UNT Research
Institutes propel UNT research into industry solutions and partnerships
Institutes propel UNT research into industry solutions and partnerships

Solving environmental issues. Developing safer, higher-performing structural materials. Creating new bio-based products. Providing more efficient logistics systems. Faculty researchers and industry leaders are partnering in UNT’s four new Institutes of Research Excellence to bring together a critical mass of knowledge in collaborating on interdisciplinary projects that will create solutions while further contributing to the North Texas region’s economic growth.

Research Spotlight
Creating industry field tools

Logistics lab helps solve real-world problems

Dr. Brian Sauser, director of the Complex Logistics Systems Lab and associate professor of logistics in the UNT College of Business, does not allow ‘research projects’ into this expanding lab without a vested customer. In fact, the lab’s most recent expansion is to help increase support for industry needs and demands. One of the many assets supported through the new Logistics Systems Institute, the lab is being put to work by numerous Dallas-Fort Worth area firms.

Beyond paying at the pump

Researcher develops mobile air quality testing tool

Doubts about air quality testing have existed for years. Typically, a static monitor is placed somewhere to measure less than a quarter-mile radius. No longer. Going right to the source, a mobile tool is being readied for market. UNT’s Dr. Guido Verbeck, associate professor of chemistry, developed an industry tool that can be installed in an everyday car to check air quality and provide a list of chemicals in the air. In December, he’ll take the car to UNT’s sub-Antarctic field station in Chile, where he’ll develop the first ever database of air quality samples in that region.

Dr. Miguel F. Acevedo
Environmental learning area includes living lab for UNT research

Recent news reports featured the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA), where UNT has operated a living lab for years. For UNT researchers, LLELA provides unique opportunities for hands-on training in its native prairies, forests and wetlands, and its array of animals and diversity of waterways, including the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. UNT’s expanded partnership with the city of Lewisville is helping further UNT’s research efforts at LLELA and is allowing the 2,000-plus-acre outdoor learning area to open to the public seven days a week for a variety of education and outdoor opportunities. Read the recent media hits on Fox 4 and in the Dallas Morning News.

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