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"Mechanical Engineering (includes Operations Research and Industrial Engineering)"

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Algae-Based Biofuels

The University of Texas at Austin is conducting a multidisciplinary research and development program directed toward extraction of triglycerides from algae for the production of transportation fuels. The triglyceride ext... More
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Assessing Energy Requirements and Material Flows of Selective Laser Sintering Nylon Powder

Selective laser sintering (SLS) is a laser-based, additive manufacturing method for creating functional parts. Parts are built from a CAD model, layer-by-layer. The part is built inside a powder bed, and most of this pow... More
Faculty & Staff

Berberoglu, Halil

Dr. Berberoglu’s research integrates thermal-fluid sciences with bio- and nano-technology and focuses on exploiting a wide range of renewable energy sources and carbon sequestration technologies. His research activitie... More
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Bickel, J. Eric

J. Eric Bickel's research interests include the theory and practice of decision analysis and its application in the energy arena. His research has addressed the modeling of probabilistic dependence, value of information,... More
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Comparative Methods Radiation Transportation (ME 388F)

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Cool It

My research is featured in this documentary, which addresses possible responses to climate change. More
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Design for Environment: Guidelines for Future Product Design

creased emphasis on the well-being of the environment for sustained health, quality of living, and wealth of resources is challenging corporations to innovate products which meet customer needs while using fewer and clea... More
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Design of Air Conditioning Systems (ME 374R)

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Design of Nuclear Systems (ME 388N)

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Development of a Solar-Powered Vehicle (EE 309S; EE 362S; ME 379M; ASE 379L)

Analysis, design, and construction of a solar-powered car for national competitions involving other universities. Study of electrical, mechanical, and aerodynamic systems. Electrical Engineering 309K (Topic: Development ... More
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Electrochemcial Supercapacitors

Electrochemical capacitors (double layer and redox capacitors) offer the important advantages of superior cyclability and high power capability compared to batteries. However, the limited capacitance of carbon materials ... More
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Energy Development & Policy (BGS 380; C E 397; LAW 397S; M E 397; P A 388K)

This interdisciplinary course will introduce students to the legal, business, and technical facets of energy development and entrepreneurship. The course is structured around four potential development sites—two wind d... More
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Energy Systems Laboratory (ME 363L)

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Energy Technology and Policy (PA 388K; ME 397; ME 397M, EER 396; MAN 385; CHEM 359; CHEM 384)

Technology and policy related to energy supply and demand, oil and gas production, coal utilization, hydrogen production, fuel cells, transportation, nuclear power, solar and wind energy, biomass utilization, energy cons... More
Faculty & Staff

Ferreira, Paulo

My research interests focus on the study of the atomic structure and defect behavior of nanomaterials, through in-situ and high-resolution TEM techniques. In particular, I am interested in understanding the relationships... More
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Fuel Cells

Fuel cells are appealing for a variety of energy needs including portable, transportation, and stationary applications since they offer clean energy with high efficiencies. However, a widespread commercialization of fuel... More
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Ghattas, Omar

Modeling of dynamics of polar ice sheets; seismic inversion. More
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Goodenough, John

Dr. Goodenough's research into the relationships between the chemistry, structure, and electronic/ionic properties of solids addresses fundamental solid state problems in order to design new materials that can enable an ... More
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Hebner, Robert

Dr. Hebner's research interests include high voltage pulse generators, electrical conduction and breakdown, superconducting motors,hybrid vehicle technology, high speed generators, energy storage, and advanced low-volume... More
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IGERT: Sustainable Grid Integration of Distributed and Renewable Resources

A collaborative research and education project between UT-Austin and the Pecan Street Project in Austin is the basis for a recently funded NSF IGERT proposal, which is to train up to 12 graduate students per year. Alread... More
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Intro to Nuclear Power Systems (ME 337C)

Radioactivity, nuclear interactions- fission and fusion, fission reactors, nuclear power systems, nuclear power safety. Prerequisite: For engineering majors, Physics 303L and 103N with a grade of at least C in each and a... More
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Klein, Dale

Dale E. Klein is Associate Director of the Energy Institute and Associate Vice President for Research at UT-Austin. Formerly he was Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and also served as a member of the Commiss... More
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Lithium-Ion Batteries

Lithium-ion batteries have become the power source of choice for portable electronic devices as they offer higher energy density compared to other rechargeable battery systems. They are also intensely pursued for hybrid ... More
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Manthiram, Arumugam

Dr. Manthiram directs a large, productive research group in electrochemical energy technologies with 27 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. His current research is focused on high energy density batteries, in... More
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Meyers, Jeremy P.

Dr. Jeremy Meyers earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1998. He joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 2006. Dr. Meyers researches the design and opt... More
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Nanomaterials

Nanomaterials are intensely pursued for a variety of technological applications. Chemical synthesis and processing play a critical role in accessing nanomaterials with desired morphology, microstructure, and properties. ... More
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Nuclear Environmental Protection (ME 389C)

Ionizing radiation and its interactions with matter and living tissues; radioactive decay kinetics; external and internal dose measurement; transportation through the environment; managing radioactive waste streams; and ... More
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Nuclear Health Physics (ME 389D)

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Office of Naval Research Electric Ship Program

The U.S. Navy is investing in technology for an electric naval force in order to increase affordability and military capability. This transformational war fighting capability is based on integrated electric power system ... More
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Orbach, Raymond

Dr. Raymond Lee Orbach is Director of The University of Texas at Austin's Energy Institute, a multi-disciplinary institute that combines the strengths of the university's schools and colleges to advance solutions to toda... More
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Pecan Street Project

UT faculty and students are providing research support for the DOE sponsored smart grid demonstration that was awarded to the Pecan Street Project ($10 million over five years). In the smart grid demonstration project at... More
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Radioactive Waste Management (CE 377K; ME 389E)

This course is designed to provide a fundamental understanding of sources of radiation, ionizing radiation, its interaction with matter and living tissues, radioactive decay kinetics, external and internal radiation d... More
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Ruoff, Rodney S.

Our research includes study of the synthesis, characterization, and application of novel carbon materials, algae-biodiesel, and new instrument development and use. One such carbon material is graphene, a two-dimensional ... More
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Solar Cells

Solar energy is the most abundant, and the amount of energy received from the sun every hour exceeds the annual global energy requirements. The major hurdle to widespread adoption of solar cells is that existing solar en... More
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Solar Energy Systems Design (ME 374S)

The objectives of this course are to provide an understanding of the fundamentals of solar radiation and of solar thermal and PV components and systems, including performance and economics. Other renewable energy technol... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Sustainable Energy Systems Certificate - Mechanical Engineering

Access to energy directly correlates with the quality of life we enjoy. Today, we face the grand challenge of meeting the energy needs of a growing population while minimizing the adverse effects of these technologies on... More
Research & Initiatives

The Economics of Climate Engineering

This work addresses possible responses to climate change. More
Faculty & Staff

Webber, Michael

Michael Webber's research interests include energy systems analysis, renewable and alternative energy, energy policy, the nexus of energy, food and water, algae biofuels, and energy in Texas. Michael is one of the origin... More