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The Last Word: UTA’s Maria Konsta-Gdoutos on Getting a $1.5M NSF Grant to Turn Concrete Into a Clean Source of Energy

Konsta-Gdoutos is exploring a way to turn one of the world's biggest polluters—concrete, which accounts for at least 8% of global energy-related CO2 emissions—into a source of clean, renewable energy. “We will pioneer TE-CO2NCRETE, a thermoelectric carbon-neutral concrete, that will exhibit a high carbon dioxide uptake potential and storage capacity,” Konsta-Gdoutos said in a statement. “Engineering the nanostructure of concrete also will allow the material to capture thermal energy from the surroundings and convert it into usable electrical energy, leading to the development of a novel technology for renewable electricity and higher efficiency power source.”
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DI People: Globe Life, Keurig Dr Pepper, ORCA AG, and More Make Leadership Moves
by | Oct 28, 2022
In this week’s roundup of hires, promotions, and accolades in North Texas, you’ll also find news from National HME, Brinker International, Robin Autopilot, GlassView, TPG, Weitzman, and others.
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The Last Word: UT Arlington’s Yi Hong on Landing $400K to Develop New ‘Bioactive Materials’ for Heart Research
Hong has received the Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association, receiving $400,000 in research funding support for five years. The award is given to established investigators in rapid growth phases of their careers, whose accomplishments continue to show promise. Hong's promise centers around his research on new "bioactive materials" to mimic the natural state of a body for heart research. That's important because cardiovascular disease remains the world's No.1 killer in the world, claiming nearly 18 million lives per year, UT Arlington says.
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Students Get $185K in Funding for Fledgling Businesses at UT Arlington’s MavPitch Competition
by | Oct 19, 2022
UT Arlington students have bright business ideas—from hydrogen-powered drones to 3D-printed concrete homes to K-pop themed T-shirt lines. The university shone a light on 10 of them—along with $185,000 in total funding—at the finale of the MavPitch Business Competition. “We use the generous awards and other resources to encourage, grow, and mentor these fledgling student-run firms,” says UTA's Jeffrey McGee.
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Schneider Electric Names Dallas-Based Joshua Dickinson as Its North American SVP and CFO

Schneider Electric—a France-based global leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation—brands itself with the message "Life Is On." Now it's tasking Dickinson with responsibility for all its financial operations in the $8 billion North American region—from driving microgrid innovations to helping Schneider achieve a "real energy transition." "The company is doubling down on its commitment to building a more sustainable and electrified future," Dickinson told Dallas Innovates.
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Dr. Venu Varanasi, pictured in his lab,an associate professor and lab director at UT Arlington, won the pitch competition.
UT Arlington Researcher Takes Home Pitch Competition Prize for Bone Regeneration Work
by | Sep 26, 2022
After a rigorous process, the top six applications to the Tech Transfer Office Showcase at BioNTX's iC3 life science summit were invited to pitch live at BioNTX's life science summit. Industry experts rated, graded, and discussed the technologies prior to the pitches "We want to cultivate technologies that are coming out of the university ecosystem here—and we want them to stay here," said Chad Ronholdt, managing director at NVB Ventures.
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The Last Word: UTA’s Allison Sullivan on Winning a $490K NSF Grant for Her Software Update Study
Sullivan, an assistant professor in the Computer Science and Engineering department at UT Arlington, was recently awarded a three-year, $490,000 grant from the National Science Foundation "to explore testing software updates without testing unchanged parts of the code."
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DI People: EarthX, Match Group, Bonton Farms, and More Make Leadership Moves
by | Sep 9, 2022
In this week’s roundup of hires, promotions, and accolades in North Texas, you’ll also find news from Ribbon Communications, Texas Brand Bank, Evolve Biologics, and COMSoverign Holding Corp., Warrior Connection, T.D. Jakes Foundation, Mindzie, the City of Fort Worth, UT Arlington, Allied Electronics and Automation, KTA Media Group, My Possibilities, and more.
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UT Arlington, Texas A&M Partner to Advance Aerospace Manufacturing in Texas

by | Aug 11, 2022
From Lockheed Martin to NASA to SpaceX, Texas is a hotbed of aerospace activity. Now UT Arlington and Texas A&M want to make that hotbed even hotter—by collaborating to advance the state's aerospace defense manufacturing community.
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DI People: DART, UT Arlington, PepsiCo, Nanoscope, Magellan Health, and More Make Leadership Moves
by | Jul 8, 2022
In this week’s roundup of hires, promotions, and accolades in North Texas, you’ll also find news from Integrity Marketing, Tauro Capital Advisors, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, Ashton Woods, Cariloop, EisnerAmper, Mosaic, Gore Range Capital, One Day, and others.

You'll also find CDFI Friendly Fort Worth's first board appointments, Texas Women's Foundation's newest board members, and North Central Texas Council of Government's new president.
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The Art of Design: See the Winners of Three AIA Dallas Architecture Awards Competitions
by | Jun 14, 2022
AIA Dallas has announced the 2022 winners of the Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition; the AIA Dallas Unbuilt Awards; and the Student Design Awards. The awards recognize "new visions for the built environment and innovative uses of technology materials, methods, and design." Here's a look at the winning entries from all three competitions.
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Blackstone LaunchPad Blasts Off at UT Arlington
by | May 11, 2022
The program enables student entrepreneurs to earn national recognition and startup resources through a national network. Here's a look at several innovations students have developed within the program—from 3D-printed rock-climbing grips to autonomous drone software and more.
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Autonomous Parking Is Coming to DFW International Airport

by | Apr 7, 2022
The pilot is funded through the NCTCOG’s Regional Transportation Council’s (RTC) Automated Vehicles Program.
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UT Dallas Researchers Study How Crowdfunding Campaigns Succeed (and Fail) With Social Media
by | Mar 31, 2022
UT Dallas marketing professor emeritus Brian Ratchford and his team explored the effects of social media on crowdfunding across nearly 440 GoFundMe campaigns.  They found that social media is most helpful in the first 10 days of a campaign. “If a campaign doesn't do well at the outset, it is unlikely to succeed,” Ratchford said.
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From Automated Airport Parking to On-Demand Rides, North Texas Boosts Autonomous Vehicle Capabilities
by | Mar 24, 2022
NCTCOG's Regional Transportation Council believes autonomous vehicles are part of the solution to North Texas' future.

From autonomous parking at DFW airport to self-driving DART shuttles to medication deliveries in McKinney—along with local hubs for Kodiak Robotics, Aurora, and TuSimple—the region could prove to be the "most robust, automated, and connected vehicle ecosystem in the country," says one official.
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Funding
Follow the Money: Dallas SPAC Raises $123M IPO, FortyTwo.VC Aims to Raise $50M Fund, Crestline Investors Closes Funds with $3.6B in Commitments, and More
by | Mar 21, 2022
What companies are finding funding or having a big exit? From startup investments to grants and acquisitions, Dallas Innovates tracks what’s happening in North Texas money.
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