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Technology Association Names ME Department Finalist for Tech Titan Award

July 18, 2014


The Department of Mechanical Engineering at UT Dallas is one of four finalists for the 2014 Tech Titans of the Future University Level Award given by Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC).

According to the MTBC, "The Tech Titans of the Future University Level award recognizes an accredited educational institution in the DFW Metroplex that encourages and supports students to choose engineering and technology related disciplines as a preferred career path. This award category spotlights DFW area higher educational institutions' technology related curricula and incentives to perpetuate tech-related knowledge transfer."


Dr. Mario A. Rotea

Our award nomination articulated four key elements of our strategy:

  1. A vision for modern mechanical engineering focused on problems of global significance with regional impact.
  2. An undergraduate curriculum that promotes flexibility through senior electives and provides ample opportunities for real-world, hands-on training through senior projects; an MS program that prepares students for doctoral research or industry through cross-disciplinary courses.
  3. Unprecedented growth in student enrollment.
  4. The diversity and competitiveness of the research funding secured by the faculty, including a good number of prestigious federal awards for young or beginning faculty members.

I am grateful for the contributions and continued support of our administrators, students, faculty, staff and industry partners in helping us achieve this nomination.

The winner will be announced at the "Tech Titan" black-tie gala Friday, Aug. 22 at the Hotel InterContinental Dallas.

All the best,

Mario A. Rotea
Department Head, Mechanical Engineering
Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science
Erik Jonsson Chair
The University of Texas at Dallas