Students

  • 5 Questions with Outstanding Scholar-Leader Matthew Nattier 

    Matthew Nattier just completed his aerospace engineering degree with a special honor – he was named the Cockrell School’s Outstanding Scholar-Leader for the class of 2024.

  • Sights and Sounds of 2024 Cockrell Commencement

    Another academic year is over, and more than 1,700 newly minted Cockrell School graduates are moving on to their next adventure.

  • Universal Brain-Computer Interface Lets People Play Games With Just Their Thoughts

    Imagine playing a racing game like Mario Kart, using only your brain to execute the complex series of turns in a lap.

    This is not a video game fantasy, but a real program that engineers at The University of Texas at Austin have created as part of research into brain-computer interfaces to help improve the lives of people with motor disabilities.

  • Global Graduate

    Ph.D. student Siva Saket Sripada persevered through the pandemic to find friendship and research collaboration on the Forty Acres.

  • Day in the Life

    The action never stops at the Cockrell School of Engineering, from dawn to dusk – and beyond. Here’s a slice of what an average day looks like on the engineering campus on the Forty Acres.

  • 5 Questions with an Academic Advisor

    For parents and students alike, going to college is one of the more stressful and also exciting parts of life. We sat down with one of our students’ favorite advisors — Mckinlaye Harkavy, assistant director of advising at Engineering Student Services — to learn more about the advice she gives to students, the trends she’s seeing (the ’90s are back!) and the challenges today’s students face.

  • Machine 'Unlearning' Helps Generative AI 'Forget' Copyright-protected and Violent Content

    When people learn things they should not know, getting them to forget that information can be tough. This is also true of rapidly growing artificial intelligence programs that are trained to think as we do, and it has become a problem as they run into challenges based on the use of copyright-protected material and privacy issues.

    To respond to this challenge, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin developed what they say is the first "machine unlearning" method applied to image-based generative AI.

  • Texas Engineering Startups Named Finalists for SXSW Pitch

    As South by Southwest (SXSW) Pitch returns for its 16th iteration, this year’s finalists include a pair of Texas Engineering-led startups.

    MACH Transit and Paradigm Robotics  have each come up with innovative solutions to address some unique needs within different technology sectors.

  • Nepalese Graduate Shines in Civil Engineering Program

    The University of Texas at Austin was Abhigya Paudyal’s dream university for graduate school in the United States from the moment he earned his bachelor’s degree at home in Nepal.  

    Globally renowned and consistently ranked among the top programs in the U.S., it was UT Austin’s commitment to its graduate program in the Cockrell School of Engineering's Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering (CAEE) that caught his attention. 

  • From TACC Coding Camp to Cockrell Commencement

    For all Texas Engineering graduates, earning their degrees is an experience years in the making. But for Jan Carlos Rubio, it's a journey that started well before he became a student at The University of Texas at Austin. 

  • Texas Engineers Named 2023 Knight-Hennessy Scholars

    2023 Cockrell School of Engineering graduates Hannah Lee and Aditi Merchant are recipients of this year’s Knight-Hennessy Scholarship. Among the most prestigious student awards in higher education, the Knight-Hennessy Scholarship funds graduate studies at Stanford University and provides leadership training, workshops, projects and travel opportunities for its recipients.

  • Texas Engineering Student Selected for Goldwater Scholarship

    Two University of Texas at Austin students have been named recipients of Goldwater scholarships, the preeminent award for undergraduate students who conduct research in the natural sciences, mathematics or engineering.

  • Ensuring Access to Texas Engineering

    A transformational investment will ease the financial burden for generations of students beginning their journey as engineers at The University of Texas at Austin. Cockrell School of Engineering alumnus Michael Linford, and his wife, Erika, have created a scholarship endowment to support high-potential Texas Engineering students who are Pell Grant-eligible.

  • Student Rocket Lab’s Launch Quest Gets a Boost from Lockheed Martin

    Lockheed Martin is supporting the Texas Rocket Engineering Lab (TREL) at the Cockrell School of Engineering in its years-long endeavor to become the first student-led university team to launch a single-stage, bipropellant rocket to the edge of space.

  • New Launch Texas Program Unveiled at Space Tech Event

    Earlier this month, the Cockrell School of Engineering, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics and the Texas Innovation Center officially kicked off our new space tech entrepreneurial program, Launch Texas. Hundreds of students, faculty, alumni and members of the space tech industry came together in Mulva Auditorium in the Engineering Education and Research Center for the Go For Launch event, which featured alumnus and CEO of Blue Origin Bob Smith, a panel of experts on the future of the space economy and presentations by student founders of space tech startups.

  • Chandra Family Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Established

    Hundreds of students, faculty and staff members, alumni and friends gathered to celebrate a transformative gift resulting in the naming of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. The department will now be named the Chandra Family Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

  • Students Engineer a Creative, Collaborative Future for Themed Entertainment

    Ambient lighting and ethereal depictions of Greek mythology welcome visitors to Daedalus: The Lost Wings, Texas Theme Park Engineering & Design’s latest pop-up attraction. Teams of UT students enter a room filled with artifacts and puzzles – a tiny Grecian boat, a glowing fountain, a bookcase that doubles as a doorway – with 45 minutes to unlock a pair of Daedalus’s legendary wings. Beneath the puzzles are wires, magnets and structures built by an ambitious group of students from across the Forty Acres.

  • 6 Questions With This Year's Outstanding Scholar-Leader Aidan Weitzner

    “The very best undergraduate student with whom I have worked.” “The most excellent student I have encountered in my six years of teaching at UT.” This is just some of the high praise for Aidan Weitzner, this year’s Outstanding Scholar-Leader for the Cockrell School of Engineering. Recognized for her hard work and dedication inside and outside the classroom, Weitzner, a biomedical engineering honors student, graduates with a 4.0 GPA and an MCAT score in the 99th percentile. Her impeccable academic record is complemented by her research activities and leadership experience with the UT Austin Global Health Alliance, Alaska Black Caucus Allies for Change and multiple biomedical engineering lab courses.

  • Women’s History Month: The Impact of Mentorship

    Women’s History Month is a time to highlight and celebrate the extraordinary women whose legacies empower women today in the pursuit of their dreams. “It wasn’t always this easy for women to learn STEM and be respected in this field, so I am eternally grateful to the women that paved the way for me to have a career at NASA,” said fourth-year biomedical engineering student Sofia Williams.

  • Student Profile: Landon Watson

    Landon Watson, who will graduate with his bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering this spring, discusses his time in the Cockrell School of Engineering and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, what led him to engineering and to UT Austin specifically, and where he's headed after graduation.