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Fly’s Super-Hearing Power Could Aid Humans

A team of researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin has developed a tiny, low-power device that mimics a fly’s hearing mechanism.

The new device could be used to build the next generation of hypersensitive hearing aids with intelligent microphones that adaptively focus only on those conversations or sounds that are of interest to the wearer.

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Cockrell School Researchers Invent ‘Meta Mirror’ to Help Advance Nonlinear Optical Systems

Researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have created a new nonlinear metasurface, or meta mirror, that could one day enable the miniaturization of laser systems.

The invention, called a “nonlinear mirror” by the researchers, could help advance nonlinear laser systems that are used for chemical sensing, explosives detection, biomedical research and potentially many other applications. The researchers’ study will be published in the July 3 issue of Nature.

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Women in Aerospace Student Group Partners with NASA on Microgravity Experiment

Working day and night until the moment of takeoff, members of the Cockrell School's Women in Aerospace for Leadership and Development (WIALD) student group earned their chance to fly an experiment aboard NASA’s reduced gravity aircraft in early June.

WIALD’s experiment tested the thermal properties of Vectran — a highly heat-resistant filamentous material that is five times stronger than steel — on NASA’s reduced gravity airplane. Future manned spacecraft to Mars will be made out of Vectran, and WIALD’s experiment marked the first time Vectran combustion has been tested in microgravity. Because fire behaves differently in reduced gravity, WIALD’s results will help NASA in its research goal to reduce fire risk on manned missions to Mars.

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Seven Cockrell School Engineers Named Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers

Six professors and one adjunct associate professor from the Cockrell School of Engineering have been included in the Thomson Reuters list of Highly Cited Researchers for 2014. This list recognizes many of the world’s leading scientific minds, and the strong Cockrell School representation illustrates UT Austin’s growing influence on the global research landscape.

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Professor Emeritus Receives Lifetime Achievement Award From Engineering Education Society

James E. Stice, the Bob R. Dorsey Professor Emeritus in the Cockrell School of Engineering, has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) for his dedicated work to improve teaching effectiveness.

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