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Graduate Catalog 2002-2004

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Office of Information Technology (OIT)

B09 Davis Hall | Box 19318 | 817-272-3666 |

The Office of Information Technology is comprised of a diverse group of people working to meet the technological needs of the campus community. The four major components of OIT are Academic Computing Services (ACS), Business Computing Services (BCS), Campus Network Services (CNS) and Computer Operations & Services (COS).

Academic Computing Services provides computing resources for campus-wide research and student instructional activities. Computing resources provided by ACS include six student computer labs, accounts on multi-user systems that provide access to compilers, programming tools, utilities, e-mail, telnet, file transfer protocol, online documentation, and Web access. In-house IT professionals are available to provide assistance to students, faculty and staff.

ACS' six on-campus computer labs are strategically located throughout the campus to provide computer resources for all students. Labs are located within the Business Building, Central Library, Fine Arts Building, Nedderman Hall, Ransom Hall and University Hall. All of our facilities are networked and provide access to both U.T. Arlington systems and the Internet. These facilities allow students free laser printing; several features of color printing, scanning, and classroom facilities. Our premier facility, Ransom Hall, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This three-story computing facility offers PCs running Microsoft Windows, Apple MacOS, and X-Windows terminals capable of connecting to our campus' computing servers. Ransom Hall also features numerous multimedia and networked computer classrooms for teaching purposes.

ACS supports multi-user large centralized as well as distributed client/server computing resources. The large centralized resources consist of:

  1. A High Performance Computing cluster, dedicated to UTA's researchers, consists of high speed Alpha Servers and Intel servers running Compaq Tru64 UNIX and Redhat Linux. Numerous scientific and engineering applications software are available to researchers. Accounts on this system are offered to tenured or tenure-track faculty pursuing research for the University.
  2. A Compaq AlphaServer 4000 5/400 with two EV56 processors, 1 GB of memory, and 74GB of RAID disk space. This system, called Omega, runs Compaq Tru64 UNIX and supports both teaching and research activities with various compilers, programming tools, utilities, databases, and statistical packages. Accounts on this system are available upon request to all UTA students, faculty, and staff.
  3. A Compaq AlphaServer 4100 with four EV56 processors, 1 GB of memory, and 100GB of RAIS disk space. This system, called Epsilon, runs Compaq Tru64 UNIX and supports Oracle database management system. Accounts on this system are limited to those students enrolled in database classes.
  4. A Sun Ultra Enterprise 3000 with two UltraSPARC processors, 4GB of memory, and 218GB of RAID disk space. This system, called Gamma, together with its 41 SUN Ultra 1 Model 170E workstations available in ACS's Nedderman Hall Computing Facility, runs Sun Solaris 7. It provides programming tools, libraries, utilities, engineering application software, and full network connectivity to the Internet. Accounts on this system are available upon request to all UTA students, faculty, and staff.

The distributed client/server environment supports thousands of computers located on the desktops of U.T. Arlington's faculty and staff offices as well as in the student computer labs. Distributed client/server resources consist of many IBM Netfinity and Compaq Prioris servers running Microsoft Windows to serve as Exchange, SQL, SMS, and print/file servers. Together, these servers support the University's e-mail, desktop productivity and departmental applications.

One of CNS' major responsibilities is to provide a high-speed data network within the U.T. Arlington campus as well as interconnections to major regional, national and international networks (e.g. Internet, THEnet, etc.).

BCS and COS support the administrative systems utilized by departments across campus, such as Graduate Admissions, Registrar, Student Records, Financial Aid, Student Financials, Graduate School, Police and Bursar. Students interact with the administrative systems through the use of SAM (voice response system), the Kiosk and Web Registration.

Additional information about OIT's computers, network and student computing facilities, as well as access to documentation and staff consultants is available at the Computing Services Help Desk on the first floor of the Central Library. All OIT labs and resources are available to current U.T. Arlington students, faculty and staff.

University Libraries

Box 19497 | 817-272-3000 |

The UTA Libraries are one of the most important resources on campus for teaching and research. In addition to more than 1 million physical volumes on the shelves, the Central Library, the Science and Engineering Library, and the Architecture and Fine Arts Library contain a rapidly growing collection of periodicals, documents, technical reports, microfilm, microfiche, motion pictures, sound recordings, videotapes, filmstrips, computer disks, and maps. They have access to approximately 15,000 electronic journals. The Central Library makes available group study rooms, graduate-study carrels and faculty carrels.

The Libraries provide a full array of modern technological access to print and electronic information through PULSe, the online catalog for the UTA Libraries. Databases and full-text journals may be reached by any UTA IP connected computer on campus, such as faculty offices, Office of Information Technology (OIT) computer labs or dorm data ports, or any library computer, and off campus by logging on through the University modems or via proxy server.

The Libraries provide remote access to many electronic databases and online journals. The most popular databases include Academic Universe (Lexis/Nexis), which provides current news and law information; Business Source Premier, which provides indexing for 2,627 titles, with full-text coverage for 2,300 scholarly journals and business periodicals in the fields of management, economics, finance, accounting, international business and more; ACM Digital Library, which indexes journals and proceedings of the Association for Computing Machinery; Dow Jones Interactive, which provides current news from journals and newspapers; IDEAL, which consists of full-text journals published by Academic Press; IEEE, a vast collection of engineering journals; netLibrary, a searchable full-text access to thousands of electronic books; OVID Nursing Collection, which provides access to nursing articles; Academic Search Premier, the world's largest scholarly, multidisciplinary full-text database for academic institutions with valuable and numerous collections of peer-reviewed full text journals, which offers critical information from many sources found in no other database and contains full text for 3,300 scholarly publications and indexing for another 2,000 titles; Project Muse and JSTOR, which are collections of full-image journals in the humanities and social sciences; and Science Direct, which provides full-text Elsevier journals.

Staff in the Central Library's Information Services Department, the Science and Engineering Library, the Architecture and Fine Arts Library, and the Special Collections Division provide assistance using the Libraries' collections. The business librarians now have an office in the Business Building to assist students and faculty with specialized business databases and collections.

The Central Library is responsible for the humanities, social sciences, business, nursing, education, geology, legal materials, and government publications. The Government Publications and Maps Collection contains more than 900,000 publications of the United States government and international organizations. The Central Library also contains the Minority Cultures Collection, a circulating and reference collection covering the political, social, cultural, economic, and intellectual history of Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, and Mexican Americans in the southwestern United States from U.S. independence to the present. The Reading Resources Room, which provides a curriculum library and a collection of juvenile and young adult literature, is adjacent to the information desk on the second floor of the Central Library.

The Special Collections Division contains the Jenkins Garrett Library of Texana and Mexican War material and the Virginia Garrett Cartographic History Library. Special Collections includes archives relating to UTA's history since 1895 and the history of organized labor in Texas and the Southwest. The Division also holds archives and newspapers of Yucatán, colonial archives of Honduras and collections relating to the political history of Texas. The division's historical photograph and negative collection, which includes approximately 3 million images of Texas dating from the 19th through most of the 20thcenturies, is one of the best in the state.

