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Led by the inventor of the lithium-ion battery, a team of researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin has identified a new safe and sustainable cathode material for low-cost sodium-ion batteries.

The Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin has launched its first Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering program offered completely online. The program is intended for engineering professionals and is designed to address the need for rigorous yet flexible higher education programs for working adults.

Jayathi Murthy, who is chair of the Cockrell School's Department of Mechanical Engineering and holds the Ernest Cockrell, Jr. Memorial Chair in Engineering, has been named dean of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her appointment becomes effective Jan. 1, 2016.

Jianhe Guo, a Ph.D. graduate student and research assistant of Dr. Donglei Fan in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to receive one of its most prestigious awards, the 2015 International Student Research Fellowship.

Vaibhav Bahadur, an assistant professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, has been selected by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) to receive a 2015 New Faculty Research Grant. Bahadur was one of only two recipients worldwide this year.

Metasurfaces fabricated with this method possess unique properties that will enable a broad range of applications in photonics, electronics, and sensors. They can be applied to solar cells and artificial photosynthesis for enhanced solar energy conversions, and to optical sensors and spectroscopy for disease diagnosis, food safety and environmental monitoring.

Mechanical Engineering professor Li Shi and a team of researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering have discovered unique atomic motion in a promising thermoelectric material. The discovery will enable them to manipulate the material for use in thermoelectric generators. These systems will recover waste heat in car engines to deliver increased fuel efficiency.

Mechanical Engineering professor Luis Sentis and a team from the Human Centered Robotics Lab (HCRL) at The University of Texas at Austin have received the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) Elite Team Award from the Software, Robotics and Simulation Division. The award was given in recognition of the team's innovative design contributions to NASA's humanoid robot, Valkyrie.

MIT Technology Review has named Cockrell School of Engineering assistant professor Guihua Yu to its prestigious list of the world’s top 35 Innovators Under the age of 35. Yu was chosen for his work developing materials that could drive advancements in energy storage, health monitoring and environmental cleanup.

Cody Bond, a masters student advised by Dr. Halil Berberoglu, has been selected for the highly coveted National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP).

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