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Engineering Faculty Enter the Entrepreneur Scene

Longhorn Startup Studio gives faculty members an opportunity to share their patents and startups with Austin's business and entrepreneurial community.

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Design… Build… Fly!

Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics team places 7th out of 60 with their Fujita-13 aircraft at annual Design/Build/Fly competition.

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Midland Community Rallies to Support the Vision of the EERC

Midland is known for its philanthropy. And it is now home to the largest number of donors for the Cockrell School’s Engineering Education and Research Center (EERC).

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Microgrids: Big Power, Small Grids

Researchers are exploring how to leverage microgrids to strengthen the nation’s power grid, work that could help homes and regions maintain power independence and become more efficient day-to-day.

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Microgrids in a Nutshell

Why it matters
Microgrids are independent power grids that enable people to better manage and use energy on any given day. These microgrids also offer greater reliability in emergencies because they have the flexibility to connect to power sources that are available, disconnect to power sources that are compromised and to balance the load (the total amount of power that everyone is using) with the available energy.

Who is leading microgrid projects at UT Austin?
Bob Hebner, director of the Center for Electromechanics
Alexis Kwasinski, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Michael Webber, mechanical engineering associate professor and co-director of the Clean Energy Incubator
Ross Baldick, electrical and computer engineering professor

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