Aerospace engineering professor Gregory J. Rodin, engineering mechanics graduate student Reza Soheilifard, and College of Natural Sciences associate professor Dmitrii Makarov have co-authored a paper that has been chosen for the 2008 Highlights of the journal Physical Biology.

Thomas J.R. Hughes received an Honorary Doctorate from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.

Philip Varghese has been appointed chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at The University of Texas at Austin.

Wary Wheeler has been selected as a winner of the 2009-2010 W. A. “Tex” Moncrief, Jr. Simulation-Based Engineering and Sciences (SBES) Grand Challenge Faculty award.

Leszek Demkowicz was named the recipient of the 2009 Computational and Applied Sciences Award by the United States Association for Computational Mechanics.