Working on a Better Way to Treat Pertussis

Jennifer Maynard, an associate professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, is on the cusp of a therapeutic injection to treat the symptoms of pertussis and the painful coughing fits that come with the illness.

Maynard's passive immunization techniques gives babies who've had exposure to pertussis "instant immunity" using a mixture of two antibodies. The first binds to the whooping cough toxin, preventing it from attaching to healthy cells. The second stops the toxin from reaching its target within a healthy cell.

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Taking Innovation Abroad with New Nanotechnology Course in Spain

Innovation often happens by venturing boldly into unfamiliar territory. Using the fast-growing, cutting-edge field of nanotechnology as its foundation, a new Maymester study abroad program in Barcelona, Spain, gives Cockrell School of Engineering students the opportunity to grow as innovators and entrepreneurs.

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Student-Built RACE Satellite Readies for Launch to ISS

race satellite team

After a year of designing, building and testing a small satellite, a team of Cockrell School of Engineering undergraduate and graduate students will watch their project get a ride to the International Space Station this month. The mission, a collaborative effort between the school's Texas Spacecraft Lab and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will help scientists measure the earth's water cycle, which will improve our understanding of the impacts of global weather and climate change.

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Fourteen Impressive Engineers Join the Cockrell School, 2014-15

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.

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Cockrell School Again Ranked Top 10 by U.S. News & World Report

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.

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Cockrell School Unveils First-of-its Kind 3-D Printing Vending Machine

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.

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