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UNT's Reconfigurable Computing Lab in the College of Engineering was named finalist for a prestigious Tech Titans award. The awards were created to recognize the North Texas technology elite and are given annually by Tech Titans, a technology trade association. The UNT lab was nominated for the Tech Titans of the Future – University Level Award, which spotlights educational institutions that encourage and support students in choosing engineering- and technology-related disciplines as a preferred academic and career path. Associate professor of electrical engineering Gayatri Mehta is the...
Mark R. McLellan, a 30-year leader of university research programs with experience at five major institutions, was selected to oversee research and innovation at UNT as it seeks to grow its research enterprise and cement its place among the nation’s top Tier One research universities. McLellan, whose appointment is effective Sept. 16, will lead the university in developing and implementing new strategies in collaboration with the Office of the Provost and others to transform and expand UNT’s research portfolio. He also is charged with overseeing UNT’s Strategic Plan for Research and with...
Four UNT professors will receive time to work on personal projects – ranging from writing poetry to creating a new method of printmaking – after receiving an Institute for the Advancement of the Arts fellowship. The Faculty Fellows program allows UNT faculty members to take a semester off from teaching to pursue creative research in the arts. The IAA serves to promote artistic and creative expression at UNT. From left, Lari Gibbons, Fabiana Claure, Panayiotis Kokoras, and Corey Marks, were named as 2019 IAA fellows. Fabiana Claure, assistant professor and director of music business and...
The UNT College of Engineering will receive $750,000 from the Office of Naval Research over the next three years to fund educational and research initiatives in materials, manufacturing and electronics.  This initiative will focus on highlighting the benefits of miniaturized systems, such as sensors and actuators, that are at the heart of micro-electro-mechanical systems and nanotechnology, particularly for radio frequency applications. Additive manufacturing along with microfabrication technology will be used to create flexible, light-weight sensors using nanomaterials, where some of these...
Guohua Feng, a professor in the UNT Department of Economics, has been named a fellow in the Society for Economic Measurement. The international professional society founded in 2013 promotes the advancement of research on economic measurement. SEM selects fellows based on their work to evolve applied or theoretical economic measurement, according to the society’s bylaws. Feng joins a list of SEM fellows, which currently includes Nobel Prize Laureates and professors representing universities such as Harvard, Princeton, Cambridge and MIT. “To be named to such an elite list of economists that...
Chemistry professor Oliver Chyan recently received $157,000, the largest royalty distribution to date for commercialized technology developed by a UNT researcher. His new wafer characterization technology — which will revolutionize how chips are manufactured and lead to smaller chips and faster computing times — was licensed through UNT’s Office of Innovation and Commercialization. to a major chip designer and manufacturer for use in microchip research and development.  In his College of Science laboratory, Chyan developed the novel method that allows microchip manufacturers to detect flaws...
The UNT Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program in Chile was recently awarded a 2019 Ocean Award by Boat International, a publisher of materials for boating enthusiasts.     UNT was recognized for the creation of the Diego Ramirez-Drake Passage Marine Park, established in January 2018 at the southern end of the continental shelf of the South American continent. The park is the 25th marine protected area in Chile and the seventh in Patagonia. It’s the largest such park in South America, extending more than 144,390 square kilometers including the marine habitats of the Diego Ramirez...
Hanchen Huang, new dean of the UNT College of Engineering, recently was elected Fellow of ASM International for his distinguished contributions to the fields of materials science and engineering. Elected by his peers, Huang received the ASM International Fellow honor for his scientific contributions in developing a theoretical framework of nanorod growth, technological contributions in inventing metallic glue and entrepreneurship in commercializing the metallic glue. The research led to a new way of sticking items together, such as a computer’s central processing unit to a printed circuit...
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING Department of Materials Science and Engineering Professor Jincheng Du recently received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to research the nature of phase separations in glass materials and their biomedical applications. Du, an expert on glass and amorphous materials, will focus particularly on two research areas under the Fulbright Scholar Award: microscale phase separation in glasses and inorganic glasses for biomedical applications. “Phase separation is a fundamental phenomenon in glass science but our understanding of it is relatively limited. We are going to combine...
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE UNT Distinguished Alumnus Bruzzy Westheimer recently funded the new Westheimer Science Research Fellows program, specifically designed to support undergraduate research in UNT Mathematics' brand-new Statistician Lab. Su Gao, dean of the College of Science, says he is hopeful that this influential gift will inspire other philanthropists to consider funding similar programs that aim to strengthen the research abilities of departments and institutes within the College while enhancing the learning experiences of math and science students at UNT. UNT professor and researcher ...
Four students from the UNT Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science earned awards for their research at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Intel ISEF is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition with 1,800 high school students from more 80 countries, regions and territories presenting their independent scientific research each year.  TAMS students were honored for their exceptional work in the fields of behavioral and social sciences, biomedical engineering, computational biology and bioinformatics and animal sciences.   Here’s a list of their award-...
Four students from the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS) at the University of North Texas have been named 2019 Goldwater Scholars. UNT leads Texas universities in the number of Goldwater Scholars in math, science and engineering, with a total of 64 scholars named since 1996. This year, no other university in the state of Texas — public or private — had four scholars. TAMS is the nation's first accelerated residential program for gifted students who have completed their sophomore year of high school. They then come to UNT to start their first two years of college, far earlier...
Outstanding faculty honored during annual awards celebration The University of North Texas recently celebrated four faculty members for their dedication to excellence through research, service and education as part of the eighth annual Salute to Faculty Excellence Awards Dinner and Ceremony on Thursday, April 25 at UNT’s Apogee Stadium HUB Club.  The ceremony was supported by the UNT Foundation, which accepts, invests, and manages private gifts, endowed funds and other assets for the benefit of the university, including faculty and students. Janice Miner Holden Holden, professor of...
The UNT Workplace Inclusion and Sustainable Employment program (UNTWISE) housed in the Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services in the College of Health and Public Service is collaborating with the College of Engineering and the Sci-Tech Discovery Center in Frisco to offer three summer programs for students with disabilities. The 2019 Explore STEM! Summer Program, funded by the Texas Workforce Commission, will provide opportunities for students ages 14-22 to explore STEM activities and career possibilities. A similar program last summer, led by UNT faculty Nandika D’Souza in...
The Newman Foundation has pledged $100,000 to the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS) at UNT.  The gift, which is the largest pledge in the program’s history, will create The Newman Foundation TAMS Endowment Fund for Undergraduate Research, a permanent fund to support vital research-enhancing activities for TAMS students.   The Newman Foundation is led by Ken Newman, a 1966 graduate of UNT’s College of Business, and his wife Ann.  “With this endowment, the Newmans continue their long history of inspirational giving to UNT,” says David Wolf, UNT’s vice president for advancement. “...