When Denise Koessler receives her doctorate in computer science, it will mark the end of the long road—one that wasn’t always easily traveled. “There were times along the way where I didn’t have a peer in my classes,” said Koessler. “I was on the verge of leaving engineering. There just weren’t many other women.”
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Two students will be the first to earn a new doctoral degree Thursday from the Energy Science and Engineering program founded by former governor Phil Bredesen in partnership with UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Microsoft has released a security update that resolves the vulnerability in its Internet Explorer web browser that was announced earlier this week. This update covers versions 6 through 11 of the browser software. If you have Windows configured to install updates automatically, this critical update will be downloaded and installed automatically within the next few days.
With the first set of UT Bredesen Center graduates set to receive their doctorates next week, students who will be in the next wave of graduates are already finding success. Andrew Lepore, working out of the Materials Science and Technology Division through the center, recently won a prestigious ORNL-related prize at the Next Big Idea competition. Lepore is on track to receive his doctorate in 2016.
In an effort to maintain the quality and beauty of our campus, UT Facilities Services and UT Police are asking for your help with wiping out graffiti. During the past few weeks, Facilities Services crews and UTPD have reported a disturbing increase in the number of “tags,” which are not only an eyesore on campus and costly to remove, but they can also cause permanent damage to UT buildings.
Thanks to all faculty and staff who attended the Chancellor’s Spring Thank You picnic Tuesday. More than 1,300 employees enjoyed a casual lunch at the zero-waste picnic held at Thompson-Boling Arena.
A severe vulnerability has been discovered in Microsoft’s web browser, Internet Explorer. The Office of Information Technology is recommending that UT students, faculty, and staff stop using Internet Explorer and switch to an alternate web browser such as Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.
This summer, the Staff 9 lot west of Neyland Stadium will close for refurbishment. The first phase of work starts early in the morning on Monday, May 12, with the closing of all of the parking lot except for Margaret’s Alley, located behind the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Building.
A portion of Circle Drive on the Hill will be closed to traffic early in the morning on Saturday, April 26, as workers transport roofing materials for Dabney-Buehler Hall. The road will be closed east of Ayres Hall, with the western portion converted to two-way traffic to allow accessible parking and deliveries on the Hill.
The National Science Foundation area of the USA Science and Engineering Festival will have a UT feel thanks to a spot in the prestigious event going to CURENT, the Center for Ultra-Wide-Area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks. Housed in the Min H. Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building in UT’s College of Engineering, CURENT is a UT-led multi-institution research group focused on making the electrical grid more efficient, particularly in the area of energy transportation.