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Engineering the Future of North Texas 2017

As North Texas grows, so does the need for innovative
transportation solutions. UTA is in the drivers seat.

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Carnegie Research 1 University Rigorous academics

Targeted career-placement services Highest enrollment and
graduation numbers in history 2nd lowest student debt in U.S.
Industrial Engineering Major redefining excellence
Airbus Helicopters Intern



Peter E. Crouch
Senior Associate Dean
for Academic Affairs CSE on the Cutting Edge The
Lynn Peterson
Associate Dean for
Department of Computer Science and
Graduate Affairs
Erick Jones
Engineering is giving students the
Associate Dean resources and guidance they need to
for Research
Anand Puppala succeed after graduation.
Assistant Dean for

Student Affairs
J. Carter Tiernan
Director of Communications
Jeremy Agor
Director of Marketing Services
Tracey Faulkinbury
Vice President
for Communications
Lynne T. Waters
Jessica Bridges
Brody Price
Herb Booth
Driving Progress The College of Engineering
leads transportation-related research in the North
Texas region.
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In On Infrastructure From trains 20 BEYOND THE LAB Little Lasers, Big Blood Lines To treat
Arlington, TX 76019 Power Electrical children with vascular
817-272-3682 to planes to automobiles, civil engineering Professor defects, bioengineer Yi 22 ALUMNI
engineering faculty are improving Weidong Zhou is bring- Hong is turning to an
transportation infrastructure 2 3 CLASS NOTES ing lasers to a smaller unexpected ally: 3-D
scale. printers.
throughout Texas. 24 RE-ENGINEERED

A Year of Growth
My first year as dean of the College of Engineering has
been a whirlwind of navigating through the ups and
downs inherent to any new position, learning about the
college and all the wonderful activities that take place
here, and working with faculty, students, staff, industry
partners, and many others to build upon past successes
and work toward many more in the future.
As you may know, our enrollment has grown signifi-
cantly in recent years and our undergraduate numbers
are especially robust. While this growth creates some
challenges, it also creates many opportunities for our
Peter E. Crouch
became the dean of the
students to shine in competitions, win awards, and pursue entrepreneurial inter-
College of Engineering ests. Higher enrollment creates a need for transformative education and innovative
in August 2016. He has
been a dean of engi- research, and we have responded by hiring 15 new faculty members during the 2015-
neering for 21 years,
with stints at Arizona
16 academic year, each of whom has made a mark in his or her field, or is on track to
State University and, do so. We are working to hire more than a dozen additional faculty members in our
most recently, the Uni-
versity of Hawaii at areas of strategic focus this year.
Mnoa. He is an elec-
trical engineer whose
I am happy to report that collaboration between departments within the college
main goal now is to and with other units on campus and other universities has surged in the past year. An
ensure that the college
fulfills its role within excellent example of this is our membership in three U.S. Department of Transporta-
the University presi-
dents vision, and more.
tionfunded University Transportation Centers, including onethe Center for Trans-
portation Equity, Decisions, and Dollarsfor which UTA is the lead institution. We
are teaching our students that cross-disciplinary collaboration is the future of engi-
neering, and our faculty are participating in many more collaborative efforts as well.
Finally, I am happy to report that the colleges standing in the 2018 U.S. News &
World Report graduate engineering rankings has improved again to No. 73. Since 2016,
our ranking has climbed 29 spots, a testament to the quality of our faculty, students,
and research activity.
Peter E. Crouch
Dean, College of Engineering

The College of Engineering has
experienced unprecedented growth
since 2013. With this growth comes
a need for transformative education
and innovative research. UTA has
responded by hiring 15 new faculty
members during the 2015-16 aca-
demic year. All are poised to make a
great impact in their students lives.
An additional 13 faculty are being
recruited for the current academic
A new NIH grant will year.
help the Bioengineering Among the new hires last year
Department recruit and
train doctoral students. were five women, three of whom are
tenured and two of whom are full
professors. They bring the percent-

Nanotechnology Education program with UT Southwestern.

age of female engineering faculty
to 14.
Our next round of hiring is
Nanomedicine, nanomaterials, and nanotech-
nology have become key tools in the treatment While nanotechnology has been used focused on systems biology and
of many diseases. Now, a new grant awarded to extensively in cancer research, its use against regenerative medicine; smart cities
the Bioengineering Department will enable UTA cardiovascular disease is a newer trend, Dr. and smart materials; big data, bioin-
to take the lead in training doctoral students to Nguyen says. There are no other training grants formatics, and security; the internet
develop and use those tools to battle cardiovas- in North Texas, so this grant will allow us to of things; logistics and manufac-
cular and pulmonary ailments. recruit highly qualified students who will pursue turing; and materials and additive
Kytai Nguyen, a bioengineering profes- collaborative research in new areas at UTA and manufacturing.
sor with extensive experience in health care UT Southwestern. This additional faculty will help
applications for nanotechnology, was awarded a Students also will work with researchers in the college address current areas
National Institutes of Health T-32 grant totaling the computer science and engineering and elec- of need in the profession and meet
$1.2 million over five years to recruit and train trical engineering departments, as well as the future challenges and opportunities
outstanding doctoral students in a collaborative College of Nursing and Health Innovation. for years to come.

Longtime Professor Honored 1974 and started the Formula SAE team in 1982.
Bob Woods, a longtime mechanical engineering
professor and founder of the UTA FSAE racing The Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation has done
team, has been named a 2017 Piper Professor. so much for educationboth students and fac-
The award, established in 1958 to recognize ultythroughout the years. Im truly humbled
exceptional college professors across Texas, is since Im being evaluated next to many, many
given annually to honor educators dedication outstanding teachers in colleges across the state.
to teaching and their outstanding academic The San Antoniobased Minnie Stevens Piper
achievements. Dr. Woods is the 10th UTA faculty Foundation annually distributes Piper Professor
member to be named a Piper Professor. awards, Piper Scholar awards for students, and
Im honored to be recognized by such a Piper Fellow awards for former Piper Scholars
prestigious organization as the Piper Founda- planning to attend graduate or professional
tion, says Woods, who has been at UTA since school.

