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Ram Dantu, College of Engineering professor and director of the UNT Center for Information and Computer Security, has been named a finalist for a prestigious Tech Titans Award. Dantu has been named in the Technology Inventor category that recognizes people or groups responsible for creating breakthrough ideas, processes or products that have advanced their discipline as a whole. “It is a real honor to be named a finalist and that UNT is competing with so many technology giants,” Dantu says. Dantu, who has 25 patents with nine more pending, is being considered based on new innovative...
UNT's logistics program recently wrapped up a fundraising challenge, thanks to help from entrepreneur William “Bill” LaMothe, PGL chairman of the board. LaMothe, a founding board member of the UNT program and longtime university supporter, agreed to match all donations to the logistics program, up to $50,000, as part of UNT’s fifth Annual Transportation Breakfast and Byron Nelson Open House this May. “This event was among our most successful, and a major part of that was Bill LaMothe’s generous effort to spur the DFW logistics community toward supporting the future of logistics education,”...
Brian Sauser, director of the Jim McNatt Institute for Logistics Research. The institute, in partnership with the North American Strategy for Competitiveness (NASCO), is coordinating a platform to address logistics challenges facing the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Download image. UNT researchers will soon be playing a prominent role in the future of North American logistics — the science of transporting goods in the most cost and time efficient way. The North American Strategy for Competitiveness (NASCO) tapped UNT’s Jim McNatt Institute for Logistics Research to marshal the NASCO University...
UNT's logistics program recently wrapped up a fundraising challenge, thanks to help from entrepreneur William “Bill” LaMothe, PGL chairman of the board. LaMothe, a founding board member of the UNT program and longtime university supporter, agreed to match all donations to the logistics program, up to $50,000, as part of UNT’s fifth Annual Transportation Breakfast and Byron Nelson Open House this May. “This event was among our most successful, and a major part of that was Bill LaMothe’s generous effort to spur the DFW logistics community toward supporting the future of logistics education,”...
High schoolers got a jumpstart on aerospace careers this summer thanks to the Aviation Career Academy Camp, hosted by UNT’s aviation logistics program and Tarrant County College’s aviation program. The two universities team up at Alliance Airport and TCC’s aviation education site each June to give students a unique introduction to the high-demand industry. Students flew drones and flight simulators, visited an air traffic control center, learned the physics of flight, enjoyed a behind-the-scenes look at degree options -- like UNT’s aviation logistics program -- and even co-piloted small...
Narendra Dahotre, University Distinguished Research Professor in materials science and engineering at UNT, has been named interim associate vice president of research and innovation at UNT. Dahotre, a former chairman of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in UNT’s College of Engineering, will serve a one-year appointment effective immediately, while the university conducts a nationwide search to fill the position. Dahotre replaces Dave Schultz, who has served in the position since 2013 and is leaving UNT for an appointment as the vice president for research at Northern Arizona...
Cornelia Caragea, an assistant professor at the University of North Texas College of Engineering, has received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award for her work in machine learning, data mining and information retrieval.  UNT now has 13 researchers who have been awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER award – the most prestigious recognition offered by the NSF for young researchers. “This award highlights the exemplary research Cornelia has been doing here at the college and the strides she is making in the computer science and engineering field,” said Costas Tsatsoulis, dean of...
During a visit to Washington, D.C., last year, University of North Texas faculty member John Ishiyama unexpectedly met a former student, who was chief of staff for a Congressional representative from Missouri. “He was my student more than 15 years ago, but he still remembered me,” said Ishiyama, University Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Political Science. “I also recently learned that a kid I knew when he was 18 is now a distinguished professor at Penn State.” Ishiyama said seeing former students become successful in their careers, and knowing that he had some impact in...
Andrea Recek, a University of North TexasCollege of Music doctoral student in musicology, has been awarded the Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships in European Studies. “I am honored to have been awarded this fellowship,” Recek said. “Having my project selected shows that other scholars recognize the value of my research and my methodological approach.” Graduate students studying the humanities can apply for The Council of European Studies fellowships, which are funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Those selected for the fellowships receive a $25,000 stipend and participate in...
Michael Thomas, a doctoral student studying in the Department of Chemistry, has been selected to receive a 2017 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Thomas said his eight years serving in the U.S. Marines, including a tour in Afghanistan, helped lead him to his research and even helped him win this fellowship. “In my statement to the NSF, I tied in my military service to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,” said Thomas. “When I was in Afghanistan, I found many people didn’t have basic electricity. With my research now, I want to make electricity converters...
Amber Lu, right, a student from the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science at the University of North Texas has been named a 2017 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Winner. “It’s a really humbling experience,” said Lu. “It could have easily been any of the other nominees. Being surrounded by these peers is amazing, they are all doing such amazing research and they just make me want to do better.” Lu, a 16-year-old from Sugar Land, has been working on research at UNT with chemistry professor William Acree to find the best way to purify fossil fuels. She was named a Siemens Semifinalist in 2016...
Arabidopsis thaliana is a seed so tiny that it can fit into Abraham Lincoln’s eye on a penny. Its small size, rapid life cycle and ability to produce thousands of seeds make this plant perfect for research. Now scientists who use it for studies have a new advantage. UNT doctoral student Drew Sturtevant completed 3D imaging of the inside of this tiny seed that reveals its chemical mapping for the first time. His breakthrough was recently published in the journal BBA Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids. “It’s exciting to have access to this technology at UNT and to be at the forefront of plant...
UNT'S Kristin Farmer Autism Center (KFAC) and the Texas Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) are offering families who have a child with autism spectrum disorder help. The collaboration, which is currently serving 66 families around the state, is aimed at children 3 to 5 years old and their parents and can serve up to 100 families. The Kristin Farmer Autism Center is providing training to Texas HIPPY staff, who then conduct weekly home visiting services. “The A+HIPPY program is significant because it impacts families throughout all regions of the state, and many of...
Two University of North Texas students will be part of an exciting day at the Texas State Capitol in Austin. Robert Presley Smith, a senior who is studying mechanical and energy engineering, and Prateek Kalakunta, a student at UNT’s Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, have been selected to take part in the Texas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol.  Smith, right, grew up in Somerville, Texas, near College Station. He is currently part of UNT’s Honors College and McNair Scholars Program. He credits the McNair program with giving him the ability to dig into deep research earlier...
A University of North Texas conservation program has gotten a major financial boost. The Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve near Puerto Williams, Chile is part of the Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program, a consortium led by UNT in the US, and other Chilean universities and institutions. The Chilean government awarded the program $15 million to build a new Sub-Antarctic Cape Horn Center. “This means an opportunity to strengthen the social mission and research excellence in a privileged place for the monitoring of climate change and testing of a sustainable development,” says Ricardo Rozzi...