"My internship with a company that’s been an engineering innovator since 1890 allowed me to apply what I had learned in the classroom in the real world and understand the life of an engineer. I was involved in several aspects, from testing and software to systems engineering. At SMU, my one-on-one time with my professors helped me figure out what kind of internship was best for me. They also gave me career advice for workplace interactions."
— Olivia Asenime, Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics double major, at New York Air Brake
Dallas is known for its entrepreneurial spirit and innovative approaches to the business of living. This is the city of Southwest Airlines, which invented a whole new style of travel. This is where TI engineers developed the idea of an integrated circuit that would become the microchip and change the way humans live, work and play.
The can-do spirit of Dallas helps fuel SMU’s intellectual environment to drive cutting-edge research, with far-reaching benefits for our world. It’s one reason why SMU is classified as a university with "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
In the midst of heightened local and national concerns over the increasing evidence of earthquakes in the U.S., timely research by the SMU seismology team revealed the location and depth of a geologic fault, an important step in investigating what might have triggered recent earthquakes in North Texas and Central Oklahoma. SMU installed more than 20 monitors, supplied by the U.S. Geological Survey and the academic consortium Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS), to provide enhanced mapping that enables Irving and Dallas city officials to assess potential municipal hazards. blog.smu.edu/research
Sam Weber successfully pursues his love of two vastly different fields: science and performance. On the pre-med track, the Dedman College Scholar and University Honors student works on the “biological application of manipulating proteins” in Associate Professor Brian Zoltowski’s lab. Last fall, Weber also directed a production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods.
The data-crunching power of ManeFrame II, among the 20 most powerful supercomputers at U.S. universities, lets SMU biology professor John Wise run a million jobs at a time as he searches chemical compounds to stop chemotherapy failures in cancer patients. smu.edu/datapower
SMU students make important classroom-to-career connections with key health care and biotechnology companies that are attracted to Dallas by its infrastructure, research climate and market location. In addition, SMU students majoring in the sciences or mathematics gain outstanding preparation for entry into research and health care through the Biomedical Researchers In Training Experience (BRITE) program, a partnership between SMU and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, one of the leading medical education and biomedical research institutions in the United States.
FINDING A 'HELMETED THIEF'
A newfound dino is the namesake of renowned SMU paleontologist Louis L. Jacobs. The giant birdlike dinosaur – Corythoraptor jacobsi, which translates to “Jacobs’ helmeted thief” – was discovered in China.
FROM IDEA TO ENTERPRISE
The Cube is a dedicated space on campus – an idea incubator – for entrepreneurial students and faculty to meet and work on projects.
INTELLECTUALISM IN DALLAS
THE CHIP THAT STARTED IT ALL
In the summer of 1958, Jack Kilby, a newbie at Texas Instruments, built the first integrated circuit, which became the microchip. Kilby received the Nobel Prize for his invention in 2000. Kilby also led the team that invented the hand-held calculator.
Dallas is a vital link in the Texas Bio Corridor, a 275-mile stretch along Interstate 35 that is home to a variety of startups in health care and biotechnology.
GETTING A SOLID START
Students and faculty form a community of intrepid problem solvers as they take on real-world challenges at SMU’s Deason Innovation Gym. smu.edu/lyle
The Locomotor Performance Laboratory at the Simmons School of Education and Human Development is one of the premier labs of its kind in the country, conducting cutting-edge research in biomechanics. smu.edu/locomotor
Fred Chang, director of SMU’s Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security and former director of research for the National Security Agency, was recently elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering. The recognition highlights SMU’s important research to help advance the science of cyber security and dedication to training a workforce of skilled cyber defenders.
SMU brings distinguished speakers to the Hilltop through premier programs, including the Tate Lecture Series. Recent speakers on campus have included Indra Nooyi, Ken Burns, Scott Kelly and Jeff Bridges.
SHAPING NATIONAL CONVERSATIONS
The SMU Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center provides research opportunities to explore the political, cultural and economic relationships between Texas and Mexico and shape important regional and national conversations on topics such as education, trade and energy. smu.edu/TexasMexico