Bob Woods was named
a Piper Professor
for his academic
achievements and
dedication to teaching.
J.-C. Chiao, the Janet and Mike
Greene Endowed Professor
and Jenkins Garrett Professor
of Electrical Engineering, was
appointed as an IEEE Sensors
Council Distinguished Lecturer
for 2017-19 and was named the
first editor-in-chief for the IEEE
Journal of Electromagnetics, RF, and
Microwaves in Medicine and Biology.
Dr. Chiao has presented talks at
universities and institutes all over
the world, organized by local IEEE
chapters and societies. He was a
Distinguished Microwave Lecturer
of the Microwave Theory and Tech-
niques Society from 2012-14 and is
currently DML Emeritus. The title of
his IEEE Sensors Council Distin-
guished Lecture is Implantable and
Wearable Wireless Medical Sensors.
IMSE CHAIR Paul Componation, chair
of the Industrial, Manu-
Epsilon Mu Eta
recognizes excellence in
advance the study and
practice of engineering The IEEE Journal of Electro-
magnetics, RF, and Microwaves in
facturing, and Systems academics and character management worldwide.
Engineering Department, in engineering manage- Componation joined Medicine and Biology reaches more
has been named execu- ment students as well as UTA in 2014. He is a fellow
EPSILON MU tive director of Epsilon
Mu Eta, the Engineering
contributions to the field
of engineering manage-
of the American Society
for Engineering Manage-
than 210,000 IEEE members in 160

ETA LEADER Management Honor

Its an honor to serve
ment made by leaders in
industry, government,
and academia.The honor
ment and earned his Ph.D.
from West Virginia Uni-
versity. He previously held
It is an honor to be chosen as a
distinguished lecturer and editor-
Epsilon Mu Eta, and I look society, in partnership faculty appointments in-chief, says Chiao. I will try
forward to helping this with the American at Iowa State University my best to bring UTAs academic
society reach its goals, Society for Engineering and the University of
Dr. Componation says. Management, seeks to AlabamaHuntsville. reputation to the world.

David Wang was a
member of the technical
staff at Bell Labs and a
distinguished member
of the technical staff at
Verizon for more than
32 years, designing and
implementing networks
and voice-over IP services
that are still in use.
As an adjunct profes-
sor in UTAs Electrical
Engineering Department,
he spent the past 23 years
sharing his expertise with
students and teaching
graduate-level courses
until his retirement in
I am honored to have
had the opportunity to
share my knowledge and
experiences with UTA
students for so many
Kytai Nguyen received years, Dr. Wang says. I
the inaugural Embracing am also glad to see that
Challenge Award. these students are now
SPOTLIGHT contributing to society
globally, especially in the

Overcoming Obstacles Kytai Nguyen, a nationally telecom industry.

Professor Kambiz
Alavi, the departments
associate chair, lauded
recognized bioengineering professor, endured many challenges as a young Wangs efforts.
Dr. Wangs experience
girl in Vietnam and, later, as a woman struggling to begin her career in aca- and insight, as well as his
superb teaching and peo-
demia in the United States. Her perseverance molded her into the person she ple skills, enriched many
of our graduate students,
leading to exemplary
is today, and her story earned her the inaugural Embracing Challenge Award careers, he says.

from Materials Today magazine and the Elsevier Materials Science Council.
It is an honor to receive the first Embracing Challenge Award, Dr. Nguyen
says. I have faced many challenges in my life, and I know I am a survivor
because of those hardships, which helped me become who I am.
Computer Science and
Engineering Department
researchers Fillia Make-
don and Vassilis Athitsos
are using artificial intel-
ligence to help experts
assess learning difficul-
ties in children very early
in their lives.
The duo received $1.27
million of a total $2.7
million National Science
Foundation grant to use
computer vision, machine
learning, and data mining
to assess children as they
perform certain physical
and computer exercises
designed to produce
executive function skills.
The test also involves
attention, decision-
making, and managing
emotions in subjects.
Monitoring and
analyzing how children
behave during these exer-
cises can be used to build
a knowledge base that
will enable health care
professionals to apply
Yaowu Haos predictive methods and
radioactive seeds treat make recommendations
inoperable tumors for effective intervention
without damaging the to treat ADHD (Atten-
surrounding tissue. tion-Deficit/Hyperactiv-
ity Disorder).
We believe that the
SPOTLIGHT proposed methods will
help provide quantifiable

Planting the Seeds The key to treating inoperable solid early diagnoses and allow
us to monitor progress
over time, Dr. Makedon
says. In particular, it will
tumors may lie in tiny, radioactive seeds injected directly into the trouble help children overcome
learning difficulties
spots. Inoperable solid tumors are usually dosed with radiation, often by sur- and allow them to lead
healthy and productive
gically implanting a seed with therapeutic isotopes into the tumor. But the lives.

process can be damaging, so Associate Professor Yaowu Hao is developing an

alternative: biocompatible nanoseeds that can be injected with a very small
needle that causes limited trauma to surrounding tissue. Our main break-
through is the development of uniquely coated gold nanoparticles to carry
the radioactive isotopes, Dr. Hao says. They are small enough to be injected
in solution but large enough that they will not spread outside the tumor.

PROFESSOR After years of studying
the effects of near-infra-
team has not only
investigated the brain-
great potential that near-
infrared light or infrared

red light on veterans with imaging capability of light also will work
post-traumatic stress dis- light, but also revealed within the brain.
order (PTSD) or traumatic
the therapeutic rationale This is the first time
brain injuries, a team led for potentially improving that the effects of light
by bioengineering Profes- the cognitive functions of stimulation have been
PTSD sor Hanli Liu published
groundbreaking research
in Natures Scientific
patients with PTSD.
They found that shin-
quantified on living
human tissue, Dr. Liu
ing near-infrared light says. The next chal-
Reports that could result on a subjects forearm lenge is to apply what
in an effective, long-term increases production of was learned to the brain,
treatment for brain cytochrome-c-oxydase, where the light must pass
disorders. a protein inside neurons through the scalp and the
Using a UT System that stimulates blood skull, as well as the brain A graduate student
BRAIN seed grant, the flow. This discovery shows itself. in Weidong Zhous
lab adjusts a laser.

