New Longhorn Maker Studio Expands Opportunities for Hands-On Student Projects

The Cockrell School of Engineering has launched a newly renovated space where students will take their ideas from invention to reality. In its first few weeks, the Longhorn Maker Studio has become a magnet for engineering students interested in making everything from drones and robots to 3-D printed objects and electronic sensors.

Located on the ground level of the Engineering Teaching Center, the Longhorn Maker Studio is outfitted with 3-D printers and scanners, laser cutters, sewing machines, machines for fabricating electronic circuit boards and many other tools. The 1,700-square-foot studio is the latest effort by the Cockrell School and Dean Sharon L. Wood to provide more opportunities for hands-on learning and student projects.

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UT Austin Brings Engineering Education to High School Students and Teachers

This fall, Engineer Your World, an innovative high school engineering curriculum created at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, announced it will reach 3,000 students in 77 schools across the country — up from 750 students in 23 schools in 2012 — marking a significant expansion in its effort to provide accessible, high-quality engineering education and better prepare U.S. students in STEM fields.

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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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