Strategic Research Plan
The Strategic Research Plan for the Cockrell School identifies the vision, objectives, priority areas and roadmap for success of the school's research enterprise over the next 10 years. The plan will inform the school's long-term funding priorities and infrastructure investments, guide engagement with industry, influence faculty hiring priorities and help faculty members organize teams for major research initiatives.
PRIORITY RESEARCH AREAS
These areas are designed for multidisciplinary collaboration that addresses the pressing societal problems of the 21st century and beyond.
As we continue to explore the basic science of diseases and therapeutics, we will focus on areas that affect outcomes and improve efficiencies in health care.
The emergence of optimal manufacturing systems is creating countless opportunities for localized, on-demand manufacturing.
Major societal realities impacting our future will require new approaches to finding, generating and storing energy and water.
There will be extraordinary opportunities to enhance and re-envision interconnected technologies and systems to help people make better decisions in real time.
These themes span the spectrum of engineering and fluidly link our disciplines and researchers.
The need to educate more engineers in an increasingly competitive and cross-disciplinary environment will require us to transform the way we educate and prepare our students.
We will focus on advancing material innovations that will move society forward and create opportunities for products and processes to improve the quality of life.
Computational modeling has revolutionized the engineering enterprise, and we will continue to explore possibilities to accelerate developments in simulation and visualization.
Student organizations are an important part of the community at the Cockrell School of Engineering. Student organizations provide a means outside the classroom for students to make new connections, discover and develop their individual skills and abilities, learn from their peers and interact with alumni and corporate representatives.
With more than 80 student organizations, the Cockrell School assists student groups that provide professional development and service opportunities. Many organizations are student chapters of national and international professional engineering organizations.
- Legislative & Student Governance Councils
- General Engineering
- American Nuclear Society (ANS)
- Electrochemical Society (ECS)
- Engineering Chamber Orchestra (EChO)
- Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW)
- International Community of Engineers (ICE)
- Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS)
- International Student Energy Association (ISEA)
- Longhorn Maker Studio Club (LMS)
- Marine Technology Society (MTS)
- Material Advantage (MA)
- Materials Research Society Student Chapter (MRS)
- National Organization for Business & Engineering (NOBE)
- National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
- Pi Sigma Pi (PSP — Minority Academic Engineering Society)
- Programmers in Science & Engineering (PSE)
- Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)
- Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
- Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE)
- Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
- Society of Plan II Engineers (SP2E)
- Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
- Student Engineers Educating Kids (SEEK)
- Theta Tau (Professional Engineering Fraternity)
- Texas Theme Park Engineering Group (TXTPEG)
- UT Amateur Radio Club (UTARC)
- Engineering-wide Honor Societies
- Aerospace Engineering
- Architectural Engineering
- Biomedical Engineering
- Alpha Eta Mu Beta (AEMB — BME honor society)
- Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
- Biomedical Optics Graduate Organization (BOGO)
- Biomedical Outreach & Leadership Team (BOLT)
- Graduate Undergraduate Research Union (GURU)
- Society for Biomaterials (SFB)
- Texas Engineering World Health (TEWH)
- Women in Biomedical Engineering (WBME)
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- American Concrete Institute (ACI)
- American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
- American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
- Chi Epsilon
- Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)
- Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)
- Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA)
- Structural Engineering Association of Texas (SEAoT)
- Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS)
- Electrical & Computer Engineering
- Eta Kappa Nu (HKN - ECE Honor Society)
- Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
- IEEE — Communications Society (IEEE ComSoc)
- IEEE — Computer Society (IEEE CS)
- IEEE — Power & Energy Society (IEEE PES)
- IEEE — Robotics & Automation Society (IEEE RAS)
- UT Solar Vehicles Team (UTSVT)
- Women in Electrical and Computer Engineering (WECE)
- Mechanical Engineering
- Petroleum Engineering
- American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE)
- Geosystems Engineering and Hydrogeology Association (GEHA)
- Hydraulic Fracturing Public Awareness Campaign (Frac PAC)
- Petroleum Graduate Student Association (PGSA)
- Pi Epsilon Tau (PEpT — PEN Honor Society)
- Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
- Women in Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering (WPGE)
The EERC will feature 430,000 square feet of open, flexible space, teaching and research labs, a library, café and more.