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National Academy of Sciences member heads list of renowned new faculty

Known for inventing the Time Projection Chamber, physicist David Nygren is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

More and more of the nation’s top scholars are choosing to advance their life-enhancing explorations at UTA.

David Nygren, a renowned physicist and member of the National Academy of Sciences, joined the University this fall as Presidential Distinguished Professor in the College of Science. He will establish a unit to research particle detector technologies and train the next generation of detector experts.

“Researchers are increasingly finding that UT Arlington is an optimal place to anchor their pursuit of knowledge and innovation.”

A scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory since 1973, Dr. Nygren is known for creating the Time Projection Chamber, used worldwide in a variety of applications in particle detection and discovery. Forty years after its invention, the chamber remains integral to three-dimensional particle tracking and identification at major international research facilities, including the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland, and the Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment at Fermilab near Chicago.

“Researchers are increasingly finding that UT Arlington is an optimal place to anchor their pursuit of knowledge and innovation,” says Ronald Elsenbaumer, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Another new faculty member, Kay-Yut Chen, is a noted behavioral and experimental researcher from Yahoo! and Hewlett-Packard. A professor in the Information Systems and Operations Management Department in the College of Business, Dr. Chen’s research on how data-driven analytics can improve a company’s decision-making has been featured in Nature, Entrepreneur, The Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek.

Paul Componation became chair of the Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering Department in July. He most recently was a professor and director of graduate education for engineering management at Iowa State University.

Much of Dr. Componation’s research has focused on improving launch system development for NASA. He also has worked on the application of decision-analysis tools to support Defense Department aviation and missile systems.


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