New, High-tech Engineering Laboratories to Advance Research at UNT

Engineering researchers at the University of North Texas have new, cutting-edge equipment and laboratory spaces to discover new biomaterials and to test the latest in energy-efficient products.

The College of Engineering celebrated the opening of 30,000 square feet of state-of-the-art research laboratory and teaching space at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 25, 2014, at Discovery Park.

The new laboratory space will be beneficial to the research of several of the College’s departments including biomedical engineering, engineering technology, materials science and engineering, and mechanical and energy engineering.

Referring to the new labs, Neal Smatresk, President of the University of North Texas, said “We are opening up something that will open up new avenues of research for us.”

The primary focus of the labs will be in the areas of alternative energy, renewable bio-composite materials, data visualization in computational fluid dynamics, friction stir processing with metallic alloys, and advanced manufacturing. The new labs include the Experimental Mechanics and Rheology Laboratory, Chemical Scale-Up Laboratory, Computational Modeling Lab, Energy Storage Lab, and Biofuel Engineering Lab.

Speakers at the ceremony included Smatresk, Dr. Warren Burggren, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Tom McCoy, Vice President for Research and Economic Development.

“The College of Engineering has shown fabulous growth over the last several years,” Burggren said, and the new facilities will help with continued growth by attracting additional faculty. “And to the students, [the] faculty will be teaching you the state-of-the art knowledge they have.”

After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, guests toured the new lab areas, and university and industry officials visited the construction site for a new facility that will house labs for structural testing and manufacturing. The 16,000-square-foot building will house a laboratory for structural testing of cold-formed steel and the new Bioproducts Manufacturing Laboratory.

Read more about the new UNT College of Engineering labs.

View the NBC 5 news coverage of the ribbon cutting.

Category: In the News, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical and Energy Engineering

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