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Solving real-world logistics issues

Terry Pohlen logistics

Faculty members — like Terry Pohlen, above, director of UNT’s Center for Logistics Education and Research — are partnering with top transportation and health care companies to provide real-world solutions.

UNT is helping companies more efficiently manage distribution of goods and services and respond more quickly to emergencies. Favorably positioned in the Dallas-Fort Worth area — one of the world’s most competitive logistics and distribution hubs — UNT’s nationally ranked logistics program has a growing presence at the Alliance Texas development within Denton and Tarrant counties and is an ideal learning lab for students and a resource for logistics and international trade.

Read more about logistics research in the 2015 edition of UNT Research magazine. The recently redesigned magazine and research website is distributed to regional and national businesses, peer universities and international organizations that sponsor research and research funding.

Learn how UNT researchers are solving real-world issues, such as:

Leveraging strengths

With creative researchers, state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure, UNT is putting an increased focus on each to develop an even stronger research enterprise. This year, UNT is investing in creating Research Institutes of Excellence in areas where there is a critical mass of knowledge and faculty collaborating on research. This not only enhances the educational experience of students by giving them crucial critical thinking and problem-solving skills, but leads to opportunities to connect with industry and business through partnerships, technology transfer and commercialization to support robust economic development in the North Texas region and beyond.

“Increasing UNT's research enterprise will help us maintain our role in tackling societal problems, finding solutions and making discoveries, while achieving our goal of becoming recognized as a top-tier research university," says Tom McCoy, vice president for research and economic development.

Facilities

UNT's research facilities and state-of-the-art instrumentation are key to new discoveries. Associate professor of chemistry Guido Verbeck's patented nanomanipulator, housed in UNT's university-managed BioAnalytics Facility, is helping researchers examine the chemistry of individual cancer cells. And UNT's Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART) provides characterization and computational methods to analyze new materials, while UNT's TALON high-performance computing system calculates big data.

New institutes

This year, UNT will launch three institutes: the Logistics Systems Institute, the BioDiscovery Institute and the Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Processes Institute. Each builds on UNT's existing expertise — areas in which UNT faculty are recognized for making significant impacts. These initiatives create a stronger platform for research, federal funding and public-private partnerships. And they give UNT new ways to partner with industry and further contribute to the region's economic growth.

(Photo by Michael Clements / URCM)

Posted on: Wed 01 April 2015

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