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Ukrainian UT Dallas Graduate Makes a Difference Thousands of Miles from Home
May 19, 2022

In the days and weeks since the start of the invasion, Illia Volkov BS’22 found the determination to make a difference in North Texas. He has joined others in raising awareness about the situation in his home country by taking part in rallies.

“I’m able to show American people this is a pressing issue that will affect them as well, and they need to support and help Ukraine as much as they can,’’ Volkov said.

Dallas Innovates

Ukrainian UT Dallas Graduate Makes a Difference Thousands of Miles from Home
May 5, 2022

A team of UT Dallas bioengineers in collaboration with Allen-based EnLiSense designed a device which uses an electrochemical biosensor to detect two key biomarkers of infection. The sensor could be a “significant step” toward early detection of infections like COVID-19 and the flu.

“We have built a technology to unlock and explore the latest frontier in sweat diagnostics,” said Dr. Shalini Prasad, head of the Department of Bioengineering and Cecil and Ida Green Professor in Systems Biology Science, who leads the UT Dallas team and is a co-founder of EnLiSense.

Tech Briefs

Q&A: Radar Imaging at Terahertz Frequencies
May 1, 2022

Dr. Kenneth K. O., professor of electrical engineering and Texas Instruments Distinguished University Chair, and his colleagues at The University of Texas at Dallas and Oklahoma State University have developed an innovative and affordable terahertz imager microchip that can enable devices to detect objects and create images through obstacles that include fog, smoke, dust and snow.

“It can penetrate nonconductive materials like plastic containers,” O said. “Industrial applications include monitoring the dryness of printing on paper and fabrics. You can also think of industrial settings, where you have a steam environment. You need to monitor what’s behind the steam. A really significant application is to see through smoke and fire—an amazing application for fire fighters to help them search for people.”

The Dallas Morning News

UT Dallas Scientists Develop New Technology That Uses Gold Particles to Screen for Viruses
April 26, 2022

“Our technology can reduce the sample testing time to 30 minutes, but the sensitivity can be as good as those molecular tests,” said Dr. Haihang Ye, research associate in mechanical engineering.

People Newspapers

Coding is for More Than Just Your Favorite App
April 15, 2022

UTD started with high school students in 2012 and expanded to include younger campers two years later. Now, coding camps options include children as young as 5 years old.

“We’re a public university, so we need to do the public good,” said Dr. Jey Veerasamy, an associate professor of computer science and director of UTD’s Center for Computer Science Education & Outreach, who sees the potential for coding to benefit youth beyond computer applications.

The Dallas Morning News

Couple Were Experts on a Form of Childhood Cancer. And Then Their Infant Was Diagnosed With It.
April 11, 2022

“Previously, I’d only worked with physicians, oncologists and researchers on neuroblastoma. My son was the first patient,” said Dr. Shashank Sirsi, assistant professor of bioengineering.

EE Times News

Terahertz Imager Microchip Targets
Vision-Impaired Environments

March 31, 2022

The terahertz imager is the fruit of 15+ years of work by Dr. Kenneth K. O, Texas Instruments Distinguished University Chair and professor of electrical and computer engineering at The University of Texas at Dallas.

“Once packaged, [the terahertz imager microchip] could be used like any other electronic components for commercial applications subject to shock limits,” O said. “The performance [of the terahertz imager microchip] is expected to degrade as the temperature is increased. The temperature impact and keeping cool are clearly a subject of further study.”

The Dallas Morning News

Why DFW Is Now Goldman Sachs’ Second-Largest US Hub After Doubling to 4,000 Workers
March 31, 2022

Stephanie Cohen, who co-leads the consumer and wealth management division at Goldman Sachs, said the company has been focused on fortifying its relationships with universities to help attract engineering talent to DFW. On Monday, the company unveiled a branded terrace at The University of Texas at Dallas, which it hopes will “inspire students to want to learn more about Goldman Sachs,” she said.

Goldman will also provide six student scholarships for $10,000 each at UTD over the next three years.

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

Concerns About Increasing American Cyberattacks as Sanctions Are Issued Against Russia
March 16, 2022

“You have to think about what happens if something fails?” said Dr. Murat Kantarcioglu, Ashbel Smith Professor and UT Dallas professor of computer science. “How do I recover my business? How am I going to make things work tomorrow?”

He said companies should have their networks checked to make sure criminals haven’t already entered them, make sure all software is up-to-date, have backups available and educate employees on best practices.

