The University of Texas at Arlington
The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department
Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty Opening
Position ID: F00123P
The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Arlington invites applications for a tenure/tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor with a tentative start date in fall 2019 in the area of computational aerothermodynamics. As a member of the Aerodynamics Research Center, the faculty candidate will complement ongoing experimental research in the areas of hypersonic aerothermodynamics and propulsion, chemically reacting flows, supersonic aerodynamics, and pressure-gain combustion. The ARC (http://arc.uta.edu/) celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2016. It is unique in academia in housing aerodynamic test facilities from low-speed to hypersonic, including an arc-heated wind tunnel that is being vastly upgraded through a recent ONR/DARPA DURIP grant. The University has a High Performance Computing Center (https://www.uta.edu/oit/eos/hpc/) as well as having access to the Texas Advanced Computing Center (https://www.tacc.utexas.edu/) which hosts some of the world’s most capable supercomputers.
The key objective is to hire a faculty member with outstanding qualifications who shares the University’s core values of high standards of excellence in teaching, innovative and collaborative research, and service, combined with fostering an open and inclusive environment and with promoting diversity and participation of currently underrepresented groups in engineering fields. A major emphasis will be on potential collaboration for research with faculty members within and outside the department.
Duties and Responsibilities
Duties include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, building and leading a team of Ph.D. student researchers, developing externally funded research programs that yield top-tier publications, and serving on committees within UTA and the research community.
The University of Texas at Arlington is a Carnegie Research-1 “highest research activity” institution. With a total global enrollment of 58,664, UTA is the largest institution in The University of Texas System. Guided by its Strategic Plan Bold Solutions | Global Impact, UTA fosters interdisciplinary research within four broad themes: health and the human condition, sustainable urban communities, global environmental impact, and data-driven discovery. UTA was cited in 2017 by U.S. News & World Report as having the second-lowest average student debt among U.S. universities. U.S. News & World Report also ranks UTA sixteenth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans on Military Times’ 2017 Best for Vets list.
The College of Engineering is home to seven departments: Bioengineering; Civil Engineering; Computer Science and Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering; Materials Science and Engineering; and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. With more than 7,000 students, the College is the third largest in Texas and offers the most comprehensive engineering degree programs in the region. It offers 11 baccalaureate, 14 master’s, and 9 doctoral degree programs and has ties to numerous Fortune 500 companies in the region. The College is enjoying extraordinary growth in graduate and undergraduate student enrollment and in student graduation. This growth has been concomitant with growth in research expenditures, collaboration, innovation, and entrepreneurship by faculty and students.
The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department has 43 faculty and current enrollment includes 1,315 undergraduate, 301 master’s and 101 doctoral students. Department faculty are active in the areas of aerothermodynamics, hypersonic propulsion, pressure gain combustion, aerospace vehicle design, unmanned vehicles, renewable energy, thermal management, automotive engineering and composite materials and structures, with nearly $7.5 million in research expenditures in 2016-17. The department currently has three NSF CAREER awardees, 7 Fellows of professional organizations, one National Academy of Engineering member, and several recent distinguished paper award recipients. Additional information about the department can be found at http://uta.edu/mae.
The candidate should hold a Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering or Mechanical Engineering or a closely related area. He or she must show a strong commitment to teaching excellence.
We value a candidate who can contribute to the college’s and the department’s diversity initiatives. We further welcome experience with teaching or mentoring diverse groups of students, including first-generation college students, low-income students, racial and ethnic minorities, veterans, and women.