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Department of Mechanical Engineering professor Arumugam “Ram” Manthiram is one of 14 individuals this year to be elected fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS). Manthiram received the distinction for his pioneering contributions to the fundamental understanding and development of materials for energy conversion and storage, novel chemical syntheses, student education and leadership.

Mechanical engineering assistant professor Michael Cullinan has been selected to receive the Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. The honor recognizes manufacturing engineers 35 years old or younger who have made exceptional contributions and accomplishments in the manufacturing industry.

Water and energy researchers at The University of Texas at Austin — including mechanical engineering associate professor Michael Webber — led and participated in six “commitments” that the Obama Administration announced today as part of the White House Water Summit. In all, the White House announced approximately 150 commitments nationwide at the event, which coincides with World Water Day.

Alumnus Rudy Treviño’s (B.S. ME 1977) history of community service goes all the way back to when he was a mechanical engineering student at The University of Texas at Austin. Here he learned firsthand that even the simplest act could make a difference in someone’s future, especially when it comes to his or her education.

A team lead by assistant professor Vaibhav Bahadur (VB) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering is developing a novel technology to utilize excess natural gas (that is flared) from fracking sites, for harvesting atmospheric moisture. His article on the topic of ‘flared gas-based atmospheric water harvesting’ is featured on the cover of this month’s American Society of Mechanical Engineers magazine.

Department of Mechanical Engineering Interim Chair and Director of the Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab Rick Neptune has been named a fellow of the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB). He is one of three members to receive this honor in 2016.

The Innovation Center in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin has launched a grant program to provide critical funding for faculty entrepreneurs to help them bridge the gap between university research and developing their technologies so they can create companies and attract venture funding. The program’s first two grant recipients are professors Luis Sentis and Richard Crawford.

Guihua Yu, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, joins three other trailblazing faculty members from the Cockrell School of Engineering and the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin who have been awarded Sloan Research Fellowships for 2016.

Mechanical engineering Ph.D. student Annie Weathers has won the Ben Streetman Prize, a university-wide award given each year for outstanding research by a graduate student in electronic and photonic materials and devices. The prize was created in 2001 by former students of Ben Streetman, who served as dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering from 1996 to 2008.

While a staff member in The University of Texas at Austin’s Utilities and Energy Management division, alumnus Rusty Osborne (B.S. Botany 1975) devoted his 30-year career to making campus operations more sustainable. As a result of his efforts, the university saves a significant amount of energy, water and costs every year and has become a recognized energy efficiency leader among universities across the U.S.

Now in retirement, Osborne and his wife, fellow UT Austin alumna Cecilia Green (B.S. Botany 1979), are committed to developing our future leaders in green energy. With a generous $50,000 donation, the couple has established the Osborne Green Energy Endowed Excellence Fund to support the Cockrell School of Engineering’s Webber Energy Group in its mission to change the way the world thinks about energy by training the next generation of energy innovators and policy leaders.

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