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Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel’s Science, Technology and Space Minister Yaakov Peri have selected John B. Goodenough, professor at The University of Texas at Austin and inventor of the lithium-ion battery, to share The Eric and Sheila Samson Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation in Alternative Fuels for Transportation.

Texas Engineers in the Department of Mechanical Engineering have developed a conductive, self-healing hybrid gel with high conductivity and strong mechanical and electrical self-healing properties that do not require external stimuli.

Have you ever wanted to control your own humanoid robot? On Tuesday, Oct. 6, you’ll get your chance! 

Join Cockrell School of Engineering assistant professor Luis Sentis and his team from the Human-Centered Robotics Lab as they launch and demonstrate a first-of-its-kind technology that makes Dreamer, UT Austin’s popular and lovable robot, accessible to anyone with a smart phone.

Led by the inventor of the lithium-ion battery, a team of researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin has identified a new safe and sustainable cathode material for low-cost sodium-ion batteries.

The Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin has launched its first Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering program offered completely online. The program is intended for engineering professionals and is designed to address the need for rigorous yet flexible higher education programs for working adults.

Jayathi Murthy, who is chair of the Cockrell School's Department of Mechanical Engineering and holds the Ernest Cockrell, Jr. Memorial Chair in Engineering, has been named dean of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her appointment becomes effective Jan. 1, 2016.

Jianhe Guo, a Ph.D. graduate student and research assistant of Dr. Donglei Fan in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to receive one of its most prestigious awards, the 2015 International Student Research Fellowship.

Vaibhav Bahadur, an assistant professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, has been selected by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) to receive a 2015 New Faculty Research Grant. Bahadur was one of only two recipients worldwide this year.

Metasurfaces fabricated with this method possess unique properties that will enable a broad range of applications in photonics, electronics, and sensors. They can be applied to solar cells and artificial photosynthesis for enhanced solar energy conversions, and to optical sensors and spectroscopy for disease diagnosis, food safety and environmental monitoring.

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