For the Faculty and Staff of The University of Texas at Arlington

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Professor Dereje Agonafer

Agonafer receives electronic packaging award

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor Dereje Agonafer received the 2009 American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ InterPACK Achievement Award. Presented July 23 during the organization’s international conference in San Francisco, the award honors individuals who have demonstrated excellence and received international recognition for research and development related to electronic packaging as well as service to the technical community at large.

A member of the UT Arlington faculty since 1999, Dr. Agonafer is the director of the University’s Electronics, MEMS and Nanoelectronics Systems Packaging Center. Electronic packaging refers to the enclosures and protective features—cases, seals, coatings, etc.—that house electronic components such as printed circuits, with considerations for heat, shock, moisture and manufacturability.

InterPACK is an international forum for the exchange of state-of-the art knowledge in research, development, manufacturing and applications on the packaging and integration of electronic and photonic systems, microelectromechanical systems, and nanoelectromechanical systems.

For more information, see the news release.

Library group begins membership campaign

The Friends of the UT Arlington Library has launched its annual membership and renewal campaign. The effort runs through October and is aimed at increasing membership and awareness of the UT Arlington Library's offerings.

"The university libraries are educational and cultural resources for the entire Metroplex community, and the Friends are dedicated to spreading this word," says Tommie Wingfield, the organization’s president.

Membership dues start at $45 per year and offer a range of contribution levels, including corporate. Benefits include invitations to programs, library check-out privileges and newsletters.

Fall programs include Ebby Halliday and Michael Poss discussing the new book Ebby Halliday: The First Lady of Real Estate on Sept. 11; Jeff Guinn, author of Go Down Together: The True Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde on Oct. 23; and Mike Cochran, author of The Godfather of Poker: The Doyle Brunson Story on Nov. 13.

For more information, call Betty Wood at 2-7421 or write to Friends of the UT Arlington Library, Box 19497.

Haiying Huang

Huang receives NSF career development grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded a five-year, $430,000 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant to Haiying Huang in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. The grant will allow Dr. Huang to further her development of a revolutionary sensor concept utilizing engineered skins to monitor the condition of structures as varied as airplanes and bridges.

CAREER grants are the NSF’s most prestigious awards, given to support early-career development activities by scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century. Awardees are selected on the basis of creative proposals that effectively integrate research and education.

Huang’s project, “Passive Wireless Sensor Networks for Bio-inspired Sensor Skins,” involves implementing unpowered wireless sensors on a flexible substrate. These skins have integrated sensing and data transmitting capabilities and are inexpensive to fabricate.

“My work mainly involves developing efficient and effective ways to monitor the structural health of engineered structures,” she says. “We have all heard about the poor state that many of the nation’s bridges are in, so it is vitally important to be able to evaluate the condition of these structures and make needed repairs and retrofits before they fail.”

For more information, see the news release.

Dr. Nedderman to appear at Theatre Arlington

UT Arlington President Emeritus Wendell Nedderman will appear as a special guest star in the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy “Harvey” at Theatre Arlington at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15.

B.J. Cleveland, a UT Arlington adjunct lecturer in theatre arts, is starring as Elwood P. Dowd, a role created by Jimmy Stewart in the vintage film. Cleveland, who is also an alumnus, isn't divulging information about Dr. Nedderman’s role, but says it’s not just a silent walk-on. The play runs from Aug. 7-30, but Nedderman will appear only on Aug. 15. Call 817-275-7661 for reservations.

  MavPic Jaime Escalante

Stand and deliver

Jaime Escalante, the East Los Angeles high school calculus teacher who was profiled in the movie "Stand and Deliver," told audience members at Texas Hall on Saturday to always maintain a desire to succeed as they go through school and life. Escalante received the Presidential Medal for Excellence from President Ronald Reagan in 1988 and was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in 1999. The talk was sponsored by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers educational foundation.

Get a free two-week pass at the MAC

Faculty and staff can sign up for a free two-week pass to the Maverick Activities Center anytime during the month of August by presenting a valid ID at the MAC Services and Information desk.

The MAC includes cardio machines, circuit training units, free weights, group exercise rooms, basketball courts, volleyball courts, indoor tracks, racquetball courts, badminton courts, a game room and a climbing wall.

Memberships for employees and retirees can be paid monthly, by semester or by payroll deduction. Memberships for spouses of employees also are available. For more information, call 2-3277 or visit

Pecan Street closed for two weeks

Pecan Street will be closed for resurfacing from UTA Boulevard to Mitchell Street for two weeks beginning Monday, Aug. 3.

The contractor is working to complete the job by mid-August, according to Jeff Johnson, associate director for Facilities Management. Anyone parking in the Pecan Street lots will need to use Center Street to enter and exit these lots during the project. The contractor will handle the detour signs required by the approved traffic plan.