The Science and Engineering Library is housed in the basement of Nedderman Hall. It includes materials pertinent to engineering, biology, physics, chemistry, and mathematics, including reference, circulating books, reserve, and periodicals.

The Architecture and Fine Arts Library is housed on the first floor of the Architecture Building. Its collection includes all materials pertinent to architecture, art, photography, and music, including reference, circulating books, reserve, periodicals, scores, musical records, cassettes, and compact disks. It houses a music listening lab.

Materials not available in the UTA Libraries may be borrowed from other libraries through the Interlibrary Loan Office, a unit of the Department of Access Services. The Central Library provides a microform collection with the reading/printing equipment. Taking into account space considerations of this research library, some important but infrequently-used volumes from the UTA Libraries collection are retained in the collection but are located in remote storage and may be retrieved within a couple of days. For students, staff, and faculty the TexShare library card entitles the bearer to privileges in libraries of universities, law and medical schools, private and community colleges across Texas, as well as some public libraries.

Non-library services available at the Central Library include a first-floor Internet café called Sam's Click Café, a joint venture between the UTA Libraries and the Office of Information Technology. The OIT help desk, where students may set up new accounts, is in the café, and a coffee bar is nearby serving a large array of coffees, teas, soft drinks, and snacks. The café has 36 computer workstations, numerous laptop dataports, and overstuffed furniture in the relaxed and popular environment. A second quiet computer facility is located on the fifth floor of the Central Library. Both of these facilities have PCs (Macs can be found in OIT's Ransom Hall facility). Users will find a photocopy center located in the basement, and the English Department Writing Lab, available to all UTA students, is on the fourth floor. The library has a number of laptops available to check out from the Circulation Desk to use independently on the Libraries wireless network or in conjunction with the Internet café data ports.

Additional library information may be obtained at any of the information or circulation desks of the three library locations. Regular library hours are posted, as are hours for semester breaks, holidays, summer terms, Winter Session, Maymester, and other special circumstances. For more information, visit us on the Web at Director: Tom Wilding, Room 611, Central Library, Box 19497, Arlington, TX 76019, E-mail:

Center for Distance Education

NanoFab Bldg. | Box 19027 | 817-272-5727 |

With the founding of U.T. Arlington's Center for Distance Education in 1997, the University has taken a leadership role within the U.T. System in the production of academic courses and degree programs for Internet delivery. Center staff work alongside faculty members to retool traditional classes and degrees for delivery to distant learners. U.T. Arlington undergraduate and graduate courses and programs are delivered off-campus in numerous electronic formats, including videotape, closed-circuit television and via the Internet. The center also serves as an information and coordination site for all distance education efforts at U.T. Arlington.

For more information on the Center for Distance Education, call 817-272-5727 or 888-UTA-DIST. Fax: 817-272-5728. E-mail: Web site:

Engineering Center for Distance Education (ECDE)

240 Nedderman Hall | Box 19077 | 817-272-2352 |

The Engineering Center for Distance Education (formerly Engineering Television) was founded in 1982 to serve undergraduate and graduate level engineering courses to off-campus students. ECDE is actively sending courses via videotape and Internet streaming video.

Classes produced by ECDE are available online, and students registered in these classes may view the lectures at any time. Assignments are delivered and returned using e-mail, Web, fax or U.S. mail. Students take the exams off-campus at a convenient time with a proctor. All courses delivered by ECDE are fully accredited and cover the exact same materials and learning objectives as on-campus classes.

For more information or course availability via videotape or Internet streaming video, contact the U.T. Arlington Engineering Center for Distance Education Office, Room 608 Nedderman Hall, Box 19077, Arlington, TX 76019. Phone: 817-272-2352 or 888-UTA-2352. Fax: 817-272-5630. E-mail: Web site:

Research Centers, Divisions and Special Facilities

Aerodynamics Research Center

The Aerodynamics Research Center at The University of Texas at Arlington provides modern test facilities for research and graduate educational programs in experimental aerodynamics, aerothermodynamics, propulsion and fluid dynamics. Experimental simulation capabilities of the center span the complete flight spectrum from low to hypersonic speeds.

The Aerodynamics Research Center occupies a 1000-square-meter laboratory complex housing experimental test facilities, a control room, model shop, instrumentation lab and adjoining staff office complex. The principal laboratories consist of the Low Speed Wind Tunnel Lab; the High Speed Aerodynamics Lab containing transonic, supersonic and hypersonic wind tunnels, and a pulse detonation engine facility; and the Aeropropulsion Lab with an arc-heated tunnel. The test labs are equipped with data acquisition and control systems and supported by flow visualization (schlieren and planar laser induced fluorescence using an excimer laser source) and force, pressure, and heat transfer measurement systems.

Current research activities at the center include transonic flow phenomena associated with rotor blades on helicopters, hypersonic shock wave/turbulent boundary layer interactions, hypersonic plume flowfields and development of pulsed detonation engines. Other research areas include high-temperature gas dynamics, unsteady and transient flows, instrumentation development, and detonations and plasmas. Research is funded by federal and state agencies, and by industry.

For information, contact F.K. Lu, P.O. Box 19018, Arlington, TX 76019, 817-272-2603, e-mail:

Automation & Robotics Research Institute (ARRI)

The Automation & Robotics Research Institute is the premier manufacturing assistance, research, education and technology transfer center in the Southwest. The institute prides itself on its proven track record of performing world class research for customers, as well as its ability to transfer technology to industry quickly and effectively.

ARRI was conceived through an agreement among the Fort Worth Chamber Foundation, Newell & Newell (owners of Riverbend Business Park) and The University of Texas System. The Fort Worth Chamber Foundation raised $6 million to fund construction, furnishings and equipment of the 48,000-square-foot research building and to provide capitalization funds for two endowed chairs. Newell & Newell donated a $5 million, 18.5-acre tract at Riverbend for a research campus for U.T. Arlington, the first occupant being ARRI. The facility was completed and occupied in September 1987. The program has received line-item support from the Texas Legislature since 1985.

By utilizing the multidisciplinary resources of U.T. Arlington, the major engineering university in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, ARRI's mission is to improve the competitiveness of manufacturing and related enterprises through excellence in research and the sharing and deployment of knowledge. The vision of the Institute is to be the premier source of knowledge and innovative solutions for industry and society. This vision is being accomplished by undertaking contract work for industry, obtaining state and federal grants in manufacturing, conducting research and development programs funded by corporate members, showcasing manufacturing and distribution automation technology, and supporting an aggressive education and technology transfer program.

ARRI has established a rich environment of people, equipment, and know-how in manufacturing. It has relationships with a significant number of Texas companies and is building relationships with out-of-state companies. The Institute offers students the opportunity to obtain hands-on expertise working on projects with experienced engineers. These projects include automated surface finishing, enterprise integration, materials handling, information systems, process automation, advanced controls and sensors, manufacturing system design and simulation, producibility, shop floor control, continuous enterprise improvement and others.

In staffing, ARRI's emphasis is placed on the fusion of many talents. Multidisciplinary faculty and students, and ARRI's full-time professional staff combine their areas of expertise on specific joint projects with state-of-the-art vendor equipment deployed in a user-type environment.

