From developing bio-inspired membranes for more effective wastewater treatment to creating electromagnetic-based solutions for medical technologies, the Cockrell School’s new faculty members span a wide range of engineering expertise. Learn more about how our newest Texas Engineers are pushing technological boundaries and changing the world.

 

Cockrell School of Engineering Dean Sharon L. Wood has named Christine Julien, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Anna and Jack Bowen Professor of Engineering, as the Cockrell School’s assistant dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion — a new position established this year.

Dakota Stormer was camping with his family in Galveston, Texas, in the summer of 2001 when Tropical Storm Allison made landfall. It was on that trip, at the ripe age of seven, that Stormer decided he wanted to become a meteorologist. With a last name like “Stormer,” the career choice could not have been more perfect. It wasn’t until Stormer was in high school and discovered his natural aptitude for math that he pivoted his career trajectory from meteorologist to engineer.

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin will head into September, childhood cancer awareness month, with nearly $5 million in new cancer prevention funding from the State of Texas.

The Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin has named renowned Carnegie Mellon University researcher and professor Diana Marculescu as the next chair of UT’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She will assume her position on Dec. 1, 2019, succeeding the department’s current chair, Ahmed Tewfik.

The National Science Foundation has awarded $550,000 to fund a collaborative new research project to develop a noninvasive, computational modeling technology for assessing the likelihood of a heart attack in patients with high levels of plaque buildup in their arteries — the primary cause of heart attack in the U.S. today.

Siddarth Kaki, who earned his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 2018 and has remained at the university to pursue his master’s degree and Ph.D. in the same field, has been selected by Aviation Week Network and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) for its prestigious award program, “20Twenties.”

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is investing $8 million in engineering research at The University of Texas at Austin that aims to create a more efficient process for recovering oil from naturally fractured reservoirs using engineered water. Water flooding is currently the cheapest and safest method, but also one of the least efficient in naturally fractured reservoirs. Finding new ways to make water-based enhanced oil recovery (EOR) more efficient and effective will help safeguard U.S. energy independence into the future.

2D materials consist of just a single layer of atoms making them ultrathin. Graphene and other newly discovered examples are exciting engineers because of their unique properties that, so far, have proven useful in everything from photovoltaics, semiconductors and electrodes to water purification and memory storage. Texas Engineer Deji Akinwande recently co-developed the world’s thinnest memory device from 2D materials.

The elimination of cobalt — an expensive chemical component currently required to power our smartphones and laptops — from lithium-ion batteries has been the goal of Texas Engineer Arumugam Manthiram for much of his career.