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The University of Texas at Arlington - 2016

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Engineering College Description and Special Characteristics

The College of Engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) was established in 1959 and has grown into the fourth largest engineering college in the state of Texas with an enrollment in fall 2015 of 7,048. Attracting students from every state and many countries around the world, the College offers a broad array of graduate and undergraduate programs in high-technology areas. The College offers 10 disciplines: aerospace; biomedical; civil; computer science; computer engineering; electrical; industrial, manufacturing, and systems; materials science; mechanical; and software engineering. The College of Engineering has had more than 25,000 graduates.
Engineering students at UTA enjoy an excellent learning environment, thanks to modern facilities and equipment and an outstanding engineering faculty, many of whom are known worldwide for their research in a number of technical fields. For example, 50 professors are recognized as Fellows of one or more professional societies.
Graduates are well prepared to compete in industry. One-third of the students in engineering pursue advanced degrees, and many participate in sponsored research activities with direct application to real-world engineering problems and solutions. Students in their junior and senior years consistently demonstrate exceptional engineering abilities by winning major regional and national awards and competitions. Students also have the opportunity to acquire practical industrial experience through internships and a cooperative education program.
What makes the UT Arlington College of Engineering special? All of the following:
Two civil engineers, Professor Emeritus Syed Qasim and Sr. Lecturer Yvette Pearson Weatherton, were named Fellows of the America.
Computer Science and Engineering Assistant Professor Taylor Johnson is working to ensure that using legacy components in cyber-physical systems will not result in failures due to unforeseen requirements made between software and physical components.
Electrical Engineering Professor Weidong Zhou and Bioengineering Professor Liping Tang are developing a sensing and therapeutic bandage system that can monitor and cure wounds in real time and help doctors and other healthcare workers better monitor and heal patients’ complex wounds more quickly.
Ali Abolmaali, chair of the Civil Engineering Department, was the recipient of the prestigious Spangler Award from ASTM International.
Luca Maddalena, an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, will build the country’s only university-based, arc-heated, hypersonic-testing facility for thermal protection systems. The facility will allow researchers to study and test new heat shield materials that will improve the safety and performance of hypersonic cruise and glide vehicles to withstand the intense heat generated by the interaction with the surrounding atmosphere at those speeds.Heng Huang, a Computer Science and Engineering professor, is analyzing complex data and using imaging genomics to predict a person’s probability of contracting Alzheimer’s disease.
Anand Puppala, professor of civil engineering and associate dean for research, will work on a Tarrant Regional Water District project to establish a framework by which earthquake impact on local dams can be evaluated.
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering assistant professor Ashfaq Adnan is modifying molecular structures and blending ceramics to create new material that would be less brittle but retain the strength of the original ceramic and could be used on spacecraft, in power plants and for other applications.
Materials Science and Engineering Assistant Professor Fuqiang Liu and his team have developed a new energy cell that can store large-scale solar energy, even when it’s dark.
Pranesh Aswath, associate dean for graduate studies and professor of materials science and engineering, was named a Fellow of ASM International and of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers.
Andrew Makeev, a professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, is collaborating with Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. to design more durable materials and accelerate their implementation in composite aircraft.
Brig. Gen. Robert Stewart, who earned a master's degree in Aerospace Engineering from UT Arlington in 1972, was a specialist on space shuttle mission STS 41-B in February 1984. During this flight, he and Capt. Bruce McCandless participated in two extravehicular activities, representing man's first untethered operations from a spacecraft. UT Arlington alumna Kalpana Chawla (MSAE, ‘84) was the second person from the university to fly in space and the first person from India aboard a U.S. space shuttle mission (STS-87, launched November 1997). She was a specialist on this microgravity payload flight. Her second flight, aboard STS-107, ended in tragedy February 1, 2003, as the shuttle Columbia disintegrated during reentry.
UT Arlington engineering students have won first place overall eight times in the national Formula SAE race car competition, an SAE record. While competing against 100 other schools in the Formula SAE design competition, teams from UT Arlington have placed first or second 12 times in the last 20 years. In 2014, the team was ranked #5 in the world. FSAE team advisor Dr. Robert Woods received the SAE's first Carroll Smith Outstanding Faculty Sponsor Award in 1999. In 2004, the Sports Car Club of America Foundation announced the creation of the Dr. Bob Woods Cup, honoring his service to the SCCA. The Society of Automotive Engineers has also honored woods with its annual Excellence in Engineering Education Award.
