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Cockrell School Breaks Ground on Engineering Education and Research Center

State legislators and University of Texas leadership joined Cockrell School Dean Sharon L. Wood and hundreds of alumni, friends, corporate supporters and members of the Texas Engineering community to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Engineering Education and Research Center (EERC).

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A Century of Advancing Women in Engineering

One hundred years ago, the first woman to receive an engineering degree from The University of Texas at Austin graduated. Thirty years after that, the university hired its first female engineering faculty member, who was also the first female professor of electrical engineering in the United States. And forty years later, we established one of the first university-led women in engineering programs in the country and the first in the state of Texas.

For nearly a century, Texas Engineering has paved the way, rising above the rest in not only encouraging the advancement of women in our field but in systematically supporting it.

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2014 in Review: A Timeline of Texas Engineering Achievements

For the Cockrell School, 2014 was a year of significant milestones and momentum, marking the beginning of a new era in engineering education at UT Austin. Follow a timeline for a sampling of the extraordinary achievements, exciting news and world-changing research discoveries from Texas Engineering over the past year.

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The Future of Texas Engineering

The physical transformation of the Cockrell School of Engineering has officially begun. In just a matter of months, the last bricks of the university’s Engineering-Science Building (ENS) will fall, making room for the new Engineering Education and Research Center (EERC).

Abatement began on the 50-year-old ENS in September, and the building is now in the final stages of demolition. By early 2015, the site will be fully cleared and the Cockrell School will hold the official groundbreaking for the EERC.

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Predicting Hurricane Storm Surge, Faster

Clint Dawson, a Cockrell School of Engineering professor and director of the Computational Hydraulics Group in the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) at The University of Texas at Austin, has been predicting hurricane storm surge for the past 15 years. Using computational methods that detail where the surge will be and at what depth, Dawson and his collaborators have helped Texas emergency managers develop hurricane evacuation plans, and studied storm surge for every hurricane to strike the United States since the late 1990s.

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