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From the President

Driven by an unwavering commitment to excellence, The University of Texas at Arlington continues to set standards for others to follow while advancing rapidly along a path of profound transformation. This year has brought unparalleled achievements to our University. In addition to the tremendous rankings attained by our programs across all colleges and the wonderful accolades gained by our outstanding faculty, staff, and students, we are ranked as the third fastest-growing institution, as well as No. 1 in the nation for veterans, No. 1 in Texas for the success of first-generation students, No. 4 in the nation in world global impact rankings, in the top 20 in the nation for best four-year adult education, sixth among national universities for undergraduate diversity, and first in Texas for the number of bachelor’s and master’s degrees awarded to African-American students and for master’s degrees awarded to minority students.

President Karbhari

This issue of UTA Magazine spotlights some of the alumni, donors, friends, students, faculty, and staff who are enabling our unprecedented rise in reputation across the globe.

Our cover story examines efforts by a multidisciplinary team of researchers to address the critical issue of the world’s water resources and ensure that this dwindling resource is clean, safe, and accessible for all. Other highlights include profiles of UTA’s six members of the National Academies—distinguished leaders who represent the top echelon of researchers and scholars in their fields. You will also read about our pioneering initiatives to provide a truly supportive environment under the Community that Cares umbrella to address student needs as related to issues such as mental wellness and health. In addition, you will be able to share in the celebration of the distinguished career of Professor Allan Saxe, who recently retired after 54 years on the political science faculty, through tributes from former students.

Our College of Engineering celebrates the 60th anniversary of its founding, and we are pleased to bring you key highlights and achievements of a college that is now internationally renowned. Much of the college’s success can be attributed to its founding dean, Wendell Nedderman, who passed away earlier this year at age 97. A legendary and visionary leader, Dr. Nedderman served as president at UTA from 1972 to 1992, laying foundation for our emergence as a higher education powerhouse.

Your Maverick spirit ensures that UTA defines excellence, transforming lives and enabling bold solutions with global impact. I ask you to join us in celebrating our achievements and helping build even further momentum for ever higher levels of excellence in 2020.

—Vistasp M. Karbhari

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