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“Starting this department from the ground up means we’re able to immediately tailor our curriculum to the needs of the modern mechanical engineer."

– Andrew Blanchard
Vice Provost, UT Dallas







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New Solar Car Racing Team Driven To Shine Light on Alternative Power Source
Students are building a vehicle over the next two years to compete in cross-country races and show the viability of alternative fuel-based transportation.

Team Develops Offshore Wind Turbine
Dr. Todd Griffith, who has worked on a design that could harvest deep-ocean wind energy, recently received a $3.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to take the technology to the next level.

Researchers Build Systems with International Collaboration
Dr. Tyler Summers recently won a three-year grant with support from the United States and Australia to develop algorithms and system architectures to coordinate networked autonomous multi-robot teams.

Engineering Students Get Drone Racing Team Off the Ground
For a pair of mechanical engineering seniors, nothing beats seeing the world from a drone’s-eye view. Now they hope to recruit a few good pilots for a new drone racing team on campus.

Remote LiDAR Station Featured on Cover of Atmosphere Magazine
Recent research from Dr. Giacomo Valerio Iungo, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, was featured on the cover of the journal Atmosphere.

Engineer Earns Young Investigator Award for Water-Harvesting Work
Dr. Simon Dai has received funding from the Army Research Office’s Young Investigator Program to harvest clean water from the air without using external energy.

Winds of Change
Jonsson School mechanical engineers are driving innovation in wind-turbine design and efficiency.

Team Creates Top-Notch Prototype for Industry Sponsor
In spring 2019, one UTDesign team stood out for the complexity and exceptionally high quality of their product, as well as the way they banded together to tackle the project.

UTDesign Students Show Stick-to-itiveness, Win National Competition
Students created a solution for a glue-dispensing system to extend the University’s reign at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference competition.

Engineering Building Receives LEED Gold Status, Lab of the Year Honor
The new Engineering and Computer Science West (ECSW) building at The University of Texas at Dallas has been recognized as LEED Gold and has garnered an international design award.

Jonsson School Students Honored by University for Best Graduate Research
Ten graduate students at The University of Texas at Dallas including two Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science students recently were honored for their dissertations and research.

Jonsson School Students Earn National Graduate Research Fellowships
Along with two University alumni, Jeanie Aird was chosen for the National Science Foundation program, which provides three years of financial support for students’ graduate studies at their chosen institution.

Mechanical Engineer Perfecting the Performance of Surgical Robotics
Dr. Ann Majewicz Fey hopes she can help surgeons come close to perfect in operating rooms after receiving a five-year, $500,000 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation.

Engineer's Work Spotlighted: Scholar Wins Contest
The work of Dr. Robert Gregg was recently featured on the cover of IEEE Control Systems Magazine, and Patrick Nnoromele won the top prize in the Oratorical Contest at the Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference.

Jonsson School Engineer Opens New Avenue for Brain Cancer Treatment
Dr. Zhenpeng Qin received a grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas to develop a new way to deliver cancer drugs to brain tumors.

New Building Offers Inside View of Innovation
Four-stories high with 200,000 square feet of space, the Engineering and Computer Science West building is designed to inspire students and to showcase research in energy, robotics and nanotechnologies.

New Control Strategy Helps Reap Maximum Power From Wind Farms
Researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) developed a new way to extract more power from the wind.

New Wind Tunnel Generates Energetic Possibilities
The University unveiled the Boundary Layer and Subsonic Tunnel that could potentially impact a wide range of areas — from science and industry to student research.

Professor's Work Empowers Amputees to Walk More Naturally
Dr. Robert Gregg’s powered knee-ankle prosthesis is synchronized to the motion of the user in real time, producing a unified gait cycle that allows above-knee amputees to walk naturally.

New Control Strategy Helps Reap Maximum Power From Wind Farms
Researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) developed a new way to extract more power from the wind. The approach has the potential to increase wind power generation by 6-7% with a consequent increase in revenue.

