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Ashley Lindstrom
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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.

Alumnus Rudy Treviño’s (B.S. ME 1977) history of community service goes all the way back to when he was a mechanical engineering student at The University of Texas at Austin. Here he learned firsthand that even the simplest act could make a difference in someone’s future, especially when it comes to his or her education.

A team lead by assistant professor Vaibhav Bahadur (VB) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering is developing a novel technology to utilize excess natural gas (that is flared) from fracking sites, for harvesting atmospheric moisture. His article on the topic of ‘flared gas-based atmospheric water harvesting’ is featured on the cover of this month’s American Society of Mechanical Engineers magazine.

Department of Mechanical Engineering Interim Chair and Director of the Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab Rick Neptune has been named a fellow of the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB). He is one of three members to receive this honor in 2016.

The Innovation Center in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin has launched a grant program to provide critical funding for faculty entrepreneurs to help them bridge the gap between university research and developing their technologies so they can create companies and attract venture funding. The program’s first two grant recipients are professors Luis Sentis and Richard Crawford.

Guihua Yu, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, joins three other trailblazing faculty members from the Cockrell School of Engineering and the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin who have been awarded Sloan Research Fellowships for 2016.

Mechanical engineering Ph.D. student Annie Weathers has won the Ben Streetman Prize, a university-wide award given each year for outstanding research by a graduate student in electronic and photonic materials and devices. The prize was created in 2001 by former students of Ben Streetman, who served as dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering from 1996 to 2008.

While a staff member in The University of Texas at Austin’s Utilities and Energy Management division, alumnus Rusty Osborne (B.S. Botany 1975) devoted his 30-year career to making campus operations more sustainable. As a result of his efforts, the university saves a significant amount of energy, water and costs every year and has become a recognized energy efficiency leader among universities across the U.S.

Now in retirement, Osborne and his wife, fellow UT Austin alumna Cecilia Green (B.S. Botany 1979), are committed to developing our future leaders in green energy. With a generous $50,000 donation, the couple has established the Osborne Green Energy Endowed Excellence Fund to support the Cockrell School of Engineering’s Webber Energy Group in its mission to change the way the world thinks about energy by training the next generation of energy innovators and policy leaders.

Professor Joseph Beaman has been named the recipient of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ 2016 Albert M. Sargent Progress Award, one of the organization’s most prestigious International Honor Awards. It was established to recognize significant accomplishments in the field of manufacturing processes, methods or systems and will be presented at the Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ (SME) Honor Award & Scholarship Presentations Ceremony on May 15 in Orlando, Florida.

Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have solved a problem in micro- and nanofabrication — how to quickly, gently and precisely handle tiny particles — that will allow researchers to more easily build tiny machines, biomedical sensors, optical computers, solar panels and other devices.

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