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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.

Dr. Carl Deckard, alumnus of the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering and co-inventor of the revolutionary additive manufacturing process called Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), died on December 23, 2019, at the age of 58.

Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Guihua Yu has recently been announced as the winner of the 7th Polymer International – IUPAC award for Creativity in Applied Polymer Science. This award celebrates the outstanding contributions Yu has made to polymer nanoscience and engineering. He has achieved extraordinary research accomplishments and shown remarkable creativity and scientific scholarship in several areas of materials science.

When Desiderio Kovar joined UT’s faculty in 1997, there was a crisis in the teaching of mechanical engineering no one could quite put their finger on. Students, by every quantitative measure, such as SAT scores, were brighter than ever, yet they were struggling with concepts in a way students never had before. Veteran professors suddenly found it much harder to get through to students.  

Not everything is bigger in Texas — some things are really, really small. A group of mechanical engineers at The University of Texas at Austin may have found a new material for manufacturing even smaller computer chips that could replace silicon and help overcome one of the biggest challenges facing the tech industry in decades: the inevitable end of Moore’s Law.

Thanks to an extraordinary commitment from alumnus and former EOG Resources Inc. President Gary L. Thomas, the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin is officially naming its newest building the Gary L. Thomas Energy Engineering Building. Through his investment, Thomas hopes to ensure UT’s position among the nation’s top energy universities while helping to provide a multidisciplinary engineering education for students.

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