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This summer, the Army Research Laboratory VTD Vehicle Applied Research Division visited Discovery Park to discuss opportunities for joint research with the College of Engineering.
Five years ago, UNT took a strategic risk when it added a new biomedical engineering program to serve a growing need in educating tomorrow’s leaders in this rapidly changing field. The program has focused on offering diverse educational tracks and unique degree plans to give graduates an edge in the highly technical workplace. The risk is paying off. 
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.
UNT's Center for Agile and Adaptive Additive Manufacturing was awarded $10 million in funding during the recent 86th Texas legislative session. The center, established in 2018 under the umbrella of the university's existing Materials Research Facility, will help advance the science and application of additive manufacturing across industries — from aeronautics to defense. The center's research will lead to smart materials and environmentally friendly technologies while helping Texas develop a highly skilled workforce of engineers.
A public-private partnership is helping UNT engineering graduate students hone their skills in additive manufacturing, a rapidly developing technology that builds 3D objects through the successive layering of materials.  
Since her time at UNT working on her doctorate under Miguel Acevedo, Shiho Matsubayashi has been interested in the ways technology can help environmental scientists understand the world around them and improve conditions in nature to benefit biodiversity. This June, Matsubayashi returned to UNT to help researchers here study the painted bunting at the Lake Lewisville Environmental Learning Area.
A UNT College of Engineering team is one of 11 teams selected nationwide for a new NASA challenge aimed at supporting the agency’s capabilities for deep space exploration. 
A two-year collaboration of art and science at UNT is exploring how much soot bird feathers accumulate and determine if they can serve as biomonitors of atmospheric pollution. The research project, includes faculty members Dornith Doherty of the College of Visual Arts and Design; Alexandria Ponette-Gonzàlez and Matthew Fry of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Science’s Department of Geography and the Environment; and Jeff Johnson, of the College of Science’s Department of Biological Sciences. Anna Lee, a senior photography and ceramics major and Claire Pitre, a geography graduate, were the undergraduate research fellows on the project. The group presented these findings in a recent art and science exhibition, POLLUMAGE.
A team of UNT College of Engineering seniors have created an energy efficient system for controlling solar panels on CubeSats using a nickel-titanium shape memory alloy.
Researchers at AMMPI are collaborating with their counterparts at the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology to build 3D printed zinc-ion rechargeable batteries, the first project as part of what they expect will be a productive, ongoing relationship. The project is originating with a team led by Wonbong Choi, professor of materials science and engineering at UNT. At a joint workshop held in South Korea, representatives from UNT and KITECH signed a memorandum of understanding to facilitate collaboration in scientific and industrial research, development and innovation. 
Associate Professor Xuexia “Helen” Wang first noticed a correlation between anthracycline, a class of chemotherapy drugs used to treat cancer patients, and cardiomyopathy, a type of heart disease, in childhood cancer survivors when she worked as a researcher for City of Hope in 2010. Since then, she has dedicated her career to better understanding cancer, cancer-treatments and the side effects.
UNT juniors David Woodward, Juan Ruiz and Tim Stern are reaching for the stars with an augmented reality program that could change the way astronauts communicate in space. Their work is part of the NASA Spacesuit User Interface Technologies (SUITS) Design Challenge, which tasked students to develop a system to provide real-time visual communication via an astronaut’s helmet visor. 
Sixty-plus years after the Korean Peninsula was officially split into two separate governments, a UNT professor is looking for ways to bring the two countries together.
The new Sub-Antarctic Cape Horn Center under construction in Chile will help future sustainable conservation efforts for the long-term study of social sciences and ecology.
Morgan Novak doesn’t want to go to space. She wants her work to go to space. So far, Novak has completed three internships with NASA and, before graduating from UNT, plans to finish three more. This year, she is spending the spring and summer semesters learning more about engineering at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston as a member of the agency’s co-op program.