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Biomechanics Leader, Department Chair Rick Neptune Honored With Two Prestigious Awards

Professor Richard R. Neptune, an internationally recognized leader in the areas of biomechanics and neuromotor control of human movement and the chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering, is being recognized with two prestigious awards in the mechanical engineering field. He is receiving the inaugural Founders' Award from the American Society of Biomechanics as well as the Van C. Mow Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

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Center for Electromechanics to Lead Rural Energy Grid Project

The Department of Energy has selected the Center for Electromechanics (CEM) in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin to lead a new $1.6 million project to develop the technology needed to bring the reliable and efficient emerging electrical grid to rural parts of Texas and the nation.

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Nanoparticles and Magnets Offer New, Efficient Method of Removing Oil

When oil mixes with or enters into water, conventional methods of cleaning the water and removing the oil can be challenging, expensive and environmentally risky. But researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin believe they may have developed a better method.

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UT Austin Leads Hyper-Local Air Pollution Mapping Study

Engineering researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have developed the most detailed and extensive local map of air pollution ever produced for an urban area, using specially equipped Google Street View cars to measure air quality on a block-by-block basis. This new hyper-local mobile approach to measuring air quality, which reveals that air pollution can vary dramatically even within a single city block, could address major air quality monitoring gaps worldwide.

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Spotlight on Teaching: Yale Patt and Ramesh Yerraballi

In today’s digital age, teaching methods are constantly evolving and advancing. New instructional technologies, progressive pedagogical philosophies and experiential learning initiatives are changing the way we educate engineers. And while these developments have proven to help prepare students for the challenges and careers of the 21st century, it is good, old-fashioned teaching that is still at the helm. Case in point: Cockrell School of Engineering professors Yale Patt and Ramesh Yerraballi. They have distinctive teaching styles — the former brings an old-school approach and the latter a modern flair — but both aim to connect with students and communicate the fundamentals.

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