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

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Krishnan Rajeshwar

International VP: Dr. Krishnan Rajeshwar is the new vice president for The Electrochemical Society.

Distinguished chemistry professor chosen to be vice president for international organization

Krishnan Rajeshwar, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been elected as a vice president of The Electrochemical Society, an educational nonprofit with more than 8,000 members in more than 70 countries around the world.

Dr. Rajeshwar has been a faculty member in the College of Science since 1983 and was a charter member of the UT Arlington Academy of Distinguished Scholars.

His specialties include photoelectrochemistry, nanocomposites, electrochemistry, and conducting polymers.

He is the author of more than 400 peer-reviewed journal articles, including several in the Journal of The Electrochemical Society and Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters.

Anand Puppala

Transportation expert: Civil engineering Professor Anand Puppala serves on the committee for the 11th International Conference on Low-Volume Roads in 2015.

Professor named to research conference committee

Anand Puppala, associate dean for research in the College of Engineering and professor of civil engineering, was selected by the Transportation Research Board Executive Committee and the National Research Council as a member of the committee for the 11th International Conference on Low-Volume Roads in 2015.

Dr. Puppala will help organize conference sessions on geotechnical aspects focusing on subgrade stabilization research, practice, and technology transfer. The conference will examine new technologies and techniques used in the planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and administration of low-volume roads and roadway systems.

The NRC is a private, nonprofit institution that is the principal operating agency of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.

Read more about Puppala's appointment.

Formula SAE

Fast track: At left, seniors Randy Long, left, electrical engineering, and Corey Brown, mechanical engineering, check this year's race car. Long developed the Active Aero technology software for the on-board computer. At right is the team's hybrid race car from 2011.

Autocross features student-designed racing cars

Student engineers from across North America will compete in scaled-down versions of Indy racers that they have designed and built from scratch Friday-Sunday, July 19-21, in the 13th Annual Texas Autocross Weekend.

UT Arlington's Formula SAE program will host teams from Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UT Austin, the University of New Mexico, University of Kansas, and the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada.

The weekend’s activities will kick off with an open house at 1 p.m. Friday at the Arnold E. Petsche Center for Automotive Engineering in Woolf Hall. Racing events begin at 8 a.m. Saturday on Lot 49, at Cooper Street and Doug Russell Road. Racing continues at 10 a.m. Sunday.

The race team finished fifth at the Formula SAE West Nationals June 19-22 in Lincoln, Neb., against 79 teams from around the world. The team was third in the design competition, fourth in business presentation, and ninth in autocross.

Read more about the Formula SAE and the Autocross Weekend.

Prepare for electrical outage Friday night for Davis, University halls

A 10-hour electrical outage is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, July 19-4 a.m. Saturday, July 20, for Davis Hall and University Hall. Police Dispatch in Davis Hall operates on the building’s emergency generator and should not be affected by this outage.

Turn off computers, printers, and copiers prior to the outages to prevent the loss of information or damage to the equipment.

Direct questions or concerns to Jeff Johnson, director of facilities management, at 2-3232 or 2-3571.

Mav Pic Benefits Fair

Planning ahead

Kell Strachan, housekeeper with Facilities Management, listens to advice on retirement planning at the Benefits Fair on Wednesday at the Maverick Activities Center. Open Enrollment continues through July.


Wireless signal study starts Monday

Tests for a detailed wireless network signal strength study will help the Office of Information Technology estimate what is needed to optimize coverage across campus. The study is set for Monday-Friday, July 22-26.

Three teams of wireless network consultants, escorted by OIT staff members, will take a measurement every few feet in offices, mechanical, classroom, and common spaces in the Business Building, Central Library, Engineering Research Building, Fine Arts Building, Geosciences Building, E.H. Hereford University Center, Life Science Building, Nedderman Hall, Pickard Hall, Texas Hall, Trimble Hall, and University Hall.

Each measurement is done quickly, and no network services are affected by the study. With the measurement results, OIT can estimate what is needed to optimize the wireless network coverage across campus.

Elections continue for SAC reps

Elections for Staff Advisory Council representatives for districts 1-7 continue through 5 p.m. Friday, July 26. Only SAC members may vote. Winners start their two-year terms Sept. 1.

Go to the SAC website and log-in using your NetID and password. Click on Vote. Select your choice for your district’s SAC representative.

Volunteers needed for Move-in Day

Apartment and Residence Life needs volunteers for the annual Residence Hall Move-In Event set for Monday, Aug. 19. Join President Vistasp Karbhari and Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck in helping more than 2,100 students move into the University's six residence hall communities.

Volunteers, who receive free T-shirts, are needed 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and until 4 p.m. for Arlington, Kalpana Chawla, and Vandergriff halls. Register online.

For more details, email Mari Duncan, director of Apartment and Residence Life, at

bike flat

Pump it up: An almost flat tire like this is one criterion UT Arlington Police use for marking bicycles as possibly being abandoned.

Police round up abandoned bikes

Bicycles that appear to be inoperable or abandoned are being identified by the UT Arlington Police Department.

