Big ideas with a big impact

Dana Dunn
Dana Dunn, Ph.D. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Texas is known for its fondness of all things big. At The University of Texas at Arlington, we are known for thinking big—about many things small. Take, for example, our nationally recognized research and applications in the cutting edge, highly sought-after field of nanotechnology. Or our intensive focus on addressing three of our nation’s top priorities: homeland security, energy and health care.

Our impressive, growing body of researchers is in high demand for collaborations. Our innovative programs are models for others to replicate. And our substantial economic impact is firmly visible in the region. As you view these pages, you will find just what UT Arlington is all about—thinking big and the success that follows.

As a Carnegie Doctoral/Research Extensive university located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan region, UT Arlington offers 92 baccalaureate, 76 master’s and 35 doctoral degree programs to more than 25,000 students. The University has the third largest engineering program in Texas and the largest in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. With strong programs in science and engineering, UT Arlington is aggressively hiring world-class faculty to expand research initiatives, as well as build on strengths in nanotechnology, medical imaging, renewable energy harvesting, computer science, pain management, nursing research and smart hospital development, to name a few.

Ron Elsenbaumer
Ron Elsenbaumer, Ph.D. Vice President for Research Administration

Our research activities have expanded considerably during the last several years. Since 2000, total research expenditures have increased 54 percent, and federally supported research has increased 211 percent. During the same time period, enrollment has risen 24 percent, and the University’s endowment has grown 29 percent. Externally supported research activities are expected to increase steadily during the next several years.

By continuing to build strong public-private partnerships with local industries, UT Arlington is playing an important role in driving economic growth and development in the North Texas region and the state. For example, the University created the Arlington Technology Incubator (ATI) in partnership with the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and the City of Arlington. Through the ATI, the University assists technology-driven businesses in the early stages of development. The ATI houses 20 active start-up companies, many of which were derived from UT Arlington technologies or were formed by recent graduates. The number of invention disclosures at UT Arlington has increased 300 percent since 2000, and the number of patents filed has increased 50 percent. Licensing of these technologies and revenues derived from them continue to rise as well.

At The University of Texas at Arlington, we will continue to think big. Our ideas are as limitless and as bright as the stars at night, deep in the heart of  … Arlington, Texas.