News Releases

  • Cockrell School Researchers Invent ‘Meta Mirror’ to Help Advance Nonlinear Optical Systems

    Researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have created a new nonlinear metasurface, or meta mirror, that could one day enable the miniaturization of laser systems.

    The invention, called a “nonlinear mirror” by the researchers, could help advance nonlinear laser systems that are used for chemical sensing, explosives detection, biomedical research and potentially many other applications. The researchers’ study will be published in the July 3 issue of Nature.

  • Women in Aerospace Student Group Partners with NASA on Microgravity Experiment

    Working day and night until the moment of takeoff, members of the Cockrell School's Women in Aerospace for Leadership and Development (WIALD) student group earned their chance to fly an experiment aboard NASA’s reduced gravity aircraft in early June.

    WIALD’s experiment tested the thermal properties of Vectran — a highly heat-resistant filamentous material that is five times stronger than steel — on NASA’s reduced gravity airplane. Future manned spacecraft to Mars will be made out of Vectran, and WIALD’s experiment marked the first time Vectran combustion has been tested in microgravity. Because fire behaves differently in reduced gravity, WIALD’s results will help NASA in its research goal to reduce fire risk on manned missions to Mars.

  • Seven Cockrell School Engineers Named Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers

    Six professors and one adjunct associate professor from the Cockrell School of Engineering have been included in the Thomson Reuters list of Highly Cited Researchers for 2014. This list recognizes many of the world’s leading scientific minds, and the strong Cockrell School representation illustrates UT Austin’s growing influence on the global research landscape.

  • Professor Emeritus Receives Lifetime Achievement Award From Engineering Education Society

    James E. Stice, the Bob R. Dorsey Professor Emeritus in the Cockrell School of Engineering, has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) for his dedicated work to improve teaching effectiveness.

  • Chemical Engineering Professor Adam Heller Awarded Prestigious Torbern Bergman Medal

    The Swedish Chemical Society awarded Adam Heller, chemical engineering professor emeritus and research professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering, with the Torbern Bergman Medal for medical breakthroughs that have improved the quality of life of millions of people with diabetes.

    The medal, awarded biennially since 1967, is one of the most prestigious international awards in analytical chemistry and recognizes significant contributions in the field.