Mechanical and Energy Engineering

NSF Website Features Research on Plant-based Building Materials

Over a three-year period, University of North Texas researchers developed and tested structured insulated panel building materials made from kenaf, a plant in the hibiscus family that is similar to bamboo. Kenaf fibers are an attractive prospect because they offer the same strength to weight ratio as glass fibers.

Lindsey Smith competes in World Field Archery Competition

Lindsey Smith, a junior, recently competed in Zagreb, Croatia as a member of team USA in the World Field Archery Competition. In addition to her passion of archery Lindsey is enrolled in the dual degree program where she is pursuing a degree in Math from TWU and Mechanical and Energy Engineering from UNT. The World Archery Competition is hosted in a different country every year, previously in France and next year in either Sweden, Poland or the United States. Archers from around the world compete in different styles and with different types of bows.

Company Turns to UNT Researchers to Study Harvesting Power of its new Wind Turbine

A Carrollton company is turning to researchers at the University of North Texas to examine its newest wind turbine, which it hopes can solve a difficult problem -- harvesting power when wind speeds are low.

If UNT researchers validate BE-Wind's design, it could overcome a barrier preventing wind turbines from being widely accepted by individual homeowners and within urban areas with dense populations.

Engineering Faculty Participate in Faculty Abroad Seminar to Mexico

A group of UNT faculty and staff traveled to Mexico for an enriching time of discovery and professional growth through the 2014 Faculty Abroad Seminar (FAS). FAS, a 10-day professional development seminar, is sponsored by UNT-International in collaboration with the Office of the Provost and the Office for Faculty Success.

UNT Researchers Create New, Stronger Plant-based Carbon Fiber

Researchers at the University of North Texas have created a new carbon fiber from plants that can replace common petroleum and coal-based products in wide range of goods including parts for cars, aircraft, electronics and sports equipment. The patent-pending carbon fiber also is stronger and lighter than similar products on the market.

The new carbon fiber is made from C-lignin, a linear polymer that was discovered by UNT Distinguished Research Professor Richard Dixon and Research Professor Fang Chen in 2012 and reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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.

Lindsey Smith Awarded TIDA/MEE Scholarship

Sophomore Lindsey Smith, studying Math at TWU and Mechanical and Energy Engineering at UNT, received the Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA) Departmental Scholarship for Mechanical and Energy Engineering on Friday, February 7th.

UNT Engineering Professor Receives Prestigious NSF Grant to Research Gaps in Sustainability Knowledge

Yong Tao, chair of UNT's Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering, has received a prestigious National Science Foundation grant to identify gaps in sustainability knowledge and better understand human behavior related to sustainability.

Wood Workshop Brings Researchers to UNT

Presenters from China, Ghana, Slovenia, and Turkey discussed research topics related to wood-based products and natural fiber composites during a June 13 workshop held at UNT.

The International Workshop: Wood and Natural Fiber Materials for Energy Efficient Building Construction offered attendees the opportunity to explore international research collaboration possibilities as well as take a tour of UNT College of Engineering laboratories. Research topics included:

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