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Mechanical Engineering alumnus Rick Church recently made the largest planned gift ever to the Longhorn Band — $12 million, to be exact. He also committed $7 million from his estate to the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1977. These gifts are in addition to his generous $350,000 pledge to support the Longhorn Band’s Legacy Fund and scholarships. Church’s remarkable generosity to the Longhorn Band and the Cockrell School was motivated by gratitude and appreciation for the people who helped shape his future.

At UT, four mechanical engineering students sit in study rooms, crouched over notebooks filled with research and diagrams, designing a trash compactor in hopes of improving waste management and sanitation conditions for victims of what the United Nations has called “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”

Hosted by the Department of Mechanical Engineering, this exciting event is open to ALL undergraduate Texas Engineering students.

The Health Product Innovation team at Dell Medical School is building a pipeline of support for products — medical devices, software, diagnostic methods and more — that can transform health and health care while keeping costs low. Through Texas Health Catalyst, a program that vets, shapes and supports promising solutions to real health problems, and related programs and workshops, the team empowers innovators across the university and throughout Austin to collaborate to solve community problems.

Sean Riley had an unusual problem. Riley, a violinist, had fallen in love with a piece of music he could not play. His struggle had nothing to do with his talent. The problem was that his prized 240-year-old violin has four strings like most violins, but this piece of music was written for six strings.

Dr. Adela Ben-Yakar, a professor in the Cockrell School’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows, which represents the most accomplished in the top 2% of medical and biological engineers.

Mitchell Johnson, a mechanical engineering senior, researched the properties of an additive used in drilling mud to develop technology to better measure the behavior of different mud compositions.

On Saturday, November 11, roughly 200 outstanding mechanical engineering alumni and friends converged on the Engineering Teaching Center’s T-Room to celebrate the unveiling of the Department of Mechanical Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni Recognition Wall.

Renowned Cockrell School of Engineering professor John B. Goodenough has been honored with The Franklin Institute’s 2018 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry. The award, given out once a year, recognizes individuals who have made pivotal achievements in science, technology and industry.

Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have discovered a family of anode materials that can double the charge capacity of lithium-ion battery anodes — a breakthrough that opens the door to cheaper, smaller and lighter batteries in the future.

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