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Mechanical Engineering Alumnus Gives $7M to the Cockrell School

If you’re lucky enough to be at a Longhorn football game during an Alumni Band Day, chances are Rick Church will be there too, proudly playing his tuba in the X of the “Texas” formation. What you may not know is that Church recently made the largest planned gift ever to the Longhorn Band — $12 million, to be exact.

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New Sustainable Production Method Could Advance Plastics and Pharmaceuticals

 A team of chemical engineers at The University of Texas at Austin has developed a new, cost-effective method for synthetically producing a biorenewable platform chemical called triacetic acid lactone (TAL) that can be used to produce innovative new drugs and sustainable plastics at an industrial scale, as described this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Five UT Austin Engineers Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Four professors from The University of Texas at Austin, along with one alumna, have been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for 2018. Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions bestowed upon an engineer.

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Srinivas Bettadpur Named Director of Center for Space Research

Srinivas Bettadpur, an associate professor of the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at The University of Texas at Austin, has been named director of the Center for Space Research (CSR) in the Cockrell School of Engineering.

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Ultra-Thin Memory Storage Device Paves Way for More Powerful Computing

 Engineers worldwide have been developing alternative ways to provide greater memory storage capacity on even smaller computer chips. Previous research into two-dimensional atomic sheets for memory storage has failed to uncover their potential — until now.

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