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The smart electrolyte the researchers developed is a novel and “active” strategy to build thermally safe electrochemical energy storage devices because it can self-suppress the heat generation at elevated temperature while resuming to original working state with high performance at normal temperature.  

John B. Goodenough and Sidigata V. (S.V.) Sreenivasan of Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have been named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), along with James W. McGinity of the College of Pharmacy.

Mechanical Engineering Associate Academic Advisor Ashlee Vrana and Technical Staff Assistant Mark Phillips were honored last month with departmental staff excellence awards for their exemplary service and commitment. 

A military drone flying on a reconnaissance mission is captured behind enemy lines, setting into motion a team of engineers who need to remotely delete sensitive information carried on the drone’s chips. Because the chips are optical and not electronic, the engineers can now simply flash a beam of UV light onto the chip to instantly erase all content. Disaster averted.

This James Bond-esque chip is closer to reality because of a new development in a nanomaterial developed by Yuebing Zheng, a professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering. His team described its findings in the journal Nano Letters on Nov. 10.

In the 2016 ranking of the U.S.’ top degree-producing engineering schools, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education has ranked the Cockrell School of Engineering the No. 3 producer of minority engineering graduates in the nation and the No. 1 in Texas.

Mechanical Engineering assistant professor Guihua Yu has been selected by The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) to receive its 2017 Early Career Faculty Fellow Award. 

If you ask Dr. Marissa Nichole Rylander about the myriad factors influencing cancer cells, the names of dozens of growth-promoting proteins, signaling pathways, angiogenic factors and other players trip rapid-fire off her tongue. Undaunted by this biochemical brew, the tissue-engineering expert uses input from physicians at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and ICES colleagues to create intricate simulations of tumors that are informing computational advances in the understanding of cancer.

Three researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have been selected by the Department of Defense to lead Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) projects, receiving grants totaling $22.8 million to help advance innovative technologies in energy, computing and nanoelectronics. 

Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have developed the first large-scale in vivo drug discovery platform using a whole animal model that could speed up scientific research and more accurately assess the effectiveness of new drugs in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.

The department rose to No. 9 best undergraduate mechanical engineering program in the nation in U.S. News & World Report

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