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October 2005  

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Greetings from the CSE Chairman

Dear Alumni and Friends,

As cooler weather has arrived in North Texas, so this alumni newsletter arrives with all the HOT news I want to share with you about our Department of Computer Science and Engineering. We are growing as three new instructors and 63 new computer engineers and 127 new computer science majors have joined our CSE family. While national trends have shown a decline in computer science and engineering students, our number of new students has increased significantly from a year ago. We should have our first Computer Engineering graduates in a year.

Our CSE department has many success stories to share. In 2004-2005, our CSE faculty received almost $650,000 in research grants and published nearly 60 papers. During the summer, one of those grants enabled us to host RoboCamp 2005, which allowed high school students to explore computer science and engineering. This newsletter also highlights several faculty members and their research.

As you will read below, there are many opportunities for you to get involved in our department. You are invited to visit with us, your former professors, and network with your fellow CSE alumni at Homecoming on Saturday, November 19 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. We are seeking alumni to serve on our CSE Advisory Council. DC BEST needs alumni to serve as judges. You are invited to join in the life of our CSE department.

I look forward to your continuing support of CSE and UNT.

Sincerely,

Krishna M. Kavi
Chairman

Department of Computer Science and Engineering News

CSE Department Welcomes New Faculty

Hubert Bahr joined the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in Summer 2005 as an Adjunct Professor. Dr. Bahr obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the University of Central Florida (UCF) in 2004 and his M.S. in Computer Engineering from UCF in 1994. He received his Professional Engineering License from Oklahoma in 1977 and his B.S.E. from the University of Oklahoma in 1972.

Dr. Bahr's research interests are reconfigurable architectures for embedded computing and software engineering for embedded simulation. He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of ACM.

In Fall 2005, he is teaching CSCE 3610, Machine Structures, and CSCE 5420, Software Development. Dr. Bahr's webpage can be found at http://www.cse.unt.edu/~hab/.

Hao Li is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering department. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of South Florida in 2004. He earned his B.E. and M.S. from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing China in 1995 and 1999, respectively.

His research interests include VLSI Design and CAD, FPGA Synthesis, and Electronic Design Automation. He has published several research papers in areas of VLSI Design Automation. His paper was nominated for the best paper award at the Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference in 2003. He is a member of IEEE and ACM SIGDA.

Dr. Li is teaching CSCE 3730, Reconfigurable Logic, this semester. His faculty website is located at http://www.cse.unt.edu/~hli.

Charles Shields is currently a Lecturer at the University of North Texas. He earned his B.A. degree in Mathematics from the University of Texas in Austin, and his Masters and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Dallas. His research interests in Computer Science include various topics in Parallel Computation as well as Security.

Dr. Shields also holds a law degree from Southern Methodist University. Although he has never practiced, his studies included course work in Intellectual Property and E-Commerce.

Dr. Shields values teaching and university environments very much. Facilitating and participating in the learning process is a great joy to him. This semester Dr. Shields is teaching one section of CSCE 1010, Introduction to Computers, and two sections of CSCE 1030, Computer Science I. His website is http://www.cse.unt.edu/~shields.


SCOPES 2005 Hosted by UNT CSE Department

Roy Ju
Dr. Roy Ju delivers the keynote address.
The 9th International Workshop on Software and Compilers for Embedded Systems, also known as SCOPES 2005, was held in Dallas from September 29 through October 1, 2005. Many of the CSE faculty were involved in hosting this conference, including Dr. Krishna Kavi serving as one of the two General Conference Chairs; Dr. Phil Sweany as a Program Co-Chair; Dr Hubert Bahr as Local Arrangements Chair; and David Keathly as Finance Chair.

