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Yan Huang, senior associate dean and director of graduate studies at the UNT College of Engineering, was recently named a distinguished member of the Association for Computing Machinery for her scientific contributions to the field of computing.   “My work focuses on organizing, making best use of and finding interesting patterns in large amounts of data. For example, a navigation system used to mean only a driver’s GPS location on a map with a static route to their destination. But, today massive amounts of data can be collected by navigation systems and road sensors in real time allowing...
Pamela Padilla, professor of biological sciences, was named associate vice president for Research and Innovation at UNT. Having served in the role in an interim capacity for the past year, Padilla’s permanent appointment became effective Oct. 1.  Mark McLellan, UNT’s vice president for research and innovation, says Padilla will continue to be a valuable asset to the office as it works to expand and strengthen the research enterprise at UNT. “I am fortunate to have Pam by my side in our new visioning of what research can be as a primary pillar of this institution,” McLellan says, adding that...
Narendra Dahotre, Regents Professor of materials science and engineering at UNT, was named associate vice president for the Center for Agile and Adaptive Additive Manufacturing at UNT. Having served as interim vice president for research and innovation from February 2018 until September 2019, Dahotre will lead the new center, effective Oct. 7. UNT’s Additive Manufacturing Laboratory, which officially opened in November 2018 at UNT’s Discovery Park, is transitioning into the Center for Agile and Adaptive Additive Manufacturing (CAAAM), funded by $10 million awarded by the 86th Texas...
Kristin Acker will spend a year teaching English in Germany. Linguists and scholars Madison Muniz and Kristen Acker have earned Fulbright scholarships to serve as teaching assistants in Europe this fall helping students learn English. Muniz will be teaching in Greece, and Acker will be teaching in Germany. “The Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship is an award that aims to improve relationships and cultural understanding with foreign countries. Essentially, Fulbright ETA award winners act as ambassadors,” says Acker, who will be teaching English to German students. Muniz says her trip to...
Photo by Megan Gellner. Daniel Alemneh of UNT Libraries was recently accepted as a Fulbright Scholar. Alemneh will be working to develop digital library structures and framework to support local universities and organizations in Ethiopia during his appointment in the 2019-2020 academic year. In his position as digital curation unit supervisor, Alemneh has worked previously with Ethiopian university faculty to review curriculum for digital library development. Ethiopia has a rich history that has not been well recorded digitally due to limited technical resources and knowledge. Alemneh’s...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...