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Taylor Sparks: Making the Most of Materials

Taylor Sparks: Making the Most of Materials

University of Utah materials science and engineering assistant professor Taylor Sparks was born and raised in Utah. So when it was time for him to become a fulltime faculty member at a major university, there wasn’t a question about where he wanted to go — he wanted to come back home. As one of the newer members of the Materials Science & Engineering Department, Sparks is revolutionizing how ceramics can be used to help the world.

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Xiaoyue Cathy Liu: Beating Rush Hour Traffic

Xiaoyue Cathy Liu: Beating Rush Hour Traffic

University of Utah Civil & Environmental Engineering Assistant Professor Xiaoyue Cathy Liu wants to make going to work a more pleasant experience. Liu is studying ways public transportation can help decrease traffic congestion and what cities can do to make driving on U.S. highways a less maddening journey.

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Kam Leang: Robots Rule

Kam Leang: Robots Rule

In the killing fields of Cambodia, University of Utah mechanical engineering associate professor, Kam Leang, lived a childhood marred by gunfire and constant hunger. Thanks to a family in Tremonton, Leang landed in the safer, greener pastures of Utah, and he is now forging a successful career in robotics.

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Cynthia Furse: Shaping the U

Cynthia Furse: Shaping the U

Whether she’s at the ends of the earth in frigid temperatures or tucked away in her University of Utah lab, electrical engineering professor Cynthia Furse is determined to make the world a better place. As an educator, she’s guiding young minds. As the associate vice president of research for the University, she is helping shape the school’s future. And as a U graduate, she has a long and proud legacy here.

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Tatjana Jevremovic: Building the U’s Nuclear Program

Tatjana Jevremovic: Building the U’s Nuclear Program

Tatjana Jevremovic was just a little girl in her hometown of Belgrade, Serbia when she was introduced to the intriguing possibilities of nuclear engineering. Since then, she has made it her life study. She became the director of the Utah Nuclear Engineering Program at the University of Utah in 2009 and was tasked with rebuilding the department and taking it to new heights.

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Ross Whitaker: School of Computing’s New Director

Ross Whitaker: School of Computing’s New Director

Ross Whitaker became the new director of the School of Computing in January 2014. Since joining the School of Computing in 2000 as an assistant professor, Whitaker has watched the department, along with the College of Engineering, outpace other institutions in the Intermountain West. Whitaker shares his insights into how the School of Computing is preparing students to become leaders in a data-centric society.

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