Finding Fake News LITTLE LASERS,

A UTA-led team is building computer
tools to detect social bots within
to combat the bots and the spread
of fake news. Other team members
Conventional high-power lasers
the World Wide Web that create and include computer science and engi- are bulky and require equipment
spread fake news. neering Associate Professor Chris- that makes them difficult to use
Led by computer science and engi- toph Csallner and communication in portable platforms. But electri-
cal engineering Professor Weidong
neering Associate Professor Chengkai Assistant Professor Mark Tremayne. Zhou hopes to change that by devel-
Li, the project focuses on Twitter Right now, you dont know whats oping a high-power semiconductor
accounts run by computer programs coming from a real person and whats laser that is compact, efficient, and
that automatically publish and for- coming from a computer, Li says. power-scalable.
Challenges remain in scaling
ward content, follow other accounts, These bots often are sponsored by laser power toward kilo- and mega-
leave comments, and conduct other nation-states that are hostile to U.S. watts levels, while maintaining
seemingly real activities. Dr. Li will interests, so this project needs to excellent beam quality, high-energy
use highly sophisticated algorithms have a worldwide reach. efficiency, and compact size.
We have been looking at various
Using advanced aspects of lasers in areas where
algorithms, Chengkai higher-power infrared lasers would
Li is combatting fake be highly desirablethe military,
news on social media.
manufacturing, and security, for
exampleand how to address the
major challenges, Dr. Zhou says. If
we are successful in creating a semi-
conductor laser based on nanotech-
nologies, we can greatly reduce the
size of these lasers while increasing
their power and efficiency.
His new laser could eventu-
ally be built on a semiconductor
wafer. The control electronics and
packaging necessary to operate the
laser would decrease in size to that
of a computer, considerably smaller
than current options.

Tim Wallace
as a mentor for
Christian Gonzales. DOCTORAL STUDENT
Gomathy Radhakrishna Iyer, a
doctoral student in the Civil Engi-
neering Department, earned the
first-ever Evergreen Surety Bond
Scholarship from the Environ-
mental Research & Education
Radhakrishna Iyer was one of 12
graduate students across the United
States and Canada to receive the
honor. It allows her to focus on fin-
ishing her degree and continue her
research on developing landfill bio-
covers to oxidize surface methane.
I come from a developing
country where there are very few
engineered landfills, only dump
sites, she says. This scholarship
is very meaningful to me because
I dont have to worry about how to
support myself and pay for school.
Instead, I can focus on my research
and earn my degree so that when I
return home, Ill be well-prepared to
make a difference for the future.
As her adviser, Associate Profes-
sor Melanie Sattler, notes, This
research addresses landfill emis-
sions in an innovative way: by using
the waste itself to adsorb and trans-

Guiding Hands
form escaping greenhouse gases.

The College of Engineering is helping students choices, introducing new technologies, and other
build their professional networks and soft skills relevant topics.
through a mentorship program that links cur- Gayatri Tiwari (15 BS, Computer Engineer-
rent students with local professionals. ing) became a mentor for the spring semester to
Mentors are asked to meet with their impart the wisdom she learned at UTA and in
mentees throughout the semester to help them the business world.
develop skills that will prepare them for chal- I want to help my mentee avoid the mistakes
lenges and successes in their educational and I made in college so they can be a leader in their
workforce endeavors. This includes examin- field, she says. Choosing engineering is a big
ing real-world engineering problems, learning responsibility, and as mentors we can help cur-
techniques to overcome personal challenges, rent students choose a career path where they Gomathy Radhakrishna Iyer won the first-ever
providing vision and clarity regarding career can succeed. Evergreen Surety Bond Scholarship.

Realizing a Dream Earlier this year, doctoral student
Cody Groundwho also earned his bachelors from UTA in 2012received a NEW CON-
prestigious Pathways internship with the Hypersonic Air-Breathing Propul- STRUCTION
sion Branch at NASAs Langley Research Center. During his time with NASA, MANAGEMENT
he will work as member of the research team and explore hypersonic mixing DEGREE
and injection for scramjet applications, while also writing his dissertation. ADDED
This is an exciting opportunity because it gives me a clear way to transition The Civil Engineering
Department is now
offering a bachelors
from the academic world to a career with NASA, Ground says. degree in construction
management to help meet
increasing workforce
demands in the bustling,
construction-laden North
Texas area.
The degree is the only
one of its kind in North
Texas and complements
the Master of Construc-
tion Management degree
that was added in 2014.
You have to be nimble
in reaching students on
their terms, says civil
engineering Chair Ali
Abolmaali. I expect some
of our students will be
working professionals
already in the field who
are looking to gain an
edge in an industry that is
demanding many things
of its managers. We will
provide tools that will
enable our construction
management graduates
to advance.
The degree equips
students with a mastery
of the latest in sustain-
able building techniques,
along with traditional
skills like accurately
detailing project scope,
budget, and construction
schedules. It will also
help them develop the
ability to satisfy quality,
safety, and environmental

Cody Ground is making

a giant leap toward a
future career at NASA.

PROGRESS Through innovative research, collaboration, and technological
advancements, College of Engineering faculty are tackling important
transportation issues for the growing North Texas region.

s t h e p opu l at ion in North Texas continues to grow, North Texas is experiencing incredible
growth, and implementing transportation solu-
so does the demand on the areas transportation infrastruc- tions will be a crucial component of accommo-
dating that growth, says Peter Crouch, dean of
ture. More people means more traffic; more traffic means the College of Engineering. We are committed
to taking the lead in transportation-related
more maintenance for highways and bridges, more com- research in the region and playing an active
plaints about congestion, more pollutionand more problems for role in the critical functions of maintaining and
improving our transportation systems.
city and county officials. As agencies around the state grapple with
these and other transportation challenges, The University of Texas This spring, UTA won three U.S. Department of
Transportation (DOT) grants that could be worth
at Arlingtons College of Engineering is working to provide solutions, about $12 million in funding during the next
from longer-lasting infrastructure materials to innovative transpor- five years. The awards speak to the Universitys
growing expertise across several academic and
tation planning to efficient inspection systems. research disciplines that intersect the nations

current and future transportation infrastructure C-TEDD plans to assist transportation lead- States. The grant is expected to total $12.5 mil-
focus. ers and elected officials in making wiser, more lion over five years, with UTA accessing up to
Transportation-related smart cities informed choices about transportation through $2.5 million the first year.
havegained overt global attention due to the the information and data it provides. It will focus This consortium aims to support all phases
increased focus on livable communities,says on preserving the existing transportation system, of research, technology transfer, workforce
civil engineering Chair Ali Abolmaali. Being while aligning the decision-making with funding development, and outreach activities of emerg-
part of multiple U.S. DOT transportation centers sources and mechanisms to achieve efficiency, ing technologies that can solve transportation
allows us to expand our knowledge and shape equity, and upward social mobility. challenges in the region. Its focus is on improving
how the nation addresses transportation issues. This includes multidisciplinary research transportation infrastructure through research
Our collaborations with multiple major cities and in five broad areas: innovative transportation into innovative materials and new technology.
departments oftransportation to addressthese funding and policies, performance management
critical issues has positioned us as a leader in the and monitoring systems, big data and innovative AERIAL INSPECTION
field. techniques, transportation systems and global Puppala is also the primary investigator on

UTA researchers are using

unmanned aerial vehicles
to inspect highways and
railroads remotely, a safer
and less expensive solution
than having people on-site.

