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Undergraduate Brendan Chou Wins Goldwater Scholarship

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Undergraduate Brendan Chou Wins Goldwater Scholarship

Undergraduate biochemistry major Brendan Chou has been awarded a Goldwater scholarship, the premier undergraduate award of its type in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. Chou works in the lab of chemical engineering assistant professor Lydia Contreras.

Goldwater Scholarships are one- and two-year scholarships awarded annually to outstanding second- and third-year college students.  The award covers a … Read the rest »

Former Texas Engineering Dean Finalist for UT Austin President

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Former Texas Engineering Dean Finalist for UT Austin President Greg Fenves has been named the sole finalist in the search for the university’s next president.

Engineers Develop New Yeast Strain to Enhance Biofuel and Biochemical Production

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Engineers Develop New Yeast Strain to Enhance Biofuel and Biochemical Production

Researchers in the Alper Lab have used a combination of metabolic engineering and directed evolution to develop a new, mutant yeast strain that could lead to a more efficient biofuel production process that would make biofuels more economically competitive with conventional fuels. Their findings were published online in the journal Metabolic Engineering in March.

Beyond … Read the rest »

Peppas Selected as Reilly Lecturer at Notre Dame

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Peppas Selected as Reilly Lecturer at Notre Dame

Nicholas Peppas, chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and professor of chemical engineering, biomedical engineering and pharmacy at The University of Texas at Austin, has been selected to present the 2015 Reilly Lectures for the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Peppas will give two presentations as part of … Read the rest »

Michael Baldea Receives NSF CAREER Award for Research on Energy-Intensive Processes

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Michael Baldea Receives NSF CAREER Award for Research on Energy-Intensive Processes

Michael Baldea, assistant professor of chemical engineering, is working to improve the efficiency and economic performance of chemical processes that interact with the power grid. His research was recently selected for a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award.

CAREER Awards are highly competitive and prestigious grants given to young faculty who effectively integrate research … Read the rest »

Jennifer Maynard’s Vaccine Research Showcased at SXSW

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Jennifer Maynard’s Vaccine Research Showcased at SXSW

South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive is hosting inventors, thought leaders and entrepreneurs at the festival’s UT Village Sunday, March 15 from 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel & Suites in downtown Austin.

The event is an all-day showcase of innovation and expertise that offers visitors the chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at the … Read the rest »

Ranked Among the Nation’s Best

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Ranked Among the Nation’s Best The department maintained its No. 6 standing in the latest U.S. News & World Report’s graduate program rankings, enhancing the university’s reputation for providing world-class engineering education.

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Engineering Education and Research Center

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Groundbreaking Ceremony for Engineering Education and Research Center

State legislators and University of Texas leadership joined Cockrell School Dean Sharon L. Wood and hundreds of alumni, friends, corporate supporters and members of the Texas Engineering community to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Engineering Education and Research Center (EERC).

“This ceremony marks the beginning of a new era in engineering education at UT … Read the rest »

Introducing UT Austin’s Very Own…Organism

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Introducing UT Austin’s Very Own…Organism

When researchers uncovered a never-before-identified strain of fungi in the Alper Lab in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, they made sure it would always call the 40 Acres home. They decided to give the organism the official name Ustilago Bevomyces, after Bevo, the university’s beloved Longhorn steer mascot.

“We gave it this name to … Read the rest »

Peppas Receives Honorary Doctorate from University of Patras

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Peppas Receives Honorary Doctorate from University of Patras

Nicholas A. Peppas, chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and professor of chemical engineering, biomedical engineering and pharmacy at UT Austin, has been awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Patras in Patras, Greece.

He was awarded the doctorate from the university’s Chemical Engineering Department, the top chemical engineering department in … Read the rest »