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Future students, parents, school children and teachers from across the state discover the university’s research, art, traditions and resources at Explore UT

Future students, parents, school children and teachers from across the state discover the university’s research, art, traditions and resources at Explore UT

Travis Imken, an aerospace engineering major and member of the Longhorn Band, is looking forward to graduating this May from The University of Texas at Austin. It’s been a long road to this milestone — one that began before he even applied to the university. As a junior in high school, Imken joined thousands of…   » Continue Reading

From forecasting shuttle re-entry to medical procedure outcomes, engineers are working fast to create computer models we can trust

From forecasting shuttle re-entry to medical procedure outcomes, engineers are working fast to create computer models we can trust

Days before the space shuttle Columbia began its ill-fated return to Earth on Feb. 1, 2003, NASA engineers tried to evaluate the severity of damage sustained two weeks before, when a piece of foam had struck the shuttle during takeoff and damaged its thermal protection system. Engineering and computational researchers at The University of Texas…   » Continue Reading

With the help of supercomputing power, researchers explore the health risks of wireless devices through virtual body models and advanced algorithms

With the help of supercomputing power, researchers explore the health risks of wireless devices through virtual body models and advanced algorithms

VIDEO Every moment, we’re swimming in a sea of electromagnetic radiation. Appliances, power lines, cellphones, Wi-Fi and a slew of other modern technologies emit microwaves that pass through, and interact with, our bodies. As wireless technology continues to proliferate in our daily lives, anxiety builds about its dangers.  Do cellphones cause cancer? Impact fertility? Affect…   » Continue Reading

Aerospace engineer Byron Tapley’s satellite mission to measure gravity leads to discoveries about ice sheets, sea levels, floods and droughts

Aerospace engineer Byron Tapley’s satellite mission to measure gravity leads to discoveries about ice sheets, sea levels, floods and droughts

NASA scientists surveying water resources around the world with a pair of satellites 320 miles above Earth noticed something unusual in northwestern India in 2009. Farmers in the area known as the Bread Basket of India, which encompasses 438,000 square kilometers, were emptying the region’s aquifer faster than it could be replenished. Dr. Byron Tapley,…   » Continue Reading

Scientists, engineers and researchers contribute expertise to catastrophic BP oil spill

Scientists, engineers and researchers contribute expertise to catastrophic BP oil spill

As oil continues to gush into the Gulf of Mexico, The University of Texas at Austin is marshaling its expertise to respond. Engineers, scientists, researchers and other experts at the university are involved in a variety of efforts. They are modeling what could happen if a hurricane hits the oil spill, providing real-time satellite imagery…   » Continue Reading