The first grant, which is expected to total up economic competitiveness, and plans for new a two-year, $770,909 Texas Department of
to $7.7 million over a five-year period, established infrastructure demands. Transportation (TxDOT) agreement that will use
the Center for Transportation Equity, Decisions, Associate Professor Stephen Mattingly is part unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to inspect high-
and Dollars (C-TEDD) in North Texas, one of 32 of a second UTC, this one led by Portland State ways and railroads remotely and develop guide-
such University Transportation Centers (UTC) University. Dr. Mattingly will draw upon a total lines for how to safely complete the task. Teams
nationwide. The award will fund research, teach- award of $15.6 million that PSU will adminis- from Texas A&M UniversityCorpus Christi and
ing, and outreach on transportation-related ter, with $310,000 in funding for the first year. the Texas A&M Transportation Institute also
projects for North Texas and beyond. Shima His projects include developing institutional will contribute.
Hamidi of the College of Architecture, Planning, infrastructure, evaluating transit connections Postdoctoral researchers Ujwal Patil and Tejo
and Public Affairs and civil engineering Profes- for potential opportunities, and creating a non- Bheemasetti, graduate students Surya Congress
sor Anand Puppala are leading the consortium. motorized data archive and tools. and Kevin Wienhold, and Cody Lee Lundberg
Other partners are California Polytechnic State Finally, Professors Stefan Romanoschi, Dr. from the UTA Research Institute will determine
UniversitySan Luis Obispo, the Georgia Insti- Puppala, and Shih-Ho Chao received U.S. DOT how to use UAVs to perform remote sensing and
tute of Technology, the University of Wisconsin funding for the Louisiana State Universityled collect high-definition photos while conducting
Madison, and the University of South Florida. Transportation Consortium of South-Central pavement forensics at the U.S. Highway 67 proj-

ect site in Cleburne, Texas, and at U.S. Highway engineering professor received a $1.2 million to using RAP and geocells at a four- to six-inch
82 near Bell in Fannin County, Texas. contract to implement a system to improve sub- thickness versus using traditional materials,
The UAVs also will collect data on the condi- base repair of roads that would reduce pavement Puppala explains. If there is a slight slope, more
tion of railroad tracks and crossings on a section cracking and thus improve maintenance. traditional materials and a greater right-of-way
of track in South Central Texas. Texas A&M Water is an enemy of roads, Dr. Hossain will be required. This confined system uses
UniversityCorpus Christi and the Texas A&M says. We need to reduce greatly or eliminate recycled materials and does not require as much
Transportation Institute will develop procedural the amount of moisture a road soil base takes in. fill while holding the material in place, so there
guidelines and best practices for the use of UAVs Therefore, we are adding a should be significant
for this purpose. modified moisture barrier cost savings.
According to Puppala, UAVs offer several to stop or reduce moisture In addition to his
advantages over using people at the site. intrusion or variation into Being part of geocell research, Pup-
It is safer and less expensive to use a UAV to
check pavement performance characteristics
the pavement sub-base.
In addition, his team multiple U.S. DOT pala and Assistant Pro-
fessor Xinbao Yu are
will use recycled plastic
pins to reinforce the soil
transportation centers using giant lightweight
geofoam blocks to bol-
base, much like previous
applications that Hossain
allows us to expand ster the earth beneath
roads and bridges and
successfully implemented our knowledge slow its settling.
to shore up highway slopes
on several North Texas and shape how the If you place some-
thing heavy, like a road
Soil in Texas is con-
nation addresses or a bridge, on soft
soil, it will stress the
stantly shifting. The
makeup of the soil and
transportation issues. underlying soil, which
gets compressed with
Texas vast differences in time, Puppala says.
temperature and moisture Geofoam blocks cut
can provide too much movement for whatever down on sediment, can be stacked, and do not
is sitting on top. Earth walls and foundation place stress on the soil, so structures are safer
soil for roads suffer from the same shifting that and more stable. They are also environmentally
many homes and businesses experience across safe and designed in such a way that they do not
the state. degrade.
We want to add the recycled plastic pins to The team installed the blocks near a bridge
soil bases and retaining walls, Hossain says. at U.S. Highway 67 and State Highway 174 in
We can achieve the same positive impact with Johnson County to attempt to slow serious
Shih-Ho Chao (second from the pins in these new areas. settling at the bridge entrance. Before Puppalas
left) is working on a U.S. team replaced an embankment near the bridge
DOT-funded project aimed
at improving infrastructure BOLSTERING BRIDGES AND ROADS with geofoam blocks in 2012, the area had settled
through innovative materials In a separate project, Puppala is testing the close to 1 inch per year over the previous 17 years
and new technology. performance of recycled materials and geocells due to heavy truck traffic loads. But in the three
in Johnson County, Texas, to help the Fort Worth years since the geofoam placement, the team
District determine if it could be used as an has measured a total of less than one inch of
because there is no need to close lanes and a additional tool to provide an effective pavement settlement.
person doesnt have to be on the roadway or on structure for widening existing roadways. Several methods were used previously to try
active railroad tracks, he says. The high-reso- For the two-year, $360,000 TxDOT contract, to stop the settling, but none worked, Puppala
lution photos that we will receive will provide as Puppala is conducting experiments using recy- says. We are encouraged by the results of using
much information as an instrument on the pave- cled asphalt pavement, or RAP, in conjunction the geofoam so far and are discussing using this
ment. Additionally, we will be able to transmit with geocells to evaluate whether it is an effective material at other bridge sites as well.
data from the UAV to a computer and process way to recycle valuable materials. Geocells are As Dean Crouch notes, Maintaining the
images very quickly. We can then provide analy- modular structures that are arranged like a hon- states extensive and massive investment in its
sis within hours so TxDOT can make decisions eycomb, filled with aggregate, then compacted to road infrastructure costs millions of dollars
immediately. support a drivable surface. For the project, sen- every year. Dr. Puppalas extensive work with
sors in the pavement will collect data from traffic TxDOT gives him a unique perspective on the
PREVENTING PAVEMENT CRACKS loading and other factors at the site for at least departments needs and the unique problems
Also helping TxDOT improve the states infra- two years. That data will then be used to develop posed by Texas weather and soil conditions, and
structure is Sahadat Hossain, who is tackling specifications for the design of future projects. Im confident that his input will lead to signifi-
pavement cracking caused by moisture. The civil We are trying to learn if there is a benefit cantly better road quality in the future.

