We are innovative

Expanding research and partnership opportunities

With additional funded research initiatives, several new partnerships and an increased presence in Collin County, UNT will continue to be at the forefront of new ideas and new technologies. Faculty and student researchers are discovering solutions to the challenges of the 21st century and are uniquely positioned to respond to a wide-range of educational and research needs within the North Texas region and beyond. Learn more about the innovative research happening at UNT.

Partner Spotlight
UNT President Neal Smatresk poses with representatives from the Frisco City Council, and Frisco Economic and Community Development Corporation Boards following the announcement of a partnership that will build a 100-acre UNT branch campus in Frisco.Innovative partnership with Frisco

The new public-public partnership between the City of Frisco, its Frisco Economic and Community Development Corporations and UNT makes way for what ultimately will be a branch campus to serve at least 5,000 students, providing higher education and research opportunities for future generations. "With this partnership, UNT will bring the innovation and ambition that UNT embodies as one of the nation's 115 Tier One research universities to the City of Frisco," UNT President Neal Smatresk said.

Research News
Anna McKee
Coding solutions

The first woman to win IBM's Master the Mainframe challenge for the North American region is a UNT senior − College of Business student Anna McKee. She won first place in the final and most difficult portion of IBM's contest, making this the second year in a row that a UNT student has won. Master the Mainframe pits students from across nine regions worldwide against one another in a hands-on, virtual contest that gives students the chance to master the skills that experienced mainframe systems programmers need to do their job.

Gustavo Lara Saenz
Developing high-performance photodetectors

Gustavo Lara Saenz, a Ph.D. student in the College of Engineering, is the lead author of a study about the development of high performance photodetectors. He worked on the study with mentor Anupama Kaul, director of the University of North Texas College of Engineering's PACCAR Technology Institute. The work has been published in Nature's Scientific Reports and includes collaborators Goran Karapetrov, professor of physics at Drexel University, and his graduate student James Curtis.

Megan Seymore
Visualizing data

How visualizations of big data and differing data sources influence decision-making in internal audits is the focus of UNT accounting doctoral candidate Megan Seymore's dissertation study, which earned her a $10,000 Michael J. Barrett Doctoral Dissertation Grant from the Internal Audit Foundation. She is examining the way data analytics and different sources for information can alter business judgments.

Ciara Boniface
Showcasing creativity

The world's "Next Visionary Filmmaker" is a UNT media arts student. Junior Ciara Boniface submitted a video in  a contest that won her $100,000 to film her next movie, a Nissan Leaf and a visit to the premiere of A Wrinkle in Time. She beat out 1,200 filmmakers and 20 finalists with her 1:30 minute video that she shot in her room and answered the questions posed by the movie's theme, "Be a Warrior."

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