ARRI has established the following programs to support cooperation with industry: Advanced Controls and Sensors; Automated Surface Finishing; Enterprise Engineering; Liquid Metal Jetting; and Process Automation. ARRI also hosts the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center, the Cross Timbers Procurement Center and the Small Business Development Center for Enterprise Excellence.

For more information, contact ARRI at 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. S., Fort Worth, TX 76118, or 817-272-5900,

Center for Action Research

The Center for Action Research promotes teacher and school-based research by involving graduate students and faculty in identifying and studying key pedagogical issues for the improvement of student learning. As part of the activities of the center is the U.T. Arlington Teacher-Researcher Academy. Elementary and secondary teachers are prepared to be action researchers and carry out studies that document and articulate all aspects of their practices and connect theory with practice. These studies which are inquiry driven will demonstrate a questioning, reflective posture toward teaching and learning and have the potential to change classroom practices.

Teachers who participate in the academy test their assumptions regarding the potential for change based on the results from their studies in the context of individual classrooms. The academy offers professional development opportunities for teachers in ways that support sustainable school improvement. These teacher-researchers provide rich insightful descriptions of classroom life and how teachers think and make instructional decisions. Teacher-researchers use a variety of methods for collecting information, including case studies, ethnographies and narratives that focus on teaching and learning from the teacher's perspective.

The knowledge that is produced will guide educators toward systems thinking strategies for accommodating all learners in a classroom. As they investigate relevant educational issues, important knowledge is produced regarding the teaching profession. The center is a depository for research analysis software and resources on action research. Director: Judy Reinhartz, 421 Hammond Hall, 817-272-2187.

Center for Advanced Polymer Research

The Center for Advanced Polymer Research is involved in the development of new polymeric materials for new applications. Research groups are focusing efforts in areas of electrically conductive polymers, electroluminescent polymers, ionic polymers for nonlinear optical applications, potentially superconductive polymers, organometallic, dendritic polymers, ionically conductive polymers, plasma polymerization and other new methods for polymer processing, using graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and undergraduate students in research positions. Modern experimental facilities have been constructed that give the center state-of-the-art polymer characterization capabilities in high field nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy for solids and liquids, electron paramagnetic resonance, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, pyrolysis gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, gel permeation and high pressure liquid chromatography, optical and electron microscopy, thermal analysis, electrochemistry, electronic measurements, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, GPC with multiangle laser light scattering detector, Raman spectroscopy, theoretical modeling, and carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen elemental analyses. Joint research programs exist both internally and with industrial and governmental laboratories. Doctoral candidates spend 4-6 months in industrial research internships as part of their degree requirements.

For information, contact Martin Pomerantz, Room 205, Chemistry Research Building, 817-272-3811, at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Box 19065, Arlington, TX 76019.

FAX: 817-272-3808; E-mail:

Center for Biological Macrofouling Research

The Center for Biological Macrofouling Research enhances ongoing research programs in the biology, physiology, ecology and macrofouling control of exotic pest bivalves, including the Asian clam, Corbicula fluminia, introduced to North America from southeast Asia in the early 1900s; the zebra mussel, Dreissena polymorpha, introduced from Europe to North America in 1986; the marine brown mussel, Perna perna, introduced to Texas' Gulf of Mexico shores in 1990; and the green-lipped mussel, Perna viridis, introduced to Florida in 1999. Biofouling of water treatment, industrial and power-generating raw water systems by Asian clams costs the United States well over $1 billion a year. Fouling by zebra mussels (a more serious fouler) is conservatively estimated eventually to cost $3 billion to $4 billion a year as it spreads throughout North American freshwaters. Brown- and green-lipped mussels are rapidly spreading on Gulf of Mexico shores and causing biofouling problems. The center coordinates research efforts, develops new research initiatives, evaluates the efficacy of control measures and acts as a national clearing house for information on the biology and fouling control of these species to the U.S. power industry, potable water treatment plants, chemical companies and other industrial users of raw water. The center receives funding from the U.S. power industry, chemical companies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The center seeks research funding and contracts from public and private sectors for its continued research on these species. Director: Robert F. McMahon, Room 206, Life Science Building, 817-272-3492,

Center for Colloidal and Interfacial Dynamics (CCID)

The objective of CCID is to facilitate and coordinate the research efforts of faculty, industrial associates, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students interested in rate processes in colloidal systems and at interfaces. Such processes are relevant in chemistry, physics, geology, bio- and environmental sciences, and many areas of engineering. Examples of the studies include the investigation of the rate and mechanism of the formation of colloidal particles and thin films, adsorption-desorption at interfaces, mass transport across membranes, molecular tailoring of surfaces via pulsed plasma deposition, photoelectrochemistry and photocatalysis, polymer films bearing colloidal catalyst particles, and improved biocompatibility of materials. State-of-the-art instrumentation includes X-ray photoelectron (XPS), laser Raman, diode-array UV-visible, and Fourier transform IR spectrometers, dynamic light scattering apparatus, several RF plasma reactors, quartz crystal microbalance, cyclic voltametry, electroanalytical, and thermal analysis (DTA, TGA, DMA) instruments. For rate studies on the nanosecond to millisecond time scale, stopped-flow, temperature-jump, pressure-jump, electric field-jump, laser-induced electric birefringence apparatus and rapid-scan time-resolved spectrometers are available. For information, contact: Zoltan A. Schelly, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Box 19065, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019-0065, USA. Phone: 817-272-3803. Fax: 817-272-3808. E-mail: Web site:

Center for Composite Materials

The Center for Composite Materials promotes interdisciplinary research in composite materials among faculty, students, postdoctoral fellows, and staff. These materials include polymers, metals, polymeric matrix composites, metal matrix composites, and ceramic composites. Research programs involve multidisciplinary efforts between the Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics departments and graduate programs. Much of this research involves mechanics, structural modeling, and design as well as the interrelationships between the processing, structure, and properties of structural engineering materials. Available laboratories include shared composite materials laboratories, as well as laboratories within individual research departments or programs. Equipment and facilities used include servohydraulic mechanical testing systems, cabinet x-ray equipment, ultrasonic damage detection, materials fabrication and processing facilities, high-temperature autoclaves, thermal analysis (DSC, TGA, TMA, DMA) systems, ultrasonic imaging system, optical and SEM/EDS and STEM/EDS electron microscopes, polymer synthesis and electrochemistry, polymer spectroscopy (NMR, FTIR, EPR, mass) and instrumented impact test facilities. For more information, please contact Wen S. Chan, Room 325G, Woolf Hall, 817-272-5638; fax: 817-272-2952; e-mail:, at the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, Box 19023, Arlington, TX 76019.

Center for Criminal Justice Research and Training

The Center for Criminal Justice Research and Training was established in 1977 with the primary mission of providing technical assistance to law enforcement and criminal justice agencies, governmental institutions and citizens groups concerned with the administration and operation of the criminal justice system.

The center provides assistance when requested in the areas of program evaluation, personnel administration, organizational development, training, staff and program development, and other areas of organizational research. As part of the College of Liberal Arts, the center works cooperatively with other components of the University to develop effective community crime prevention models and to enhance community awareness of needed changes for the solution of crime problems. Director: Alejandro del Carmen, Room 303, University Hall, 817-272-3318.

