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This year, Thinkery worked with students from The University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering to redesign an activity for HydroExplorers, a Thinkery summer camp that explores the wild, wonderful world of water.

The Cockrell School's five Distinguished Engineering Graduates for 2016 are inventors, entrepreneurs, CEOs and thought leaders in their fields. We honor them for their professional leadership, dedication to advancing engineering and support of higher education. Established in 1957, the Distinguished Engineering Graduate Award represents the highest honor that the Cockrell School bestows on its alumni.

Mechanical engineering associate professor Christopher Rylander has stepped into the new role of associate chair for undergraduate education. The position combines the previous roles of undergraduate faculty advisor and undergraduate curriculum committee chair, held most recently by Harovel Wheat and Desi Kovar, respectively. 

Scott Evans has worn many hats in his career: mechanical engineer, materials scientist, entrepreneur, consultant and teacher. Each of these experiences provides a unique perspective as he takes on his newest position: director of the Longhorn Maker Studio.

The Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin has been selected to receive its first-ever education grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. The three-year award of nearly $800,000 will be used to help improve the quality of STEM teaching, learning and student retention at U.S. colleges and universities.

On Thursday, March 31, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter visited the Department of Mechanical Engineering’s ReNeu Robotics Laboratory on his tour of The University of Texas at Austin. Secretary Carter saw firsthand the innovative technologies and devices being developed in the lab and learned about the researchers’ work at the intersection of robotics and rehabilitation.

Department of Mechanical Engineering professor Arumugam “Ram” Manthiram is one of 14 individuals this year to be elected fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS). Manthiram received the distinction for his pioneering contributions to the fundamental understanding and development of materials for energy conversion and storage, novel chemical syntheses, student education and leadership.

Mechanical engineering assistant professor Michael Cullinan has been selected to receive the Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. The honor recognizes manufacturing engineers 35 years old or younger who have made exceptional contributions and accomplishments in the manufacturing industry.

Water and energy researchers at The University of Texas at Austin — including mechanical engineering associate professor Michael Webber — led and participated in six “commitments” that the Obama Administration announced today as part of the White House Water Summit. In all, the White House announced approximately 150 commitments nationwide at the event, which coincides with World Water Day.

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