The conference drew attendees not only from the Dallas area, but also from across the United States and many parts of Europe. Keynote speakers were: Dr. Roy Ju, formerly with Intel and now with Google, Inc., who spoke about "A Programming System for Network Processors"; and Dr. Wayne Wolf from Princeton University on "Embedded Video Computation: Challenges to Software and Hardware Designers." A tutorial entitled "Code optimizations for efficient embedded systems" was held on Thursday. The sessions on Friday and Saturday included Real-Time Systems, Optimizations and Memory Systems, as well as a Panel Discussion on "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems: How useful are the new paradigms?"

This was the first time the workshop has been held in the United States, having been hosted the previous eight years in Europe. There were approximately 50 people in attendance, including students from UNT and University of Texas at Dallas. The workshop also received financial support from the National Science Foundation and ARTIST2.


RoboCamp 2005: A CSE Success

Young women at Dallas RoboCamp work
together on their robot.
Robots create RoboArt

The Computer Science and Engineering department hosted two one-week camps this summer for 9th to 11th grade young women with a focus on Robotics and Computer Science. This program, which will be repeated again next year, was funded as part of a grant from the Texas Coordinating Board for Higher Education as part of the Technology Workforce Development Program.

The camps were held at the Research Park and at the UNT Dallas Campus. The department worked with the Cross Timbers Girl Scout Council to help promote the event. Each camp was attended by approximately 17 young women who built small robots and programmed them to use various sensors, including touch, visible light and infrared, and to perform various tasks, including a student-generated idea for creating RoboArt.

The students also participated in seminars on a variety of topics, including preparing for college and Women in Computer Science and Engineering. CSE students also helped with the camp as teaching assistants. The grant, awarded to Dr. Robert Akl and David Keathly, also includes components to further assist in the recruitment of women and minorities in Engineering and Computer Science.

The mobile laboratory and the robots used for the camp will form the basis for a series of recruiting trips and seminars throughout the DFW area during the academic year to help foster interest in Engineering and Computer Science at local middle schools and high schools.

RoboCamp was featured on page 7 of the Fall 2005 alumni magazine, The North Texan. Additional information regarding RoboCamp, including pictures from the event and video clips from CNN Coverage, can be found at http://www.cse.unt.edu/robocamp.


Ram Dantu Researches VoIP Security

Ram Dantu, Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, has emerged as a leader in the field of Voice over IP (VoIP) Security. Dr. Dantu chaired the 1st VoIP Security workshop, in conjunction with Globecom, an IEEE conference, held in December 2004 in Dallas. Then in June 2005, Dr. Dantu served as the Program Chair for the 2nd Securing VoIP workshop held in Washington, D.C. More than 260 people from business, government and academia attended these two workshops which were sponsored by Nokia, Samsung, Lucent, BearingPoint, Juniper Networks and 10 other companies. Dr. Dantu was quoted in this article about the conference.

Also in June 2005, Dr. Dantu served as a panelist for "What do you mean 'Secure VoIP?'" at the 5th International Enterprise Networking and Services Conference at Supercomm, the largest telecommunication conference, for which more information can be found at http://www.ieee-entnet.org/.

At MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) in July 2005, Dr. Dantu and Prakash Kolan, CSE Ph.D. student, presented "Detecting SPAM in VoIP Networks" at the SRUTI (Steps to Reduce Unwanted Traffic on the Internet) workshop, sponsored by USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association. IT reporter Tim Greene wrote about the workshop and Dr. Dantu's research here in Network World. This article also appeared here in TechWorld, an online publication in the United Kingdom, and here in ARNnet, an Australian online journal.

These workshops have been very productive for writing National Science Foundation funding proposals. Dr. Dantu submitted a proposal to the NSF on research infrastructure for VoIP Security with collaborators from Columbia University, Purdue University and University of California at Davis and UNT as the lead organization. In August 2005, the NSF awarded Dr. Dantu a grant of $60,150 for conducting research in voice spamming.

For an IEEE Network Magazine Special Issue on Securing Voice over IP, Dr. Dantu is serving as Guest Editor. The paper submission deadline is October 2005 and the issue will be published in 2006. For more information about submitting a paper go to this website.