Center for Economic Development Research and Service (CEDRAS)

The mission of the Center for Economic Development Research and Service is to provide economic development service to governments, nonprofit organizations and businesses of North Central and Northeast Texas. CEDRAS provides technical assistance, conducts applied research through conferences and publications, and disseminates relevant and timely economic data and information. For information, contact Executive Director Sherman M. Wyman, Room 509, University Hall, 817-272-3359.

Center for Electron Microscopy

The Center for Electron Microscopy provides facilities for research and training in electron microscopy and related techniques. Coursework and individual training are provided for approved undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate students, and faculty who wish to utilize electron microscopy and/or x-ray analysis in their research. The center is housed in a suite of rooms having three electron microscopes: JEOL JEM-1200EX TEMSCAN equipped with a Link AN10000 x-ray and image analysis system; JEOL JSM-35C SEM with a Tracor Northern x-ray and image analysis system; JEOL T-300 SEM with back scatter, x-ray analysis, and a digital imaging program. Three PC-based image analysis systems utilizing JAVA, SIGMA-SCAN PRO, NIH IMAGE, IMAGE-PRO PLUS, and METAMORPH are available for use with both light and electron image applications. The center has darkrooms and preparation and ancillary equipment. Research and training involve faculty, visitors and students from biology, chemistry, geology, physics, psychology, anthropology, materials science and engineering. Director: Howard J. Arnott, Rooms. B24 or 241 Life Science Building, 817-272-2413, E-mail: or Martha Gracey, Research Engineer Associate, B24 Life Science Building, 817-272-2427, E-mail:

Center for Environmental Design Research (CEDR)

The center was established in 1979 as the consolidation of research activities of the School of Architecture. Its objectives are to develop investigative programs and stimulate research related to architecture, landscape architecture and interior design, especially in relation to Dallas-Fort Worth regional development. The faculty associated with the center identify appropriate governmental agencies, foundations, institutions, developers, and builders to facilitate the initiation and execution of research projects. For information, contact Dean Martha LaGess, 817-272-2801.

Center for Far Eastern Studies

The Center for Far Eastern Studies serves as a forum for research and exchange of ideas and information on issues and situationspolitical, economic, and culturalrelated to the societies and peoples of the Far East. It purports to create, publish, and disseminate materials and to provide an organizational base upon which scholars from within and without the University may carry out their studies on issues and situations related to the Far East. Director: John J. S. Moon, 817-272-2991.

Center for Greater Southwestern Studies and the History of Cartography

The primary purpose of the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies and the History of Cartography is to encourage interdisciplinary scholarship, research, and teaching that interprets the people, environment, economy, history, and cultures of the Greater Southwest. The Greater Southwest includes the southwestern quarter of the United States and the northern portion of Mexico, a vast region that has interconnected both countries in times of exploration, conflict, and cooperation. The center is located in the University Library, which houses a nationally recognized Special Collections (including maps, journals, and photographs) pertaining to the region. The faculty and students of the center research such topics as the significance of the Age of Discovery, the exploration and settlement of the New World and its impact on indigenous peoples, comparative frontier experiences, and the relationship between Southwestern cultures and environment and their implications for the future of the Greater Southwest.

The center operates several programs to foster a more complete understanding of the history and cultures of the region among students, scholars, educators, and the general public. Under the guidance of the center director, the center sponsors undergraduate and graduate curricular development; supports the Jenkins and Virginia Garrett Endowed Chair in Southwestern Studies and the History of Cartography and the Sandra Myres Graduate Research Assistant. The center also encourages the research of visiting scholars; conducts outreach programs through summer institutes for college level, elementary and secondary public school teachers; and promotes community involvement through symposia, exhibits, lectures and public programs. Director: Richard V. Francaviglia, 817-272-3997.

Center for High Energy Physics and Technology

The Center for High Energy Physics and Technology supports U.T. Arlington's participation in leading national and international particle physics experiments by providing the required detector development, detector construction, and computing facilities. The High Energy group participated in the 1995 discovery of the "top quark" by the D0 experiment at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Chicago), and has developed detector elements for the upgrade of the D0 detector. For the long term, the group is working on the development and construction of the ATLAS experiment detector at the Large Hadron Collider Facility in Geneva, Switzerland, and on a proton-proton elastic scattering experiment at Brookhaven National Laboratory (Long Island). Center facilities include a high-performance, state-of-the-art computing system, a well-equipped detector and electronics development laboratory, and an 11,000-square-foot detector construction facility at the Swift Center. Work at the center offers opportunities for research in experimental elementary particle physics ranging from detector design and simulation, software and electronics development, through full high-statistics physics analyses in the effort to understand matter and forces at their most fundamental level. Director: Andrew P. White, Room 241, Science Hall, 817-272-2811.

Center for Hispanic Studies in Nursing and Health

The Center for Hispanic Studies in Nursing and Health is dedicated to fostering understanding between health care professionals and peoples of Hispanic origin for the purpose of increasing the quality of health care for these groups. The center is committed to increasing understanding of health and healing through research of individual experience, cultural meanings and the structure of institutions as important variables influencing health outcomes. The center is also dedicated to the provision of educational programs and services which will assist health care providers to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to deliver increasingly sensitive and competent care. The center promotes interdisciplinary and interuniversity collaboration as a strategy for development of resources to solve or deal with bicultural issues facing health care professionals. Contact: Mary Lou Bond, 817-272-5295.

Center for Information Technologies Management

Rapidly developing information technologies are presenting information systems executives with the opportunity to provide timely, high-quality information to support decision-making and innovation in all areas of managing an enterprise. Major changes in the business environment, including globalization, corporate mergers, flexible manufacturing, cost paring and downsizing, are increasing the importance of information technologies as organizations struggle to compete and survive.

Advances in computer hardware, software, and communications are driving developments in computer applications across the board, including information processing, office automation, data base management, data communications, artificial intelligence, and systems development methodologies. Managers have to carefully gauge these trends, evaluate the implications for their own environment, and manage the harnessing of the appropriate information technologies.

The Center of Information Technologies Management (CITM) is dedicated to helping managers achieve these objectives. Sponsors and clients of the center benefit from research in a wide variety of important fields, working papers, monographs, workshops, and symposia. Training and consultation for individual clients can be provided. The center has also secured several research grants from government and industry. Director: Sumit Sircar, Room 535A, Business Building, 817-272-3569.

Center for International Research Education and Development (CIRED)

The Center for International Research Education and Development within the School of Urban and Public Affairs promotes the design and execution of research, curricula and educational projects through partnerships with academic and non-profit institutions abroad. Current collaborations exist with The Kharkiv Academy of Municipal Economy in Kharkiv, Ukraine, The Ukrainian Academy of Public Administration and The Serbian Academy of Public Administration. Future partnerships are anticipated with The University of Kragujevac, Serbia and The University of Montenegro, Montenegro. Personal development opportunities for both UTA faculty and students and their international counterparts exist through international conferences, seminars, long distance courses, a Web site and publications. For information, contact Director Sherman M. Wyman, Room 509, University Hall, 817-272-3359.

Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS)

Established in 1993, the center is part of the College of Liberal Arts. Its objectives are to promote and disseminate research on Mexican-origin and other Latino peoples, teach about the Mexican American experience and engage in community outreach on critical issues affecting the ethnic group and Latin America. The center supports graduate and undergraduate student research on these topics. It also offers a multidisciplinary undergraduate minor and creates awareness about Mexican American culture by hosting guest speakers and organizing conferences and other university events. Director: Manuel García y Griego. For information, contact:; CMAS, 3014 E.H. Hereford University Center, Box 19444, Arlington, TX 76019, 817-272-2933, fax 817-272-2948.

Center for Nanostructure Materials and Quantum Device Fabrication

The NanoFab Center is an organization of engineers and scientists working on the frontiers of advanced microelectronic applications. Other related activities include the development of tools designed to open pathways into nanoscale technologies. The center supports the Metroplex Research Consortium for Electronic Devices and Materials and is comprised of personnel from U.T. Arlington and the Texas Engineering Experiment Station. For information, call 817-272-3472 or visit

Center for Nursing Research

The Center for Nursing Research, established in 1987, facilitates research related to extending the scientific base for nursing practice. Studies related to health services research, nursing administration, and nursing education are supported. Consultation services in grant writing, research methodology, statistical analysis, computer programming and data management are provided to faculty members, and collaboratively to health care agencies and/or members of their nursing staff. Students employed in the center are available for literature retrieval related to research, assistance with word processing, data entry and data analysis. Hardware and software are available for these activities. The center has access to equipment and personnel in the School of Nursing Learning Resources Center, including artists and photographers, and equipment which allows rapid development of professional quality slides, graphs, and tables for research publications and presentations. Current research foci include Hispanic health care, nursing practice outcomes and health promotion/illness prevention. Graduate assistantships are available for qualified candidates. For information, contact Carolyn L. Cason, Director, Box 19407, Arlington, TX 76019, 817-272-2776.

Center for Post-Soviet and East European Studies

The Center for Post-Soviet and East European Studies was established in 1968 to coordinate all activities involving U.T. Arlington with that portion of Eastern Europe formerly designated as "Other Socialist Countries" as well as with the former USSR, including the three Baltic Republics and the 12 Commonwealth of Independent States. The center performs five functions: (1) Researchacademic, political, linguistic, and economic activities; (2) Interdisciplinary Studiesclasses have been and are constantly being developed integrating several disciplines such as history, political science, and Russian; or Russian and English; (3) TranslationsEnglish to Russian, Russian to English, or other translations at a reasonable fee are prepared, edited, and computerized at the request of commercial or academic clients; (4) Exchange programsExchanges have been effected between U.T. Arlington and countries such as Russia, the former Yugoslavia, Romania, and Ukraine. In addition, the Director of the center serves as the official International Research Exchange (IREX) representative. Numerous former republics of the former USSR annually participate in this IREX program; (5) Study AbroadSince 1970 annual programs have been developed by the center. At present, travel/study programs are conducted during the first half of each summer to the former Soviet Union and during the last half of the summer to the Peoples Republic of China. Director: Charles McDowell, 221 Hammond, 817- 272-2388.

Center for Psychopharmacology Education and Research

The Center for Psychopharmacology Education and Research (CPER) is committed to advancing the knowledge of psychopharmacology and related neurosciences. The center promotes the acquisition of this knowledge through education of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN's) and other health care professionals.

The center's objectives are: to provide education related to the use of psychopharmacologic agents in the treatment of persons with neurobiologic disorders/mental illness; to provide education related to research methods and findings in psychopharmacology and related neurosciences for APRN's; and to promote psychopharmacological research utilization and activities of APRN's. The center seeks collaborative relationships with educational, research and professional organizations. For more information, contact Director: Elizabeth Poster, UTA Box 19407, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019-0407, Phone: 817-272-2776, Fax: 817-272-5006.

Center for Research, Evaluation and Technology (CRET)

The Center for Research, Evaluation and Technology, a component of the School of Social Work, was established to conduct applied social research to improve the design, delivery, management, and evaluation of human services. Its goals are to further understanding of human behavior and social conditions, to develop methods for analyzing and evaluating human services programs and interventions, and to provide technical assistance to human services providers. The CRET provides a focus for social welfare research by identifying research issues and identifying and facilitating faculty and graduate students in the conduct of social welfare research. For information, contact center Director Charles H. Mindel, 817-272-3910.

Center for Research on Organizational and Managerial Excellence

The Center for Research on Organizational and Managerial Excellence (CROME) is within the Department of Management in the College of Business Administration. The center's primary purposes are to promote faculty and graduate student basic and applied research addressing the important and complex challenges faced by managers; to promote greater interaction between the University and industry in seeking solutions to these managerial problems; and to gain support from industry, government, and/or private foundations for critical managerial research. The intent of the center is to build stronger ties with external constituents, support faculty research and graduate programs, provide a community service, and add to the positive external image of the College of Business Administration and the University. Research is conducted in all areas of management, including corporate strategy, human resource management, international management, labor relations, organizational behavior, and entrepreneurship. Examples of current research through the center are establishment of methods for improving employee motivation; means of effectively managing diversified corporations; means of measuring corporate performance for strategy development and implementation; development of effective leadership approaches; employee participation in the management of a firm; and managerial prevention of stress. Interim Director: Jeffrey E. McGee, 209 Business Building, 817-272-3166.

Center for Science Education

The Center for Science Education, a collaborative project between the College of Education and the College of Science, addresses critical issues in PreK-16 education in science, mathematics and technology (SMT). The Center provides continuing and sustained professional development for future and current science, mathematics and technology teachers, and it increases the capacity of the University to educate future generations of SMT teachers and other school professionals in both the content and pedagogy of effective teaching and learning. Director: Karen Ostlund, 817-272-2502.

Center for Social Research

The Center for Social Research was established in 1977 as a research component of the Department of Sociology. Participants in the center have doctoral or professional degrees. The purpose of the center is to stimulate research, especially that which will be both of significance to the field of sociology and of service to various institutions, agencies, and organizations in the community and the state. The center is the channel through which grants for research can be obtained. It provides funding to support faculty research and graduate student training. Areas of ongoing research activity include: marketing research, welfare policy and research evaluation, substance abuse, crime and corrections, health care delivery systems, and studies in family violence. Director: William A. Stacey, Room 443, University Hall, 817-272-2661.

Center for Theory

The Center for Theory, established in 1999, is a new research and graduate-teaching unit that links four universitiesUTA, U.T. Austin, Virginia Tech and UC-Irvine. Using the Internet, scholars and graduate students at these sites will interactively explore the impact of information technologies, such as the Internet and Web, on society, creating social theory relevant to the 21st century. Faculty at these four institutions may sit on students' dissertation and thesis committees. And students who take a certain number of courses in theory, including a planned core course, will be granted a Certificate in Theory, preparing them for faculty careers upon graduation. Director: Ben Agger, 218 University Hall, 817-272-2640.

