Walter Voit

Director - Center for Engineering Innovation
Associate Professor - Materials Science & Engineering
Associate Professor - Mechanical Engineering
Tags: Materials and Polymers Chemistry Bioengineering Mechanical Engineering Materials Science and Engineering

Professional Preparation

PhD - Materials Science and Engineering
Georgia Tech - 2009
MS - Artificial Intelligence
UT Dallas - 2006
BS - Computer Science
UT Dallas - 2005


Electron Beam Crosslinked Polyurethane Shape Memory Polymers with Tunable Mechanical Properties - Journal Article
Fabrication of Responsive, Softening Neural Interfaces - Journal Article
High Performance and Multipurpose Triarylamine-Enchained Semifluorinated Polymers - Journal Article
High-Strain Shape-Memory Polymers - Journal Article
Radiation crosslinked shape-memory polymers - Journal Article
Smart Polymers for Neural Interfaces - Journal Article
Three-Dimensional Flexible Electronics Enabled by Shape Memory Polymer Substrates for Responsive Neural Interfaces - Journal Article
Triple-Shape Memory Polymers Based on Self-Complementary Hydrogen Bonding - Journal Article


Assistant Professor
UT Dallas [2010–Present]
Syzygy Memory Plastics [2007–Present]


Voit, W., T. Ware, et al. (2009). Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results - Syzygy Memory Plastics: 'Smart' Earpieces with Shape-Memory. IGERT PI Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
Voit, W. (2007). Enabling Low Cost Manufacturing for Acrylic Shape Memory Polymers (poster). Atlanta, GA.
Evans, N., W. Voit, et al. (2009). Polyurethane-Acrylate Blends with Shape Memory. UROP Spring Symposium, Atlanta, GA.
Voit, W., T. Ware, et al. (2009). Xini: A novel organic crosslinker and initiator for acrylic shape-memory polymer networks. Atlanta Chapter of ASM International.
Varallo, A., W. Voit, et al. (2009). Synthesis of Thermoset Acrylic Foams with Shape Memory Properties. UROP Spring Symposium, Atlanta, GA.

Additional Information

Honors and Awards

Best Presentation, 9th annual Ionizing Radiation and Polymers Conference, College Park, MD., 2010 McDermott Faculty Member, 2010 Best Poster Award, NSF IGERT PI Annual Meeting, Washington, DC., 2009 Member, Materials Research Society, 2008 - 2010 Member, TMS, 2008 - 2010 Founder and CTO of Syzygy Memory Plastics, 2007 - 2010 NSF IGERT-Funded TI:GER Fellow, The Georgia Institute of Technology, 2007 - 2009 Presidential Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2006 - 2009 Erik Jonsson Fellow, University of Texas at Dallas, 2005 - 2006 McDermott Scholar, University of Texas at Dallas, 2001 - 2005

News Articles

UT Dallas Team Infuses Polymer Chemistry into 'Minecraft' Modification
The 3-D world of the popular “Minecraft” video game just became more entertaining, perilous and educational, thanks to a comprehensive code modification kit, “Polycraft World,” created by UT Dallas professors, students and alumni.

With “Polycraft World,” the millions of “Minecraft” players worldwide will now be able to incorporate the properties of many materials — chemical elements and compounds — into game action. For example, said Dr. Walter Voit, players could harvest natural rubber from trees, thwart enemies using flamethrowers and jetpacks, explore underwater biomes by scuba diving, or rapidly travel through virtual worlds on pogo sticks wearing custom-molded running shoes.
$1 Million Grant to Help Professor Improve Prosthetics for Soldiers
Dr. Walter Voit, assistant professor of materials science and engineering and mechanical engineering at The University of Texas at Dallas, has been awarded $1 million to create medical devices that will lead to greater control of prosthetics in wounded soldiers.

Voit was one of 25 junior faculty members in the country selected to receive a DARPA Young Faculty Award. The long-term goal of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program is to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers who will focus their careers and research on Department of Defense and national security issues. More than 200 junior faculty applied to receive part of the more than $12 million awarded.
Level Up and Learn: Team Teaches Science Through Video Game
A University of Texas at Dallas team is exploring whether teaching real-world science through a popular computer game may offer a more engaging and effective educational approach than traditional concepts of instruction.

In an article recently published in Nature Chemistry, a UT Dallas team — including a materials scientist, two chemists and a game design expert — describes how a group of 39 college students from diverse majors played an enhanced version of the popular video game “Minecraft” and learned chemistry in the process, despite being given no in-class science instruction.
Breaking the Mold: Dr. Voit Designs New Plastics Technology
Think about your favorite product. Your best sounding headphones, most comfortable pair of blue jeans, or maybe the trustworthy family car you drove in college that inspired you to buy a newer model after graduation. We seek brands we trust. We refer them to our family and friends. Most importantly, we return to them time and again because they become a part of our identity.


High School Comets
Community Outreach: Materials Engineering, Technology and Science (COMETS) This program is designed to give hour long materials demos to local high school chemistry and physics classes to interest students in science and research at UT Dallas.