3-D printing is rooted in the Cockrell School of Engineering’s past, present and future.
One of the first 3-D printing processes (selective laser sintering), which continues to be used in manufacturing today, was invented here three decades ago. A couple of years ago, Texas Engineering students in the Longhorn Startup Program created a fast and cost-effective 3-D camera and demonstrated it for President Barack Obama. And just last week, the Cockrell School launched a cutting-edge 3-D printing vending machine available for free to all students at The University of Texas at Austin.
The Innovation Station, designed and built by mechanical engineering students led by associate professor Carolyn Seepersad, gives students the opportunity to build objects for a variety of purposes through a web-based portal and queue system.
With research interests in nanomaterials and nanoelectronics, environmental sustainability, biological networks and geomechanics, this year’s incoming faculty members exhibit a wide range of engineering expertise.
The Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin is once again ranked in the top 10 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 undergraduate program rankings, strengthening the school’s position as one of the nation’s top engineering schools and research destinations.
The Cockrell School retained its 2014 ranking as the No. 10 best engineering school in the country, and several of UT Austin’s engineering programs ranked in the nation’s top 10 for their respective programs, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings released on Sept. 9.
The rankings for the Cockrell School’s undergraduate degree programs this year are:
- Chemical Engineering, No. 6
- Civil Engineering, No. 6
- Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering, No. 6
- Computer Engineering, No. 8
- Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering, No. 9
- Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engineering, No. 10
- Mechanical Engineering, No. 10
- Biomedical Engineering, No. 15
The U.S. News & World Report's 2015 ranking is the latest recognition of the Cockrell School, which was recently ranked in the top 10 in several other national and international rankings lists for best engineering schools. The Cockrell School's recent rankings include:
- No. 2 best engineering school for Hispanic graduate students, HispanicBusiness Magazine
- No. 5 best engineering school in the world, Academic Rankings of World Universities
- No. 8 best engineering school in the world, Professional Engineering magazine
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