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Meet the Winners of UTD’s 2024 Big Idea Competition

by | May 8, 2024
From a student whose digital platform connects social media influencers with restaurant owners to a returning alum whose dual-pedal controller lets video gamers put their feet into play, big ideas abounded at this year's UTD Big Idea competition. Here's who won what.
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NTXIA Partners with UTA and UTD To Launch Urban Resilience Fellowship
by | Mar 21, 2024
Through the program, the North Texas Innovation Alliance will connect university students with community and industry partners to develop "innovative solutions to improve the everyday lives of the public." They'll do this across a wide range of sectors, from mobility to cybersecurity to sustainability and more.
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UT Dallas Hosts Largest-Ever GCEC Conference, Wins ‘Entrepreneurial Leadership’ Honor for Innovation Institute
by | Oct 18, 2023
The annual conference of the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers featured more than 700 leaders from universities around the world taking part in more than 140 breakout sessions. More than a year and a half in the making, it saw the presentation of honors and awards to 12 universities—including a key honor for UTD's Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which hosted the event.
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UTD Students Launch Routora App After Winning Big Idea Competition
by | Sep 28, 2023
Promising "AI-driven route planning at your fingertips," Routora is a route optimization app that helps you find the shortest, most efficient multi-stop route to save time, gas money, and carbon impact on the environment.
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Defense Department Awards $30M to Create UT Dallas ‘Energy Storage Systems Campus’

by | Sep 18, 2023
The $30 million UTD-led project aims "to accelerate the transition and scaling of next-generation batteries," while reducing dependence on scarce critical materials. Led by UTD biology professor Dr. Kyeongjae Cho, the initiative will include the construction of a new research facility at the Richardson IQ.
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UT Dallas Joins New USDOT National Cybersecurity Center To Help Protect Connected Vehicles, Drones, and More
by | Aug 2, 2023
From new cars and autonomous vehicles on our roads to drones in our skies, America's transportation system has become increasingly connected—and dangerously vulnerable to cyberattacks. Now UT Dallas is joining an effort to patch up those vulnerabilities through the newly formed National Center for Transportation Cybersecurity and Resiliency. See who's on the UTD team—and what they aim to do.
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The Last Word: UTD’s Shalini Prasad on How High-Tech Soil Sensors Can Help Gardeners and Farmers
by | Jul 20, 2023
"This is the equivalent of having a wearable health sensor on your body that tells you in real-time what’s happening," Prasad said. "Think of it as a wearable for the soil."
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The Last Word: Macrocyclics Founder Dr. A. Dean Sherry on His Company’s Impact on Nuclear Medicine
A holder of 34 patents, Sherry was a pioneer in designing molecular materials for use in medical imaging. His work on chemicals called macrocyclic ligands led to their use in carrying "a payload of metallic radiotherapeutic compounds that can kill cancer cells on contact, while the outside molecular structure can be designed to bind to a specific protein that ensures precise delivery to only diseased tissue," Amanda Siegfried writes in UT Dallas Magazine.
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The Last Word: Omni Hotel’s Ruth Andrews on UTD Students’ Animations for Dallas Arts Month

by | Apr 19, 2023
To celebrate Dallas Arts Month, the Omni Dallas Hotel is displaying 16 animations by UTD Projection Mapping Lab students on select nights through the end of the April, from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.
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The Last Word: UTD’s Dale MacDonald on How AI Chatbots Could Impact Your Job
by | Mar 29, 2023
MacDonald was part of a panel discussion at UT Dallas, in partnership with The Dallas Morning News, aimed at clearing up misconceptions about ChatGPT, the AI chatbot that’s gone viral. The panel featured four UTD scientists—Xinya Du, Gopal Gupta, Dale MacDonald, and Jessica Ouyang—and was moderated by Adithi Ramakrishnan, science reporter at the DMN.
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The Last Word: UTD’s Dr. Steve Yurkovich on $100K Amazon Robotics Grant
A$100,000 grant from Amazon Robotics will support the development of new UT Dallas coursework in functional safety—a practice that ensures the safe functioning of everything from autonomous warehouse robots to delivery robots and more.
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The Last Word: UTD’s Balakrishnan Prabhakaran on Virtual Reality Tech for Phantom Limb Pain
The Mr. MAPP system uses a laptop, camera, and VR headset to create a virtual 3D model of the user’s missing or paralyzed limb. Wearing the VR headset, Peterson played a series of games where the virtual model of his missing lower leg did things like stomp the floor or burst a bubble.
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UT Dallas Is Merging Two Schools To Bring Arts, Humanities, and Tech Together

by | Jul 27, 2022
Aiming to forge "a new path for excellence, innovation, and growth in the arts," UT Dallas is merging two schools into one larger School of Arts, Humanities, and Technology. The combined school will give the university a strong, single academic presence for the arts while taking advantage of UTD’s future arts and performance complex, the $158 million Edith and Peter O’Donnell Jr. Athenaeum. The school's inaugural dean, Dr. Nils Roemer, says the move will "make a statement to the entire country about our commitment to arts, humanities, and technology."
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12 Acres of Creativity: UT Dallas Breaks Ground on a $158M Cultural Arts District
by | May 12, 2022
The Edith and Peter O’Donnell Jr. Athenaeum will feature three new buildings: a second location for the Crow Museum of Asian Art; a performance hall; and a second museum focused on traditional arts of the Americas. The project's designer, global architectural firm Morphosis, designed the Perot Museum in downtown Dallas.
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UTD Team’s Wearable Sweat Sensor Can Detect Key Biomarkers of Infection
by | May 5, 2022
A team of UT Dallas bioengineers in collaboration with Allen-based EnLiSense designed the device, which uses an electrochemical biosensor to detect two key biomarkers of infection. The sensor could be a "significant step" toward early detection of infections like COVID-19 and the flu. "We have built a technology to unlock and explore the latest frontier in sweat diagnostics," said Dr. Shalini Prasad, who heads up the UTD team and is a co-founder of EnLiSense.
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UTD’s New Jindal School Center Aims to be a Guide for Retailers’ Digital Transformation
by | Nov 16, 2021
The Center for Retail Innovation and Strategy Excellence (RISE) wants to pioneer how local companies respond to disruptive technologies and digital transformation.
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