News Releases

  • Engineering Professors Honored as Two of the World's Top Young Innovators

    Zheng Wang and Nanshu Lu, assistant professors at The University of Texas at Austin's Cockrell School of Engineering, have each been named to MIT Technology Review's list of the world's top 35 innovators under the age of 35 (TR35) for their health-related discoveries.

  • President Obama Honors UT Engineer and Scientist

    Two University of Texas at Austin faculty members were honored at the White House this week with the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States government for science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

  • Study Determines Theoretical Energy Benefits and Potential of Algae Fuels

    Hebner in the algae facility

    Robert Hebner, director of the university's Center for Electromechanics (CEM), conducts research in a large algae growth demonstration facility for biofuels. The facility is located adjacent to CEM.

    It's theoretically possible to produce about 500 times as much energy from algae fuels as is needed to grow the fuels, according to a new study by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.

    However, limited by existing technology, the researchers found in a separate study that their algae growing facility is getting out about one-five hundredth as much energy as it currently puts in to grow the fuels.

  • Center for Electromechanics Gets $4.3M to Advance Natural Gas Vehicle Technology

    The Center for Electromechanics (CEM) at The University of Texas at Austin will receive $4.3 million dollars from the Department of Energy through its Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). The department's new program, titled Methane Opportunities for Vehicular Energy — or "MOVE" — aims to engineer light-weight, affordable natural gas tanks for vehicles and develop natural gas compressors that can efficiently fuel a natural gas vehicle at home.

  • Project-Centered Program Developed by ME Faculty Selected for NAE Publication

    An educational program developed by The University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Mechanical Engineering will be featured in the National Academy of Engineering’s Real World Engineering Education publication.

    The Project-Centered Education in Mechanical Engineering program, known as PROCEED, is one of 29 exemplary programs selected to serve as models for institutions that have not yet developed their own curriculum. The publication informs a variety of audiences including universities and industry about the best engineering practices nationwide.