Spotlight: Making global connections

UNT makes global connections

UNT makes global connections

Global Connection: International Face

UNT’s international community continues to grow. The number of UNT students from countries other than the United States increased by more than 3 percent for 2010, with the largest numbers of students coming from China, India, Korea, Taiwan, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Mexico, Thailand and Nigeria.

Partnership Spotlight: UNT & NSF

Students work on research in advanced non-ferrous structural alloys

National Science Foundation Centers: Faculty Experts Provide Industry Relevant Research

By Alyssa Yancey

With unique facilities and the Dallas-Fort Worth area offering the nation's sixth largest economy, the University of North Texas is an attractive partner for collaborations with industry. Add the university's engineering expertise, and 2011 brought UNT two new National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center sites in addition to its existing I/UCRC. The NSF oversees about 60 of the prestigious centers across the country.

Research Partnerships

Engineering research partnership

The Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering enjoys forming partnerships with local industry leaders and companies, who work with the department on student projects and research initiatives. 

How do students benefit from partnerships?

Partnerships with industry leaders allow students to apply what they learn in the classroom to solve real issues. Working on projects with professional engineers elevates students’ skills and industry knowledge, preparing them for future careers, while helping them network and build relationships.

One way the Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering uses partnerships is the Senior Design program, MEE’s capstone undergraduate project. Students develop a solution to a current engineering issue, taking on roles as designers, testers and project managers. Employer sponsors, or local industry leaders, act as their clients, providing feedback and review throughout the project.

> Learn more about Senior Design

Why do industry leaders volunteer as partners?

Companies and professionals benefit from collaborating with student projects and departmental research because it allows the company to meet emerging talent and perform research about real mechanical engineering and energy issues at no cost. Past partners have included:

  • Bell Helicopter
  • Peterbilt Motors Company
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Eagle’s Nest
  • NASA
  • Halliburton

If you are a local engineering professional or company who would like to partner with the department on a student project or research initiative, contact mee.outreach@unt.edu.