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Imagine transforming manufacturing technologies to better develop complex 3-D objects to create viable market-based solutions that impact almost every industry from operating rooms to oil fields — all while producing practically zero waste and cost savings that give Texas’ companies an advantage.
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.
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.
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 Wongbong 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. The workshop was the first of a series of events planned that will include researchers from both institutes.
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.
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.