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Three UNT Engineers Awarded NSF CAREER Grants

Three UNT Engineers Awarded NSF CAREER Grants

Three UNT researchers in the College of Engineering were awarded more than $1.4 million total in grant money through the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program. Diana Berman, Hua Sun and Hui Zhao have each received three-year awards to fund their innovative research into solving some very difficult problems facing industry today.

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Recognizing Contributions in Heat Transfer Research

Recognizing Contributions in Heat Transfer Research

Vish Prasad, mechanical engineering professor, received the ASME 2020 Heat Transfer Memorial Award, an honor recognizing his significant contributions to the heat transfer community.

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Seeking Asymmetrical Structure in Polymer-based Materials

Seeking Asymmetrical Structure in Polymer-based Materials

Xiao Li, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, is researching a new way to develop and improve material performance and reliability while also decreasing the cost of future Army systems. Funded by the Army Research Office, an element of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development’s Army Research Laboratory.

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Monitoring Diseases through Biomedical Engineering

Monitoring Diseases through Biomedical Engineering

Clement Chan’s research group is working on a new, more affordable method to test and diagnose if a person has a disease or has accidentally consumed harmful toxins that can be present in contaminated food and water.

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Changing the Building Industry

Changing the Building Industry

Researchers in the College of Engineering have developed a new building insulation product that is stronger, safer and more sustainable than conventional polyurethane-based products.

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Creating Sensor for Additive Manufacturing Process

Creating Sensor for Additive Manufacturing Process

Haifeng Zhang, professor of mechanical engineering, is a co-principal investigator in a new $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. He, along with researchers at Penn State University, will develop and fabricate an in-situ sensor for use during the additive manufacturing process.

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Artificial Intelligence for Real Change

Artificial Intelligence for Real Change

Graduate students gain real-world experience in using artificial intelligence to improve health care outcomes in UNT’s Biomedical Artificial Intelligence Lab.

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New Reality for Astronauts

New Reality for Astronauts

During their time as undergraduates at UNT, David Woodward (’20), Juan Ruiz (’20), Tim Stern (’20) and Nickolas Bratsch (’20) proved that one small step toward the unknown could result in a giant leap for the future of spacesuit user interface technologies.

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Innovating 3D-printed Materials for Cars

Innovating 3D-printed Materials for Cars

Researchers from the College of Engineering will collaborate with the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the largest U.S. Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, as part of a $1.5 million grant from the DOE to advance 3D-printed materials for automotive body frames.

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Professor Earns Prestigious Powe Award

Professor Earns Prestigious Powe Award

College of Engineering assistant professor Yijie Jiang earned the prestigious 2020 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities for his research into passive control of internal structures in 3D printed composites.

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Analyzing Large, Multilayer Networks

Analyzing Large, Multilayer Networks

Sanjukta Bhowmick, associate professor of computer science and engineering research, has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop theoretical foundations and software to more effectively analyze large, multilayer networks, like those used by organizations such as Netflix, Amazon or Facebook to determine user recommendations.

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Improving Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

Improving Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

Qing Yang and Song Fu, computer science and engineering researchers, have earned $1 million in grant funding from the National Science Foundation for their connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) projects.

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Developing Stronger Metal Alloys

Developing Stronger Metal Alloys

Arun Devaraj (’11 Ph.D.), a materials science and engineering graduate, received the 2020 Early Career Research Program award from the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Achieving More with Machine Learning

Achieving More with Machine Learning

As an applied data scientist at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington, Zikra Toure (’16, ’17 M.S.) works hand-in-hand with Microsoft’s high-impact customers to help them tackle some of their toughest technical problems.

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New Frontier for Spaceships

New Frontier for Spaceships

Alexander Sarvadi (’20) and his mentor Huseyin Bostanci, associate professor of engineering technology, believe they have found a better way to revitalize the air aboard spaceships — and NASA agrees.

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Developing Flexible, Printed Solar Cells

Developing Flexible, Printed Solar Cells

Professor Anupama Kaul, who directs the Nanoscale Materials and Devices Lab and the PACCAR Technology Institute, is working to develop new solar cell technology for the Office of Naval Research, utilizing perovskite materials that are extremely efficient at absorbing incoming light.

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Retrieving Private Information More Effectively

Retrieving Private Information More Effectively

Electrical Engineering Assistant professor Hua Sun's research focuses on private information retrieval, and thanks to a new National Science Foundation grant, he's diving deeper into the fundamentals of understanding what is and isn’t possible in the field.

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Researching Bonding in Metallic Alloys

Researching Bonding in Metallic Alloys

A UNT research team is working to better understand how metal alloys function at the atomic level with a $1 million grant from the Department of Defense.

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Building More Efficient Military Drones

Building More Efficient Military Drones

Diana Berman, Samir Aouadi and Andrey Voevodin of UNT's Department of Materials Science and Engineering, are applying their expert knowledge in tribology – the study of friction – to rethink the combustion engines that power aerial Army drones with a $780,000 grant from the Army Research Laboratory.

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DIY 3D-printed Mask and Nose Plugs

DIY 3D-printed Mask and Nose Plugs

A mechanical engineering researcher and his students have developed open source codes for a new mask and nose plug that uses smart technology to respond to a wearer’s breathing.

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