Mechanical Engineering Group Wins Best Paper Award
A team of researchers in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science recently won best paper award at the IEEE Green Technologies Conference.

Team's Bioinspired Slick Method Improves Water Harvesting
By learning how water is collected by living organisms, including rice leaves and pitcher plants, UT Dallas researchers created and tested a combination of materials that can do the same thing, but faster.

University and Wind Industry Researchers Meet to Advance Innovation in Renewable Energy
National investments from the private and public sectors are generating state of the art technology and knowledge to secure a sustainable energy future utilizing wind power.

Microscopic Solution May Save Researchers Big Time
A University of Texas at Dallas graduate student, his advisor and industry collaborators believe they have addressed a long-standing problem troubling scientists and engineers for more than 35 years: How to prevent the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope from crashing into the surface of a material during imaging or lithography.

UT Dallas Researcher Uses Supercomputers to Explore Nanopill Design
These minute capsules can navigate the bloodstream, and, when hit with a quick pulse of laser light, change shape to release their contents. It can then exit the body, leaving only the desired package.

Researchers Work Improves Business Forecasting Practices
IIF is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and furthering the generation, distribution, and use of knowledge on forecasting. Every year, IIF provides two awards on forecasting in Business Applications and Methodology.

Jonsson School Celebrates 30th Anniversary, Honors Dean Spong at Retro Awards Party
In addition to recognizing outstanding faculty and staff members, the event honored Dr. Mark W. Spong, who was surprised with a video showing the University's appreciation for his nine years of service as the school's dean.

Students Showcase Skills at UTDesign Expo
Senior engineering and computer science students competing in the recent UTDesign Expo demonstrated innovative solutions to real-world challenges faced by corporate partners.

Jonsson School Engineers Help Autistic Teens Showcase Skills
UT Dallas students and faculty teamed up with autistic teens for hands-on activities at Engineering Brighter Futures for Autism, an event designed to stimulate interest in engineering careers.'

Students Fly High at Engineering Bootcamp
Three Jonsson School students were selected from a pool of national applicants to tackle real-world, complex engineering problems for a North Texas company.

Professor Earns NSF Grant for Prosthetics Innovation
Dr. Robert Gregg has devoted years of research to helping lower-limb amputees and stroke survivors walk again. A new grant from the National Science Foundation has given that effort a significant boost.

Young Investigator Award Supports Actuator Research
Dr. Tyler Summers, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has been awarded a $350,000 grant to study the best ways to connect sensors and actuators into networks.

Engineers Shrink Microscope to Dime-sized Device
UT Dallas researchers have created an atomic force microscope on a chip, dramatically shrinking the size — and, hopefully, the price tag — of a high-tech device commonly used to characterize material properties.

WindSTAR Team Works to Improve Wind Turbines
UT Dallas has received funding from the National Science Foundation to support its WindSTAR partnership that is researching better ways to harness the power of wind energy.

Rotea Shares Wind Energy Expertise at IEEE Conference
Dr. Mario Rotea, head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, recently gave a plenary lecture at this year's IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control.

UTDesign Team Takes Top Spot at ASME Competition
A UT Dallas mechanical engineering team earned first place at the ASME Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference Student Design Competition for the second year in a row.

Engineering Students Place First at Capstone Design Conference
A UT Dallas engineering team received top honors in the student project competition at the 2016 Capstone Design Conference.

Scientists Receive $1.3 Million in Grants for Cancer Research
UT Dallas faculty members have been awarded $1.3 million in research grants to support new insights and ideas aimed at the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer.

Jonsson School Dean Tapped for Nyquist Lecture Prize
The annual prize recognizes career achievements in automatic control and is given by the Dynamic Systems and Control Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Engineers Help Teens with Autism Build Skills
As part of World Autism Awareness Day, the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science presented “Engineering Brighter Futures for Autism,” where teens designed, built and tested components of remote-controlled cars.

