Volume IX / 2020
The University of Texas at Arlington | College of Engineering

Helping Fight COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers in the College of Engineering have turned their attention to the current needs of health care workers.

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Heart Restart

Heart Restart

Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a heart attack. The damage to heart tissue is irreversible. In contrast, zebrafish have the ability to regenerate their heart tissue. Bioengineering Assistant Professor Juhyun Lee wants to know why. . . . Continue.

Mo-Shing Chen

Inspiration in Classroom

UT Arlington has had its share of visionaries and leaders in their fields, many of whom have enjoyed a connection with the College of Engineering. One of those, Mo-Shing Chen, spent a 40-year career building an international reputation . . . Continue.

Engineering Trio Chosen for Fellowship Program

Engineering Trio Chosen for Fellowship Program

The National Science Foundation selected two engineering graduate students and one recent alumnus to participate in its prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), which recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. Continue.


Testing Plastic Roads

When China recently stopped importing much of the United States’ recycling materials, it created a glut of recyclables, including plastics, with no place to go. Enter civil engineering researchers Sahadat Hossain and Warda Ashraf. The pair is combining their two areas of expertise—recycling and asphalt/concrete, respectively—to lead a feasibility study on building plastic roads, funded by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). Continue.

Lab Notes

Faculty Focus

New Electrical Engineering Chair

Diana Huffaker became chair of the Electrical Engineering Department on August 1, 2020, replacing Jonathan Bredow, who held the position for 10 years before stepping down. Continue.


Optimizing Experiences

Users of mobile devices such as phones and tablets have come to expect a seamless experience. Though wirelcess carriers and internet providers try to meet those expectations, they are limited by technology and networks. Ming Li hopes to change that. Continue.

Faculty Focus

Faculty Fellows

Five engineering faculty members earned fellow status in professional organizations last spring, adding to the college’s growing list of faculty who have reached the highest level of recognition in their fields. Continue.

Faculty Focus

Nuclear Engineering Outreach

College of Engineering administrators Lynn Peterson and Carter Tiernan received a $202,586 grant from the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station Nuclear Power Institute to fund nuclear engineering activities and STEM outreach at UTA. Continue.

Faculty Focus

Kermanshachi Honored

Sharareh "Sherri" Kermanshachi, a civil engineering assistant professor, has been selected as a recipient of the 2020 Women in Technology Award from the Dallas Business Journal. Continue.

Research News

Helping Farmers

In collaboration with researchers from Iowa State University, industrial engineering Assistant Professor Caroline Krejci is helping develop a framework to analyze food, energy, and water systems in the greater Des Moines, Iowa, area. Continue.

Research News

DFW Airport Partnership

Civil engineering Assistant Professor Nick Fang is partnering with Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport as it takes proactive steps to manage storm water and flooding on site. Continue.

Research News

Investigating Autonomous Agents

Electrical engineer Professor Frank Lewis and Associate Professors Yan Wan and Ali Davoudi were awarded a three-year, $750,000 Army Research Office grant to investigate how to improve control of networked groups of autonomous and human agents. Continue.


Transportation Planning

Civil Engineering Professor Steve Mattingly is leading an interdisciplinary project to develop a comprehensive vision of what the Texas transportation system should look like in 25 years. Continue.


Encouraging Diversity

In February, the Computer Science and Engineering Department hosted two events to encourage diversity in computing. Professor Changkai Li, Assistant Dean Carter Tiernan, and Assistant Professors Ming Li and Shirin Nilizadeh led the effort. Continue.


College Honored by ASEE

The College of Engineering earned a Bronze Award -- the highest level of recognition -- from the American Society for Engineering Education's Diversity Recognition Program. Continue.


Airport Transport App

Students from the College of Engineering and School of Social Work are collaborating to design a new app -- WheelTrip -- that would allow older wheelchair-users to schedule someone to meet them at the airport curb with a wheelchair, escort them through the facility, and drop them off at their terminal. Continue.


NASA Rocket Launch

A team of 30 UTA aerospace engineering students placed third in the Rookie Category at the 2020 NASA Student Launch competition. Continue.

70 foreign countries were represented by engineering students in fall 2019

Beyond the Lab


Honoring First Alumna

In January 1967, Penny Lee Carlisle (now Fox) became the first woman to earn an engineering bachelor’s degree from the College of Engineering at Arlington State College. That semester, ASC became UTA, and months later, at the College's spring Commencement ceremony, Margaret Kantz became the first woman to earn an engineering bachelor's degree from UTA. Continue.

Beyond the Lab

Supporting Students in Need

The Student Emergency Assistance Fund provides financial assistance to currently enrolled students who are struggling financially due to circumstances outside their control and require emergency monetary assistance as a last resort. Continue.

Beyond the Lab

Partnering to Improve Computing

A new agreement with Ansys will significantly boost the quality of research computing in the Aerodynamics Research Center (ARC). Continue.

Beyond the Lab

Innovation Day Goes Virtual

Though the COVID-19 pandemic pushed this year's Innovation Day online, it didn't put a damper on the event, held annually by the College of Engineering since 2018. Continue.


Alumni Honored

The College of Engineering honored two alumni in 2020 for their achievements after graduation. Continue.


Funding Makerspaces

Makerspaces are a key component to innovation and entrepreneurship, especially in university settings where students are inspired and encouraged to act on their ideas. Continue.

Peter Crouch, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Engineering

Peter E. Crouch, Dean, College of Engineering

The College of Engineering in the Era of Covid

Well, that was interesting.

As the world grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic over the past several months, the College of Engineering had its own challenges. Never before have we faced a situation like this one, and I know I'm not alone when I say that I hope we never will again. Continue.

Campus Update

photo of an empty campus
"Emptiness is the absence of some things,
not the absence of everything"
-Mokokoma Mokhonoana

The emptiness of the campus, especially the College of Engineering buildings, has been jarring. There has been an unsettling quiet—no hustle and bustle between classes, no noise from parking lots, no laughter from study groups in the Nedderman Hall atrium. However, as Mokokoma Mokhonoana, a South African author and comic, points out, just because the campus is empty doesn’t mean that nothing’s happening. Teaching and research continue, new faculty and students visit campus, student organizations find creative ways to meet, and we find ourselves compelled to continue our pursuit of our work. We’re innovative. We’re intrepid. We’re Mavericks.

60th Anniversary Gala

photo of the crowd at the 60th Ann

The college celebrated its 60th anniversary in style with a gala event in February 2020. Hundreds of alumni, students, faculty, and friends attended the banquet and enjoyed talking to current students and reminiscing with old friends. In addition, more than $100,000 was raised for scholarships and other student support activities.

49 alumni and industry judges participated in Virtual Innovation Day for 2020