A New Era
For decades, Texas has been a leader in energy production and consumption. The oil and gas industry is practically synonymous with the state, and other energy sources have grown rapidly as well.
Preventing Brain Injuries
Ashfaq Adnan, a Distinguished University Professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and director of the Multiscale Mechanics and Physics Lab, has performed extensive research into how traumatic forces actually affect brain tissue.
Women Leading the Way
Three engineering assistant professors earned National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Development, or CAREER, Awards in 2023. They are the latest in a string of six faculty to earn the award since 2020, all of whom are women.
UTA is part of a 30-member network of universities and other organizations that received a $1 million award from the National Science Foundation's Regional Innovation Engines program to create economic, societal, and technological opportunities for the Texoma region, which includes 26 counties between the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma. Read the Story
Beyond the Lab
If Sahadat Hossain has his way, plastic roads could be the next wave of innovation for highway departments.
The civil engineering professor and director of the UTA Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability is using both recycled and unrecycled plastic waste products to fill in surface cracks and reduce rutting in roads—the first use of what's called "plastic road" material in Texas. The product is expected to improve the durability and strength of highway pavement and serve as a replacement for bitumen in asphalt pavement roads.
In June, Dr. Hossain put his research to the test by repaving a campus parking lot with materials created from recycled plastic.
"This is a perfect example of reuse of recycled materials for circular economy and green economy," he says. ₪