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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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New Longhorn Maker Studio Expands Opportunities for Hands-On Projects

The Cockrell School of Engineering has launched a newly renovated space where students will take their ideas from invention to reality. In its first few weeks, the Longhorn Maker Studio has become a magnet for engineering students interested in making everything from drones and robots to 3-D printed objects and electronic sensors.

Located on the ground level of the Engineering Teaching Center, the Longhorn Maker Studio is outfitted with 3-D printers and scanners, laser cutters, sewing machines, machines for fabricating electronic circuit boards and many other tools. The 1,700-square-foot studio is the latest effort by the Cockrell School and Dean Sharon L. Wood to provide more opportunities for hands-on learning and student projects.

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UT Austin Brings Engineering Education to High School Students and Teachers

This fall, Engineer Your World, an innovative high school engineering curriculum created at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, announced it will reach 3,000 students in 77 schools across the country — up from 750 students in 23 schools in 2012 — marking a significant expansion in its effort to provide accessible, high-quality engineering education and better prepare U.S. students in STEM fields.

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Working on a Better Way to Treat Pertussis

Jennifer Maynard, an associate professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, is on the cusp of a therapeutic injection to treat the symptoms of pertussis and the painful coughing fits that come with the illness.

Maynard's passive immunization techniques gives babies who've had exposure to pertussis "instant immunity" using a mixture of two antibodies. The first binds to the whooping cough toxin, preventing it from attaching to healthy cells. The second stops the toxin from reaching its target within a healthy cell.

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