Two rising stars in research at UT Dallas have been recognized for their promise and creativity.
Dr. Yonas Tadesse and Dr. Majid Minary, of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science
, have been named recipients in the 2015 Young Investigator Program
(YIP) by the Office of Naval Research
, and will receive up to $170,000 a year in funding for three years.
YIP seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their first or second tenure-track appointments. This is the second consecutive year that two Jonsson School faculty members have received YIP awards.
Researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas and Virginia Tech have created an undersea vehicle inspired by the common jellyfish that runs on renewable energy and could be used in ocean rescue and surveillance missions.
In a study published this week in Smart Materials and Structures
, scientists created a robotic jellyfish, dubbed Robojelly, that feeds off hydrogen and oxygen gases found in water.
“We’ve created an underwater robot that doesn’t need batteries or electricity,” said Dr. Yonas Tadesse, assistant professor of mechanical engineering
at UT Dallas and lead author of the study. “The only waste released as it travels is more water.”
The University of Texas at Dallas teamed up with The Dallas Morning News
to give the public a chance to see the research being done on campus during Science in the City on March 30. Scientists, graduate students and professors showed off their work in bioengineering, nanotechnology, mechanical engineering and neuroscience to groups of eager participants.
Dr. Shalini Prasad
, Cecil H. and Ida Green Professor in Systems Biology Science in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science
, and her team presented a device that detects pesticides in produce.
Dr. Ray Baughman
, director of the Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute and the Robert A. Welch Distinguished Chair in Chemistry in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
, and his team demonstrated how to make artificial muscles from nylon fishing line, while Dr. Yonas Tadesse
, associate professor of mechanical engineering, showed how he uses those muscles in his robotics research.
Dr. Ted Price
BS’97, Eugene McDermott Professor of neuroscience in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
, showcased his research on pain in the Bioengineering and Sciences Building. Participants also toured the new Engineering and Computer Science West building
and saw a demonstration of a self-driving robotic car in a session led by Dr. Tyler Summers
, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.