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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 bioengineer 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 UT 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 and UT Southwestern Medical Center Unveil Plans for a $120M 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 UT Dallas, on the University’s newest bioengineering research facility shared with UT Southwestern.

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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 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?’”

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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 UT 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.

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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, UT 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.”

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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 lecturer and research associate in computer science.

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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.

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International Student Enrollment Increases at UT Dallas
October 14, 2021

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

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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, 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.


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, head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 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 Campus for LGBTQ Students
October 8, 2021

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

Dallas Observer

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

Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham, Founders Chair in Engineering and Computer Science, 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,” she said.

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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 UT Dallas spinoff company’s 3D-printed nasal swabs. “Here’s what we need. You guys figure it out.”

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