Jacques works to protect soldiers in the field

Kelly Jacques in lab

Since beginning college, UNT student Kelly Jacques wanted to use her engineering talents to minimize the need for soldiers on the battlefield. And now, thanks to the U.S. Department of Defense’s SMART (Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation) scholarship, she is getting her chance.

Jacques specializes in the field of tribology, the study of friction. Throughout her undergraduate career, she conducted research into developing protective coatings that can be incorporated into the internal mechanics of a drone’s fuel injection system to reduce friction in the system, especially when using a lower quality fuel.

The SMART scholarship she received will cover the cost of tuition, books and living expenses as she pursues her Ph.D. in materials science. She also will participate in summer internships at DOD facilities across the U.S. and, upon graduation, be employed by the DOD. Learn more.

Mohanty receives Fulbright for IoT security

UNT faculty Saraju Mohanty

Department of Computer Science and Engineering Professor Saraju Mohanty recently received a Fulbright U.S. Specialist Award to collaborate on a project focused on security, communication and interoperability in areas where long-range communications with a lower power are needed for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Mohanty, an expert in smart electronic systems and smart cities, will focus on creating a cyber-physical system using artificial intelligence, data analytics and security at the Edge of IoT under the Fulbright Specialist Award. Learn more.

New discovery for safer nuclear waste containment

Jincheng Du works in lab

Jincheng Du, an internationally recognized researcher in nuclear waste processing, found that the corrosion of stainless steel containers used to store nuclear waste actually accelerates the breakdown of the glass or ceramic waste forms they contain, leading to much more rapid deterioration.

This finding means the current models of storage site longevity need to be corrected. Systems expected to last for hundreds of thousands of years could fail sooner, leading to potential radioactive contamination affecting plants, animals and humans. Learn more.

Virtual K-12 Summer Camp highlighted by NBC

UNT Discovery Park

A new virtual summer camp established by Leticia Anaya, principal lecturer, along with her fellow faculty in the Department of Engineering Technology, Maurizio Manzo, assistant professor, and Huseyin Bostanci, associate professor, is helping K-12 students get caught up on science, technology, engineering and mathematics lessons they missed due to school district closures during the COVID-19 pandemic. It's an initiative recently aired by NBC.