In On Infrastr
The Civil Engineering Department is helping improve
the nations roads, railways, and airways.

Thats what the United States bridges, air-traffic control system. And still others are
roads, and other infrastructure sys- using unmanned aerial vehicles to inspect high-
tems received in the American Society ways and railways and conduct hydrology studies
of Civil Engineers 2017 Infrastructure Report Card. for better flood prediction.
That ominous gradealong with the attention The Civil Engineering Department has long
given to infrastructure issues during the 2016 been a leader in addressing infrastructure issues
election cyclehas made projects in this area a in Texas, and we are now influencing decisions
high priority. on a national level, too, says Ali Abolmaali,
The College of Engineering is already well department chair. Our broad knowledge base
ahead of the game, thanks to North Texas allows us to actually effect change with global
booming population growth and the foresight of impacts.
UTA researchers and administrators. The Civil
Engineering Department is part of three Univer-
sity Transportation Centers funded by the U.S.
Department of Transportation in 2016. For one of
these, the department is taking the lead, in col-
laboration with the College of Architecture, Plan-
ning, and Public Affairs. Their task is to establish
a Center for Transportation Equity, Decisions,
and Dollars that will focus on preserving the MONITORING
TRACKS: A team
existing transportation system while aligning from Civil Engineer-
transportation decision-making and funding ing and UTARI is
sources with mechanisms to achieve efficiency, using unmanned
aerial vehicles to col-
equity, and upward social mobility. lect data on the condi-
Throughout the department, engineering tion of railroad tracks
researchers are exploring the spectrum of trans- and crossings.
portation in Texas. Some are creating innova-
tive ways to reuse and recycle pavement, make
bridges safer in icy conditions, and slow erosion
that causes roads to crumble. Others are study-
ing the feasibility of building a high-speed rail
system in Texas and ways to improve the nations

Steve Mattingly is
developing ways to
help local govern-
ments improve safety,
health, air quality,
and access in their
regional transporta-
tion plans.

MENT : Anand
is developing ways
to model and control
tasks in large-scale
dynamic networks
and cyber-physical
systems, with applica-
tions to air traffic
management and
airborne networking.
Puppala and Xinbao
Yu are using giant
lightweight geofoam
blocks to bolster the
earth between roads
and bridges and slow
its settling.

launched a cellphone
app to encourage the
public to report flood-
ing on streets, helping
to increase the safety
of motorists during
flash flooding.

ROADS: Sahadat Hos-
sain is using modified TESTING PIPES:
moisture barriers to WARMING Ali Abolmaali is test-
improve sub-base BRIDGES: Xinbao Yu ing fiber-reinforced
repair of roads and is testing concepts to concrete pipes used
reduce cracking, as use geothermal energy in culverts in highway
well as recycled plas- to make Texas bridges projects in Texas and
tic pins to stop shift- and overpasses Florida to see how
ing in retaining walls safer during winter they work in wet-dry
along highways. weather. conditions.

on the Cutting Edge
Through new and redesigned programs, services, and other
resources, UTAs Department of Computer Science and
Engineering is preparing students for success after graduation.

h e I .T. se c t or i s b o om i ng and with it, opportunities
for employment. To meet this growing demand, the Computer
Science and Engineering Department at The University of
Texas at Arlington is developing and expanding opportunities for
students to gain valuable experience prior to entering the workforce.
These include robust undergraduate capstone courses; student com-
Civil engineering students
pose with Christopher petitions at the local, regional, and national levels; special-interest
D. McMurrough (seated),
who transformed the student groups and clubs; and training for budding entrepreneurs.
senior design program.

Our students are exposed to many life- Departments Manufacturing Automation and transformed our capstone courses into a robust,
enriching experiences at UTA, says Hong Jiang, Robotic Systems Lab. exciting student experience that tackles real-
Wendell H. Nedderman Professor and chair of the Its a natural fit because the MAE students world industrial, community, and academic prob-
Computer Science and Engineering Department. have less experience with programming while lems while enjoying steadily growing industry
It is through these experiences that they prepare the CSE students often struggle with the sponsorships, says Dr. Jiang. The experience
for their future careers and develop a worldview mechanical engineering aspect, but both want to and knowledge he gained through his nascent
in a realistic and balanced way. This is a strength work with robots, McMurrough says. but successful start-up company has enabled
of our department, and it gives our graduates a Most projects involve some combination of him to help his students solve real problems and
competitive edge in the workforce. electrical, mechanical, and software engineering, instill in them the value of entrepreneurship.


Capstone coursesbetter known as senior
designare among the most valuable learning Through industry-
experiences offered by the department. They sponsored capstone
courses, students
allow students to apply the knowledge and skills gain professional and
they have developed during their time at UTA to academic experience.
real-world projects.
The department has required capstone
courses for many years, but since Senior Lecturer
Christopher D. McMurrough took over the pro-
gram, industry sponsors have materialized and
student projects have become more meaningful.
In the past year, Dr. McMurrough has secured
more than $35,000 in industry funding for the
projects, which helps both students and their
Each company pays $5,000 to sponsor a proj-
ect, thus gaining access to five students over two
semesters. Investors can be as involved in the
projects or as hands-off as they want to be, but
over the course of their sponsorships, they can
evaluate these potential employees for far less
than the cost of hosting a single paid intern for
that perioda worthwhile return on their mini-
mal monetary investment. For their part, the
students gain valuable professional experience, PROMOTING ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT
make contacts in the business world, and have a
chance to be hired full-time after graduation. By far, the biggest Not all students want to work for someone else.
Some, like Cameron Moreau and Mayank Jain,
When I was an undergraduate, I looked
forward to my senior design class because it
part of my experience want to start their own companies instead.
Moreau is the co-founder of Gozova, an on-
sounded fun and I thought it would remove some
of the barriers to doing the projects I wanted to
at UTA thats shaped demand service that gives consumers access to
a truck when they need it. Rather than renting a
do, such as funding, McMurrough says. After I me and helped me U-Haul, calling a friend, or paying for a delivery
completed the program, I realized there was lots
of room for improvement. Now that Ive had time grow was being in a service, the app allows users to schedule a pickup
or request one instantly, similar to ride-sharing
to make changes to the course as an instruc-
tor, its become the class I wanted to take as a
student organization. services like Uber and Lyft.
Moreau, a senior computer science major, is
student. the companys chief technical officer.He founded
Students choose from a pre-approved list Gozova with Goran Krndija, chief executive
of projects that McMurrough believes offer a so students learn the importance of collaboration officer and a senior UTA finance major; Kolten
good chance of success. He tries to ensure that and of understanding other disciplines. McMur- Sturgill, senior computer science major; and
each team has a mix of hardware and software rough also tries to incorporate professional skills, Kevin Chung (16 BS, Information Systems).
engineers, and many projects are interdisciplin- entrepreneurship, and life skills into the course He and his team launched the beta version
ary; last year, for example, one group worked with to help students understand that theyre not of Gozova lastOctober with an iOS app. Since
Associate Professor Panos Shiakolas students bound to one career course. then, they have started doing business in the Fort
in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Dr. McMurrough has almost single-handedly Worth area, attended several pitch competitions,