Center for Transportation Studies

Transportation is a highly multidisciplinary field encompassing disciplines including civil engineering, operations research, systems engineering, electrical engineering, city planning, human factors and computer science. The objective of this center is to facilitate research and training activities in transportation through bringing together faculty expertise. Activities include observational, experimental and basic research in transportation, particularly research related to the various aspects of Intelligent Transportation Systems, transportation systems analysis, and public transit planning and operations. Director: James C. Williams, Room 429, Nedderman Hall, 817-272-2894.

Collection of Vertebrates

The Collection of Vertebrates was established by the Department of Biology in 1956 primarily as a teaching resource to support classroom and field instruction. Since then it has grown into an internationally recognized research facility and serves the needs of faculty and students, as well as national and international scholars. The collection is particularly strong in its herpetological holdings, which include some of the world's largest collections from Texas and the countries of Cameroon, Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico. Various ancillary materials are available, including voice recordings for many species of tropical frogs, publications, color transparencies, field notebooks and catalogues, and maps. The collection houses about 60,000 amphibians and 50,000 reptiles, which include about 60 holotype specimens.

Qualified investigators conducting research on vertebrates are welcome to use the collection's facilities and materials which are located in the Life Sciences Building. For information, contact Jonathan A. Campbell, Curator, 337 Life Science, 817-272-2406 (

Community Service Clinic

The Community Services Center is an instructional facility operated by the School of Social Work that provides a university-community partnership addressing community issues. The partnership enables university students, faculty and neighborhood organizations to work together to tackle complex socioeconomic issues facing the neighborhoods that surround them, such as poverty, domestic violence, homelessness, and community revitalization. The purpose of the Center is twofold: to provide professional training for graduate students and to provide professional and responsible services to the community. Community development interns conduct needs assessments, write grant proposals, design new programs, conduct evaluations, perform research, and organize action groups. Community clinic interns provide affordable counseling for children, adolescents, and families. Counseling services include individual counseling, marriage counseling, premarital counseling, family therapy, group counseling, anger control therapy, and social skills training. The community clinic also provides graduate interns an opportunity to conduct research programs in the area of counseling. Director: Deborah DeLay, 817-272-3918.

Construction Research Center

The Construction Research Center is engaged in research and educational activities that support the construction industry. The research programs generally include the departments or colleges of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Geology, Economics, and Business Administration. The specified areas of study range from light foundations to the econometrics of the construction industry. Seminars, special courses, and special programs are held for their educational values and for the purposes of disseminating research.

The center is supported by the Construction Research Advisory Committee, which is composed of general contractors, home builders, financial institutions, building material manufacturers and suppliers. Director: John H. Matthys, Room 439, Nedderman Hall, 817-272-3701.

Earth Resource and Environment Center

The Earth Resource and Environment Center was established in 1992 to provide research, development, and technical service to business and government for problems related to the geological environment and to the recovery and use of natural resources. The center consists of 16 faculty and research associates who have had extensive experience in environmental issues and resource recovery. It also provides opportunities for geoscience students interested in working on these problems. The center is located in the Geoscience Building. For information, contact John Wickham, Director, 817-272-2987.

Electronics, MEMS and Telecommunications Systems Packaging Center (EMTSPC)

EMTSPC seeks to increase the performance and reliability of systems by focusing on materials and cooling technology. Its mission is to establish a first-class research center that will meet the needs of industry, in particular, the state of Texas and the North Texas region's electronic packaging industry. This includes research, education and training. As part of its mission, the EMTSPC offers short courses on a variety of packaging topics throughout the year. For more information, call 817-272-7371 or visit

Energy Systems Research Center (ESRC)

The Energy Systems Research Center sponsors research concerning electrical power generation, transmission, distribution, energy service provider, qualified scheduling entity, and the deregulation of the electrical power industry. The center's research is pertinent to the utility industry and is readily applicable to the daily concerns of all practicing engineers. Established in 1968, the ESRC is the largest center of its type and is recognized as one of the most important research centers of its kind in the United States. The ESRC offers a three-phase program of study to serve undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students. On the undergraduate level, six new power courses have been devised and added to the electrical engineering curriculum. The well-established graduate program supports thirty-five full-time students and ten full-time staff members. The ESRC also supports a relatively large postdoctoral program that requires at least some industrial experience for candidacy. Postdoctoral fellows may assist ESRC students in thesis or dissertation and in graduate seminars; fellows may be asked to perform limited teaching on the graduate level. The ESRC also accepts international exchange scholars from programs such as the Fulbright and IREX. Each year, researchers from different countries join the ESRC to aid in the research effort and to share their knowledge and experience in graduate seminar discussions. These researchers also contribute to the ESRC's special non-degree graduate programs as well as the in-plant and on-campus continuing education programs for practicing power system engineers.

ESRC has completed the construction of a modern power-system laboratory to demonstrate the concept of total automation of the power industry in the future. This laboratory is being used for the training of system operators for power industry and cogeneration companies. This lab is also being used for research on transient, dynamic, and voltage stability of electrical power systems. One of the major efforts of ESRC is to develop the methodology for preventing power system blackouts. This is one of the very few laboratories in the world capable of demanding a real-time behavior of an electrical power system network. ESRC also has an additional facility for digital simulation of a power system particularly designed for operator training, congestion management and ancillary services in deregulated power systems. Graduate assistantships, fellowships, and postdoctoral fellowships are available for qualified candidates. Director: Mo-Shing Chen, Room 100B, Engineering Annex Building, 817-272-2268.

English Language Institute (ELI)

The English Language Institute is a center for instruction of English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) and is a part of the Linguistics program. The purpose of the ELI is to enhance this program in the areas of pedagogy and research for English for speakers of other languages. To this end, the ELI offers an intensive English program to international students desiring to prepare themselves for university study. The intensive English program also serves as an ESOL research and teaching laboratory for faculty and graduate students. As an extension of its concern with ESOL instruction, the English Language Institute provides developmental instruction in ESOL to international students enrolled at U.T. Arlington. Director: Keith Maurice, Room 406, Hammond Hall, 817-272-2730.

Fort Worth Federal Records Center

The Fort Worth Federal Records Center, a branch of the National Archives, is a valuable resource center for faculty and students in the Department of History. It has voluminous primary sources concerning the Bureau of Indian Affairs, government agencies, and Federal Courts. The center also has a comprehensive microfilm collection of government records located at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. For other research centers valuable to history students, see the section on the Library, especially the descriptions of the Jenkins Garrett Collection, the Regional Historical Resource Depository, the Division of Archives and Manuscripts, the Minority Cultures Center, and the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies and the History of Cartography. For information, contact Donald Kyle, Room 202, University Hall, 817-272-2861.

The Gallery at UTA

The Gallery at UTA is devoted to the advanced study of contemporary art and seeks to facilitate research by contemporary artists. Basic to The Gallery's philosophy are the ideas that artistic practice is a form of research which is manifested in the artwork, and that parallel to the artwork is the dialogue that generates the work, and is generated by, and around, the work. Activities include exhibitions, lectures and publications. For information, contact the curator, Room 330, Fine Arts Building, Box 19089, 817-272-2891 or 272-3143.

