Wednesday, February 4, 7:00am - 8:00am
100 Nedderman Hall, UT Arlington campus


A Quick Look at Two Engineering Student and Faculty Achievements

This program presents examples of achievements by student teams and faculty members in the UT Arlington College of Engineering. During 2014, student teams won or ranked high in competitions ranging from auto racing and rocketry to computer programming and biomedical applications, while research expenditures by faculty members reached nearly $40 million.

Gridlock: a real-time monitoring system that analyzes traffic conditions and enables better vehicular flow.
Computer Science & Engineering students won a $10,000 prize in the NTx Apps Challenge, a competition to develop web and mobile applications that solve regional challenges in four major subject areas: water conservation, waste reduction, energy efficiency and transportation. The team created a smart network that adjusts traffic light schedules to make traffic flow more efficiently by collecting information about traffic, and then use data mining to enhance the timing of traffic lights in real time. Dr. Eric Becker, CSE senior lecturer and undergraduate adviser, will introduce the team: Zedd Shmais, James Staud and Nhat Tran, all seniors from Fort Worth.

Integrative Sensing and Prediction of Urban Water for Sustainable Cities.
Civil Engineering's Dr. Dong-Jun Seo leads an interdisciplinary team to solve the tremendous water-related challenges some cities face due to urban population growth and climate fluctuations. Even moderate rainfall can quickly fill and overflow urban water reserves. Using a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the team's project utilizes high-resolution precipitation information from the network of Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) radars available in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, crowd-sourced water observations for ubiquitous sensing of surface water over a large urban area, and new innovative wireless sensors for water quantity, water quality and soil moisture.

Dr. Seo received a master's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. from Utah State University. He has a distinguished career with over 21 years of experience in hydrology and water resources. Before joining UT Arlington, Dr. Seo served with the National Weather Service.


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