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2 Engineering professors win College's highest research award

     Dr. James R. Brock and Dr. Clyde E. Lee of The University of Texas at Austin are the co-recipients of the Billy and Claude R. Hocott Distinguished Centennial Engineering Research Award. This annual award is the highest research honor given by the College of Engineering.

     Both men earned distinction early in their careers and have continuously added to their records of engineering innovation. Brock and Lee can both claim international stature in their respective specialties.

     Brock is an aerosols expert. His past work focused on the behavior of small particles in the atmosphere which is key to understanding the origins and types of air pollution. It is also has important for helping alleviate lung disease caused by inhalation of fine particles. He has earned awards from the U.S. Army and the Environmental Protection Agency for his aerosol research.

     Lately, Brock helped develop methods for cleaning dust from small computer chips which are the primary source of chip flaws. His patented device for cleaning wafer surfaces by molecular beams has created widespread interest and is now in commercial development.

     Brock has served on the faculty in the Department of Chemical Engineering at UT Austin since 1960. He is currently the Kenneth A. Kobe Professor of Chemical Engineering.

     Lee specializes in transportation engineering and conducts research in collecting and analyzing traffic data. Such data are essential to design, construct, operate and maintain highway infrastructure.

     Lee is best known for creating a device for weighing highway vehicles in motion. The Weigh-in-Motion device earned Lee national and international recognition as a pioneer of this technology. As a result of his research and the contributions of others, Weigh-in-Motion has been accepted worldwide and saved the world economy billions of dollars because of the timely information it has supplied engineers who built roads and bridges.

     This device is also emerging as a key component of intelligent transportation systems being developed to improve the productivity and efficiency of commercial vehicles and existing road facilities.

     In 1970, Dr. Lee and his students created a computer model that simulated vehicle units moving through highway intersections in real-time response to other traffic and traffic control devices. This model is now widely recognized as a powerful analysis and design tool in the traffic engineering profession.

     Lee joined the Department of Civil Engineering at UT Austin in 1959 and is the Nasser I. Al-Rashid Centennial Professor in Transportation Engineering.