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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.
The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education™ reaffirmed UNT’s standing as a Tier One research university — an achievement recognizing the university’s efforts to grow its research enterprise and commitment to rise toward national prominence — in a recent 2018 rankings report released Feb. 15.
From manufacturing new materials and bio-engineering new plants to understanding the effect of air pollutants on people’s health and creating new ways of visualizing data, UNT is where collaboration drives innovation. Researchers work together across disciplines — tapping into partnerships with other universities and industry leaders — to make new discoveries and create innovative solutions that will improve the world and sustain the future.
Through emergency management and disaster science, computer science and logistics, researchers are mitigating human suffering and economic loss from disasters.
Researchers are leading the way in designing and creating new materials from machine parts to medical devices through next-generation technologies of additive manufacturing and materials science.
Researchers are using diagnostic testing, intervention services, behavioral therapy and counseling in understanding those with autism spectrum disorder.
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.
UNT is committed to continually improving facilities that enable faculty, students and external research partners to conduct high-level, solutions-based research in key areas. This infrastructure — from physical space to high-end research equipment to innovative technology — fosters collaboration and new ideas and is key to research that leads to discovery or enrichment in a field.
Learn how UNT researchers are collaborating to make new discoveries. UNT is leading an initiative to grow a sustainable, business accelerator platform throughout the North Texas region, thanks to new leadership from Jon McCarry for UNT's Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. McCarry plans to make the center a go-to resource for businesses, as well as UNT students, faculty, staff and alumni.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution – the fusion of manufacturing design, process and production into one comprehensive whole – has spurred new technology for additive manufacturing, a process that builds 3D objects through the successive layering of metals, ceramic and metal-ceramic alloys. And the UNT’s new state-of-art Additive Manufacturing Laboratory is helping to pave the way to this new future of manufacturing.
Liss LaFleur, assistant professor of new media art in the College of Visual Arts and Design, was selected for an Immersive Scholar Residency to produce new, digital-based artwork using data from the #MeToo movement. #MeToo is a hashtag used in social media to demonstrate the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment.
Data analysis is a strength at UNT, one of the first universities in the nation to co-host high-performance computing with data science and analytics services in one office.
In 2012, UNT founded the Kristin Farmer Autism Center. The Kristin Farmer Autism Center, housed in UNT’s College of Education, conducts evidence-based direct services, research and training to positively impact individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, their families and the community.
Researchers from across the UNT campus, other universities and industries use the more than two dozen instruments at the university’s MRF to multi-dimensionally fabricate, characterize and analyze a wide range of materials.
UNT College of Science chemistry professor Guido Verbeck and InspectIR Systems LLC are collaborating to commercialize a system for detecting drugs by analyzing a person’s breath.