UT Tyler College of Engineering
The University of Texas at Tyler has received $3,750,000 from the Emerging Technology Fund/Research Superiority Acquisition of Talent Grant to establish TxAIRE, the Texas Allergy, Indoor Environment and Energy Institute. Further, The University of Texas at Tyler and the University of Texas System have committed $2,500,000 to support TxAIRE over five years.
The mission of TxAIRE will be to provide the infrastructure and critical mass of first-rate authorities for its academic, health and industrial partners to identify and understand indoor air pollutants, assess their health effects, develop new technologies for improving residential air quality and controlling associated energy costs, and bring those products to commercialization. TxAIRE will focus on applied technologies that will lead to viable products that can be taken to market quickly either by new start-up firms or by expansions within existing manufacturers in the region. The ultimate purpose of TxAIRE is to generate significant expansions and new business ventures for manufacture of IEQ and micro-CHP products in Northeast Texas.
The Center for Organic Semiconductor Modeling and Simulation (COSMOS) was established through federal funding. COSMOS will constitute a collaborative research program between The University of Texas at Tyler and The University of Texas at Dallas to develop a scientific approach for describing organic electronics. Behavior modeling and asynchronous distributed simulation will be used to model electronic transport in molecular systems, in conjunction with device fabrication and testing to improve the understanding of organic semiconductor materials and devices. In this research program, representative organic semiconductor devices with different molecules, grain sizes, grain orientations and other parameters will be fabricated; their electrical characteristics measured; and original mathematical and computer models to describe the electrical characteristics of the devices will be developed, validated and refined. The use of analytic equations will be followed by discrete-event-based behavior modeling and simulation to accelerate the development process, permitting progress in a scientific and systematic manner. The eventual goal of the research is to achieve a high degree of understanding, so that it will be possible to first predict and then control the behavior of real-world flexible electronics
TSTEM (Ingenuity Center)
Through funding from the Texas Education Agency High School Program, The University of Texas at Tyler established the East Texas Center for STEM Education focusing on rural communities. The center will conduct empirical research, provide technical assistance, professional development opportunities and access to research-based curriculum materials. The center is envisaged to be a recognized model of an interdisciplinary, technology-based approach for teaching, research and service in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education community. The mission is to bring together education, business, industry and governmental agencies to create a world class STEM education system (P16) that results in the development of STEM students, teachers, professionals and leaders prepared for the evolving challenges of the 21st century. A primary goal of the center is to develop effective evidence-based graduate and undergraduate teacher preparation and professional development programs for teachers of science and mathematics.