Siddarth Kaki, who earned his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 2018 and has remained at the university to pursue his master’s degree and Ph.D. in the same field, has been selected by Aviation Week Network and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) for its prestigious award program, “20Twenties.”

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is investing $8 million in engineering research at The University of Texas at Austin that aims to create a more efficient process for recovering oil from naturally fractured reservoirs using engineered water. Water flooding is currently the cheapest and safest method, but also one of the least efficient in naturally fractured reservoirs. Finding new ways to make water-based enhanced oil recovery (EOR) more efficient and effective will help safeguard U.S. energy independence into the future.

2D materials consist of just a single layer of atoms making them ultrathin. Graphene and other newly discovered examples are exciting engineers because of their unique properties that, so far, have proven useful in everything from photovoltaics, semiconductors and electrodes to water purification and memory storage. Texas Engineer Deji Akinwande recently co-developed the world’s thinnest memory device from 2D materials.

The elimination of cobalt — an expensive chemical component currently required to power our smartphones and laptops — from lithium-ion batteries has been the goal of Texas Engineer Arumugam Manthiram for much of his career.

Biomedical engineers at The University of Texas at Austin may have found a way for people to get better shuteye. Systematic review protocols — a method used to search for and analyze relevant data — allowed researchers to analyze thousands of studies linking water-based passive body heating, or bathing and showering with warm/hot water, with improved sleep quality. Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering found that bathing 1-2 hours before bedtime in water of about 104-109 degrees Fahrenheit can significantly improve your sleep.

Todd Humphreys, an associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, has received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for 2019. Humphreys is one of five faculty members from The University of Texas at Austin selected to receive the PECASE award this year, which is the highest honor given by the White House to scientists and engineers who are beginning their research careers. He is the Cockrell School of Engineering’s sole recipient for 2019 and is the first aerospace engineering professor to be awarded a PECASE since the U.S. government first initiated the program back in 1996.

A new patient-centered scheduling protocol is improving the quality, efficiency and convenience of multiprovider health care, according to a recently published paper from The University of Texas at Austin.

Nicholas Peppas, professor of biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, pediatrics, surgery and pharmacy at The University of Texas at Austin and an expert in biomaterials and drug delivery systems, has been elected as a foreign member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

The leading cause of death in Texas is heart disease, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, accounting for more than 45,000 deaths statewide in 2017. A new wearable technology made from stretchy, lightweight material could make heart health monitoring easier and more accurate than existing electrocardiograph machines — a technology that has changed little in almost a century.

Fluoride is a naturally existing ion, like sodium, calcium or magnesium, found in abundance in many environments around the world, including groundwater, oceans and soil.  In optimal concentrations, fluoride can strengthen our bones and pearly whites, and since the mid-20thcentury, it’s been added to drinking water, toothpastes, dental products, and supplements. But too much fluoride can have devastating consequences.