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Catching deadly diseases like cancer early on is key to improving patient survival odds. However, diseases are much harder to diagnose in their preliminary stages because people often haven't developed symptoms yet and only trace amounts can be found in their bodies.

Cockrell School of Engineering alumna Columbia Mishra has been named the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Foundation’s inaugural Lakshmi Singh Early Career Leadership Award winner. The award, named for a 31-year-old ASME leader who died unexpectedly in 2015, honors a young female engineer who distinguishes herself as a rising volunteer leader within ASME. 

Leyuan Zhang, a materials science and engineering graduate student in the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering, received the prestigious MRS Graduate Student Award for best materials science graduate research at the 2020 Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting. Leyuan is the only graduate student from UT Austin this year.

Maura Borrego, professor in the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, was recently honored as a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education.

An abundant, organic material found in industrial dyes could be the key to advancing a type of battery with promise for storing and deploying large quantities of renewable energy. New research from The University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering introduces new materials using azobenzene to open the door for “high-capacity, long-life non-aqueous flow batteries.”

The University of Texas at Austin is part of a consortium of four universities designing a new nuclear research reactor to advance research in clean energy.

For decades, researchers have looked for ways to eliminate cobalt from the high-energy batteries that power electronic devices, due to its high cost and the human rights ramifications of its mining. But past attempts haven’t lived up to the performance standards of batteries with cobalt. Researchers from the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin say they’ve cracked the code to a cobalt-free high-energy lithium-ion battery, eliminating the cobalt and opening the door to reducing the costs of producing batteries while boosting performance in some ways.

Researchers in the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have built a new type of battery that combines the many benefits of existing options while eliminating their key shortcomings and saving energy.

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