and run preliminary marketing campaigns. In beta launch now complete, he is analyzing the very well on our department, the College of Engi-
March,they released an Android version of the results and creating a plan to scale up his prod- neering, and the entire University.
app, and theyve since begun expanding deeper uct to include Southern Methodist University Organizations such as Mobi (the Student
into the Arlington area. and UT Dallas. When he successfully takes that Association for the Advancement of Mobile
Weve met in UTAs StartUp Lounge every step, he has seed funders lined up who are ready Development), the Association for Comput-
week since we started Gozova. The staff has been to invest once they are confident that the app can ing Machinery, and the Game Developers Club
super helpful and are always trying to help us work on a larger scale. provide opportunities for students to meet, learn
grow our company, Moreau says. They allow I worked in India for five years before coming from each other, and share their passion for the
us to meet there after-hours and invite us to all to UTA, so I had the tech experience to make this field. Often, the clubs host speakers and social

Senior Lecturer
D. McMurrough
transformed the
capstone courses.

Resources like student

clubs and the StartUp
Lounge helped senior
Cameron Moreau form
his company, Gozova.

kinds of events, like last years $500 Mavs Pitch work, Jain says. Jorge Varela with TechFW was events, providing important opportunities for
competition, which we won. They even got us the reason I was able to create a business from it. networking.
into House of Genius and One Million Cups and I owe UTA a debt of gratitude for providing me Moreau is an enthusiastic proponent of join-
helped us establish a connection with TechFW. with the tools I needed to pursue this dream. ing a student organization.
Similarly, Jain, a 2016 masters graduate who Fully understanding the background to what
now works for Cisco in California, created a car- COMPETITIONS, CLUBS, AND COMRADERY youre doing and thinking like an engineer is
pool app called SnapRyde to match drivers and Computer science and engineering students essential, and its mind-blowing once it finally
riders heading in the same direction. can choose from dozens of clubs and student clicks, he says. By far, the biggest part of my
As an international student, he knew many of organizations related to their fields of study, as experience at UTA thats shaped me and helped
his classmates at UTA didnt have access to a car well as competitions at the local, regional, and me grow is being in a student organization. I
to get around town. Dallas Area Rapid Transits national levels. fully believe that if clubs like this didnt exist, our
MAX bus doesnt always go where students want UTA students have won the national AT&T start-up would not exist today. Finding people
to go, and Uber and Lyft are expensive. With no Coding Challenge twice, along with the $10,000 who have similar interests challenges you to keep
efficient way to travel to Dallas or around Arling- top prize in the NTx Apps Challenge in 2014. learning outside of class.
ton, it can be difficult to get from place to place. This year, engineering students have success- There are countless benefits to being in a club,
SnapRyde helps students find rides with oth- fully competed in hackathons sponsored by the including the ability to learn and gain confi-
ers who are going where they want to go; users Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers, Veri- dence, Moreau continues. I dont have years
simply pay gas money for the trip. It is unique zon, and Texas A&M, including three first-place of industry experience, but I know everything
because it focuses just on university students. finishes and several top-10 finishes. changes quickly, and one of the biggest skills
The app won UTAs entrepreneurship-focused We are very proud of our students successes to be at the top is the ability to stay ahead. If I
StartUp Lounge competition last year, and Jain in these scholarly competitions, says Jiang. hadnt been involved in clubs, theres no way I
incorporated his company in Texas. With his Their hard work, creativity, and initiative reflect would have tried to create a business.


After 19 years working
for the City of Arling-
tons Public Works and
Transportation Depart-
ment, Mindy Gowdy
Carmichael (90 BS, Civil
Engineering) was named
the departments first
female director in August
Carmichael succeeded
Keith Melton, who retired
after 32 years with the
city. She previously served
as operations assistant
director, managing the
citys $16 million Street
Maintenance Sales Tax
Program, the multi-
million-dollar Capital
Improvement Program,
and about 175 full- and
part-time employees in Laura Nedderman,
traffic engineering, traffic granddaughter of former
operations, and street UTA president Wendell
maintenance. As part of Nedderman, continued
her duties, Carmichael her familys history
is preparing Arlingtons at the University.
transportation infra-

A Family Legacy
structure for self-driving
She worked for the
Texas Department of
Transportation for sev- When Laura Nedderman accepted her Its incredible to walk into Nedderman
eral years prior to joining
the City of Arlington. diploma at Commencement in May, it was Hall and think that someone in my family
UTA is a family tradi-
tion for Carmichaelher
an extension of her familys legacy at UTA. made such a lasting impact on the Univer-
son, Cody, graduated in Nedderman, who earned a bachelors sity and the community, she says. Since
May 2016 and her daugh-
ter, Callie, is a junior. degree in civil engineering, is the grand- Ive been here Ive learned about my grand-
Women are in engi-
neering and were making
daughter of longtime University president dads legacy. He still talks about UTA all
an impact, she says. Its and engineering dean Wendell Nedder- the time. I met professors who know him
a great profession. I
wouldnt do anything man. Her father, brother, two uncles, and a and they always said such amazing things
else. cousin have also earned degrees from the about him. I never wouldve known that if
University. I hadnt gone here.