This Fall Dr. Dantu is teaching CSCE 5520, Wireless Networks and Protocols, and CSCE 6581, Advanced Computer Networks. For more information about Dr. Dantu's research, please visit his webpage: http://www.cse.unt.edu/~rdantu/.


Rada Mihalcea Reports on the
Language and Information Technologies Lab

Members of the Language and Information Technologies (LIT) research lab (left to right): Samer Hassan, Andras Csomai, Chris Loza, Andy Borman, Prof. Rada Mihalcea, Kino Coursey, Prof. Jiangping Chen. Missing from the group picture, shown in the upper-right corner: Prof. Paul Tarau, Ben Leong, Prof. Elizabeth Figa, Ehsan Faruque. Collaborators: Courtney Corley.

The Language and Information Technologies (LIT) group is working on many exciting projects addressing topics in natural language processing, machine learning and information retrieval. The members of the LIT group had many recent accomplishments, including conference and workshop presentations, system demonstrations and tutorials.

The group's recent work on word sense disambiguation resulted in a paper that will be presented in October 2005 by Rada Mihalcea at the HLT/EMNLP (Human Language Technology/Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing) conference in Vancouver, Canada, as well as a demonstration of the SenseLearner system made at the ACL (Association for Computational Linguistics) conference at the University of Michigan in June 2005 by Rada Mihalcea and Andras Csomai.

An investigation of the application of measures of text semantic similarity to the recognition of paraphrases and textual entailment has resulted in a paper by Courtney Corley and Rada Mihalcea published in the ACL workshop this summer, and another paper that will be presented at the RANLP (Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing) conference in September 2005 in Bulgaria by Courtney Corley, Andras Csomai and Rada Mihalcea. Still along the lines of exploiting semantic resources, but this time involving visual representations, a system for creating illustrated semantic networks was described in a AAAI (American Association for Artificial Intelligence) spring symposium paper presented by Andy Borman, Rada Mihalcea and Paul Tarau.

The LIT group has also developed a system for automatic summarization. Rada Mihalcea and Paul Tarau presented a paper at the IA (Intelligent Applications) conference in Washington, D.C., describing the application of the system to multi-document summarization. Another paper by the same authors will be presented in October 2005 at the IJCNLP (International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing) conference in Korea showing the application of this system to texts written in other languages. Demonstrations of the summarization system were made at the recent ACL and AAAI conferences. Rada Mihalcea and Samer Hassan will present how systems for automatic summarization can be used to significantly boost the accuracy of text classifiers at the RANLP conference this month.

The construction of parallel texts for languages with scarce resources is another significant research effort by the members of the LIT group. Chris Loza has been working hard this summer to collect texts for Quechua, Aymara (both native languages spoken in Bolivia), and Spanish. Work on this topic will be presented by Chris Loza and Rada Mihalcea at CILLA II, the Second Conference on Indigenous Languages of Latin America to be held in Austin in October 2005. Rada Mihalcea was also involved as a co-organizer of an ACL workshop on "Building and Using Parallel Texts for Languages with Scarce Resources" held at the University of Michigan in June 2005.

Computational humor and, in particular, humor recognition is the topic of another current research project. In collaboration with Carlo Strapparava of IRST (Istituto per la Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica), an artificial intelligence research center in Italy, Rada Mihalcea has shown for the first time how machine learning techniques can be successfully applied to humor recognition, with the results of this research being published in the annual conference of the Cognitive Science Society held in Italy in July 2005, and the HLT/EMNLP conference mentioned earlier.

Other recent accomplishments include the participation of Jiangping Chen in the TREC (Text REtrieval Conference) question answering evaluations; a presentation about the automatic acquisition of commonsense knowledge given by Kino Coursey at Cycorp, a company that researches artificial intelligence, in Austin and DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) in Washington, D.C.; a tutorial given by Rada Mihalcea at the ACL and AAAI conferences on word sense disambiguation; another tutorial at Eurolan on how to add a new language on the NLP map; and an upcoming RANLP tutorial on graph-based algorithms for NLP.

