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Mickey McCabe, vice president for research at the University of Dayton in Ohio and executive director of the University of Dayton Research Institute, has been appointed executive director of University of Texas at Arlington’s Research Institute in Fort Worth. McCabe will join UT Arlington in mid-October. He succeeds retired Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, who had served as UTARI executive director since April 2012. McCabe, an expert in aerospace and composite materials, has led the UD Research Institute since 1999. He is credited with forging innovative partnerships with business and industry and leveraging state and federal funds to more than double annual sponsored research activity at the private university.

At UT Arlington, McCabe will lead the university’s research and development unit and its research teams consisting of faculty, professional staff and students who specialize in applying technologies to real-world engineering problems. UTARI’s current work is focused on advanced robotics, medical technologies and product engineering, including micro- and nano-manufacturing. Walmart recently partnered with UTARI to build a robotic small motors assembly and testing system that would cut the manufacturing costs of goods that were formerly built overseas.

“Dr. McCabe has been responsible for attracting an average of $90 million in research projects over the past three years to the University of Dayton, and he has fostered strategic partnerships with industry giants that have had an enormous economic impact on the region and the state,” said UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari said. “We know that he can achieve similar results at UT Arlington in the heart of the dynamic North Texas economy.” McCabe said the UT Arlington Research Institute “is positioned to become a global leader in technology-based economic development given the talented and experienced faculty and researchers who are already in place at UT Arlington and in its Research Institute.” “As we craft a strategic approach to the next five years, we will concentrate on regional businesses and industry, along with the traditional federal research opportunities, to grow UTARI’s presence in the Dallas-Fort Worth region,” McCabe said. “We will focus on turning technology into economic outcomes for the region and on increasing our ability to be a resource to our community, our state and our nation.” McCabe earned a doctorate in chemistry and master’s in business administration from the University of Cincinnati. His research expertise is in the areas of polymers, fibers and composite systems, including organic matrix composites, ceramic matrix composites and carbon/carbon materials.

McCabe is the sole inventor on U.S. Patent #4,661,336 concerning the production of carbon fibers. He was named a Fellow in the Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering in 2002. McCabe served as chairman of the Board of Governors for the University Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio from 2008 to 2010. He also is a member of the board of trustees for the National Composites Center in Kettering, Ohio, and serves on the board of governors of the Ohio Aerospace Institute and on the board of CityWide Corp. in Dayton. Before joining the University of Dayton, McCabe spent 17 years in the composite materials industry, including six years at General Electric Aircraft Engines in Cincinnati.

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