New Define software coming Monday

A reminder that QWS3270 Secure (or TN3270 for Macintosh) will replace OSW and Hummingbird as the software needed to access Define, according to the Office of Information Technology. On Monday, Aug. 3, OIT will deploy QWS3270 Secure to UTA domain machines that have used OSW recently. You should see a pop-up box, which will allow you to download it early, or leave your machine on overnight and it will be installed automatically. Be sure to hit ctrl+alt+del and choose “Lock Computer” if you leave your machine on overnight. Don’t shut it down or you won’t receive the update. Reboot your machine on Tuesday, Aug. 4. In addition, OSW will be removed from UTA domain machines. If you would like to install the software sooner, or if you have a Macintosh or a computer that is not on the UTA domain, follow the instructions for Windows or for Macintosh.

If you have questions or concerns, contact the OIT Help Desk at or 2-2208.

Campus network upgrade notice

The Office of Information Technology is scheduling an upgrade to some of its network equipment. While there are no planned interruptions in service, this is a vital portion of the computing infrastructure that can affect all network traffic both on and off campus. Any outages caused by this maintenance activity will last no longer than 10 minutes. The maintenance is scheduled from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday Aug. 7, historically the lowest level of network activity during the week.

If you have questions or concerns, contact the OIT Help Desk at or 2-2208.

  MavPic Bob Woods with race car

Formula for success

Bob Woods, professor of mechanical engineering, displays one of the Formula SAE racing cars as UT Arlington hosted the ninth annual autocross competition Saturday at the parking lot adjacent to Cooper and Mitchell streets. Teams from UT Austin, Texas A&M, Kansas, LSU and Oklahoma were among 13 universities competing in the event, which includes cars designed by students. UT Arlington mechanical engineering senior Eric Leichtle finished first in the afternoon competition.

Internet Explorer 8 coming Aug. 11

Internet Explorer 8 is the newest Web browser developed by Microsoft. Some of the important improvements in IE 8 are faster browsing, enhanced security, scripting improvements and fewer known memory leaks that had contributed to system sluggishness in machines running IE 7. Microsoft now considers IE 8 a “critical” patch, and it will be the default Web browser for the upcoming Windows 7 operating system. The Office of Information Technology will distribute IE 8 with normal patches on Tuesday, Aug. 11. You should see a pop-up box that will allow you to download it early, or leave your computer on overnight and it will be installed on your machine. Be sure to hit ctrl+alt+del and choose “Lock Computer” if you leave your machine on overnight. Don’t shut it down or you won’t receive the update. Reboot your machine on Wednesday, Aug. 12.

If you have questions or concerns, contact the OIT Help Desk at or 2-2208.

Automated software updates

Machines on the UTA domain will receive automatic updates to standard software packages. Receiving automatic updates is useful because it ensures that your machine is protected from known security vulnerabilities. Please be aware that high-priority updates can be provided outside of this schedule if a high-risk vulnerability must be addressed or if a major software change is necessary. Major software changes will be announced in MavWire. If your department would like to have your University-owned machine added to the UTA domain, contact the OIT Help Desk at or 2-2208.

Flippers, servers wanted for Maverick Cookout

Volunteers are needed for the Maverick Cookout and Activities Fair Day Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the University Center Mall.

If you are interested in flipping hamburgers or working in the serving line, fill out the online volunteer request form. If possible, consider working one of the later time slots. Also, indicate your preferred t-shirt size and the location where you would like your shirt to be delivered. Please respond by Friday, Aug. 7. 

This event annually draws more than 3,000 students. For more information, contact Molly Albart at 2-1104 or or contact Sara Drischler at 2-2929 or

Balloon Bash set for Friday

The 12th annual Balloon Bash, a giant water balloon fight, will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, July 31 west of the Maverick Activities Center.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to enter teams of five. Teams can include single departments, mixed departments or family members. Team information, including team name, captain and list of players, should be faxed to 2-7350.

Free food and drinks will be available, and there will be plenty of water for the balloons. For more information, contact Phillip Bivens at 2-3193 or or Wanda Smith at 2-3199 or

Alumnus to talk about Cowboys Stadium on KERA

Ralph Hawkins (’73 BS, Architecture), CEO of HKS, Inc., will be a guest on “CEO” on KERA-TV Friday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m. The program includes a tour of the new Cowboys Stadium, which was designed by HKS.

Hawkins is chair of the UT Arlington Development Board and has served many years as a member of the School of Architecture Advisory Council. He was named a UT Arlington Distinguished Alumnus in 1994.

Vehicle lab hosts workshop

UT Arlington’s Autonomous Vehicle Laboratory, in conjunction with the Texas Workforce Commission and the College of Engineering, will present the Autonomous Vehicle Workshop for Professionals Aug. 3-7 in Woolf Hall.

The workshop is for degreed professionals interested in entering the field of autonomous air, land and sea vehicles. Topics cover all aspects of design, performance and operating scenarios.

The laboratory, co-directed by Drs. Atilla Dogan, Kamesh Subbarao, Brian Huff and Arthur Reyes, is a recognized source of autonomous vehicle systems innovations and accomplishments. For more information, see AVL Workshops or contact Dr. Dogan at 2-3744.

Benefit Yourself

Friday is last chance to make coverage changes

Annual Enrollment for the 2009-10 benefit plan year continues through Friday, July 31. You may enroll, change your group insurance benefit elections and add or remove dependents from coverage. In most cases, the elections you make will become effective Sept. 1. If you make no changes, nothing needs to be done except for those who enroll in UT Flex. Those who participate in UT Flex must make that election each year.

