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Researchers in the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a new method to cleanup wastewater produced in United States shale oilfields.

A type of beetle capable of regulating its body temperature in some of the hottest places on Earth is the centerpiece of new research from Texas mechanical engineers, with major potential implications for cooling everything from buildings to electronic devices in an environmentally friendly manner.

Class of 2020 mechanical engineering graduate Tyson Smiter, who has been heavily involved in student organizations and committed to his academics since he joined the Cockrell School of Engineering, has been named this year’s Outstanding Scholar-Leader.

Professor Ezekoye, who grew up in Pittsburgh, became a Longhorn fanatic early on. He has been a season ticket holder since he moved to Austin in 1993. For the past 23 years, Ezekoye’s date nights (and days) with his wife have been at UT football games.

Lithium-sulfur batteries have been hailed as the next big step in battery technology, promising significantly longer use for everything from cellphones to electric vehicles on a single charge, while being more environmentally sustainable to produce than current lithium-ion batteries. However, these batteries don’t last as long as their lithium-ion counterparts, degrading over time.

With quarantine mandates and social distancing restrictions changing how we live and work, we face a new, unforeseen challenge: How do we educate our children (and entertain ourselves) when they can’t physically attend school? For years, mechanical engineering professor Michael Webber has been producing widely accessible educational content focused on his area of expertise — energy. He has developed TV shows and online courses that anyone can view with the sole purpose of teaching people about energy.

Mechanical engineers at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a new method to address the issue of climate change resulting from an unabated increase in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions for an engineer. Membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research and practice, including pioneering of new and developing fields of technology and making major advancements in engineering. In all, 87 new members and 18 foreign members were elected into the academy in 2020.

Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering Professor Preston Wilson has been awarded the Acoustical Society of America’s Rossing Prize in Acoustics Education. 

Sixteen years after founding uShip and turning it into a successful online platform for shipping large items anywhere in the world, UT alumnus Matt Chasen (B.S. ME 1998, MBA 2004) has shifted his gaze from the roads to the skies to launch LIFT Aircraft, a first-of-its-kind experiential entertainment business that aims to make personal flight accessible and affordable for the masses.

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