Geotechnical Laboratory Testing Facilities

The University of Texas at Arlington Geotechnical Laboratory facilities include three laboratories, covering a total area of 5,230 square feet. The laboratories are equipped with six consolidation, one static triaxial, one cyclic triaxial, three direct shear, one torsional shear, one resonant column, three triaxial hydraulic conductivity, and two high pressure hydraulic conductivity test devices. These devices can be used to conduct permeability tests, shear strength tests, shear moduli tests, and standard and modified consolidation tests on both natural and stabilized soil samples. In addition, the University has equipment that can be used for conducting expansive soil characterization and mineral identification testing. Most of the tests are automated with data acquisition modules and software. All of the equipment is used in research studies on various geotechnical related topics, including expansive soil characterization, soil stabilization and geosynthetic reinforced soils. For more information, contact Anand J. Puppala, Box 19308, Arlington, TX 76019, 817-272-5821.

Human Performance Institute (HPI)

The Human Performance Institute is dedicated to using multidisciplinary scientific bases for human performance measurement, understanding, and enhancement. The institute was formed to integrate several aspects of ongoing research in human performance measurement and to launch a major effort in response to both clearly identified and emerging needs. HPI developed as an outgrowth of the Center for Advanced Rehabilitation Engineering which was established in 1983. The mission of the institute is to define a systematic approach to the measurement and understanding of intrinsic parameters and laws which govern the ability of individuals to perform tasks in daily life, as well as to provide education, promote and conduct research, and serve as a resource in this area. Basic and applied research addresses populations ranging from the severely handicapped through normal individuals and super athletes, reflecting a view of performance as a common theme to all human endeavors. Systems performance theory concepts developed by investigators are also being applied to the engineering design process. Human performance engineering methods are being developed to allow optimum design of the devices and tools people use. These tools may include a wide range of items such as wheelchairs, high performance military aircraft, robot, computer system, or intelligent software.

The HPI includes a multidisciplinary team locally and at collaborating institutions of engineering, life science, and clinical investigators. Local affiliations exist with Texas Woman's University School of Physical Therapy, University of North Texas School of Music, and Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. Other affiliations exist with similar organizations in Texas and nationally. Graduate students pursuing study in engineering disciplines carry out thesis and dissertation research under faculty supervision. Their efforts are supported by laboratory facilities which include instrumentation and measurement development, a human performance "proving grounds," signal processing and data management, and artificial intelligence/expert systems. For further information, contact G. Kondraske, Director, 817-272-2335.

International Linguistics Center

The International Linguistics Center (ILC) is home to both SIL International (SIL) and the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL), two non-profit organizations that conduct research and provide training of interest to linguists, translators, missionaries, anthropologists, literacy workers, bilingual educators, government officials, and others. Since the 1970s, UT Arlington has entered into a series of contractual agreements with SIL and GIAL such that many of the linguists based at the ILC hold appointments at UT Arlington as Special Members of the Graduate Faculty. The most current agreement also specifies terms for credit transfer between UT Arlington and GIAL. The ILC is located approximately 14 miles from UT Arlington, one mile west of Duncanville, at 7500 West Camp Wisdom Road, Dallas.

For more information about the ILC and its relationship to UT Arlington, contact the Director of the Program in Linguistics, David J. Silva, 403 Hammond Hall, 817-272-3133. Information specific to SIL can be obtained from SIL Vice President of Academic Affairs Paul Frank (972-708-7532) or at; information about GIAL is available from GIAL President David A. Ross (972-708-7340) or at

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)

The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research is a data collection and dissemination service sponsored by the University of Michigan and supported by universities located in countries throughout the world. The University's membership in the consortium provides faculty and students free access to the largest accumulation of computer-processed and retrievable data available anywhere in the world. A brief sample of the topics covered include census enumerations, urban studies, economic behavior, education, health care, mass political behavior, social institutions, and criminal justice statistics. For more information visit ICPSR's World Wide Web site at or contact Michael K. Moore, 817-272-3996,

Judith Granger Birmingham Center for Child Welfare

The Judith Granger Birmingham Center for Child Welfare serves as a resource center to improve the conditions of vulnerable children through the advancement and dissemination of knowledge. National, state and regional child welfare reform has been advocated for through the center since its inception in 1994. Education and dissemination efforts of the center address the basic rights of children to be nurtured and protected by their families with the support of their communities.

Objectives of the center include helping equip child welfare practitioners, supervisors and administrators with current, detailed and scientific knowledge about effective practice models, ways to support the adequate development of children and families, and strategies to preserve families. In addition, the center supports the generation of knowledge that addresses the gaps of information areas in child welfare practice. The center communicates its knowledge and the improvement of services to children and families through training and the professionalization in child welfare practice. The center is housed in the School of Social Work.

Ryan/Reilly Center for Urban Land Utilization

The center was established in 1983 with the aid of a grant from John Ryan and Michael Reilly. The major purpose of the center is to enhance and support the quality of real estate education in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. For more information, contact Vince Apilado, Finance and Real Estate Department, Room 434, Business Building, 817-272-3705, 817-272-2252 (fax).

School of Urban and Public Affairs

Urban Training and Service

An objective of the Training and Service Programs is to draw on the knowledge and skill of school faculty and staff to provide guidance and assistance to Texas public agencies and other community groups striving to deal with changing political, economic and social conditions. The faculty provides a variety of services directly to agencies or other groups requesting assistance and facilitates the work of other school faculty and staff members while conducting training or delivering services. For information, contact David Tees, Room 501B, University Hall, 817-272-3304.

Software Engineering Center for Telecommunications

The Software Engineering Center for Telecommunications (SECT) was established in 1988 to develop advanced research programs at U.T. Arlington in the formulation and investigation of software engineering concepts. It is also to facilitate the transition of software technology to industry and government. Emphasis is placed on carrying fundamental ideas in software engineering from conceptualization through exploration and realization of prototype software engineering environments, and experimental applications in conjunction with industry and government.

Since its inception, SECT has worked with numerous high tech companies on software engineering, telecommunications and internet projects. The OOTWorks software testing and maintenance product has been licensed to many companies including Fortune 500 companies.

The center is within the Computer Science and Engineering Department. Director: David Kung, Box 19015, Arlington, TX 76019, 817-272-3785.

Structural Research Laboratory

The Structural Research Laboratory is engaged in research in the areas of structural testing and experimental mechanics. The laboratory is actively involved in full scale tests of concrete, masonry, steel and composite structural components. Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students conduct research in the laboratory. Available facilities include 200-ton hydraulic testing systems, 100-K MTS testing machine, 30-feet high reaction frame, 3000 square feet testing floor, 40 different sizes portable hydraulic rams, two forklifts, and computerized data acquisition systems. The laboratory also operates two environmental control rooms for use in creep investigation of high strength concrete and structural composites. For information, contact Robert L. Yuan, Box 19308, Arlington, TX 76019, 817-272-2550.

