Aerospace Engineer Receives $1.4M DOD Grant to Expand Plasma Technology

Plasma, the fourth state of matter, is created when gaseous molecules are ripped apart into constitutive ions and electrons. Plasma is what makes lightning flash and electric sparks fly. It's also in fluorescent lights and buzzing neon signs.

“Even though it sounds exotic, plasmas are everywhere — fluorescent lamps, neon signs, plasma TVs, even the sun is a plasma ball,” said Laxminarayan Raja, a plasma expert and researcher in the Cockrell School of Engineering's Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics.

Raja recently received a $1.4 million, five-year Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to expand plasma technology by helping to design a new class of plasma-based materials that respond to terahertz (THz) waves, a largely untapped region of the electromagnetic spectrum with potential applications in imaging and sensor technology.

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Louise Epstein Named Managing Director of Cockrell School Innovation Center

Louise Epstein, local entrepreneur, former Austin City Councilmember and alumna of The University of Texas at Austin, has been named managing director of the Innovation Center in the Cockrell School of Engineering at UT Austin.

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Professor Wins $750,000 Engineering Prize for Mobile Medical Tool

Yuebing Zheng, a mechanical engineering assistant professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, was selected for the prestigious Beckman Young Investigator Award.

The $750,000, four-year award will support Zheng’s efforts to develop a powerful, palm-sized device that could bring health care monitoring and diagnostics to underserved areas while advancing study in life sciences.

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Texas Engineering Tops Recent National, International Rankings

The Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin continues to land in the top 10 on national and international rankings lists. Recently, the school was ranked as one of the best engineering schools in the world and one of the best in the country for Hispanics.

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UT Austin Engineering Professor Makes Top Innovators Under 35 List

MIT Technology Review has named Cockrell School of Engineering assistant professor Guihua Yu to its prestigious list of the world’s top 35 Innovators Under the age of 35. Yu was chosen for his work developing materials that could drive advancements in energy storage, health monitoring and environmental cleanup.

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