Campus police will mark inoperable or abandoned bikes with flyers. If owners remove the flyer, the bike will be left on the rack.

If the flyer is still on the bike by Thursday, Aug. 1, it will be taken by police and stored for 90 days.

The bikes will be tagged if they show obvious signs of abandonment including flat tires, rusted chains and frames, missing wheels, and other major signs of disrepair.

The yearly effort helps ensure that incoming students have room for their bikes.

For questions, contact the Police Department at 2-2904.

Lend a hand for Maverick Cookout

Grill masters, soda servers, and ticket takers are needed for the Maverick Cookout Featuring the Activities Fair Day 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, on the University Center mall.

Be a celebrity burger flipper at the grill or greet the more than 3,000 students attending the annual event. Volunteer registration includes a free Welcome Week T-shirt.

Benefit Yourself

Annual Enrollment continues through July

Annual Enrollment for the 2013-14 benefit plan year continues through Wednesday, July 31. During Annual Enrollment, you may enroll, change your group insurance benefit elections, and add or remove dependents from coverage. For more information regarding Annual Enrollment and UT Arlington benefits for the 2013-14 plan year, see Employee Benefits Services, call 2-5558, or email

Meet deadlines for fiscal year-ending forms

Meeting the deadlines for submitting the Request to Purchase form to the Office of Procurement for purchases exceeding $5,000 will improve the overall processing for the end of the fiscal year. The deadlines for all departments are:

  • Friday, July 26—Fiscal year 2012-13 funding for all departments

All Request to Purchase forms received in the Office of Procurement after the close of business July 26 will be processed and encumbered against fiscal year 2013-14 funds.

Employment Information

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

Extra Credit

Tuesday, July 30

Safe Ally Training Learn how to be supportive to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Register online. Free. 1-4 p.m., Room 303, Ransom Hall. Multicultural Affairs, LGBTQA Program.

Wednesday, July 31

Student Veterans on Campus Interactive webinar examines ways to support student veterans and ensure their success. Free. 2-4 p.m., Veterans Upward Bound Center, Sweet Center, 406 Summit Ave. Veterans Affairs,

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

Sports Notes
  Jordan Reves

Record setter: Former Maverick Jordan Reves, the University's all-time blocked shots leader, has signed with the Union Basketball Club St. Polten in Austria.

Reves to play pro ball in Austria

Former UT Arlington basketball player Jordan Reves has signed with Union Basketball Club St. Polten in Austria.

Finishing as UT Arlington's career blocks leader, Reves had a standout career with the Mavericks and helped lead the team to a 19-14 record this past season and back-to-back postseason appearances. He was named the Western Athletic Conference's Best Defender and earned a spot on the College Sports Madness All-WAC team.

St. Polten is one of 11 teams in the Austrian Basketball League. St. Polten was 3-17 last season and will look for Reves to help the team improve.

Intramural entry deadlines approaching

Entries for the poker tournament are due Thursday, July 25. Battleship team entries are available starting Wednesday, July 24, with a Tuesday, Aug. 6, deadline.

Pick up entry forms at the Services and Information Desk of the Maverick Activities Center. For questions, call 2-3277 or email

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Going Out

Thursday, July 18

Summer Movies Series: 'The Croods' Bring a chair or a blanket, a picnic, and friends for outdoor movies each Thursday. Free popcorn. Upcoming movies are: Big Wedding, July 25; Iron Man 3, Aug. 1; and Scary Movie V, Aug. 8. Free. 9 p.m., lawn behind the Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Saturday-Sunday, July 20-21

Texas Autocross Weekend Indulge your need for speed by watching 12 Formula SAE teams with 30 cars compete in race and open course style. Look for UT Arlington's hybrid race car. Bring lawn chairs, food, and beverages. Free. Lot 49, Cooper Street between Mitchell Street and Doug Russell Road. Engineering.

Tuesday, July 23

Movie Matinee Getaway: 'Sin Nombre' Sin Nombre (Honduras, rated R) is the third of four international films this summer that include free admission, popcorn, and water. The last film is In the Mood for Love (China, rated PG), Wednesday, Aug. 7. 5:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. UT Arlington Library.

Saturday, July 27

The Art of Yoga Bring your own mat to this monthly class for all levels. Free. 11 a.m.-noon, Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Coming up

Sky Screamer

UT Arlington Day at Six Flags Over Texas Enjoy the rides and thrills Sunday, Aug. 25. Tickets $27.50 for faculty and staff; $30 after Sunday, Aug. 18. Limit 10 tickets per person. Includes admission and parking, plus one ticket to Hurricane Harbor for one weekend only Aug. 31-Sept. 15. Tickets at or the College Park Center Box Office. Box office hours 10 a.m-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays.


897 Square Juried art exhibit featuring 15 artists who live or work in Tarrant County. Gallery hours are noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Free. Fort Worth Center, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth. Through Wednesday, July 31. Gallery 76102.

Planetarium The summer schedule includes a lineup of family-friendly shows. Planetarium.

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



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