Alumnus Leaves $35M for Scholarships to Texas’ Top Engineering Students

The Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin will receive a $35 million gift to create an endowment aimed at bringing more of Texas’ best and brightest high school students to UT Austin.

It will be the largest gift the university has received for a scholarship endowment and will provide substantial support for 34 Cockrell School students in the first year alone.

The late T.W. “Tom” Whaley received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from UT Austin in 1968 and provided the gift through a bequest. Whaley, who died in 2013, specified that his gift benefit the school’s annual giving program, called Friends of Alec, with the goal of “funding scholarships for Texans of top academic merit in the fields of engineering and science.”

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Engineers Develop New Device to Improve Skin Cancer Detection

Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have designed an optical device that may reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies by offering a fast, comprehensive, noninvasive and lower-cost solution to detect melanoma and other skin cancer lesions.

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Race is On: University Solar Car Teams Compete in Austin

Beginning Monday, July 14, the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin hostedthe nation’s two biggest collegiate solar car races — the Formula Sun Grand Prix and the American Solar Challenge.

About 20 student solar car teams from universities around the world including UT Austin, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences were in Austin to compete in the two back-to-back competitions.

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Hans Mark: Celebrating a Longhorn Legend

In a single descriptor, Hans Mark is a champion of technological superiority.

He was in mission control for the first moon landing and the first space shuttle launch, led teams that developed aircraft and space probes, pushed President Ronald Reagan to adopt the Space Station program and is still pushing to this day for a manned mission to Mars.

When Mark joined The University of Texas System, he dedicated his work to developing UT’s scientific and technological prowess. Now, after a distinguished career that spans six decades, the beloved Cockrell School of Engineering professor will retire this summer.

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UT Austin Receives $12 Million to Help U.S. Curtail Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded The University of Texas at Austin a $12 million grant to fund carbon storage research aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The four-year DOE grant will fund a carbon storage research project at the university’s Center for Frontiers of Subsurface Energy Security, which is led by Larry W. Lake, professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering. This grant is a renewal of the department’s five-year, $15.5 million research grant to the center in 2009.

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Engineering, Social Work Students Join Forces on Innovative Projects Abroad

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Projects for Under-served Communities program, which continues to hone students' project-management and cross-cultural communication skills through a unique, multidisciplinary curriculum each year. In May, we sent three student teams out to complete their projects at sites in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Tanzania.

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