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New Longhorn Maker Studio Expands Opportunities for Hands-On Projects

The Cockrell School of Engineering has launched a newly renovated space where students will take their ideas from invention to reality. In its first few weeks, the Longhorn Maker Studio has become a magnet for engineering students interested in making everything from drones and robots to 3-D printed objects and electronic sensors.

Located on the ground level of the Engineering Teaching Center, the Longhorn Maker Studio is outfitted with 3-D printers and scanners, laser cutters, sewing machines, machines for fabricating electronic circuit boards and many other tools. The 1,700-square-foot studio is the latest effort by the Cockrell School and Dean Sharon L. Wood to provide more opportunities for hands-on learning and student projects.

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UT Austin Brings Engineering Education to High School Students and Teachers

This fall, Engineer Your World, an innovative high school engineering curriculum created at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, announced it will reach 3,000 students in 77 schools across the country — up from 750 students in 23 schools in 2012 — marking a significant expansion in its effort to provide accessible, high-quality engineering education and better prepare U.S. students in STEM fields.

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Working on a Better Way to Treat Pertussis

Jennifer Maynard, an associate professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, is on the cusp of a therapeutic injection to treat the symptoms of pertussis and the painful coughing fits that come with the illness.

Maynard's passive immunization techniques gives babies who've had exposure to pertussis "instant immunity" using a mixture of two antibodies. The first binds to the whooping cough toxin, preventing it from attaching to healthy cells. The second stops the toxin from reaching its target within a healthy cell.

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Taking Innovation Abroad with New Nanotechnology Course in Spain

Innovation often happens by venturing boldly into unfamiliar territory. Using the fast-growing, cutting-edge field of nanotechnology as its foundation, a new Maymester study abroad program in Barcelona, Spain, gives Cockrell School of Engineering students the opportunity to grow as innovators and entrepreneurs.

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UT Austin Satellite Team Stays Positive After Losing Project in Rocket Explosion

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This article was updated on Oct. 29, 2014.

After a year and a half of designing, building and testing a small satellite, a team of Cockrell School of Engineering undergraduate and graduate students were set to watch their project head to the International Space Station on Oct. 28 from Wallops Island, Virginia. The satellite was aboard the unmanned Antares rocket, along with other cargo for a resupply mission to the space station.

Just seconds after liftoff, the rocket exploded, destroying the students’ RACE satellite along with various other research projects and experiments. There were no people injured in the explosion. The satellite was a collaborative effort between the school’s Texas Spacecraft Lab and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, with the goal of helping scientists measure water vapor in Earth’s atmosphere, which would improve our understanding of the impacts of global weather and climate change.

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