Volume XII / 2023
The University of Texas at Arlington | College of Engineering

A New Era
in Energy

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.

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Students Inspect Solar Panels atop at UTA building.
Ashfaq Adnan in his lab.

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.

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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.

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Narges Shayesteh, Shirin Nilizadeh, and Linda Wang

Logistics Network

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

Jennifer Evans-Cowley

Lab Notes
Engineering Fort Worth

Recognizing the rapid growth of Fort Worth and the demand for convenient, streamlined graduate degree programs for working engineers, the College of Engineering has developed two new master's programs for the UTA Fort Worth campus. Unlocking Ancient Secrets

Fracture pattern of a cylindrical concrete specimen subjected to uniaxial compression and a nanoscale 3d image reconstruction of a concrete specimen using X-ray nanocomputed tomography

ReEngineered
Cleaner Concrete

If you've ever driven for long periods of time, you know that fatigue can creep up on you. At UTA's Human Factors Lab, Shuchi Deb is using virtual reality to study driver habits and learn more about fatigue in an effort to identify where machine learning and other technology could make roadways safer. Cleaner Concrete

Lab Notes

Spotlight - Faculty Focus

New Chair Named

Melanie Sattler was named chair of the Civil Engineering Department in July 2023. During more than 20 years at UTA, Dr. Sattler has taught courses related to sustainable engineering, solid waste management, and air quality . . . New Chair Named

Faculty Focus

New Associate Dean

Paul Componation, chair of the Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering Department in the college since 2014, was named associate dean for graduate and interdisciplinary affairs for the College . . . New Associate Dean

Faculty Focus

Award Achievement

Ashfaq Adnan, Paul Davidson, Vijay Gopal, and Luca Maddalena from the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department earned Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) grants . . . Award Achievement

Faculty Focus

Legacy Award Launched

The College of Engineering instituted a new award, the Legacy Award, in 2023 to recognize outstanding career-long performance and dedication to the college. Awardees have a distinguished record of . . . Legacy Award Launched

3 faculty members earned NSF CAREER Awards in 2022-2023

Spotlight - Research News

Fighting Fire Ants

Anyone who has walked a Texas field has likely also walked near one of its hazards: a fire ant mound. Common internet solutions to eliminate or reduce the unwanted pests call for dousing the mounds . . . Fighting Fire Ants

Research News

Printing Pro

Emma Yang, a mechanical engineering assistant professor, earned a grant from the Department of Defense to purchase state-of-the-art equipment that could eventually be used to fix worn parts from . . . . Printing Pro

Research News

Next-Gen Hypersonic Design

Ateam of graduate aerospace engineering researchers in UTA's Aerospace Vehicle Design (AVD) Laboratory has been tasked with designing a military hypersonic missile system to fly at speeds previously . . . Research New

Research News

Preventing Pediatric Seizures

Bioengineering Professor of Research Christos Papadelis and doctoral student Ludovica Corona have discovered how to identify which brain cells lead to epileptic episodes in children. . . . Preventing Pediatric Seizures

$10 Million Awarded to the Center for Advanced Construction Materials to create the Tier 1 University Transportation Center for Durable and Resilient Transportation Infrastructure

Spotlight - Classroom

New Path to Medical School

Beginning in fall 2023, qualified first-time freshman bioengineering majors may consider a bachelor of science-to-doctor of osteopathic medicine pathway, thanks to a new collaboration between . . . New Path to Medical School

Classroom

AI for Infrastructure

Ateam of five civil engineering students and faculty advisor Mohsen Shahandashti will travel to Singapore for six weeks next summer for an intensive research experience to see how artificial . . . AI for Infrastructure

Classroom

Twitter/X Ambassador

Sayak Saha Roy, a doctoral student in the Computer Science and Engineering Department, recently was named a Twitter Student Ambassador by the social media company, which has since changed its name to "X." . . . Twitter/X Ambassador

Classroom

SMART Scholar

Minh Tram, a computer science doctoral student, received a prestigious Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). . . . SMART Scholar

Beyond the Lab

Spotlight - Alumni

Fiction Find

Fans of young adult fiction flocked to UTA in July as alumnus and Amazon bestselling author Shawn M. Warner ('94 MSW; '01 BS, Computer Science and Engineering) returned to campus for a book signing . . . Fiction Find

Alumni

Research Award Established

Larry Stephens ('79 MS, '72 BS, Aerospace Engineering) was the first in his family to attend college. At UTA, he gained the skills and knowledge that led to his productive career at Lockheed Martin . . . Research Award Established

Alumni

Lounge Revamp

Studying and exchanging ideas just got easier for electrical engineering students, thanks to Oncor. The company contributed $75,000 to the Electrical Engineering Department to enhance and refurbish . . . Lounge Revamp

Alumni & Friends

Saving Lives

Shashank Moddhia ('05 MS, Biomedical Engineering) is founder and CEO of The Renal Project, a Mumbai-based company that aims to revolutionize the availability and delivery of dialysis therapy. . . . Saving Lives

Alumni & Friends

Honoring a Mentor

The Barbara and Vasant Prabhu Scholarship Endowed By His Graduate Students was established by electrical engineering alumni to fund scholarships for top-performing international students in . . . Honoring a Mentor

Class Notes

Updates on the successes of our alumni and friends. Let us know of your celebrations and milestones. Class Notes

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

Peter E. Crouch, Dean, College of Engineering

Maverick Factor Engineering-style

Our president, Jennifer Cowley, has just completed her first year at UT Arlington. As she travels around North Texas, she speaks of the "Maverick Factor" as the thing that sets UTA apart. What's the Maverick Factor? It's being unafraid to do whatever it takes in pursuit of our goals, unrelenting in forging a pathway, unwavering in our commitment to excellence, unafraid to discover new technologies that impact the state, nation, world—in other words, any number of things that capture our undeniably unstoppable spirit. . . . Maverick Factor Engineering-style

Campus Update

Innovation Day Showcases

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.

In Memoriam

Mo-Shing Chen and Don Wilson are among the alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the college we've lost recently. Continue with in memoriam

UTA's Formula SAE car
The College of Engineering Career Fair brought together promising students looking for full-time internship, and co-op positions and employers with positions to fill.