Christine Nichols
joined the College of
Engineering in Novem-
ber as its new senior
director of develop-
ment and alumni
Nichols most
recently served as
director of develop-
ment and external
relations for the School
of Engineering at
Santa Clara University,
successfully obtaining
Ken Hall contributes to his $3.5 million in direct
alma mater in many ways, gifts in 2015, including
including mentoring students.
a $1.5 million planned
SPOTLIGHT gift and a $1 million
endowed scholarship

Graduate Gives Back Ken Hall (86 BS, Civil Engi- for computer engineer-
ing students.
I am excited to join
neering) chose UTA because it offered the best engineering program at the
UTAs College of Engi-
lowest cost in Texas. Since graduating, he has enjoyed a long career as a civil neering, Nichols says.
Its recent growth and
engineer, mostly at CH2M, where he is south central geographic manager reputation for produc-
ing excellent engineers
of the global engineering companys state and local government arm. When for the community, as
well as its large alumni
he moved back to North Texas several years ago, he revived his relationship
base, show me that it
with his alma mater, serving as an engineering mentor, substitute lecturer, is a dynamic organiza-
tion with a great deal
and donor. I got to a point in life where I wanted to give back, Hall explains. of potential.

I do that financially each year, but I think its also important for alumni to
advocate for their university.

Jeff Smith has always
been on the leading
edge of technology. He
started one of the first
internet providers in
the Southwest and has
worked with everything
from telemetry to sensors
to the internet of things.
MOre Alumni/Giving info But his real passion lies
in robotics and artificial
intelligenceinstead of
a man cave, he has a
700-square-foot robotics
lab in his houseand his
experience with networks
and sensors helps him
pursue that passion.
Smith has hired
hundreds of UTA alumni
over the years, including
in his current position
Waseem Asghar won as managing director of
the 2016 Humanity in QuantumIOT, a systems
Science Award for his integration company he
innovative research. founded. He is also CTO
of CatapultHealth, a
remote telehealth com-
pany that hires dozens of
SPOTLIGHT UTA nursing graduates.
Ive started several

Alumnus Receives Science Award

companies and been per-
ceived as a visionary, but
Ive been fortunate to fol-
low my passion in nascent
Waseem Asghar (12 PhD, Electrical Engineering), an assistant professor at technology, he says. Im
not a visionaryI just did
what was interesting.
Florida Atlantic University, received the 2016 Humanity in Science Award,
established to recognize researchers for analytical science breakthroughs
that have substantially benefited human lives in some form. Dr. Asghar
received the honor for his work to develop a new, flexible material-based
diagnostic biosensing platform that could be used to remotely detect and
determine treatment options for HIV, E. coli, and other pathogens.

1969 1980 1986 1997

Floyd Wine (AS, Aero- Lloyd Khuc (BS, Electri- Ken Hall (BS, Civil Brandon W. ODonald Jason Bass (BS, Civil a research scientist at
nautical Engineering; 83 cal Engineering) was Engineering) was pro- (BS, Civil Engineering) Engineering) joined Hewlett Packard Labs. A
BBA, Management) was awarded a U.S. patent for moted to the position of was named a new prac- MWM DesignGroup in paper he wrote with UTA
inducted into UTAs Mili- a smart fuse that enables south central geography tice leader of land devel- April as a project manager Associate Professor Gau-
tary Science Hall of Honor. drones to attack impro- manager, state and local opment in the Fort Worth for the civil engineering tam Das was presented
He spent his career at Bell vised explosive devices. governments sector, at area for Pape-Dawson land development group. at the 2016 International
Helicopter as an engineer, He is an electrical CH2M. He is based in the Engineers Inc. Sajeeb Conference on Very Large
draftsman, instructor,
and project leader before
engineer working at the
U.S. Army Research and
DFW Metroplex and has
worked with CH2M for 26
Wazed (BS, Computer
Science and Engineer-
2010 Databases.
Courtney Burkhart
retiring in 2007. Development Engineering years. Hall also serves on ing), one of the countrys
Center in Picatinny, N.J. the College of Engineer- foremost technology
(BS, Computer Science;
15 MBA, Business) is
Amaraja Dalvi (MS,
1970 ings Board of Advisors advocates, was profiled the global I.T. business Industrial Engineering)
Gary Trietsch (BS, 74 MS, 1981 and as a mentor for UTA
engineering students.
online by Bangladeshs
ruling Awami League.
relationship manager at was contracted through
Civil Engineering) is the Roger Krone (MS, Aero- Ericsson. Vishal Sanghai IET Inc. as an industrial
executive director of the space Engineering) has (MS, Electrical Engineer- engineer for General
Harris County Toll Road been named to the Borg- 1988 2001 ing) is an engineer work- Motors in 2016. Kush
Authority. Under his lead- Warner board of directors. John Goode (BS, Mechan- Yasir Mabud (BS, Electri- ing for San Diegobased Shah (MS, Materials Sci-
ership, the HCTRA won He is CEO of Leidos. ical Engineering) was cal Engineering) is the Peregrine Semiconductor. ence) is a global material
the 2016 Toll Excellence featured in an article on general manager of Sum- compliance engineer at
Award in the technology
category from the Inter-
1982 about his
restored 1952 Chevy 3100
mit Communications. 2011 Karma Automotive.
Michael Guyton (BS, Brandon Wheeler (BS,
national Bridge, Tunnel, truck. He is general man-
and Turnpike Association.
Electrical Engineering)
was appointed to the ager of a manufacturing 2005 Civil Engineering) was
named Young Engineer
He is a member of the company in Fort Worth. Jacob Jake LaCombe Naeemul Hassan (PhD,
Texas Small Business (BS, Electrical Engineer- of the Year by the DFW Computer Science and
College of Engineerings Assistance Advisory Task Mid-Cities Chapter of the
ing) became a partner at Engineering) joined the
Board of Advisors. Force by Gov. Greg Abbott 1990 the law firm of Munck Texas Society of Profes- faculty of the University
in November 2016. He is Mindy Gowdy Carmi- Wilson Mandala in Janu- sional Engineers. He is of Mississippi School of
1973 senior vice president and chael (BS, Civil Engineer- ary. He represents clients a team leader at Wier & Engineering in 2016 as
William Crosier (BS, chief customer service ing) is the first woman to in patent preparation Associates Inc. an assistant professor of
Electrical Engineer- officer at Oncor, where he head the Arlington Public and prosecution, patent computer and informa-
ing; 75 MS, Biomedical
Engineering) was named
has worked for 38 years. Works Department. litigation, and intellectual 2013 tion science.
property licensing. Mahashweta Das (PhD,
executive director of the
five-station Pacifica Radio
1983 1995 Computer Science) is
G. Don Taylor (BS, 85 MS, Steven Eubanks (BA,
Network. He is a former Industrial Engineering) Civil Engineering) was

