Alumni News

QuickSod Wins $30,000 in the Tennessee Venture Challenge

Pictured from left to right: David Millhorn, UT Executive Vice President and UTRF President; Richard Magid, UTRF Vice President at the UT Health Science Center; John Sorochan; Ryan Kemp; and Stacey Patterson, Vice President of the UTRF Multi-Disciplinary Office and UT Assistant Vice President and Director of Research Partnerships.

QuickSod swept the first-ever Tennessee Venture Challenge, claiming both the $25,000 overall prize and the $5,000 Crowd Favorite Award at the TVC Pitch Competition held by the UT Research Foundation on Thursday, April 3, at the Foundry in Knoxville. TVC is a business plan competition for the University of Tennessee community. To be eligible for the competition, potential startup companies must be commercializing intellectual property created at a UT campus or institute.

Underwriters Laboratories Supporting College of Engineering Course

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UT students will soon be able to take part in a first-of-its-kind offering thanks to a new partnership between the College of Engineering and Underwriters Laboratories, known to many for their familiar “UL” mark on a variety of products. A “professor of practice” position, the first so named at UT, is being established with the goal of offering a course in fire engineering forensics that could change the way many things, from appliances to residences, are built.

US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to Visit UT Law on April 15

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will be at UT to present the annual Rose Lecture on Tuesday, April 15. The event will take place at noon in the Alumni Memorial Building’s Cox Auditorium. Sponsored by UT’s College of Law, the lecture is open to law students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as members of the federal, state, and local judiciary, university administrators, and other members of the campus community.

UT Conference to Look at How Women in STEM Can Thrive in Industry, Academia

Women comprise less than a quarter of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) workforce in the United States, and they are most likely to leave those jobs compared to men. A workshop to familiarize women in the mathematical sciences with professional opportunities in academics, industry, and government labs and help them thrive in mathematics-related fields, will be held April 9–11 at UT.

Endowed Scholarship Established in Honor of McMinn County Educator

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UT has established the Harold “Prof” Powers Scholarship for McMinn County, Tennessee, students, thanks to a gift from Athens native and UT alumnus Larry Pratt. The scholarship is designed to enhance access by eliminating financial barriers to attend the state’s flagship research university.

Kessel Named Dougherty Award Winner by UT College of Engineering

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Longtime Knoxville and Knox County political icon Dwight Kessel was the guest of honor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Engineering awards on Thursday night, where he received the 2014 Nathan W. Dougherty Award, the college’s most prestigious honor.

Alum Earns Award for Being Top CPA Examination Performer

A UT alumna has been honored for her outstanding performance on the CPA exam. Margaret Sharp, of Knoxville, has received the prestigious 2013 American Institute of CPAs Elijah Watt Sells Award. Only fifty-five individuals out of 94,154 test takers, or .05 percent, received this distinction.

UT to Host Women in Politics Workshop April 10-11

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero will be among those participating in the upcoming Women in Politics workshop to be hosted by the Department of Political Science. The event will be held April 10-11 in the Toyota Auditorium at UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, 1640 Cumberland Avenue. It is free and open to the public.

New Director of Design Services Has Close Ties with UT

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Andy Powers has been named UT Facilities Services’ new director of design services. A 1982 UT graduate, Powers has worked for a number of local Knoxville design firms, and much of his career as an architect has been focused on UT projects.