Seven University of Texas at Austin researchers are confronting what the scientific community has defined as this century's grand challenges in drug design, environmental sustainability and improved oil recovery using Moncrief Grand Challenge Faculty awards for 2011-12.

Professors Tom Hughes and Mark Mear of the department are among those selected.

The awards, funded by the private donations of oilman and philanthropist W. A. "Tex" Moncrief of Fort Worth and an anonymous donor, enable scientists and engineers to work at the Institute for Computational and Engineering Sciences (ICES) on challenges that affect the competitiveness and international standing of the United States.

Hughes' research project is on modeling the behavior of nanoparticles in blood vessels to design drug delivery systems.

Mear's research project is on modeling the behavior of soil and rocks to improve recovery of natural resources such as groundwater and oil.

Grand challenges are problems that must be addressed to achieve a sustainable, economically robust and politically stable future. These involve using computational methods to study such topics as cardiovascular engineering, water sustainability and weather. Other vitally important areas include carbon sequestration, drug design and delivery, advanced materials, rising seas modeling, national security, nano-science and engineering, and computational medicine and biomedicine.

Over the past three years the Moncrief Grand Challenge Awards Program has provided more than $1 million in funding for university faculty to pursue research in computational science and engineering.

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Faculty Research

Keeping UAVs Safe Using Game Theory

Efstathios Bakolas is developing algorithms to help keep unmanned autonomous vehicles safe during maneuvers.

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Upcoming Event

ASE/EM Fall Festival 2016

Members of the ASE/EM community are invited to join us for Texas barbecue and student-led activities on Friday, Oct. 14 from 4-6 p.m.

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We are currently developing a pool of candidates for possible temporary/non-tenure track full or part-time positions to teach undergraduate and graduate courses.

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Department News

September 20, 2016

Thomas Hughes Receives University Co-op Career Research Excellence Award

Professor Thomas Hughes was selected to receive the 2015-16 University Co-operative Society’s Career Research Excellence Award.

September 20, 2016

Alumnus Stavros Gaitanaros Wins Bureau Prize

Stavros Gaitanaros was selected to receive the Bureau Prize based on a paper and presentation to the 2016 Congress of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics.

Upcoming Seminar

September 29, 2016

Electric field and plasma interactions with flames: From fundamentals to modeling and applications

Dr. Fabrizio Bisetti

Location: WRW 113
Time: 3:30 pm

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The UT Aerospace Engineering program offers a wide variety of real-world, hands-on opportunities to our students beginning with the first day they set foot on campus. Watch this video to learn more from our students about their educational experience at UT ASE/EM, where the sky is no longer the limit!

 

 

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