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Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a groundbreaking new energy-absorbing structure to better withstand blunt and ballistic impact. The technology, called negative stiffness (NS) honeycombs, can be integrated into car bumpers, military and athletic helmets and other protective hardware.

With research interests such as artificial intelligence, early cancer diagnosis, materials science and retrofit methods of aging structures, this year's incoming faculty members exhibit a wide range of engineering expertise.

Now an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Southern California, Kelly Sanders has developed new methods of analyzing the complex relationship of water and energy — and is showing how both resources can be managed more wisely. 

The Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin has named Richard R. Neptune, an accomplished professor and researcher, as the next chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

The violent churning of river water as currents of different speeds collide over rapids.The dull thrum of air buffeting the window of a moving car. The sudden change in color when cream is stirred into coffee. The energy of these events results from the interplay of fluids with an object on the move. At the heart of each is a process called turbulence that has held the attention of Professor Bob Moser for some 30-plus years, with no java jolt required to boost his enthusiasm.

Mechanical Engineering professor Paul S. Ho has been selected by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) as co-recipient of its 2017 Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology Award.

The 2016 World Automation Congress (WAC), which took place July 31-August 4 in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, was dedicated to mechanical engineering professor Del Tesar.

Bradley Caponigro, Cockrell School of Engineering junior and undergraduate researcher in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been selected as an Astronaut Scholar for the second consecutive academic year.

University of Texas at Austin mechanical engineering associate professors Maura Borrego and Carolyn Seepersad have received a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Engineering Education and Centers to study the links between engineering identity and retention in engineering.  

Amir Khalighi was awarded the Best Poster prize at the 2016 Frontiers in Medical Devices conference for his poster, titled "A Multi-resolution Analysis of the Mitral Valve Geometry for the Development of Personalized Models."

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