New biomedical engineering building opens

Biomedical engineering building opens

UNT has opened its new $12.6 million biomedical engineering building where glass-walled, open concept labs and classrooms create a transparent and collaborative environment for cutting-edge research and learning.

Biomedical engineering is one of the fastest growing programs at UNT, increasing more than five-fold since its first class in 2014.

The 26,250-square-foot building, which opened for classes Aug. 26, is located on UNT’s Discovery Park campus and provides faculty and students with modern classrooms, research labs, facilities for microscopy, cell culture and optics as well as teaching labs and a senior design lab. Learn more.

Advancing sensors for nuclear power plants

Zhang to develop advanced sensors

Haifeng Zhang, an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering, is part of a $1 million Department of Energy grant to develop and integrate a new sensor that will detect deviations from normal operating conditions in nuclear power plants.

As co-investigator, Zhang will work alongside the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to create a special sensor that provides more reliable measurements and can survive in strong, harsh environments. He says the sensor will help power plant employees notice atypical operating conditions in the plant, helping lower the likelihood for a disaster or emergency. Learn more.

Research collaboration focused on drones

Collaboration on drones

This summer, the Army Research Laboratory VTD Vehicle Applied Research Division visited Discovery Park to discuss opportunities for joint research with the College of Engineering. The two teams dove deep into topics related to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, and areas where UNT Engineering faculty could provide research expertise and ARL members could provide guidance.

The visit also included tours of the college’s labs and research facilities, including the Materials Research Facility, Additive Manufacturing Lab, and other labs focused on UAS communications, sensors, computing and circuit design. Learn more.