In September 2005, Rada Mihalcea received $107,112 from Google Inc. in support of her research, "Finding Important Information in Unstructured Text: Algorithms for Keyphrase and Sentence Extraction." She plans to use the award to continue her research during the next two years.

"We want to develop ways to better access the information in books. This could take the form of back-of-the-book indices or succinct summaries," said Mihalcea in the UNT publication, InHouse. "We are hoping that this research will enable new ways of accessing the information that is stored in very large documents such as books. This won't replace book reading, but it will be a valuable interface that people can use to better determine if they are interested in a particular book."

For more details on the LIT research group, visit: http://lit.csci.unt.edu


Ian Parberry's Summer of Microsoft

Ian Parberry's Summer of Microsoft

This summer Dr. Ian Parberry obtained funding from Microsoft for two new projects. The first project involves the creation of a pedagogical game engine that can be used to teach game programming to undergraduate students. Work is already underway on this project, and can be viewed at http://larc.csci.unt.edu/edge. The second project involves using game technology for algorithm animation, one of Dr. Parberry's favorite subjects. The funds are being used to hire three students in Dr. Parberry's lab.

Microsoft funded two separate trips to its Redmond campus this Summer. The first trip was to attend the Microsoft Faculty Summit July 17-19. Dr. Parberry's team displayed a poster there on the pedagogical game engine, which can be seen at the above URL.

Dr. Parberry said, "The Faculty Summit was an exciting time with many interesting research talks, and most notably a breakout session on computer game programming in computer science education, at which I gave my talk from SIGCSE 2005. The high point of the meeting was the banquet, held on a boat cruise in Puget Sound."

During his second trip to Redmond, Dr. Parberry attended Microsoft DirectX Meltdown July 26-27. He described his trip, "There were many fascinating talks about the changes ahead for DirectX in the next year, some of which I can even talk about. I came home with an Xbox 360 game controller on a USB cable and some interesting pictures of me shooting pool with the Superheroes of Game Development. And, for once, it wasn't raining in Seattle."


Other Faculty News

Robert Akl, Assistant Professor, was invited to serve as Distinguished Speaker at College Colloquium Series at the University of Arkansas in April 2005. Dr. Akl was also the invited speaker at Southern Methodist University for their Spring Seminar Series in March 2005. The title of his presentation was "WiFi and WCDMA Network Design." The presentation is available online at http://www.cse.unt.edu/~rakl/publications.htm.

Yan Huang, Assistant Professor; Brian Harrington, CSE Ph.D. student; Nandika D'Souza, UNT Materials Science Associate Professor; and Robert Brazile, CSE Associate Chair, presented "Querying the Content of Images in Material Science: An Integration of SQL and Map Algebra" at the 17th International Scientific and Statistical Data Management (SSDBM) Conference held June 2005 in Santa Barbara, CA.

Yan Huang, Assistant Professor, Liqin Zhang, CSE Ph.D. student, and Ping Yu, CSE M.S. student, presented "Can We Apply Projection Based Frequent Pattern Mining Paradigm to Spatial Co-location Mining?" at the 9th Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (PAKDD) in Hanoi, Vietnam in May 2005.

Krishna Kavi, CSE Chair, was quoted in this article, "Tech Beyond Black Boxes? It Just Won't Fly" in CNet News in August 2005 on the possibility of using an air-to-ground connection instead of relying on the black boxes currently used in airplanes.

Ian Parberry, Professor, was invited by the College of Information and Mathematical Sciences at Clayton College and State University in Atlanta, GA in April 2005 to deliver a colloquium on game programming education and discuss their plans to start a game programming curriculum. He gave two presentations during his visit: "Experience With an Industry-Driven Capstone Course on Game Programming'' and "The Joy of Math for Game Programmers."

