Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have built a new type of battery that combines the many benefits of existing options while eliminating their key shortcomings and saving energy. Most batteries are composed of either solid-state electrodes, such as lithium-ion batteries for portable electronics, or liquid-state electrodes, including flow batteries for smart grids. The UT researchers have created what they call a “room-temperature all-liquid-metal battery,” which includes the best of both worlds of liquid- and solid-state batteries.

portrait of jean anne incorvia in her office

Jean Anne Incorvia literally works at the interface between software and hardware. She is a physicist, materials scientist and electrical engineer simultaneously. An assistant professor in the Cockrell School’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, her key interests lie in developing the computer systems of the future – computers powered and operated through nanotechnology, quantum mechanics and, most recently, the emerging field of neuromorphic computing.

Nearly five years after Monochrome for Austin’s installation on campus — the sculpture of cantilevered, cascading canoes that suspends above Speedway in front of the Norman Hackerman Building — Landmarks, the public art program of The University of Texas at Austin, hosted a virtual event to explore the engineering behind its creation. The event streamed live on Facebook on June 24 and featured a panel of Monochrome artist Nancy Rubins, project engineer Jaime Garza (B.S. Architectural Engineering 2002), Cockrell School civil engineering professor Tricia Clayton and Cockrell School Dean Sharon Wood.

Chandra Bhat, professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, has been elected president of the Council of University Transportation Centers. The council established in 1979 by the major transportation research centers and institutes in the U.S. to provide a forum for educators and researchers to interact with government and industry. Bhat will serve as President for one year, until June 2021.

close up view of chip sensor

The novel coronavirus has been compared with the flu almost from the moment it emerged in late 2019. They share a variety of symptoms, and in many cases, an influenza test is part of the process for diagnosing COVID-19. Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin are now developing a new sensor that can tell the difference between the two illnesses and test for both simultaneously. 

When UT operations research and industrial engineering graduate student Kyoung Kim approached his professors in 2017 with an idea to use logistics to help with disaster planning, he had no idea the biggest disaster in a century would, in a few months, ravage the Texas coast.

A type of beetle capable of regulating its body temperature in some of the hottest places on Earth is the centerpiece of new research with major potential implications for cooling everything from buildings to electronic devices in an environmentally friendly manner.

The Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin has named distinguished researcher and professor Delia Milliron as the new chair of the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering. She will begin her appointment on January 16, 2021, succeeding the department’s current chair, Thomas Truskett.

Chloe Johnson pivoted between three computer monitors alongside fellow graduate student, Patrick Mortimer, as she powered the rotor testing rig, tucked away in a non-descript hangar on UT Austin’s J.J. Pickle Research Campus. The adjoining room soon filled with the glow of green lasers, perfectly placed to capture the rate at which particles from a fog machine illuminated by lasers pass through two propeller blades – data that will be crucial to the future of urban air mobility.

Sensors for monitoring cancer patients remotely; new water treatment options; satellites to analyze climate change’s impact on oceans – these are just a handful of 11 new innovative research projects from the UT Austin Portugal program, backed by a major technology initiative through the Portuguese government.