News Category: cockrell-school-of-engineering

Collaboration to Fight Extreme Heat in Austin

June 29, 2021

A collaborative project among UT researchers, community groups, Austin residents, and the City of Austin aims to develop strategies to cool down temperature hot spots.

Creating Self-watering Soil

March 1, 2021

Dr. Guihua Yu, an associate professor of materials science in UT’s Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering and Texas Materials Institute is applying hydrogel to create self-watering soil.

Water from Air with Solar Power

March 13, 2020

Access to clean water remains one of the biggest challenges facing humankind. A breakthrough by engineers at The University of Texas at Austin may offer a new solution through solar-powered technology that absorbs moisture from the air and returns it as clean, usable water.

Extracting Lithium to Power the Future

March 10, 2020

An international research team that includes a professor in the Cockrell School’s McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering has pioneered a new filtration technique that could dramatically reduce the amount of time it takes to extract lithium from the earth and thereby improve the supply for electric vehicles and renewable energy sources.

Take a Walk Around Austin in 2050

Feb. 27, 2020

Dr. Fernanda Leite and her team is designing virtual reality simulations to help people see what their city could look like in 30 years, given a massively increased population and a changing climate.

Enhancing Sustainable Energy is the Aim of New UT Collaborations

Feb. 17, 2020

Eleven projects at The University of Texas at Austin have won a campus-wide competition led the the Energy Institute to identify and support the most promising global energy transition research at UT. 

Satellite Data Contributes to Our Understanding of Climate Change

May 24, 2019

The twin satellite system launched in 2002 to take detailed measurements of the Earth (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, or GRACE) has documented ichange global climate patterns. Additional news release from Cockrell School of Engineering.

In the News: Eco-friendly Dog House Competition

April 16, 2019

From The Daily Texan: This year’s Sustainable Dog House Challenge was an un-fur-gettable experience, with dogs from the Austin Animal Center paying a visit. The event, hosted earlier this month by the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering department, is a competition for students to build eco-friendly dog houses. 

Giving Curriculum a Sustainability Boost

March 28, 2019

The Sustainability Course Development Awards have provided grants to faculty since 2012 to increase sustainability in undergraduate education. The Mitchell Foundation provided a scaffold to create this curriculum.

New LEED Silver Building on Campus

Jan. 29, 2019

Despite the size and complexity of the building, the Engineering Education and Research Center, which opened in August 2017, recently completed the LEED certification process and received LEED Silver certification.