Kathleen Swigger, Associate Dean of Research for the College of Engineering and CSE Professor; Robert Brazile, CSE Associate Chair; Brian Harrington, CSE Ph.D. student; Xiaobo Peng, CSE Ph.D. student; and Ferda Alpaslan, UNT CSE Alumna and Professor at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, presented "A Case Study of Student Software Teams Using Computer-Supported Software" at the IEEE 2005 International Symposium on Collaborative Technologies and Systems (CTS 2005). The conference was held in May 2005 at the Adam's Mark Hotel in St. Louis, MO.

Alumni News

Alumni Invited to Homecoming November 19

You are invited to come by the Mean Green Village to the College of Engineering tent on Saturday, November 19, 2005. The tent will be open from 1:30 p.m. until the football game begins at 6:00 p.m. The Department of Computer Science and Engineering will host several activities in the tent. Come try your hand at video games developed by our CSE students or race a robot around a maze. For more information about UNT's Homecoming, go to http://www.unt.edu/development/homecoming2005/index.htm.

If you are interested in networking with other CSE alumni, bring your business cards and come to the tent between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Dr. Robert Brazile and Dr. Kathleen Swigger will be there to greet you and a few more of your former CSE professors may join the party as well. We look forward to seeing you there!


Advisory Council Seeks CSE Alumni to Serve

In April 2003, the UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering held its first Advisory Council meeting with three members present in addition to CSE faculty members. Since that time, the CSE Advisory Council has grown to 11 members and meets twice a year to offer guidance to the CSE Department.

The purpose of the Advisory Council is to enhance the quality and content of the computer science and engineering research and educational programs through active practitioner-educator partnering. The primary roles of the Advisory Council are:

  • Provide advice to the department's chair on undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • Provide advice to the faculty on desired program objectives, outcomes, and other educational issues, as constituents representing the community of employers of graduates.
  • Provide advice on the needs of and trends in industry and business.
  • Provide advice to the department chair to increase the department's relationship with local industry.
  • Assist the department to identify qualified adjunct instructors for possible instructional needs.
  • Provide advice concerning the department's research program and projects.
  • Help identify resources for the department.

Current members of the CSE Advisory Council are:

Mike Flanery (M.S. 1986)Sun Microsystems
Kathryn A. Foster (M.S. 1979)Texas Instruments
Dennis J. FraileyRaytheon
Jeffrey Hatfield (B.A. 1996)Motorola
Clay JohnsonDell
Robert T. MilburnLockheed Martin
Elaine J. Pettit (Ph.D. 1995)Raytheon
Barry PoffLabinal-Corinth
Roy K. RajanLockheed Martin
Charles F. ShelorVia-Cyrix
Deborah R. StokesNortel Networks

If you are interested in serving as a member of the CSE Advisory Council, please contact Dr. Krishna Kavi at kavi@cs.unt.edu for more information.


Alumni Focus

Steve McHargue Steve McHargue (B.S. 1985) has been with the law firm of Jackson Walker for almost 20 years. He has seen Jackson Walker grow from 80 attorneys in Dallas to over 300 attorneys in Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Fort Worth, Richardson and San Angelo. His firm has gone from 2 minicomputers (1 for accounting and 1 for word processing) to today's environment of virtual servers, SANS and internet technologies.

Steve started as the one and only programmer and has been the network administrator, systems manager, director of information technology and now the CIO. He began with a DP department of 2 and now he runs an IT staff of 30.

Steve began his studies at UNT (then NTSU) as a music major in voice. One programming class was enough to convince him to change majors, but he has stayed involved with the arts in the Denton area. He has performed in musicals with the Music Theatre of Denton, and Denton Community Theatre and sung with the Denton Bach Society Choir.

In July 2005, Steve had the unique opportunity of performing again on a UNT stage when he played Jesus in the Music Theatre of Denton production of Jesus Christ Superstar which was held at the RTVF theater. Interestingly, the last time he performed on that stage was in 1982 when he played the role of Jesus in the NTSU production of Godspell.

Steve and his wife, Kathleen, stayed in Denton after their graduation in 1985. Kathleen graduated from UNT with a degree in Special Education, and she received her Master's degree from UNT in 1987. They have three children, two boys, 17 and 15, and one girl, 12.

