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It’s difficult to conceptualize a world where humans could casually manipulate nanoscale objects at will or even control their own biological matter at a cellular level with light. But that is precisely what Yuebing Zheng, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, is working toward with his “nanotweezers” — a new tool for handling nanoparticles using light that could create opportunities for innovations in nanotechnology and individual health monitoring.

Guatemala has the highest rate of chronic malnutrition in Latin America and the fourth-highest in the world. A team of students from The University of Texas at Austin has been collaborating with Guatemalan nonprofits to find practical ways to combat this crisis. The outreach is part of a yearlong course called Projects with Underserved Communities (PUC) — a service-learning collaboration between the International Office, the Cockrell School of Engineering and the Steve Hicks School of Social Work. The class brings together students from these schools to research, design and implement a humanitarian project in another country.

Three TMI faculty were named Highly Cited Researchers for 2017. Dr. Arumugam Manthiram, Mechanical Engineering professor and TMI Director, Dr. Nicholas Peppas from Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, and Dr. Allan MacDonald in Physics were among the only 16 named from UT Austin.

Dr. Janet Ellzey, a professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, has been named a fellow of The Combustion Institute (CI). She is one of 125 international members to receive this honor in 2018.

The Mechanical Engineering graduate program at The University of Texas at Austin has been named the No. 10 best graduate program in engineering in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 graduate program rankings. The department's undergraduate program also is ranked among the top 10. 

Mechanical Engineering alumnus Rick Church recently made the largest planned gift ever to the Longhorn Band — $12 million, to be exact. He also committed $7 million from his estate to the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1977. These gifts are in addition to his generous $350,000 pledge to support the Longhorn Band’s Legacy Fund and scholarships. Church’s remarkable generosity to the Longhorn Band and the Cockrell School was motivated by gratitude and appreciation for the people who helped shape his future.

At UT, four mechanical engineering students sit in study rooms, crouched over notebooks filled with research and diagrams, designing a trash compactor in hopes of improving waste management and sanitation conditions for victims of what the United Nations has called “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”

Hosted by the Department of Mechanical Engineering, this exciting event is open to ALL undergraduate Texas Engineering students.

The Health Product Innovation team at Dell Medical School is building a pipeline of support for products — medical devices, software, diagnostic methods and more — that can transform health and health care while keeping costs low. Through Texas Health Catalyst, a program that vets, shapes and supports promising solutions to real health problems, and related programs and workshops, the team empowers innovators across the university and throughout Austin to collaborate to solve community problems.

Sean Riley had an unusual problem. Riley, a violinist, had fallen in love with a piece of music he could not play. His struggle had nothing to do with his talent. The problem was that his prized 240-year-old violin has four strings like most violins, but this piece of music was written for six strings.

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