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The need for faster and smaller electronics has resulted in microelectronic components that produce progressively more heat. Thus, heat dissipation is an important issue, and one solution for cooling is to develop novel semiconducting materials with high thermal conductivity. The UT Austin team includes post-doc fellows Xi Chen and Jaehyun Kim, graduate students Sean Sullivan and Yuanyuan Zhou and professors Jianshi Zhou and Li Shi from the Cockrell School’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and Texas Materials Institute.

Prof. Guihua Yu of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and materials science program in the Cockrell School of Engineering has been selected to receive the prestigious Department of Energy (DOE) Early Career Research Award. His research project will expand fundamental knowledge of how nanoscale synthesis and self-assembly can encode properties and functionality into materials and will have direct implications for advanced energy science and technologies.

Guihua Yu, associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science in the Cockrell School of Engineering, has been selected to receive the prestigious 2018 Nano Letters Young Investigator Lectureship Award. Nano Letters and the ACS Division of Colloid & Surface Chemistry are co-sponsoring this annual award.

Department of Mechanical Engineering alumna Zahra Ahmed (’18) was selected to receive a University Co-op George Mitchell Undergraduate Student Award for Academic Excellence. There were five awards given this year, and she received the grand prize of $12,000 for her research project “Negative Stiffness Elements for Helmet Padding Application.”

Established in 1957, the Distinguished Engineering Graduate Award is the highest honor that the Cockrell School bestows on its alumni. The five distinguished engineering graduates for 2018 are innovators, entrepreneurs and highly respected leaders in their industries and communities. We honor them for their dedication and generosity, and we are proud to call them Cockrell School alumni.

The enterprising engineer can find inspiration in anything. For a group of graduate students from the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, under the guidance of associate professor of mechanical engineering Chris Rylander, it was the design of a Slurpee straw.

For the past two decades, the Nuclear and Radiation Engineering (NRE) program in the Department of Mechanical Engineering has offered masters and doctoral degrees completed by distance learning. Through these advanced degrees, individuals can pursue career growth opportunities to become the next generation of national laboratory personnel. NRE students begin their master’s work at The University of Texas, and then transition to national laboratories as staff employees or graduate research assistants. Graduate students reside primarily at national laboratories, though some are in industry, and take courses to earn or complete their PhDs. 

Grani Hanasusanto, assistant professor of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering, has been selected to receive a 2018 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award totaling $500,000 from the National Science Foundation. This award was designed to support early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering has received a $25,000 collection of gifts from various donors to support the creation of the Mechanical Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni Endowed Excellence Fund. As directed by the Board of Regents, this award will be used to help fund operating expenses and associated projects of the Academy.

Michael Haberman, assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering, has been selected to receive a 2018 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program (YIP) award for a project titled “Acoustic Wave Redirection and Sensing using Bianisotropic Acoustic Metamaterials.” The award totals more than $500,000 over three years. Haberman is one of 31 scientists across multiple disciplines of science and engineering selected to receive the YIP award. 

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