John B. Goodenough, professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, has been awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in chemistry — jointly with Stanley Whittingham of the State University of New York at Binghamton and Akira Yoshino of Meijo University — “for the development of lithium-ion batteries.”

On the wall of Janet Zoldan’s lab, which is teeming with enthusiastic students, is a poster with ZOLDAN LAB in capital letters printed across the top. Underneath it lies a short, curious statement: Stem Cells Are Like Pokèmon. Through a novel biomedical engineering process, Zoldan is looking at how iPSCs “evolve” into the cells needed to form new blood vessels and how near-infrared light can be utilized to precisely control this process.

Thanks to an extraordinary commitment from alumnus and former EOG Resources Inc. President Gary L. Thomas, the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin is officially naming its newest building the Gary L. Thomas Energy Engineering Building. Through his investment, Thomas hopes to ensure UT’s position among the nation’s top energy universities while helping to provide a multidisciplinary engineering education for students.

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have developed new guidelines for fabricating nanoscale gel materials, or nanogels, that can deliver numerous therapeutic treatments to treat cancer in a precise manner. In addition to enabling the delivery of drugs in response to tumors, their nanogels can target malignant cells (or biomarkers), degrade into nontoxic components and execute multiple clinical functions.

From developing bio-inspired membranes for more effective wastewater treatment to creating electromagnetic-based solutions for medical technologies, the Cockrell School’s new faculty members span a wide range of engineering expertise. Learn more about how our newest Texas Engineers are pushing technological boundaries and changing the world.


Cockrell School of Engineering Dean Sharon L. Wood has named Christine Julien, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Anna and Jack Bowen Professor of Engineering, as the Cockrell School’s assistant dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion — a new position established this year.

Dakota Stormer was camping with his family in Galveston, Texas, in the summer of 2001 when Tropical Storm Allison made landfall. It was on that trip, at the ripe age of seven, that Stormer decided he wanted to become a meteorologist. With a last name like “Stormer,” the career choice could not have been more perfect. It wasn’t until Stormer was in high school and discovered his natural aptitude for math that he pivoted his career trajectory from meteorologist to engineer.

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin will head into September, childhood cancer awareness month, with nearly $5 million in new cancer prevention funding from the State of Texas.

The Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin has named renowned Carnegie Mellon University researcher and professor Diana Marculescu as the next chair of UT’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She will assume her position on Dec. 1, 2019, succeeding the department’s current chair, Ahmed Tewfik.

The National Science Foundation has awarded $550,000 to fund a collaborative new research project to develop a noninvasive, computational modeling technology for assessing the likelihood of a heart attack in patients with high levels of plaque buildup in their arteries — the primary cause of heart attack in the U.S. today.