Over her 27-year career with American Airlines and AMR Corporation, Texas Engineering alumna Bella Goren rose to the top of one of the most complex global industries. A dynamic leader and talented problem solver, she led teams that enhanced the airline’s AAdvantage loyalty program, transformed call center operations and made the company’s website its main […]
As head of Samsung’s Mobile Innovation Lab, Meng Chee (B.S. ECE 1994) leads a high-powered team of user researchers, engineers and designers to invent the next mobile device features that consumers don’t even know they want yet. “Today’s mobile experience centers on the phone. In the next five to 10 years, we will no longer […]
The modern manufacturing landscape would be far less dimensional had a young Joe Beaman Jr. not taken a driven undergraduate student with a big idea under his wing back in the 1980s. Together, they developed a landmark additive manufacturing (or 3-D printing) technology called selective laser sintering that is still considered one of the world’s […]
As CEO of Other Machine Co., a hardware startup based in San Francisco, alumna Danielle Applestone (Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering 2012) is creating a world where all makers have the tools necessary to build anything they dream up. Applestone’s 21-person team designs and manufactures the Othermill, a desktop milling machine that allows students, craft […]
Just like the forensics experts you see on popular crime shows, forensic engineers are our industry’s behind-the-scenes problem solvers — the first ones on site after major engineering failures occur, working to find out what went wrong and prevent issues later on. A handful of Texas Engineering alumni have been at the forefront of this […]
Gary Pope, a professor in the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering and founder of the Chemical Enhanced Oil Recovery Research Project, and his students are working to find new molecules, such as solvents or detergents, which can be tailored in just the right way to free up crude oil trapped in fine-grained rock. Pope […]
Just about every sector of society and the economy is affected by energy-related policies. But because scientific fundamentals as well as economics, politics, law and culture underlie what energy can — or can’t — do, the general public has a hard time engaging in the policy debates in a meaningful way. Too often, the public debate gets […]
Early in 2015, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called for the elimination of the Emerging Technology Fund, a program that gave $200 million in taxpayer dollars to Texas startups but was hindered by bankruptcies and other issues. This may be a reasonable decision. After all, when programs are not cost effective, they need to be changed or […]
Materials are mundane, extraordinary, ubiquitous and — perhaps most importantly for the engineering profession — pliable. They are natural and manmade. Their stealth structural powers are often overlooked in our lives today, but certainly not in hindsight.
It was autumn on Lake Austin when inspiration struck Daniel Horne, now a second-generation alumnus of the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering. On that day in 2011, Daniel and his father Ron (B.S. ChE 1973) were attending the 95th birthday party of Dean Emeritus John McKetta Jr. Moved both by McKetta’s convivial conversations with former […]
A snapshot of some of the breakthroughs and advancements developed by Cockrell School faculty and students in 2015.
Texas Engineers have played visionary roles in some of the nation’s most successful space research missions since the inception of the NASA program more than 50 years ago. Our alumni have trained as astronauts, developed complex algorithms, innovated powerful scientific instruments and built spacecraft and satellites, all to bring discovery back home.
In 2014, the Seton Brain and Spine Recovery Center came to mechanical engineering assistant professor James Sulzer with a problem. Their patients were performing shoulder exercises incorrectly and subjecting themselves to further injury, a particular issue for patients with spinal cord injuries.
In the Bio-Inspired and Bio-Integrated Engineering Laboratory — or “Tiger Lab,” as it is often called — mechanical engineering assistant professor Tiger Tao is coaxing something remarkable out of silkworm cocoons. His work begins by extracting and purifying fibroin proteins from the cocoons using a cruelty-free method and ends with a 100 percent organic liquid […]
Two years ago, biomedical engineering alumnus Anirudh “Ani” Sharma was pitching his team’s biotech startup, MicroMulsion, in hopes of winning over a large audience of his peers, his mentors, local entrepreneurs and one notable guest.
The timing of Dean Emeritus John McKetta Jr.’s 100th birthday couldn’t have been more serendipitous. In 2015, the beloved professor shared his centennial milestone with the department that bears his name. Over the past 100 years, the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering has educated thousands of students who have become renowned engineers, industry leaders, inventors […]
Painful procedures. Fatal surgeries. Late diagnoses and ineffective treatments. Our nation’s critical health care problems cannot be solved in a research lab alone. The relationship between the engineer and the physician is crucial.
Texas Engineering alumni lead industries, launch companies and develop solutions that improve lives around the world. We’re proud to share just a few of their accomplishments from the last year.
In the northwestern corner of New Mexico, massive sheets of rock shoot out of the earth 7,000 feet high. It’s Shiprock — an iconic formation found among the 27,000 square miles of the Navajo Nation, and it stands at the heart of land poisoned by four decades of uranium mining.
When it opens in 2017, the Engineering Education and Research Center (EERC) will transform the UT Austin campus forever — from the hands-on, cross-disciplinary learning that will happen inside to the creative, efficient design and construction elements you’ll see on the outside.