Engineering Graduate's Passion Project Keeps Children Safe
Through an internship with AT&T Foundry, mechanical engineering senior Nancy Dominguez developed a safety device for children that helped her land a job developing new technology for AT&T

Awards Help Bring Scientists' Creativity to Life
Dr. Yonas Tadesse and Dr. Majid Minary of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science will receive up to $170,000 a year in funding through the Young Investigator Program

Dept Head Begins Term as NSF Director
The National Science Foundation has appointed Dr. Mario A. Rotea director of its Engineering Education and Centers Division

Nanotech Expert Fills Distinguished Chair in Engineering
Dr. Reza Moheimani has joined the Jonsson School this fall as the James Von Ehr Distinguished Chair in Science and Technology and Professor of Mechanical Engineering

In the Mojave Desert, Alum's Career Takes Flight
Stuart Yun BS'12 works for Scaled Composites, which is helping to develop the world's largest aircraft as part of the 21st-century space race

MIT Technology Review Features Robotic Leg
A robotic leg developed by a team led by Dr. Robert Gregg, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, could make walking more comfortable and efficient for amputees

Engineering Team Wins Design Contest
Five students competed against some of the nation’s top engineering programs with a project they completed as part of the UTDesign program.

Engineering Researchers Earn NSF Awards
Salvador Moreno, a fast-track master's candidate in mechanical engineering, is a recipient of a 2015 Graduate Research Fellowship. He hopes to inspire others as he impacts society through his research.

Study to Unlock Science Behind Motherhood
Dr. Fatemeh Hassanipour, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award that will be applied to research breastfeeding.

ME Student Creates Device that Can Save Kids Lives
ME student Nancy Dominguez's life-saving invention to prevent children from being trapped in hot cars was featured in the The Dallas Morning News, on KDAF, The 33 TV - Dallas/Fort Worth, and on the "Texas Standard" on KERA.

NSF Website Features Work of Dr. Majid Minary
The National Science Foundation is highlighting the work of Dr. Minary, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering in its “News From the Field” section. The story discusses Dr. Minary’s research into the creation of structures that are tougher than Kevlar.

CBS interviewed Dr. Gregg about artificial skin that can feel rain and the touch of a hand
Researchers, including Dr. Robert D. Gregg, are starting to see a greater role for skin in terms of how it can glean information from the environment that could lead to better prosthetics.

Growing Jonsson School Reinforces Faculty with Newest Hires
Dr. Mark W. Spong, dean of the Jonsson School, says the new tenure and tenure-track faculty will help the school as it continues to grow in all core areas and the University progresses toward Tier One.

Professor to Design Materials Inspired by Bone
Dr. Majid Minary, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has received a grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to design high-performance materials inspired by bone that could be used in airplanes and other defense applications.

Engineer Applies Robot Control Theory to Improve Prosthetic Legs
Research led by Dr. Robert Gregg enables powered prosthetics to respond to the wearer's environment. Wearers of the robotic leg could walk on a treadmill almost as fast as an able-bodied person.

Department Named Finalist for Tech Titan Award
The Metroplex Technology Business Council, the largest technology trade association in Texas, has named the Mechanical Engineering Department a finalist for the Tech Titan of the Future University Level Award.

Senior Lecturer Receives Engineer of the Year Award
Dr. Terry Baughn, a senior lecturer in mechanical engineering, has been named Engineer of the Year by the North Texas section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

ME Graduate Creates Devices that May Reshape Medicine
Researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Tokyo have created electronic devices that become soft when implanted inside the body and can deploy to grip 3-D objects, such as large tissues, nerves and blood vessels.

Jonsson School Prof Earns $2.3 Million Grant
Dr. Robert Gregg, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and bioengineering is a recipient of a $2.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for research.

