Over 35 of the nation’s best and brightest women in computational and data sciences came together on The University of Texas at Austin campus last week to network, collaborate and gain insight into what it takes to build a successful career in research and academia. Hosted by UT’s Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, in partnership with Sandia National Laboratories and the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics, the Rising Stars in Computational and Data Sciences event was an intensive workshop for women graduate students and postdocs who are interested in pursuing academic and research centers.

Bringing together experts in areas ranging from robotics to space, the Cockrell School of Engineering will host the U.S. Army’s annual Mad Scientist Conference on April 24-25 in the school’s Engineering Education and Research Center. The two-day event will explore the individual and convergent impacts of technological innovations on the future of military operations, from present day through 2050.

For several days throughout the Spring 2019 semester, petroleum engineering alumnus Scott Sheffield (B.S. 1975) returned to the Forty Acres to engage with students and faculty as part of the new Alumni-in-Residence Program in the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering. Sheffield drew from his four decades in some of the most pivotal roles in the oil and gas industry for discussions about where the industry is headed, why petroleum engineering remains one of the nation’s most significant fields of study and how students can prepare now for the changes sure to come in the future.

Cockrell School of Engineering professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering Shelly Sakiyama-Elbert was elected president of the Society for Biomaterials for the 2020-2021 term. The Society for Biomaterials is a multidisciplinary organization comprised of academic, health care, governmental and business professionals dedicated to promoting advancements in all aspects of biomaterial science, education and professional standards to enhance human health and quality of life. Established in 1974, it is the oldest scientific organization in the field of biomaterials.

The enhanced power of the new measuring technique to characterize materials at scales much smaller than any current technologies will accelerate the discovery and investigation of 2D, micro- and nanoscale materials. Being able to accurately measure semiconductor properties of materials in small volumes helps engineers determine the range of applications for which these materials may be suitable in the future, particularly as the size of electronic and optical devices continues to shrink.

The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has elected two Cockrell School of Engineering faculty members to its prestigious College of Fellows in 2019. Adela Ben-Yakar, professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Lydia Contreras, associate professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, were inducted at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on March 25.

The Cockrell School of Engineering celebrated the lives and legacies of three of its former deans — Herbert Woodson, Earnest Gloyna and John McKetta Jr. — extraordinary leaders who passed away this winter. The three succeeded each other in the role of dean between 1963 and 1996, serving as the college’s fourth, fifth and sixth deans — John McKetta Jr., 1963-1970; Earnest Gloyna, 1970-1986; Herbert Woodson, 1986-1996.

Growing up in Corpus Christi in the 1960s, Linda Steen Norris found her educational experience in high school to be unchallenging and gender-biased. As a young woman, she was presented with only a limited number of career options, and her potential to excel in STEM fields like engineering and science went unexplored.

We are repeatedly exposed to the influenza virus via infections, vaccinations and our communal environments. The annual flu shot is believed to be the best line of defense, and doctors recommend vaccinations every year because the flu virus is in a constant state of adaptation and mutation, rendering older vaccines obsolete.

Members of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) met at The University of Texas at Austin on March 7, 2019, to examine the growing role of data analytics in natural disasters and determine how the proper application of data could be used to develop better strategies for disaster preparation and response.