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September 2012

Cockrell School Names New Director for Center for Transportation

Chandra Bhat has been named director of the Center for Transportation Research (CTR) at The University of Texas at Austin.

August 2012

Three Engineering Faculty Receive Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award

Three faculty members from The University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering will receive the 2012 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award, the UT System Board of Regents' highest teaching honor, which recognizes extraordinary educators from system institutions.

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.

July 2012

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.

Student Startup Team Receives Assistance From Digital Security Leader Gemalto

Gemalto, a leader in digital security that has its North American headquarters in Austin, is assisting a startup team comprised of Cockrell School of Engineering students.

Electrical Engineering Professor John Goodenough Honored by IEEE for Development of Lithium-Ion Battery

John Goodenough stands among other IEEE honorees at the ceremony June 30

John Goodenough (center) stands with (from left to right) Peter Staecker, IEEE president-elect; 2012 IEEE Medal for Environmental and Safety Technologies co-recipients Akira Yoshino and Rachid Yazami; and Gordon Day, IEEE president.

Dr. John Goodenough, professor in the Cockrell School's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been honored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) with its 2012 Medal for Environmental and Safety Technologies.

June 2012

Women in Engineering Director Recognized in 100 Women Leaders in STEM Publication

Tricia Berry, director of the Cockrell School of Engineering's Women in Engineering Program (WEP), has been recognized by STEMconnector in its 100 Women Leaders in STEM hard copy publication, which celebrates the careers and initiatives of 100 women role models in science, technology, engineering and math.

Professor Credited for Development of the Lithium-Ion Battery Elected to National Academy of Sciences

John Goodenough, a mechanical engineering professor at The University of Texas at Austin who is widely credited for the scientific discovery and development of the lithium-ion rechargeable battery, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Goodenough was among 84 new members and 21 foreign associates from 15 countries elected into the academy for distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. The academy is the country's most prestigious scientific organization, and election into it is one of the highest honors that can be accorded to a scientist in the United States. Including Goodenough’s election, the number of current faculty members at The University of Texas at Austin elected to the academy is 17.

May 2012

Dr. Noel Clemens Appointed New Chair of Aerospace and Engineering Mechanics, Effective Sept. 1

Cockrell School of Engineering Dean Gregory L. Fenves announced the appointment of Dr. Noel T. Clemens as chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, effective Sept. 1.

Climate Engineering Report Ranked Among Top Government Priorities by Copenhagen Consensus Center

The effect of global warming could potentially be ameliorated by engineering ways to reflect more sunlight back into space, according to a report by a professor at The University of Texas at Austin.

The report, by Professor J. Eric Bickel and Hudson Institute Fellow Lee Lane, was selected by a panel of international experts as one of 16 areas of research that governments and philanthropists should prioritize to respond to the world's most pressing challenges.

Natural Sciences, Engineering Students Named Goldwater Scholars

Three undergraduates at The University of Texas at Austin have been awarded Goldwater Scholarships, the premier undergraduate award of its type in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering.

The one- and two-year scholarships, awarded annually to outstanding second- and third-year college students, will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

This year’s recipients are William Berdanier, Leslie Chang and Brian Wilson.

Baker Hughes Donates $1.7 Million For Drilling and Completions Labs at The University of Texas

University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers accepts a check from Baker Hughes U.S. Land Region President Paul Butero.

University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers accepts a check from Baker Hughes U.S. Land Region President Paul Butero.

Baker Hughes, a leading oilfield service company, is donating $1.7 million to help establish The University of Texas at Austin as the global epicenter of creating technology for drilling oil and gas wells.

The gift will go toward renovating and building three labs in the university's Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department.

April 2012

Statoil Selects University of Texas at Austin Students for New Fellowship

International energy company Statoil has awarded fellowships to eight graduate students from The University of Texas at Austin, funding their research in geology, geophysics and petroleum engineering. Fellowships will last two to three years, depending on the project. Statoil will contribute a total of $5 million to the work of these and future fellows over the coming five years. The research partnership is Statoil's largest agreement with a university outside Norway and its first in the United States.

Aerospace Professor Elected to The Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Glenn Lightsey, a professor in the Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Department at The University of Texas at Austin, has been selected as a member of the university's Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

Biomedical Engineer Elected to Spain's Prestigious Royal Academy

Nicholas A. Peppas, chair of The University of Texas at Austin's Biomedical Engineering Department, has been elected a Corresponding Member of the Real Academia Nacional de Farmacia (Royal Academy of Pharmacy) of Spain.

1 Semester Startup to Host "Demo Day" with Guest Dr. James Truchard, President and CEO of National Instruments

Event: 1 Semester Startup's "Demo Day" featuring President and CEO of National Instruments Dr. James Truchard

When: Thursday, April 26, 5-9 p.m., open to the public

Where: LBJ Auditorium at the LBJ Museum and Library, 2313 Red River St., University of Texas at Austin

Background: The second-ever "Demo Day" will bring together Austin's entrepreneurial community on Thursday, April 26, for a showcasing of 10 undergraduate student startups from The University of Texas at Austin. Each startup will present a six-minute investor pitch. The startups are part of the spring 2012 1 Semester Startup (1SS) class, an interdisciplinary entrepreneurship practicum for undergraduates.

UT Engineering Ranks 2nd in U.S. in Number of NSF Fellowship Recipients for 2012

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced its Graduate Research Fellowship recipients for 2012 and The University of Texas Austin's Cockrell School of Engineering tied for second place for the highest number of fellows among top 10 engineering programs in the country.

The University Of California Berkeley College of Engineering received 45 of the fellowships, and the Cockrell School tied Georgia Institute of Technology's engineering college with 30 of the fellowships, an amount that's nearly double the number awarded at the Cockrell School in 2011.