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Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have solved a problem in micro- and nanofabrication — how to quickly, gently and precisely handle tiny particles — that will allow researchers to more easily build tiny machines, biomedical sensors, optical computers, solar panels and other devices.

Professor Rick Neptune has been named interim chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering. He will assume the role on Jan. 1, 2016.

Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a first-of-its-kind self-healing gel that repairs and connects electronic circuits, creating opportunities to advance the development of flexible electronics, biosensors and batteries as energy storage devices. 

Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin are developing the world’s first active heat pipe that can transport high heat loads over long distances. Unlike conventional heat pipes found in electronic devices and other tools, which can move heat over only a few inches, this new technology will be capable of transporting kilowatts of heat over distances of a meter or longer. 

Mechanical engineering associate professor Maura Borrego understands how difficult the transition from undergraduate to graduate student can be. Before she joined the Cockrell School of Engineering to teach engineering education, she was in those students’ shoes, facing all of the same challenges.

In 2014 the Seton Brain and Spine Recovery Center came to James Sulzer with a problem. Their patients were performing shoulder exercises incorrectly and subjecting themselves to further injury, a particular issue for patients with spinal cord injuries.

Bradley Caponigro, Cockrell School of Engineering junior and undergraduate researcher in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been selected as a 2015-16 Astronaut Scholar.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel’s Science, Technology and Space Minister Yaakov Peri have selected John B. Goodenough, professor at The University of Texas at Austin and inventor of the lithium-ion battery, to share The Eric and Sheila Samson Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation in Alternative Fuels for Transportation.

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