Erica Castillo (Aerospace Engineering) became the University’s first Goldwater Scholar in 2012. In 2013, Elijah Stephens (Mechanical Engineering) became the second after earning Honorable Mention honors the previous year.
Anand Puppala (Civil Engineering) and his team are using giant lightweight geofoam blocks to bolster the earth beneath roads and bridges and slow down the settling of roadways and bridges.
Associate Professor David Wetz (Electrical Engineering) is working to determine how oversized a battery has to be while operating safely and efficiently during its lifetime of use by the U.S. Navy.
UTA's new Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability, under the direction of Sahadat Hossain (Civil Engineering) will provide leadership and expertise to countries and cities around the globe to make waste management and landfills more efficient and sustainable.
The Civil Engineering Department added a new Architectural Engineering bachelor’s degree in collaboration with the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs.
Four professors -- Khosrow Behbehani, dean of the College and professor of the Bioengineering Department; Nai Yuen Chen, a National Academy of Engineering member and distinguished research professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department; George Kondraske, electrical engineering professor; and Robert Magnusson, the Texas Instruments Distinguished University Chair in Nanoelectronics and an electrical engineering professor " were named Charter Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors. UTA now has 8 Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors " more than any other university in the nation " five of whom are from the College of Engineering.
Two UTA researchers won highly competitive Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program awards from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.Baohong Yuan, an associate professor in the Department of Bioengineering, received a $100,000 grant to better monitor cancer metastasis in deep tissue. Hyeok Choi, an assistant professor of environmental engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering, received $80,000 to study solar-driven photocatalytic decomposition of lethal algal toxins in Texas water resources.A total of 269 proposals from 43 institutions requesting $14.8 million in funding were submitted to the Coordinating Board. Only 11 proposals were granted.Mo Najafi (Civil Engineering) is investigating how to build an underground freight transportation system in certain urban environments with heavy truck traffic. Underground freight transportation is a class of unmanned transportation systems in which close-fitting capsules or trains of capsules carry freight through tubes between freight terminals, such as the port of Houston and the Dallas Fort Worth metro area.Three Computer Science and Engineering students won a $10,000 prize in the NTx Apps Challenge for a smart traffic light network that adjusts traffic light schedules to make traffic flow more efficient. It was the second year in a row that the prize was won by UTA students.Bioengineering Professor Liping Tang is using tissue-engineered artificial lymph nodes to attract prostate cancer cells to better target and eradicate the disease.
Matthew Wright (Computer Science and Engineering) is studying smarter route selection and adaptive cover traffic as ways of protecting computer privacy.
The College of Engineering, in conjunction with the College of Nursing, created a model “Smart Care” apartment that is infused with intelligent care technology designed to reduce risks encountered by older adults and those with disabilities who want to live independently in their own homes.
Electrical Engineering Professor Weidong Zhou is building a small laser for detection systems to do a more efficient job at spotting chemical and biological agents used for weapons.
Brian Dennis (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering) and counterparts in the College of Science were selected by NASA as one of four groups in the nation to develop improved methods for oxygen recovery and reuse aboard human spacecraft, a technology the agency says is crucial to “enable our human journey to Mars and beyond
Seong Jin Koh, an associate professor in the Materials Science & Engineering Department, is building nanoscale pillars that could lead to a tenfold reduction in energy consumption of smart phones, laptops and tablets, which could result in an identical reduction in the frequency of battery charging for those devices.
Electrical Engineering Associate Professor Sungyong Jung is developing a more efficient, low-power integrated circuit for directional hearing aids that will lead to a better quality of life for hearing impaired people.
Weidong Zhou, professor of electrical engineering, was elected a Fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.
The College was ranked in a tie at #102 in the U.S. News and World Report 2015 Graduate Rankings. Each department was ranked as well: Aerospace Engineering (39), Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering (58), Materials Science and Engineering (69), Electrical Engineering (77), Bioengineering (78), Computer Engineering (84), Computer Science (90), Mechanical Engineering (97) and Civil Engineering (109). The undergraduate program was ranked in a tie for #100.
Fillia Makedon, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, is working to build a computational infrastructure that can greatly advance human-machine interaction research.
Electrical Engineering Professor Michael Vasilyev was named a Fellow of The Optical Society.
Bioengineering Assistant Professor Yi Hong is developing a bioactive patch that will help restore heart function after a heart attack to extend the patient’s life.
