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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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Researchers' Lighter, Cheaper Radio Wave Device Could Transform Telecommunications

Researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have achieved a milestone in modern wireless and cellular telecommunications, creating a radically smaller, more efficient radio wave circulator that could be used in cellphones and other wireless devices, as reported in the latest issue of Nature Physics.

The new circulator has the potential to double the useful bandwidth in wireless communications by enabling full-duplex functionality, meaning devices can transmit and receive signals on the same frequency band at the same time.

The key innovation is the creation of a magnetic-free radio wave circulator.

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Professor Receives NSF Grants to Develop Advanced Real-Time Computing Methods for Decision-Making

With society relying increasingly on cyber physical systems to control airplanes, energy grids and other mechanical devices, professors at the Cockrell School of Engineering are making it their mission to develop real-time computing methods that are smarter, safer and better and can react and operate more like humans.

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