Scientists at The University of Texas at Austin are changing the way we understand everything from artificial intelligence to hydraulic fracturing
Scientists at The University of Texas at Austin are changing the way we understand everything from artificial intelligence to hydraulic fracturing. Many of these faculty members will be joining leading researchers from around the world this month at the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. Dr. Peter Stone… » Continue Reading
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
No matter the flavor — fiction, poetry, nonfiction — these cool book picks from university faculty, staff and students will appeal to the tastes of every reader
Summer is the season of leisure reading and this one is serving up a scorcher. Get the scoop on the latest, greatest and under-the-radar reads from our book-loving faculty, staff and student contributors. Don’t get burned, get busy reading. Even if you can’t physically get away this summer, these book suggestions conjure interesting escapes. Whether… » Continue Reading
The Energy Institute’s research team is developing a plan to promote responsible oil production in challenging, environmentally sensitive regions
What began as a postmortem on the worst oil spill in history has turned into a blueprint for safely extracting the maligned fossil fuel from some of the most challenging and environmentally sensitive regions on earth, areas that hold unequaled potential for new discoveries in oil and gas. “The BP spill was a real wake-up… » Continue Reading
Look back at some of the stories that showed the university’s impact in 2010.
As an undergraduate engineering student at the University of Connecticut, Sheldon Bish participated in the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates at The University of Texas at Austin. So when it came time to make the decision about where to attend graduate school, Bish was confident with his choice. Sheldon Bish and James Tunnell… » Continue Reading
We measure our days in slices of time. Geologic Time as a Football Field Here’s a way to put geologic time scales in perspective. Lay out the 4.6 billion years since the Earth was formed on a football field and we can see where the milestones would appear: Start at the goal line and go… » Continue Reading
Within weeks of the Haiti earthquake last January, five geoscientists and two engineers from The University of Texas at Austin traveled to the island nation to help assess the damage, identify future earthquake hazards, and make recommendations about how and where to rebuild. They surveyed Haiti from the air, land, coastline and sea.
Mark Helper looked out the windshield of his pressurized lunar rover at a gray otherworldly landscape that stretched in every direction as far as he could see. With time running short, he and his teammate drove on across the rubble-strewn floor of a vast impact crater. They stopped and Helper used the vehicle’s robotic arm… » Continue Reading
Green, Texas: Texans like to think of themselves as the best. Over the past decade, environmentalists have rated the state No. 1, but not in a good way: number one for per capita energy consumption, major environmental complaints and emission of air pollution and greenhouse gases. What if the state could add a new ranking: No. 1 in green energy. Sound far fetched? It’s not, according to Michael Webber, an energy specialist at The University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering and Jackson School of Geosciences, where he is associate director of the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy.