PACCAR Technology Institute at UNT Discovery Park

Febuary 12, 2016 - PACCAR Research Forum Announcement

For a PDF version of this announcement please click this link: PACCAR Forum Flyer

January 20, 2016 - NASA, NOAA Announce 2015 Global Temperatures, Climate Conditions

Climate experts from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will discuss the release of new data on 2015 global temperatures, and the most important weather and climate events of the year, during a media teleconference at 11 a.m. EST Wednesday, Jan. 20.

The teleconference panelists are:

  • Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York
  • Thomas R. Karl, director of NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information in Asheville, North Carolina, and chair of the Subcommittee on Global Change Research for the U.S. Global Change Research Program in Washington

Audio of the briefing, as well as supporting graphics, will stream live at:

NASA and NOAA are two keepers of the world's temperature data and independently produce a record of Earth's surface temperatures, as well as changes based on historical observations over oceans and land.

For more information about NASA's Earth science programs, visit:

December 10, 2015 - DOE Post-Doctoral positions announced

The US Department of Energy has recently announced the availability of 2 Post-Doctoral positions at the US Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office, Emerging Technologies Program:

* one position on analysis, simulation, and programming for energy policy

* one position on sensors & controls for building energy efficiency

The detailed advertisement is available at  Applicants can learn more about the Emerging Technologies Program at

Note that the location for both positions is DOE Headquarters in Washington DC, and that both positions are limited to US Citizens.  The start date is negotiable, but no later than June, 2016. 


September 11, 2015 - Mayor and City Council Business Awards Breakfast

The Mayor and City Council Business Awards Breakfast was held on September 11, 2015 at UNT Apogee StadiumClub Level’s Hub Club.  It serves as an opportunity for City departments, the Economic Development Partnership Board, Downtown Task Force and our higher education partners of UNT, TWU and NCTC to thank and recognize businesses with whom they have partnered in significant and beneficial ways.   

This year, UNT President Neal Smatresk wishes to recognize Peterbilt Motors for its continuous support and collaborative efforts with UNT’s PACCAR Technology Institute, led by Dr. Yong X. Tao at Discovery Park in Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering. 

Peterbilt Motors has been recognized previously by the Economic Development Partnership Board in 2008, and Denton Municipal Electric in 2010.

From left:  Mayor Chris Watts, Legislative Aid Dianne Helms, District Director for U S Congressman Erik With,General Manager of Peterbilt Darrin Siver, Chief Engineer of Peterbilt Scott Newhouse, UNT Dean of Engineering Costas Tsatsoulis, Director of Advanced Technology of Peterbilt Bill Khan, UNT President Neal Smatresk,  Director of UNT’s PACCAR Technology Institute Yong Tao

Summer, 2015 - Heat Transfer Division Newsletter

Dr. Yong Tao served as the Chair of the Heat Transfer Division from 2014 to Summer of 2015. You can visit the ASME site for the Heat Transfer division to view the Newsletter: Summer 2015 Newsletter


February 6, 2015 - PACCAR Technology Institute Advisory Board Meeting

The PACCAR Technology Institute Advisory Board met on February 6, 2015. Members of the Board and special guests are pictured above, from left to right: Jeff Eggleston, Heath May, Mayor Mark Burroughs, Dr. Yong Tao, Craig Morgan,  Dr. Mohammed Omary, James Brauer, Mickey Richardson, Jon Reasor, Rick Haws, David Hunter and Dr. Stanley Ingman.


October 3, 2014 - Mayor Chris Watts and City of Denton Tour of Discovery Park

Mayor Chris Watts and City of Denton members were hosted by Dr. Yong Tao and toured facilities at Discovery Park, including the Zero Energy Lab, on October 3, 2014.


September 4, 2013 - Peterbilt Motor Company Tour of Discovery Park

Mr. Darin Siver, General Manager of Peterbilt Motor Company, accompanied  by Mr. Landon Sproull, Chief Engineer of Peterbilt, visited MEE department and PACCAR Technology Institute on September 4, 2013.

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