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Benjamin A. Black

Dr. Ben A. Black is a Marketing Development Manager for Power Electronics Real-Time Test at National Instruments and a Lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin. He earned his Ph.D.in 2007 from the George Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research focused in the use of passive haptic robotics for teleoperation. From 2007 through 2012, he worked as a System Engineer at National Instruments focusing on advanced control and advanced simulation projects. In that work, he has functioned as a consultant both internally and externally to assist with large customers and high-priority projects, mainly in the use of field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) for high speed simulation and high speed control. He has worked on interesting projects that have been as mission critical as a three-phase inverter controller for generating a micro-grid or an FPGA-based simulation of a permanent magnet synchronous machine using FEA-based look up tables for the model parameters and as entertaining as an FPGA-controlled home brewery that sat on the Expo Floor of NI Week 2012. He also dedicates a significant amount of time to volunteer as an Executive Committee Member of the Central Texas FIRST LEGO League where he oversees and facilitates the judging for 1500+ elementary students that take part in the regional competitions.


Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Program Ranked No. 10 in U.S.

The Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering's undergraduate program has once again been named one of the nation’s top mechanical engineering programs in the country. In the latest U.S. News & World Report undergraduate rankings, our undergraduate program ranked No. 10.

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Yuanyue Liu Receives the OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award

Yuanyue Liu, assistant professor in the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering, has received the OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award in Computational Chemistry from the American Chemical Society.

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Nuclear Energy eXperimental Testing Lab Construction Permit Application Accepted for Formal Review

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has docketed Abilene Christian University’s Nuclear Energy eXperimental Testing (NEXT) Lab construction permit application, placing it under formal regulatory review. The application is the first for a new research reactor in more than 30 years and the first-ever for an advanced university research reactor. This is in collaboration with NEXT Research Alliance which includes The University of Texas at Austin.

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UT Austin EcoCAR Team Participates in the EcoCAR EV Challenge Fall 2022 Workshop

The University of Texas at Austin is one of the 13 university teams in North America set to participate in the EcoCAR EV Challenge, a prestigious collegiate competition to re-engineer state-of-the-art vehicles and prepare students for the future.

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Centenarian of Energy Innovation

Happy 100th Birthday to John B. Goodenough, professor and Nobel Laureate. On July 22nd, a group of students, colleagues, and friends gathered at UT Austin to celebrate his life and world-changing work.

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