Four graduate students with the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering have been selected for the 2021 National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program. 

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Growing up picking cotton on his family’s ranch in Austin, Texas, Milton Lee thought his future had already been written. That was, until a STEM teacher at his segregated school showed him the possibility of another path.

Nearly three years after the milestone gift from J. Mike Walker, the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas continues to improve research, facilities, and student experiences.

Dr. Ann Majewicz Fey is currently an Associate Professor in the Walker Department of Engineering. Her research focus is Surgical Robotics, Haptics, Teleoperation, and Surgical Skill Assessment. She also is a part of Texas Robotics where she works on Medical, Rehabilitive, and Surgical Robotics, Teleoperation, Haptics, and Wearable Robotics, Human-Robot Interaction, Dynamics and Control.

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Professor Guihua Yu, has recently been awarded the prestigious Brimacombe Medalist by The Mineral, Metals & Materials Society (TMS)

Dr. Raghu Bollapragada is currently an Assistant Professor in the Walker Department of Engineering. His is a part of the Operations Research and Industrial Engineering program on optimization methodologies and machine learning.

For two and a half years, fear and chaos defined Cockrell School alumna Azita Sharif’s daily reality as a teenager in the 1970s living through the Iranian Revolution – a revolution that led to a short civil war and a long, brutal international war with Iraq.

Lithium-ion batteries power devices that billions of people use every day — from electric cars to smartphones and laptops. The rising demand for these batteries created a need for alternative technologies with potentially lower material costs. A promising class of batteries based on sodium and potassium ions offer new options, especially for uses that don’t require maximum energy and power. But safety and longevity issues have held back their widespread commercial adoption.