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The Welch Foundation announced mechanical engineering professor Dr. John B. Goodenough as the 2017 recipient of the Robert A. Welch Award in Chemistry. Goodenough first received wide acclaim for his research following the invention of the lithium-ion battery in 1980, leading the way for the extraordinary growth in portable electronic devices that continues today. More than 30 years later, Goodenough continues to contribute groundbreaking research.

The engineering profession has long been proud of its world-changing contributions through infrastructure, water treatment, medical devices, computers and many other technological advancements that continually impact society.

The Cockrell School’s Certificate in Humanitarian Engineering takes engineering for society to the next level, providing undergraduate students with a rewarding, multidisciplinary program that allows them to focus their learning around communities that need their help the most — from low-income populations to people with special needs. Students who pursue the certificate commit themselves to building better, safer, stronger communities by developing innovative solutions that improve lives.

Department of Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Yuebing Zheng is among eight university researchers to receive the NASA 2017 Space Technology Research Grant. He was selected for his proposal “An Ultracompact Opto-electrico-fluidic System for Preconcentration and Separation of Chiral Molecules in In-situ Life Detection.” Dr. Zheng will receive a total of $600,000 over three years.

A considerable challenge in the realm of neuroscience and neurological diseases is understanding and overcoming what is known as the blood-brain barrier. Lining the brain’s blood vessels, this essentially impermeable barrier that prevents foreign agents in the blood from entering the brain. While this barrier is naturally meant to block and protect, it cannot actively distinguish between what is harmful and what is helpful, so beneficial drug treatments that need direct contact with the brain cannot permeate it.

Every year, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), grants more than 75 awards that recognize achievement, service and literature in the realm of mechanical engineering. The winners of these awards consist of some of the most innovative and dedicated individuals in the field. S.V. Sreenivasan, a professor in the Cockrell School’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, has received this year’s Machine Design Award.

For engineers in the Texas Materials Institute (TMI) at The University of Texas at Austin, the allure of materials science — the study and development of new materials — is that it has so many applications and so much potential. Whether in energy, electronics, cybersecurity, medicine, transportation or manufacturing, the identification and advancement of materials can often lead to revolutionary solutions.

Mechanical Engineering assistant professor Guihua Yu recently received the 2017 Small Young Innovator Award from the International Small Sciences Symposium hosted in Hong Kong. 

Christina Petlowany, a Cockrell School graduate student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has received a three-year fellowship from the Department of Energy (DOE) Nuclear Engineering University Program.

Richard R. Neptune, Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, has been selected to receive the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) inaugural Founders’ Award as well as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Van C. Mow Medal.

The Department of Energy has selected the Center for Electromechanics (CEM) in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin to lead a new $1.6 million project to develop the technology needed to bring the reliable and efficient emerging electrical grid to rural parts of Texas and the nation.

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