WOAI News

UT Dallas Professor Warns of Possible Russian Cyberattacks
March 12, 2022

Dr. Murat Kantarcioglu, Ashbel Smith Professor and professor of computer science, says the attacks are a cheap way to access information and cause public panic. He doesn’t believe average Americans will be targeted, but he advised everyone to regularly check their bank accounts.

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UT Dallas Professor Says US Companies Should Prepare for Possible Cyber Attacks Amid War in Ukraine
March 11, 2022

Dr. Murat Kantarcioglu, Ashbel Smith Professor and professor of computer science, expects attackers will try to target large financial, infrastructure and technology companies first.

“We always suggest for people to back up their data. If possible, use two-factor authentication. And especially for financial organizations, I always suggest people to regularly check their bank accounts,” Kantarcioglu said.

Optimist Daily

This Microchip Makes the Invisible Visible
March 7, 2022

Have you ever been driving in poor visibility, getting a little nervous being unable to see the road ahead? Well, a new invention from The University of Texas at Dallas and Oklahoma State University may just put a stop to these scary journeys.

“The technology allows you to see in vision-impaired environments. If you are a firefighter, it could help you see through smoke and fire,” said Dr. Kenneth K. O, Texas Instruments Distinguished University Chair and professor of electrical and computer engineering who worked on the project.

Fort Worth Report

Ukraine Invasion Raises Possibility of Additional Cyber Attacks in US
February 28, 2022

Businesses, particularly high-tech and financial institutions, should be on high alert for cybersecurity attacks, said Dr. Murat Kantarcioglu, Ashbel Smith Professor and professor of computer science at UT Dallas.

“Those are the organizations that should be hypervigilant because those are areas where the U.S. has imposed sanctions against Russia,” he said. “Now is the time to take stock of your computer security position. Defense is your best plan, but you also should know how to recover if you do come under attack.”

Science Daily

New Imager Microchip Helps Devices Bring Hidden Objects to Light
February 25, 2022

Researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas and Oklahoma State University have developed an innovative terahertz imager microchip that can enable devices to detect and create images through obstacles that include fog, smoke, dust and snow.

“In industrial settings, for example, devices using the microchips could help with packaging inspections for manufacturing process control, monitoring moisture content or seeing through steam,” said Dr. Kenneth K. O, professor of electrical and computer engineering and the Texas Instruments Distinguished University Chair in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science.

NCB5

Bioengineer’s Son Battles Same Cancer He Has Researched for Years
February 8, 2022

“Would I give this [treatment] to my son? That is really the question that kind of governs our research moving forward,” said Dr. Shashank Sirsi, assistant professor of bioengineering at The University of Texas at Dallas. Sirsi’s son was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a form of brain cancer that Sirsi studies.

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Vertical Access Wind Turbines Not Dead Yet, Says ARPA-E
December 31, 2021

“Texas has lent The University of Texas at Dallas to fulfill a new offshore wind turbine project funded by ARPA-E. Dr. Todd Griffith, associate professor of mechanical engineering at UT Dallas, won the funding in April of 2020 and is expected to deliver the goods next April, so it won’t be long before we see a new vertical axis wind turbine that sports aero-elastic tailoring, coordinates ‘active plasma on-blade flow control with rotor speed control to reduce torque variability’ and sits on a lightweight, stable and presumably inexpensive platform.”

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UT Dallas Partnership Takes Quantum Device Manufacturing to Scale
December 13, 2021

The Department of Energy (DOE) granted two Small Business Technology Transfer awards to Dr. Reza Moheimani, the James Von Ehr Distinguished Chair in Science and Technology and professor of systems engineering in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, and to Zyvex Labs of Richardson, Texas. The grants provide $1.1 million over two years to Moheimani to support his research, as well as $1.1 million to Zyvex Labs.

“What makes it really exciting for me is the nature of the research we are doing,” Moheimani said. “We are creating systems, devices and tools that nobody has created before. They enable us to solve problems that have been longstanding. Others haven’t tried to tackle them because they’re too hard. They require years and years of commitment and resources, and you have to throw everything at them to come up with a solution.”

