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Illuminating Discoveries Through Boundless Exploration

Researchers at UTA are at the forefront of discovery, working to solve the world’s most urgent challenges and turning ideas into products and systems that benefit society. Their explorations range from battling serious diseases like cancer and diabetes to devising novel methods of ensuring cleaner energy, air, and water. By encouraging an environment of relentless investigation, the University is making major breakthroughs that will drive the Texas economy and offer hope for future generations.

  • Twelve faculty members have been named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors for creating devices and processes that improve the quality of life. That’s the most of any Texas university and the eighth-most in the country.

  • UTA is one of only six universities nationwide to be named a “Next Generation University” by the New America Foundation. The report cites the University’s position as an emerging research institution.

  • UTA’s world-renowned scientists and state-of-the-art laboratories sparked a record rise in total research expenditures in 2018 to over $100 million.

  • The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies UTA as an R-1 “High Research Activity” university.

  • Electrical engineering researchers are participating in an $8 million Defense Department grant to significantly increase the amount of information that can be securely transmitted via the Internet and the distance it can travel.

  • UTA, in partnership with the University of North Texas Health Science Center, is bringing massive genome sequencing capabilities to North Texas with the new North Texas Genome Center (NTGC).

  • UTA scientists are playing an increasingly important role in the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), a 10-year, $1.4 billion international project focused on subatomic particles known as neutrinos.

  • UTA is leading a five-year, $7.3 million national initiative to develop a next-generation space weather simulator capable of predicting energy distributions during space weather events like solar flares with unprecedented accuracy.

  • Twenty countries were represented at the 2018 winter school run by UTA’s Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability. This brings global enrollment during the school’s short history to 62 countries, whose representatives take the knowledge learned here at UTA and employ it back home.

  • A kinesiology professor received a five-year, $3.3 million NIH grant to study the link between fat storage in the heart and cardiovascular disease, as well as the influence of gender on the development of cardiac dysfunction.

  • UTA and the UTA Research Institute are developing state-of-the-art computational methodologies to predict the strength and life of rotor blade assemblies through a $1 million agreement with NASA.

  • UTA’s Collaborative Laboratories for Environmental Analysis and Remediation, or CLEAR, recently identified two types of bacteria—Pseudomonas stutzeri and Acinetobacter haemolyticus—that showed a capacity to degrade toluene and chloroform, which could be exploited for the bioremediation of groundwater contaminated with chemical solvents.

  • UTA’s Conrad Greer Lab is addressing the critical issues that affect our planet. Working with Fort Worth-based Greenway Innovative Energy, researchers in the lab are developing economical, small-scale plants that will convert natural gas to high-grade diesel and jet fuel.

  • Civil engineering Professors Ali Abolmaali, Nur Yazdani, Melanie Sattler, and Mo Najafi are working on projects that assess the condition of pipes, manholes, and bridges for various public agency partners.

  • Researchers in the Center for Transportation, Equity, Decisions, and Dollars (CTEDD) are working to build a sustainable urban megacity by creating a cogent, livable plan that ensures quality of life issues are secured.

  • UTA is taking the lead in enhancing healthy aging by focusing on research that ranges from understanding and treating diseases like cancer to developing exercise regimens that can improve endurance for patients with heart failure.