The Art of Innovation

Leonardo da Vinci — artist, engineer, inventor — embodied the convergence of art and science, which ultimately leads to a greater understanding of the world. As a hub of creativity and innovation in all forms, the University of North Texas is championing the art-meets-science approach to further understanding and discovery. Learn how UNT is breaking down the barriers of linear thinking and fostering interdisciplinary collaborations to push innovation in the UNT Research magazine cover story.

Partner Spotlight
Industry insight propels UNT research forward

To ensure faculty innovations and discoveries have the biggest possible impact, UNT researchers rely heavily on industry leaders to share critical insight on market-centric research and opportunities for industry partnerships. Robert C. Richardson, director of business development for the Lubrizol Corporation's Advanced Materials business and a member of the advisory board for UNT's BioDiscovery Institute, offers insight into his company's collaboration with UNT plant scientists.

Research News
Growing UNT's research enterprise

As UNT researchers make ground-breaking discoveries, Michael Rondelli is helping them ready their innovations for the marketplace. As UNT's new associate vice president for economic development, Rondelli is leading the university's commercialization and licensing efforts. "Michael will contribute substantially to UNT's ability to positively impact the region, and beyond," says Tom McCoy, UNT's vice president for research and economic development.

Winning streak for logistics students
UNT logistics and supply chain students continue their winning streak with third major win on a case competition in less than a year. Most recently, four students — Jacob Koren, Mary Catherine Schoals, Dylan Smith and Laura Catalina Quinones Rios – won the Operation Stimulus Case Competition, which required them to serve as the hypothetical management team for an underperforming warehouse.

Combating human trafficking
A smartphone app — Operation Compass — is helping people report crimes thanks to Lisa Mercer, a December 2015 graduate of the College of Visual Arts and Design with a Master of Fine Arts in design research. Lisa's app lets individuals – especially truck drivers — report incidents of human trafficking and includes fields that auto-populate the time, date and location of an incident of trafficking. In January, she presented her app research as the keynote speaker to "Unfrozen," the Swiss Research Network symposium in Brienz, Switzerland.

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