A team of researchers, led by materials science and engineering professor Seong Jin Koh, has discovered a way to cool electrons to -228 °C without external means and at room temperature, an advancement that could enable electronic devices to function with very little energy. The process involves passing electrons through a quantum well to cool them and keep them from heating.Andrew Makeev, an associate professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, is studying how to improve and integrate design and manufacturing processes to advance the performance of composite materials used in aircraft structures. The work is funded by a $559,427 grant from the Office of Naval Research.
Electrical Engineering Professor Michael Vasilyev’s research could increase by tenfold the amount of information that can be securely transmitted via the Internet and the distance over which that data can be transmitted.
The College has agreements for collaboration with universities across the globe, including some in China, India, Columbia, Taiwan, and many others.
Google accepted a proposal by Tracie Perez, a graduate student in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, for a “Summer of Code” projects. The project, entitled “Implementation of LDPC encoder and decoder in GNU Radio,” focused on satellite radio communication.
Yuze (Alice) Sun, an assistant professor in electrical engineering, has received a three-year, $400,369 National Science Foundation grant to build a handheld device that could analyze a person’s breath to reveal whether certain dangerous gases are present that need more immediate medical attention. The device is a nanoscale gas chromatography tool that separates vapors from a person’s breath, a room or an area, then detects what harmful vapors are present.Stephen Mattingly, an associate professor of civil engineering, is assessing the performance constraints to safe operation and design, which affect a high-speed train’s average speed and overall system cost as part of his research. The routes would roughly follow Interstate 45 between Dallas and Houston, Interstate 35 between Dallas and San Antonio, and State Highway 6 from Waco to Houston.
D.J. Seo, an associate professor of Civil Engineering, is developing a first-of-its-kind prototype that would allow the City of Fort Worth to more effectively dispatch emergency personnel to save lives and property when flash flooding occurs. He will use very high-resolution rainfall data from a new weather radar system to monitoring and predict flash flooding.
Electrical Engineering researchers David Wetz and Wei-Jen Lee were named affiliate partners of Argonne National Laboratory’s Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR). JCESR's mission is to create batteries that are five times more powerful " and five times less expensive " than current ones within five years. As affiliate partners, they may be called upon to train and educate the next generation of energy researchers in the United States and contribute expertise in specialized areas of research using both the knowledge of the research staff and the current infrastructure.
Led by Materials Science and Engineering Department Chair Stathis Meletis, UT Arlington engineers are assembling a computer-based “genome” that will aid in the design and development of advanced new materials that are super hard, can resist extreme heat, are highly durable and are less expensive.
Civil engineering researcher Sahadat Hossain won a $1 million state transportation department contract to install pins made from reclaimed and recycled plastic along some of the region’s busiest highways to shore up clay soils that support the roads. The study also indicates that the cost of slope stabilization and repair can be reduced by more than 50 percent in using these recycled plastic pins when compared to conventional methods.
Civil Engineering researchers Sahadat Hossain and Melanie Sattler are adapting a sensor system they have developed to boost methane production in landfills to create an alternative energy source in Ghana.
Bioengineering Associate Professor Kytai Nguyen is working with the American Heart Association on a new method that could use injected nanoparticles to recruit stem cells from the patient’s own blood to build needed stents in a patient’s failing blood vessels.
Fillia Makedon, Jenkins-Garrett distinguished professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department, is leading a multidisciplinary team in a three-year, $1 million National Science Foundation grant project to develop iRehab, a smart rehabilitation system that can adapt and personalize therapy programs based on a patient’s needs and constraints.
Liping Tang, professor of bioengineering, and Jianzhong Su, chairman and professor of mathematics, used mathematical modeling to develop a computer simulation they hope will one day improve the treatment of dangerous reactions to medical implants such as stents, catheters and artificial joints.
Electrical Engineering professor Weidong Zhou is working to harness the power of lasers on silicon chips to increase capacity and speed in computing and communications systems.
UTA and TechFW, a Fort Worth-based technology startup initiative, have agreed to a multi-year partnership to commercialize University research and move innovation to the marketplace. TechFW@UTA will offer training and educational programs to UT Arlington faculty, staff and students. UT Arlington faculty members and research teams will gain access to the North Texas entrepreneurial community through the TechFW network.
Heng Huang, associate professor of computer science, is leading a new National Science Foundation project to mine electronic medical records data to help physicians personalize patient treatment, predict health care needs and identify risks that can lead to readmission. Huang and professor Gautam Das of the Computer Science and Engineering Department are leading a collaborative National Science Foundation project to protect personal, electronic healthcare data while ensuring that the anonymous records can be used for secondary analysis and improved health care.