Hasina Masha Aziz Hasina Masha Aziz (B.S. 2001, M.S. 2004) was the single parent of a 2-year old boy in 1998. As an undergraduate, Hasina and her little boy struggled as she worked and studied to get her degrees. After receiving her B.S. in 2001, she worked for the UNT libraries and then InfoMover Inc, a moving software company in Denton. While she worked on her M.S. degree, she served as a teaching assistant for the CSE department.

On the Monday prior to her M.S. graduation in 2004, Hasina was offered a job at M-Systems Inc., a medical software company in Plano, TX. She remembers how excited she was and how difficult it was to stay calm and drive carefully from Plano back to Denton. She drove straight to her son's school and walked into his 2nd grade classroom and told him the great news.

Hasina is currently a Software Engineer II for M-Systems, Inc., where she works closely with programmers, testers and customer support specialists to design, analyze and develop web-based healthcare programs, and analyze the database systems. Her work involves UNIX Systems Programming, network programming, LP distributed printing and print queue programming, working with FairCom Corporation Database Server API, and creating Postscript reports from the programs.

The CSE courses that have been most helpful to Hasina were Software Development, UNIX & TCP/IP, Database, Algorithms, Natural Language Processing, Artificial Intelligence, Operating Systems, Automata, Programming Languages and Human Computer Interaction. She is thankful to the professors for doing a great job in teaching, making time and effort for students and being so patient and helpful.

In her spare time, Hasina teaches chess to the local elementary school chess club and she also enjoys doing karate, bowling and playing golf with family. She hopes to work on her doctorate some day. Her email address is maziz@morris-systems.com.

We want to hear from you! What have you been doing since graduating from UNT? Please send a few paragraphs and a picture to Genene Murphy, genene@unt.edu.

CSE Student News

Grant Funds New Curriculum in Computational Sciences

Two CSE faculty members, Dr. Armin Mikler and David Keathly, received a grant from the Texas Coordinating Board for Higher Education to begin development of a new CSE curriculum in Computational Sciences.

The first course, offered Fall 2005, is Bio-Computing. This course has been offered as a Senior-level CSE course and cross-listed as a graduate CSE course. The course is also listed at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the Biology department.

The second course will be offered in the Spring of 2006 as a sophomore level CSE course. This course, tentatively titled A Survey of Computational Sciences, will introduce students to the field of Computational Science and offer a brief glimpse of Computational and Computer Science in a variety of scientific fields, including biology, chemistry, environmental science, geology, sociology, physics, epidemiology and others.

Additional funding has been sought to further the development of this curriculum to develop additional depth courses in specific sciences, as well as to develop supporting curriculum and establish instructional and research laboratories in topics such as Super Computing, Cluster and Grid Computing, Computer Modeling and Simulation, and Visualization.

For questions and course descriptions visit Dr. Mikler's website at http://www.cse.unt.edu/~mikler, or contact either Dr. Mikler or David Keathly by phone or email.


CSE Department Ambassadors and Mentors Program

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering, as part of a grant awarded from the Texas Technology Workforce Development Program, will be forming a group of Ambassadors and Mentors beginning in the Fall of 2005.

This group of 10 students, primarily women and minorities, will represent the department at a variety of recruiting and other events around the DFW area, serve as hosts for high school and community college visitors, and mentor incoming women and minority freshman during their first year in the College of Engineering. The students selected will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship for each year that they participate in the program.

College of Engineering News

DC BEST Seeks Alumni to Volunteer

The College of Engineering is hosting DC BEST (Denton County Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) in Fall 2005. BEST is a non-profit volunteer organization run by the schools and for the schools through a grass roots movement. The mission is to inspire students to pursue careers in engineering, science, and technology through participation in a sports-like science- and engineering-based robotics competition.