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University of Texas at Dallas: UTDesign Students Help Innovate Infectious Disease Testing Swab
December 6, 2021

Adaptive3D, a Plano, Texas, 3D-printing company, began developing a flexible and more accurate 3D-printed nasopharyngeal swab for infectious disease testing in 2020 due to shortages at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Students in UTDesign, a senior capstone program, played a significant role in developing the swabs, which Adaptive3D continues to refine, said Dr. Walter Voit BS’05, MS’06, UT Dallas associate professor of materials science and engineering as well as the company’s founder and CEO.

“UT Dallas student research was an important component of this project,” Voit said. “Innovation is the hallmark of progress, and through programs like UTDesign, we are able to tap into incredible student creativity and perspective built upon a firm fundamental, mathematical view of design and mechanical forces.”

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Rapid Breath Test for COVID-19 Developed in Dallas
December 6, 2021

A portable, reusable breath test device, designed to provide results in less than 30 seconds, is being developed by Dallas-based SOTECH Health, which licensed the sensor technology developed by Dr. Shalini Prasad, department head, professor of bioengineering and Cecil H. and Ida Green Professor in Systems Biology Science in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science.

“The value of the device is actually the high throughput of finding negative individuals, to push them through, to be able to get on airlines get in venues, any kind of venue,” said SOTECH’S founding CEO Craig Micklich.

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UT Dallas Bioengineer’s Motivation: Saving
His Own Son

November 23, 2021

“One of the first questions I’m going to ask myself right now is if, God forbid, something were to happen, were my son’s cancer to come back, would I be comfortable giving what we develop in our lab to my own son?” said Dr. Shashank Sirsi, a University of Texas at Dallas bioengineering assistant professor who has devoted the first decade of his career to the study and treatment of a rare childhood cancer.

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UT Southwestern and UT Dallas Break Ground on $120M Biomedical Engineering Building
November 19, 2021

“Biomedical engineering and science are a major driver of UT Dallas’ rapidly growing research portfolio,” said Dr. Richard C. Benson, president of The University of Texas at Dallas. “The already robust partnership between UT Dallas and UT Southwestern will take another huge step forward upon the launch of our shared facilities. This partnership will also provide students and faculty with more opportunities to create transformative technologies that will improve lives. We are grateful for the visionary support of Texas Instruments in this endeavor.”

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UT Dallas, UT Southwestern Medical Center Unveil Plans for a $120 Million Research Facility
November 15, 2021

“Our gift reflects our confidence in the brilliant minds at UT Southwestern and UT Dallas — to combine medical and engineering talent and resources to solve problems that will advance patient care,” said Rich Templeton, chairman, president and CEO of Texas Instruments, on the company’s transformative gift which funds a new joint bioengineering research facility. “What gets me personally excited is that semiconductor technology will be at the center of the medical discoveries that are made inside this new building.”

The Dallas Morning News

UT Southwestern and UT Dallas Break Ground on $120 Million Joint Bioengineering Research Facility
November 15, 2021

“With the addition of the biomedical engineering sciences building, we create an additional opportunity for higher education and the development of new technologies for detecting and treating Illnesses,” said Dr. Richard C. Benson, president of The University of Texas at Dallas, on the University’s newest bioengineering research facility shared with UT Southwestern.

Spectrum News

UT Dallas Professor Gains Better Understanding of a Pediatric Cancer after Son’s Diagnosis
November 12, 2021

“He’s inspired me to think more clinically about what children go through, what parents go through and how we can alleviate that suffering,” said Dr. Shashank Sirsi, who is a bioengineering assistant professor and researcher focusing on a rare childhood cancer. “When we’re coming up with a strategy or therapy trying to design a new way of treating neuroblastoma, I always ask the question, ‘Would I give this to my son?’”

NTX Inno News

Student, Faculty Entrepreneurs Take Home Thousands at UT Dallas’ Big Idea Competition
November 11, 2021

“(At UT Dallas), one of the things that we’re known for is bringing new ideas, solutions to problems and creating new technology,” said Dr. Stephanie Adams, dean of The University of Texas at Dallas’ Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, at the Shark Tank-style event. “But we’ve got to change our mindset about how we can capitalize on that, not just because people want to get rich and make a lot of money, but because it’s good for the economy, it’s good for our local community.”

NBC Dallas Fort-Worth News

UTD Researchers Show Connection Between Air Quality and COVID-19 Severity
November 10, 2021

“It makes you think, oh my gosh, I should keep trying to push forward and make a difference,” said Dr. Ignacio Segovia-Dominguez, a University of Texas at Dallas computer scientist.