You may access more information about Annual Enrollment and your UT Arlington benefits online at, by contacting Employee Benefits Services at 2-5558 or by e-mailing

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Maverick 101: New Employee Orientation

If you are new to UT Arlington or are an existing employee looking to reconnect with the pulse of the University, then this is the class for you. Learn about the exciting happenings at UT Arlington, and hear from key departments that want to make your work and life easier and more fulfilling. Wednesday, Aug. 5, 8 a.m.-noon. Wetsel Service Center, Room 200. See the complete list of training classes.

Employment information

Check out UT Arlington employment opportunities at Have questions? Call Human Resources/Employment Services at 2-3461 or TDD 2-8139 or e-mail The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

In Quotes

Green-collar jobs becoming available

Gang violence starts at early age

Prof to spend more time on campus

"I don’t think you can predict how many jobs will be created, but clearly there are all sorts of movements afoot that are about sustainability."

"The journey to and from school becomes a main source of contact."

"Most lawyers like the drama of the courtroom. I like the solitude of the library."

– Dr. Stacy Alaimo, associate professor of English and co-chair of the President’s Sustainability Committee. Star-Telegram.

– Dr. Alejandro del Carmen, professor and chair of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice and author of Racial Profiling in America (2008). Chattanooga Pulse.

– Dr. Allan Butcher, professor emeritus of political science, is hanging up his robes as a Tarrant County magistrate. He will continue his research into the death penalty, indigence and judicial selection at UT Arlington. Star-Telegram.

Extra Credit

Wednesday, Aug. 5 Virtual Environments The College of Engineering and the Arlington Technology Association welcome Professor Venkat Devarajan of the Electrical Engineering Department for a presentation on the computer generated, simulated spaces that can put us in situations and locations that
we may not or cannot experience in reality. Dr. Devarajan will explore two major areas of virtual environments: laparoscopic surgical training, and flight training and mission rehearsal. Everyone welcome. Light breakfast
provided. Make reservations. Members free, others $5. 7-8 a.m., Nedderman Hall, Room 601.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar)

Going Out

Wednesday, July 29 and Friday, July 31 UT Arlington: Texas Rangers Appreciation Games Discount tickets for UT Arlington faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends. Go to and use the password "rangers." Wednesday, Rangers vs. Detroit Tigers, dollar hot dog night; Friday, Rangers vs. Seattle Mariners, fireworks after the game. 7:05 p.m., Rangers Ballpark at Arlington.

Thursday, July 30 State of the Art Department of Theatre Arts will present a showcase of staged readings from new plays led by Visiting Assistant Professor Natalie Gaupp. Readings begin at 11 a.m. and after a break will resume at 2:30 p.m. Free. Fine Arts Building, Room 143.

Thursday, July 30 EXCEL Summer Movie Series "Monsters vs. Aliens” will be shown on the west wall of the Maverick Activities Center. Sponsored by EXCEL Campus Activities. Bring chairs or blankets. Free popcorn will be available, and candy and drinks will be available for purchase. Free and open to the public. The movie will begin at dusk, approximately 8:30 or 9 p.m. Anyone under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. See calendar.

NASA logo

Now through July 31 Apollo 11 Mission 40th Anniversary Display The Central Library is commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 space mission with an exhibit that includes books, NASA documents and facts about the mission, along with a digital photo frame with more than 100 photos of the Apollo 11 mission. This exhibit is free and open to all during normal Library hours; however, only users with a valid UT Arlington ID may stay in the Library from midnight to 7 a.m. Central Library, second floor.

Now through Aug. 8 Special Collections Exhibit "The Road West: Travel Through America" looks at what travelers used to trek across the country, what they saw and how they remembered their trips. Free. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Central Library, Special Collections, Sixth Floor. For more information, visit Special Collections or call 2-3393.

Now through Aug. 22 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition The second annual Master of Fine Arts Exhibition features works by a diverse group of graduate student artists at varying stages of their program of study. Free. The Gallery at UTA, Room 169, Fine Arts Building. Films will be screened concurrently in Room 2105. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 22. Contact the Department of Art and Art History at 2-2891.

Now through Sept. 30 Fort Worth: A Vision in Glass Gallery 76102 at the Fort Worth Center hosts an exhibit that highlights various disciplines in the glass arts, including glassblowing, kiln-formed glass, flameworking, neon sculpture, stained glass, glass mosaic and cast glass. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday. Monday, Wednesday and Friday by appointment only. Contact Christina Graves at 2-5988.

The Planetarium at UT Arlington

Ongoing UT Arlington Planetarium programs Summer shows include Texas Stargazing, Stars of the Pharaohs, Black Holes, Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, Stars at Night are Big and Bright, Bad Astronomy, matinees and $2 movies. Faculty and staff with ID and their accompanying family members receive free admission on Thursdays through Aug. 20. Check the Planetarium Web site for upcoming shows. Contact the Planetarium at 2-1183 or for tickets.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar)


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