A high school student asks, "Is this where the booster motor goes?" at the DC BEST opening event held at the UNT Research Park on Saturday, September 17, 2005.
The Kick Off was held Saturday, September 17, at the UNT Research Park. Volunteers are still needed to serve as referees and judges and alumni are encouraged to participate. More than twenty teams from area schools have registered for this event and your help is needed to make it a success.

The DC BEST competition will continue at Mall Day, which will be held Saturday, October 22, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Golden Triangle Mall, in Denton. The final event of DC BEST will be Game Day, which will be held Saturday, October 29, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the UNT Coliseum.

The major sponsor for DC BEST is Thomas Herr from Versant LLC, a real estate developer. Other sponsors include Labinal-Corinth, Inc., Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Peterbilt, and Forney Corporation. From The Colony, TX, sponsors are Wells Fargo Bank, Dr. David Rossen, and Texas Credit Union.

If you are interested in being a judge, a mentor or a referee at DC BEST, please contact Ms. Leticia Anaya, DC BEST Director, at Let_ana@msn.com or Lanaya@unt.edu or by calling (469) 831-2453.


College of Engineering Gets NSF Grant for New Mechanical and Energy Engineering Program

Dr. Oscar Garcia
Dr. Oscar Garcia, UNT's founding dean of
the College of Engineering

In August 2005, Dr. Oscar Garcia announced the receipt of a $99,954 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to plan for a new innovative baccalaureate-level interdisciplinary program in Mechanical and Energy Engineering (MEE).

Reza Mirshams, UNT's associate engineering dean and project director for the grant said the program will be built on a system-level approach to ME-based design and on core fundamentals of undergraduate-level mechanical and energy engineering.

UNT's College of Engineering is launching a national search for a department chair of this new program and department. UNT's College of Engineering search announcement and the grant proposal can be found at http://www.eng.unt.edu.

University of North Texas News

UNT Event Calendar

UNT Enrollment Sets New Records

In Fall 2005, the University of North Texas student population has climbed to 32,181, which is an increase of 1,026 students or 3.3 percent. The new numbers indicate UNT has posted a new all-time high enrollment for five consecutive years and posted enrollment increases for nine consecutive years.

On-site enrollment at the University of North Texas Dallas Campus is 1,450 students -- that makes 564 students in full-time equivalents (FTEs) for fall 2005. This represents a 20.8 percent increase in headcount and a 33.3 percent increase in FTE enrollment (compared to fall 2004), bringing the campus a step closer to the UNT System's goal to establish the University of North Texas at Dallas.

Construction of the first building on the permanent site for UNT at Dallas began in July 2005. The schedule calls for classes to begin in the new building in January 2007. The new campus will be located on 264 acres of land located at Camp Wisdom and Houston School roads. Initial development of the land and construction of the first building for UNT at Dallas was made possible by state authorized bonds of $25.5 million in 2003.


Lou Marini to Perform with One O'Clock Lab Band November 22

Lou Marini will perform with the UNT One O'Clock Lab Band on Tuesday, November 22, 2005. This will be a homecoming performance as he attended UNT (then North Texas State University) in the 60s and was a member of the One O'Clock Lab Band. The concert will begin at 8:00 p.m. in the Winspear Performance Hall in the Murchison Performing Arts Center.

In John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd's 1980 cult classic The Blues Brothers, Lou played band member and saxophone soloist "Blue Lou." To this day, the remarkable popularity of the Blues Brothers Band continues. Lou and the other band members tour worldwide, giving live concerts to packed houses and hundreds of thousands of screaming fans.

Lou Marini was also one of the original members of the Saturday Night Live Band, playing on the show from 1976 to 1983. Recently he recorded his own big band album, recorded on most of the horn tracks for the recent Steely Dan album Two Against Nature, and is currently touring with trumpeter Lew Soloff's quintet. In addition, Lou is touring with James Taylor, and continues to tour the world with the Blues Brothers Band.

Tickets for the concert are $10.00. To purchase tickets, please call the box office at (940) 369-7802 or go here to purchase tickets online.

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