. These achievements and others spotlighted in this issue of UTA Impact illustrate our rising status as the model 21st-century urban research university. As always, I can be contacted at

UTA named elite Research - 1 university in Carnegie Classification

Carnegie classification places UTA among elite research institutions

UTA was named in the elite group of R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the definitive list for the top doctoral research universities in the United States. more »

UTA enrollment rises to record 38,650 Texas-based students

Enrollment surges as more students choose UTA

The University now has a total of 50,661 degree-seeking students on campus and in online degree programs. That number is projected to climb to 55,000 this year. more »


Maverick engineers develop sustainable waste management solutions

Civil engineers at UTA are working with the city of Denton to develop the first landfill mining project in Texas and the first in the US to be part of a sustainable waste management system. more »

Free transportation education and training now at UTA

UTA offers Texas cities free training through new partnership

Texas cities and counties may now access free expertise in transportation training, safety instruction, heavy equipment courses, and other services through a Texas Local Technical Assistance Program operated at UTA. more »

ribbon cutting of new technology lab

New lab aims to stimulate Hispanic STEM students

A new technology lab in UTA’s Center for Mexican American Studies opened this month thanks to support from the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and General Motors. Part of LULAC’s Empower Hispanic America with Technology initiative, the lab will assist students with college applications and provide information about STEM programs. more »

National Academy of Inventors names three UTA top researchers as Fellows

UTA faculty named to prestigious National Academy of Inventors

Three more leading UTA faculty have been named Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors, bringing the total number of UTA Fellows to 13, the highest number for a Texas university and the second-highest number in the nation. New Fellows include Duane Dimos, UTA vice president for research; David Nygren, Presidential Distinguished Professor of Physics; and Kenneth Reifsnider, Presidential Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. more »