Segovia-Dominguez is lead author of a study done by UT Dallas researchers, in collaboration with NASA to show the correlation between air quality and the severity of COVID-19 infections across states including Texas, California and Pennsylvania.

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How to Begin Building a Culture of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Your Research Group
November 5, 2021

“You have to design for all people—not just white people or women or x,” said Dr. Stephanie G. Adams, dean of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Lars Magnus Ericsson Chair on strategic planning with diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives that provide a competitive advantage. “It can only be as effective as the data you pour into it, and if your data is dimensional, you have problems.”

The Dallas Morning News

(Opinion) Investing in UT Dallas Will Accelerate Growth in North Texas
October 25, 2021

“The University of Texas at Dallas is one of the most important accelerators we have,” said John Olajide BS’04 and Ron Nash MS’79, alumni entrepreneurs who are serving as co-chairs for the University’s New Dimensions campaign. “It is our region’s premier public high-academic quality institution and partner to leading academic medical center UT Southwestern.”

The Dallas Morning News

UT Dallas Researchers Connect Texas Air Quality with COVID-19 Severity
October 15, 2021

The air pollutants we emit, such as from our cars, “create a lot of chemical reactions in the atmosphere and produce aerosols. That has an impact on us,” said Dr. Ignacio Segovia-Dominguez, a University of Texas at Dallas lecturer and research associate in computer science.

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

UT Dallas-Developed Potential COVID-Detecting Breathalyzer Test up for Possible Emergency Use Authorization
October 14, 2021

“We have to find solutions for all ends of the pandemic, and we have to do it quick,” said Dr. Shalini Prasad, head of the Department of Bioengineering and the Cecil H. and Ida Green Professor in Systems Biology Science about a portable, reusable device she co-created that detects molecules that are evidence of COVID infection in a person’s breath. “The idea is to screen people quickly.”

The device is the first of its kind and has been submitted for FDA Emergency Use Authorization in the United States.

The Dallas Morning News

International Student Enrollment Increases at UT Dallas
October 14, 2021

About 2,247 new international students enrolled at The University of Texas at Dallas for the fall semester, which is an increase from 2020-2021.

The Dallas Morning News

A Dallas Biotech Company and UT Dallas are Developing a Rapid Breath Test for COVID-19 Screening
October 13, 2021

“It will have the sensitivity of a screening test, so it will help you quickly identify asymptomatic sick people,” said Dr. Shalini Prasad, professor and head of the bioengineering department and Cecil H. and Ida Green Professor in Systems Biology Science, about the hand-held rapid test to screen for COVID-19 being developed by her lab and SOTECH Health, a Dallas biotech company.

KERA News

UT Dallas Launches Bootcamp for Careers in Tech
October 10, 2021

“These bootcamps will not only develop qualified tech talent for prominent companies, but also connect students with these local major tech players through networking opportunities and other career services available through the University and Fullstack Academy,” said Dr. Lawrence Overzet, professor and head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Dallas about a series of online bootcamps for Texas residents who want to work in the tech industry.

The Dallas Business Journal

How DFW is Getting More Traction With Semiconductors — and it’s not just Texas Instruments
October 5, 2021

“The Dallas region plays a very important role in the semiconductor industry,” said Dr. William Vandenberghe, associate professor of materials science and engineering, about an international semiconductor conference being held in Dallas for the first time. “Texas Instruments remains one of the leading semiconductor companies with a big part of their research and development and production in the Dallas region.”

The Dallas Morning News

UT Dallas Named One of Best College Campuses for LGBTQ Students
October 8, 2021

Campus Pride selected The University of Texas at Dallas one of the “best of the best” college campuses for LGBTQ students.

Dallas Observer

Hackers Demand Millions from Allen ISD, the Latest District Targeted by Cybercriminals
October 6, 2021

Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham, computer science professor and Founders Chair in Engineering and Computer Science, said about the need to proper “cyber-hygiene” to make sure computer systems are as secure as possible: “We have to take this very seriously, just like we take the threats of hurricanes and terrorists attacks seriously.”

Community Impact

UT Dallas Primes Tech Talent Pool Amid Surge in Demand in Richardson and Beyond
October 4, 2021

“Nobody ever told us what to do — there were no guidelines,” said Trent Sakakini, a mechanical engineering alumnus about his award-winning UTDesign® capstone project to design a sorting machine for a University of Texas at Dallas spinoff company’s 3D-printed nasal swabs. “Here’s what we need. You guys figure it out.”

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