Wave Scattering Research Center

This center was established in 1984 to conduct theoretical, experimental, and computer simulation research in electromagnetic wave scattering and attenuation from area extensive scenes such as soil, snow, ice, and forested areas, sea surfaces, etc. and artificial canopy models and from objects such as antennas, ships, etc. In addition, the center also conducts research in radar systems, and microwave imaging of man-made terrains and buried objects. The center has an anechoic chamber to conduct controlled bistatic and monostatic measurements of man-made targets. A unique feature of the chamber is that it incorporates a hemispherical structure with 25 receiving horns at the target end of the chamber to allow bistatic measurements to be acquired without having to change or realign any receiving or transmitting antenna. The transceiver includes a HP 8510 network analyzer for recovery of calibrated amplitude and phase information. The source is a phase locked frequency synthesizer operating from two to 18 GHz. It also has a bistatic optical scattering system operating at wavelengths from 400 nm to 1700 nm and a millimeter wave spectrometer to monitor air pollution. For information, contact Adrian K. Fung, 252 Nedderman Hall, Box 19016, Arlington, TX 76019, 817-272-3422.

Women and Minorities Research and Resource Center

The Women and Minorities Research and Resource Center was formed in 1989 with two primary purposes. First, the center supports, encourages and disseminates scholarship about women and minorities. This is accomplished primarily through the center's sponsorship of Women's History Month and an annual faculty lecture series. Second, the center provides service to the community on issues related to women and minorities. This is accomplished by maintaining archives of materials on women and minorities, providing speakers for community groups and sponsoring public lectures.

The center also sponsors career workshops, conferences on issues related to women and/or racial and ethnic minorities, and consulting services to community groups. Finally, the center functions as a grant-seeking office and as a resource for individuals and departments seeking grants in areas related to women and/or minorities. The center is located in Room 223 University Hall. Director: Beth Anne Shelton, Women and Minorities Research and Resource Center, Box 19599, Arlington, TX 76019, 817-272-3131, Fax 817-272-3117.


Publications in Linguistics

Publications in Linguistics is a joint University of Texas at Arlington-SIL International monograph series published approximately four times a year. The series was begun in 1958 primarily as a publishing outlet for linguistic field workers who collect data concerning heretofore unwritten or undescribed languages and has expanded to include a wide range of content within the field of descriptive linguistics. Monographs range from descriptive studies of the linguistic structures of little-known languages to occasional comparative studies of some of the major languages. Editors: Mary Ruth Wise (SIL) and Donald A. Burquest (U.T. Arlington), 972-708-7400.

Stochastic Analysis and Applications

This international journal, Stochastic Analysis and Applications (Marcel Dekker), affords students and faculty the opportunity to play a role in an important area of mathematical sciences. Editor: G.S. Ladde, 817-272-3261.

Terrae Incognitae

Terrae Incognitae is the journal of the Society for the History of Discoveries, published annually out of the Department of History. This journal began publication in 1969 and includes material relating to intercultural contact, mainly between European and other peoples. It also contains an annual review of the literature, and a section of book reviews. Editor: David Buisseret, University Hall 331, 817-272-2898.

Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures

The lectures, inaugurated in 1965, are delivered each spring in honor of Texas' most distinguished historian, Walter Prescott Webb. Now considered among the most prestigious history lecture series in the country, the Webb Memorial Lectures give graduate students and others the opportunity to meet and to hear some of the nation's outstanding historians. The four Webb lecturesalong with the winning essay of the Webb-Smith Essay Competitionare then published for the History Department by Texas A&M University Press. Chair: Joyce Goldberg, University Hall 330, 817-272-2863 or

Short Courses, Conferences and Special Programs

Graduate Studies in Environmental Science and Environmental Engineering

Students are provided opportunities to pursue graduate degrees in environmental science and engineering and in civil engineering with an emphasis in environmental engineering. Graduate courses and research programs provide educational opportunities that focus on resolving a broad array of current and future environmental problems.

The Graduate Program in Environmental Science and Engineering offers thesis and nonthesis M.S. degrees and a Ph.D. degree. It also offers 15-hour certificate programs in environmental science and hazardous materials and waste management. Information can be obtained by phone at 817-272-3492 or by e-mail at

Information on graduate opportunities between the College of Science and College of Engineering can be obtained by calling the advising offices in the Department of Biology, 817-272-2412, or the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 817-272-2201. Opportunities for studies in geographical information systems and environmental policy and planning are offered through the School of Urban and Public Affairs, 817-272-3071. Programs of work consisting of courses across many disciplines can be developed through the Program in Interdisciplinary Studies, 817-272-2681.

Research opportunities and continuing professional education courses (non-credit) are offered by several centers. These include the Center for Biological Macrofouling Research, Center for Environmental Research and Training, Center for Geoenvironmental and Geoarcheological Studies, and the Environmental Institute for Technology Transfer. Information on these centers can be found under Research Centers, Divisions and Special Facilities in this catalog.

Power Systems Short Courses

Because of the deregulation of the electrical power industry, the Energy Systems Research Center (ESRC) has designed several courses in generation, transmission-distribution, energy service, qualified scheduling and energy trading in power systems. The short course in generation will emphasize load forecasting and the application of neural networks to power marketing. The transmission- distribution course will focus on power system reliability. The subjects of power system stability and reactive power planning will be major topics in congestion management, ancillary services and qualified scheduling. The energy service course will emphasize future distribution systems, which will offer flexibility in the choices for the customer. These courses are offered any time during the year upon request.

The "Modeling and Analysis of Modern Power Systems" short course has been presented annually by the Energy Systems Research Center (ESRC) for more than 33 years. It is the longest-running course of its kind in the power field and has attracted engineers from as many as 50 states, 42 countries and 352 companies. It is an intensive two-week course that is continually updated to reflect the most advanced concepts and practices in planning, design and operation of electrical power systems.

The ESRC offers the following continuing education courses for the power industry: 1. Practical Training in Power System Load Flow Analysis; 2. Practical Training in Power System Operations; 3. Practical Training in Power System Dynamics; 4. Practical Training in Short Circuit Analysis and Protection of an Electrical Power System; 5. Distribution Power System Engineering; 6. Automatic Mapping and Facilities Management; 7. Industrial Power Systems; 8. Power System Reliability; 9. Introduction to Power Electronics; 10. Computer Control of AC & DC Drives; 11. Eleven Operator Training Courses (Fundamental Theory of SCADA System, EMS and Application Software, Reactive Power and Voltage Instability, Protective Relaying, Transient Stability, Dynamic Stability, and Voltage Stability, Normal Operations, Abnormal Operations, Interconnected System Operation, Modern Power System Control Aids, Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) for Engineers, and Field Trips Related to Operator Training); 12. Field Trips; 13. Power System Engineering; 14. Fundamentals of Power Engineering (Designed for Technicians); 15. Fundamentals of Power Systems (Designed for Technicians); 16. Computers, Electronics and Data Communications (Designed for Technicians); 17. Power System Design; 18. Power System Protection; 19. Introduction to Electrical Power Systems and Power System Operation (Designed for Lawyers). Some of these courses will involve hands-on activities or demonstration in the physical simulation laboratory. All of these courses can be offered anytime during the year upon request.

Dr. Mo-Shing Chen, professor of Electrical Engineering and director of the Energy Systems Research Center, is responsible for the courses and is aided by members of the Electrical Engineering Department and the Energy Systems Research Center staff. Director: Mo-Shing Chen, Room 100B, Engineering Annex Building, 817-272-2268.


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