In Memoriam
chair of the board and became Virginia Techs given the Richard Van
president of the Houston first vice provost for Trump Award by the
Peace and Justice Center. learning systems innova- Texas Society of Profes-

tion and effectiveness in
late 2016. He has been a
sional Engineers. 1960s retired from the United
States Environmental
before retiring in 1993.
Chen was the inventor or
Ronny Hurl Moore
Tommy Slater (BS,
Mechanical Engineering)
faculty member at Vir-
ginia Tech since 2004 and
1996 (66 BS, Aerospace Protection Agency. co-inventor on 126 U.S.
patents and authored or
Matt Childs (BS, 99 MS, Engineering), 73, March
was named vice president
of the Public Service
was interim dean of the
College of Engineering
Civil Engineering) was 24 in Austin. He spent Faculty, Staff, and co-authored 73 papers,
two technical books,
Company of Oklahoma prior to his new role.
named vice president
of sales in charge of the
his career at NASA in
Houston. David Gordon
Supporters and eight book chapters.
in August 2016, charged North American market (63 BS, Electrical Engi- Robert Randy Ran- He was elected to the
with overseeing the com-
panys assets. Previously,
1984 for HawkeyePedershaab neering), 78, April 30 in dolph Bohannon, 72, Jan.
5 in Euless. Dr. Bohan-
National Academy of
Engineering in 1990 and
Rhonda Harris (BS, Civil Inc. in April. He was presi- Dallas. Gordon taught
he spent 40 years with Engineering) received a dent of the American Con- operations management non was a research to the National Academy
Southwestern Electric Lifetime Achievement crete Pipe Association and was director of the engineer at UTAs ARRI of Inventors in 2012.
Power Company. Award from the Water from 2000 until assuming University of Dallas (now UTARI) and TMAC
Environment Association his current position. industrial manage- from 1996-2008. Norman Spayd, 70, June
1978 of Texas in April. She was William Gladbach (BS, ment and engineering
Nai Yuen Chen, 91,
27. He had more than 27
years of service to UTA,
Kelcy Warren (BS, named vice president Electrical Engineering; management programs
Civil Engineering) was at Tata & Howard in 97 BS, Architecture) for 40 years before his March 30 in Arlington. working at UTARI as a
featured in aBloom- September 2016. She is a was appointed to serve retirement in 2005. Dr. Chen joined UTA in jack-of-all-trades and
bergarticle focusing on member of the College of as Western Region 2011 as a distinguished conducting/certifying
his capacity to make good Engineerings Board of managing director, a research professor after all lab safety training.
business moves even Advisors and is a director new position at Manhard 1970s a long career with Mobil He previously worked at
during the oil bust. He is on the Board of the Water Consulting in Denver. He Harold D. Dick Smith Oil Corporation. At the Super Conducting
CEO of Energy Transfer Technology Accelera- had previously worked (79 MS, Civil Engineer- Mobil, he rose through Super Collider and was a
Partners. tion Project in Ontario, at Jacobs Engineering ing), 82, Aug. 4, 2016, the ranks to senior scien- retired chief petty officer
Canada. Group Inc. in Arlington. He was tist and manager by 1979 in the U.S. Navy.


Blood Lines
Tissue-engineered, 3-D printed blood vessels could change childrens lives.

a s c u l a r de f e c t s can cause congenital heart are elastic, and can be formed into viable, patient-specific
defects in children. But the treatments usually used for blood vessels.
adults have proven difficult to adapt to young patients. His partner, Guohao Dai of Northeastern University, will
Grafts, for example, are not an ideal solution because use Dr. Hongs materials to print the blood vessels. The duo
they do not grow at the same rate as a childs body will mix cells and the materials together to print a conduit,
does, making it necessary for multiple surgeries over the which can then be attached to natural blood vessels, reducing
years. the need for surgical manipulation.
An additional complication is the high risk of thrombosis. Our research is unique and could be far-reaching because
Normally, this is treated with anti-coagulant drugs, but they we are developing elastic materials for 3-D printing, Hong
are not compatible with the active lifestyle of a normal child. says. There are great possibilities from this project, which
Current tissue-engineered blood vessels are very fragile and is a broad look at the possibility of tissue-engineering a
cannot withstand blood pressure and the stresses of implanta- blood vessel. Other groups are investigating 3-D printed,
tion surgery. tissue-engineered blood vessels for use in bypasses or in the
However, Yi Hong may have a solution. The bioengineer- abdominal wall, but they do not have the proper bioinks.
ing assistant professor is using a National Institutes of Health These are the major parts that will be needed for success in
grant to develop materials that can be used in a 3-D printer, those areas.

development and alumni r e l at i o n s

Advancing Research, Improving Our Community

Research that furthers our understanding of health and the human condition relies on the expertise of UTAs College of Engineering
students, faculty, and resources. The construction of the new Science and Engineering Innovation and Research building will
enhance the Colleges research capacity and allow for groundbreaking research in unprecedented fashion.

A cornerstone of UTAs research enterprise, the 229,000-square-foot advances out of laboratories to a nation and public needing science
Science and Engineering Research and Innovation (SEIR) building that changes lives. Building on existing UTA strengths, the addition of
will house cross-disciplinary research teams focused on disease- and the SEIR building will enable us to attract world-class scholars around
problem-specific science in research neighborhoods. This will research clusters that tackle the nations most pressing health challenges.
maximize interactions and cross-leveraging of knowledge that speeds Partner with us and make research happen at the highest level possible.

Join us as we accelerate research at UTA and support talented students

and faculty who make our community better. Make a gift to the Science and
Engineering Innovation and Research building.

For more information or to support UTA, contact

THEIR TALENT. YOUR OPPORTUNITY. OUR EXCELLENCE. Christine Nichols, Senior Director of Development,
at 817-272-2502 or
Box 19019 Non-profit Org.
Arlington, TX 76019-0019 U.S. Postage
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Permit No. 19

A Closer Look
Jun Liaos research just received a high-tech upgrade. microscopy due to the diffraction limit of light, Dr.
The associate bioengineering professor recently pur- Liao says. If we know the details, we can better cap-
chased a DeltaVision OMX SR system, a compact ture key mechanisms at cellular and molecular levels
multimode imaging platform that uses lasers to per- and design new strategies to promote tissue regenera-
form high- and super-resolution imaging. This system tion and treat diseases. The system will play a key role
allows us to see details not accessible by conventional in Liaos research in cardiovascular diseases.

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