Texas Engineer Recognized for Impact on Society

Adam Heller, a chemical engineering research professor and professor emeritus in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, has been awarded the 2014 Service to Society Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

The award recognizes outstanding contributions by a chemical engineer to community service and to the solution of socially oriented problems. Heller is being honored for his invention of medical devices that have improved the quality of life of millions of people suffering from diabetes and other diseases worldwide.

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Engineering Student Becomes Second UT Austin Rhodes Scholar for 2015

University of Texas at Austin student Sai Gourisankar, a Plan II and chemical engineering senior, has been awarded a 2015 Rhodes Scholarship, one of the most distinguished graduate scholarships in the world. He becomes the 30th UT Austin student to receive the award and the second this year.

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Professor Awarded $1.6 Million DOE Grant for New Hydraulic Fracturing Tool

Cockrell School of Engineering professor Mukul Sharma has received a $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to build and test a tool that could become a game-changer for hydraulic fracturing. The downhole tool could one day be used in fracture diagnostics to improve oil and gas recovery, reduce costs and help minimize the environmental footprint.

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Energy Sector Innovation Brings Top Prize for Mechanical Engineer

Cockrell School of Engineering professor Vaibhav Bahadur and his team took home the top prize at the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) R&D competition for the development of a new electrical technology that could ensure uninterrupted oil and gas production in challenging environments. Bahadur and his team received the award at the 2014 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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Biomedical, Chemical Engineering Professor George Georgiou Named UT Austin Inventor of the Year

George Georgiou, a biomedical and chemical engineering professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering, relentlessly searches for problems facing our world with an eye toward creating better solutions. He's made indelible marks on the medical field with new technologies by rethinking the way we treat cancer.

And now, he's a recipient of UT Austin's 2014 Inventor of the Year award presented by the Office of Technology Commercialization. The award recognizes Georgiou, as well as James McGinity in the College of Pharmacy, for commercializing industry-changing technologies, preparing students to follow in their footsteps and proving that What Starts Here Changes the World.

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