$1 Million Grant to Help Professor Improve Prosthetics for Soldiers
Dr. Walter Voit, assistant professor of materials science and engineering and mechanical engineering at The University of Texas at Dallas, has been awarded $1 million to create medical devices that will lead to greater control of prosthetics in wounded soldiers.

Bachelor’s Degree Program Earns Accreditation
The bachelor’s degree program in mechanical engineering has earned accreditation from ABET, the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in engineering.

Shop Turns Mechanical Engineering Designs Into Reality
The opening of a mechanical engineering machine shop marks a milestone for the department.

ME Welcomes New Faculty For The 2013-14 Year
The new faculty hires for the department of Mechanical Engineering hail from universities around the world and possess diverse expertise and experience in both research and industry

PhD in Mechanical Engineering Set to Debut
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved a doctoral degree program.

ME Professors Help Inspire BEST Robotics Competitors
Professors Wooram Park and Yonas Tadesse inspire students with real-world robots.

Nanomechanics Expertise Needed to Engineer Organs
Cell mechanism findings could one day be used to engineering organs.

ME Students Help Design Solar Car
Solar car project shines light on camp for high-schoolers.

Jonsson School Honors More Staffers and Professors Than Ever
ME faculty, staff, TA and UT Dallas chapter of ASME honored.

ME Graduate Delivers ECS Graduation Speech
Molly McGregor, a member of the first graduating undergraduate mechanical engineering class, delivers the Jonsson School commencement speech.

Nanotechnology-based "Robojelly" Receives International News Coverage
The Wall Street Journal and Others Media Cover "Robojelly".

Robot Jellyfish Built with Nanotechnology
Dr. Yonas Tadesse collaborates on undersea vehicle powered by hydrogen and oxygen.

ME Master's Students Graduate
The December 2011 graduating class of mechanical engineering students earning master's degrees had an added distinction: they were the program's first.

Robotics Gets Boost
Mechanical Engineering further expands its robotics expertise with the addition of Dr. Wooram Park.

Nanotechnology for Kids
Dr. Moon Kim's new book and internship program introduce kids to the emerging wonders of nanotechnology.

Battlebots Team Triumphs
Mechanical and electrical engineering students teamed up and won first place at the 2011 BattleBots National Championship.

Sustainable Energy Expert Hired
New prof is expert in boosting energy efficiency of buildings and vehicles, and maximizing energy captured from wind and sunlight.

Plasma Symposium Keynote
Dr. Matthew Goeckner has been invited to address an international symposium on advanced plasma science.

ME Majors Among New Scholars
New members of prestigious Terry Scholars program include two freshman ME majors.

Visiting Students from Mexico
Two ME majors are part of undergrad group here doing summer research.

Boosting Power Plant Efficiency
Studying cracks in fuel rods could lead to greater efficiency, less waste.

Undergrads Who Do Research
ME sophomore among undergrads getting research experience.

Faculty Growth Continues
Dr. Hongbing Lu’s research interests include nano-indentation, visco-elasticity, experimental mechanics and the mechanics of nanostructured materials.

Professor Honored
The regional section of ASME has named Fatemeh Hassanipour its Young Engineer of the Year.

Student Project Lauded
(October 2009) Mechanical engineering students brought a twist to the traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony, adding flowing water, a rolling ball and a battle-axe.

Jonsson School Adds 10 New Faculty
(August 2009) The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at UT Dallas welcomes 10 new faculty members – including three mechanical engineers – increasing its faculty population by more than 10 percent and enhancing its capabilities in key areas.

Mechanical Engineering Department Head Named
(March 2009) Culminating a six-month nationwide search, UT Dallas names Mario Rotea, a highly regarded researcher, teacher and administrator, to be the first head of its new Department of Mechanical Engineering.

UT Dallas to Offer Mechanical Engineering Degrees
(April 2008) UT Dallas receives state approval to add a department of mechanical engineering and begin offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the field through a curriculum that specifically addresses the needs of the 21st-century engineer.