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Advancing the Strategic Plan 2020 - Spring 2018


GUIDING ASPIRATION BUILD ON FACULTY EXCELLENCE TO STRENGTHEN ACADEMIC PROGRAMS “UTA will enhance its academic programs by enabling our talented faculty to achieve higher levels of excellence and by recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty from around the world.” RECENT HIRES WITHIN MATRIX STRUCTURE TO ENHANCE INTEGRATION PROVOST D COB D CAPPA D COEd D COE D COLA D CONHI D COS D SSW VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH HEALTH & THE HUMAN CONDITION SUSTAINABLE URBAN COMMUNITIES GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT DATA-DRIVEN DISCOVERY NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING MEMBER JOINS UTA Support from The University of Texas System’s Science and Technology Acquisition and Retention, or STARs, program enabled the recruitment of National Academy of Engineering member Robert Schafrik, an internationally renowned expert in materials and manufacturing. STARs program support is awarded to institutions to help recruit and retain the highest qualified faculty to enhance teaching and research on UT System campuses. Dr. Schafrick is the new UTA Presidential Distinguished Professor of Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering, adding significantly to UTA’s rapidly expanding national expertise in the field. NEW ENDOWED PROFESSOR Delaina A. Price was recently named the Fenton Wayne Robnett Assistant Professor of History at UTA. The honor is given by the College of Liberal Arts Committee on Endowed Professorships to recognize early career excellence. Dr. Price, who will join UTA in August 2018, earned a Ph.D. in history from Yale University, an M.A. in African-American Studies from Yale, an Ed.M. from Harvard University, and a B.A. from George Washington University. At Yale, she was awarded two fellowships from the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, a Bloomfield Fellowship, and a John F. Enders Fellowship and Research Grant. 14 THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON

GUIDING ASPIRATION STRENGTHEN COLLABORATION WITH CORPORATE AND NONPROFIT SECTORS “UTA embraces its setting in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and will maximize its geographic, socioeconomic, cultural, and contextual presence as an engaged community partner. We will build mutually beneficial relationships with corporate and nonprofit entities to serve as the intellectual and socioeconomic driver for the burgeoning North Texas region.” SEIR BUILDING The Science & Engineering Innovation & Research building is on track to open this fall. The state-ofthe-art facility will be the signature space for life and health science research at UTA, as well as a hub for industry and corporate collaborations in genomics and other vital health issues. Check on the progress at PARTNERING WITH INDUSTRY GIANTS Mechanical and aerospace engineering Professor Andrew Makeev is collaborating with industry giants to improve their technology and help them build better, longer-lasting products. Along with the Institute for Predictive Performance Methodologies—a one-of-akind laboratory led by National Academy of Engineering member Kenneth Reifsnider—Dr. Makeev is working with Boeing to test and characterize composite components in an effort to predict when they might fail and help the company build more durable aircraft. He is also collaborating with Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. through a $1.35 million grant to design more durable materials and accelerate their implementation in composite aircraft. This partnership is part of the Vertical Lift Consortium Program–Advanced Materials Technology, which is a multiyear joint effort of UTA, Bell Helicopter, Boeing, Sikorsky, and Pennsylvania State University, led by Makeev. UTA LAUNCHES RECORD LABEL The Department of Music recently launched the only university-based record label in North Texas. Its first two CDs are slated for release later this spring. While those will feature faculty members, student musicians and student vocalists will soon begin appearing on the label. Executive Producer and department Chair Dan Cavanagh, along with Lecturer and industry veteran Jamar Jones, are exposing students to all aspects of production, including recording, manufacturing, publicity, and artist relations. BOLD SOLUTIONS GLOBAL IMPACT 15