Former Texas Engineering Dean Gregory L. Fenves Named Finalist for UT Austin President

The University of Texas System Board of Regents has named Gregory L. Fenves the sole finalist for the presidency of The University of Texas at Austin.

The regents voted to select Fenves at a special board meeting Friday, March 27. The decision followed an executive session where regents considered potential candidates and the recommendations of a presidential search advisory committee that reviewed nominations and applications for the position. The regents met earlier this month to interview candidates to succeed William C. Powers as president. Powers will step down in June after serving a nine-year tenure.

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Four Texas Engineering Faculty Receive NSF CAREER Awards

Four faculty members from the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have been selected to receive Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards totaling more than $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation.

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Engineers Develop New Yeast Strain to Enhance Biofuel and Biochemical Production

Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have used a combination of metabolic engineering and directed evolution to develop a new, mutant yeast strain that could lead to a more efficient biofuel production process that would make biofuels more economically competitive with conventional fuels. Their findings were published online in the journal Metabolic Engineering in March.

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Cockrell School Engineer Takes Home SXSW Interactive Innovation Award

A noninvasive, 3-in-1 skin cancer detection device developed by researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin took home top honors in the "SciFi No Longer" category at the 18th annual SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards on March 17.

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Texas Engineer Collaborates to Advance U.S. Army Vehicle Technology

Earlier this year, mechanical engineering professor Delbert Tesar, director of the Robotics Research Group and the Carol Cockrell Curran Chair in Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, hosted key members of industry and multiple U.S. Army engineers and lab personnel for a two-day workshop aimed at enhancing Army battlefield technology and keeping our servicemen and servicewomen safer.

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