Award-winning faculty make UNT proud, move their fields forward

UNT is a leading research university that is nationally and internationally recognized for its scholarship in numerous fields — from fine arts to science and technology. Its excellence is largely because of the many talented and dedicated faculty researchers who devote their time to finding new discoveries, solving society's greatest challenges and teaching the next generation of thinkers, researchers and leaders.

Below is a look at a few of our faculty who were recently recognized for outstanding contributions in their fields. I'm proud to have such gifted researchers at UNT.

Tom McCoy
Vice President
Research and Economic Development


Research Spotlight
Richard Dixon
Recognizing plant researcher

Inventing a new, stronger plant-based carbon fiber, researching the impact of grape seed extract on Alzheimer's disease and developing more digestible, cattle-friendly alfalfa are among the many contributions Distinguished Research Professor of Biology Richard Dixon has made in the field of plant science. He recently earned the Phytochemical Society of North America's Phytochemical Pioneer Award, which recognizes significant contributions to phytochemical research over a scientist's career. His work has garnered more than $2.4 million in federal funding in 2015 alone.


Educating future engineers

Nandika D'Souza, Regents Professor of mechanical and energy engineering and associate dean of undergraduate studies in UNT's College of Engineering, was named a Distinguished Engineering Educator by the Society of Women Engineers. Her range of work covers a variety of areas, including failure analysis, viscoelasticity and material reliability.


Saving lives with drones
Saving lives with drones
Drones carrying Wi-Fi communication infrastructure to support emergency response missions when an emergency strikes helped earn engineering faculty members Shengli Fu and Yan Wan more accolades. The professors received the 2015 Tech Titan of the Future – University Level award from the Metroplex Technology Business Council for their work encouraging and supporting students who choose engineering and tech-related disciplines.


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