Sixteen years after founding uShip and turning it into a successful online platform for shipping large items anywhere in the world, UT alumnus Matt Chasen (B.S. ME 1998, MBA 2004) has shifted his gaze from the roads to the skies to launch LIFT Aircraft, a first-of-its-kind experiential entertainment business that aims to make personal flight accessible and affordable for the masses.

New research from The University of Texas at Austin finds industrial buildout in oil, gas and petrochemical sectors in the U.S. Gulf Coast and Southwest regions could generate more than half a billion tons of additional greenhouse gas emissions per year by 2030. That figure is equivalent to 8% of total current annual U.S. emissions. These emissions are driven by the regions’ oil and gas boom, and a substantial fraction comes from large industrial facilities such as new petrochemical plants, liquefied natural gas export terminals and refineries. The vast majority of these emissions will come from Texas and Louisiana.

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) will bestow University of Texas at Austin professor C. Grant Willson with the Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering —  widely regarded as the highest honor in the profession — for his pioneering work enabling the extreme miniaturization of microelectronic devices.

A multidisciplinary group of engineers and scientists has discovered a new method for water filtration that could have implications for a variety of technologies, such as desalination plants, breathable and protective fabrics, and carbon capture in gas separations. The research team, led by Manish Kumar in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, published their findings in the latest issue of Nature Nanotechnology.

The term “humanitarian engineering” is relatively new, first gaining popularity in 2002 when civil engineer Bernard Amadei founded the engineering organization Engineers Without Borders. Now, humanitarian engineering is an integral part of the engineering landscape, appearing in the course curriculum and program offerings at many universities nationwide.

Diana Marculescu, the new chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering, has been named a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), an honor awarded to less than 1% of ACM’s membership, for her contributions to the design and optimization of energy-aware computing systems.

As Edgar Figueroa sat over lunch in the UT Club, he reflected on what it meant to him to be the first in his family to attend college. “Pushing through the late nights studying or the challenges of being a first-generation college student was a privilege that others in my family never had,” he said. “I wanted to leave a legacy my family would be proud of.”

Faculty members and researchers across the Cockrell School of Engineering and the university have developed technologies and solutions ranging from a laproscopic "windshield wiper" for surgeons to novel immuno-oncology therapies to software that analyzes vibrations in complex structures, such as submarines.

With a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, the Cockrell School of Engineering is launching a unique initiative that aims to make The University of Texas at Austin a national hub for geothermal energy expertise and startups. The new Geothermal Entrepreneurship Organization (GEO) will bring together engineers, researchers and entrepreneurs to develop technologies and launch companies to help advance the geothermal energy industry.

When Desiderio Kovar joined UT’s faculty in 1997, there was a crisis in the teaching of mechanical engineering no one could quite put their finger on. Students, by every quantitative measure, such as SAT scores, were brighter than ever, yet they were struggling with concepts in a way students never had before. Veteran professors suddenly found it much harder to get through to students.