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Engineering Laboratory Building expands research opportunities

News Release — 27 August 2009


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ARLINGTON - Discover the map of your brain. Find out how sensors and cameras can help the elderly live independently. Learn how a computer can identify signals that make up the American Sign Language.

Those secrets and more are among the research now housed at UT Arlington's expanded Engineering Laboratory Building. The University of Texas at Arlington officially unveils the renovated ELB - with a new 27,000-square-foot third floor - during free tours from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled at 10 a.m. that day.

The grand opening also signals the start of the yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of UT Arlington's College of Engineering. The milepost will be marked with a series of events throughout the 2009-10 academic year, beginning with a campus lecture by noted inventor Dean Kamen at 7 p.m. Sept. 2. See this site for more details on the lecture.

The $22 million ELB renovation makes room for research representing every department within the College and builds on the foundation laid by five decades of engineering faculty and students, said Bill Carroll, dean of UT Arlington's College of Engineering.

"It is a step toward fulfilling the dream of the Engineering Research Complex," said Carroll, referring to the $120 million Engineering Research Building under construction northwest of the renovated lab. The new towers are scheduled to open in January 2011, and with Nedderman Hall, will form an entire "engineering community," Carroll said.

Faculty from the College of Science also will share some classroom and research space in the Engineering Research Building.

The original Engineering Lab Building was built in 1977 under the leadership of University President Emeritus Wendell Nedderman, who also served as the first dean of engineering at UT Arlington, then called Arlington State College.

"It has been the plan from the beginning to become a national research university," Nedderman said. "During the early years, the l960s, heavy emphasis was placed on developing a strong undergraduate program as the underpinning for doctoral degrees and research to follow."

UT Arlington's College of Engineering offers one of the most comprehensive engineering programs in the nation. The college's eight baccalaureate, 13 master's and nine doctoral degree programs serve about 3,500 students a year, making it the fourth largest engineering college in Texas.

With more than 21,000 alumni, the college provides the local, regional and national workforce with motivated and highly skilled graduates. Engineering research expenditures in the past year grew to more than $40 million.

With a commitment to creating viable solutions to today's most pressing problems, the College of Engineering is working to propel The University of Texas at Arlington toward its goal of becoming a national research university.


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