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What’s Your Big Idea?—John Utley

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that are making a difference in their world and the world around them. UT senior John Utley is studying mechanical engineering. He’s on the EcoCAR 2 team, working to improve fuel efficiency and reduce harmful emissions through advance vehicle technologies.

Big Idea: UT Students Open Dialogue on Race and Religion

Big Idea: Dialogue

Seniors Jayanni Webster, Abbey Schaplowsky, and Corie Fine were working together on a class project when they realized how diverse their own lives were—and how the campus as a whole is full of thousands of individuals, each with their own differences. From this idea came “Dialogue: A Conversation on Race and Religion at UT,” a film screening and panel discussion devised as a way to create a safe, inclusive way for students to talk about different social issues.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Rupy Sawhney

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that are making a difference in their world and the world around them. Professor Rupy Sawhney, head of the Department of Industrial and Information Engineering, wants to see departments at UT become more involved in their respective communities through their actions.

Big Idea: Professor Brings e-Bikes to Campus

Chris Cherry

Chris Cherry has made UT home to an automated electric bicycle (e-bike) sharing system. The civil and environmental engineering assistant professor started the pilot program as a subject of an ongoing research study. He got the idea after arriving in Kunming, China, on a research grant in 2005 and noticing the city was buzzing with e-bikes.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Andy Rogers

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that are making a difference in their world and the world around them. Andy Rogers, a 2011 graduate who majored in biochemistry and minored in theater, has found a way to combine these areas by creating a musical called “Andy and the Beats,” which focuses on type I diabetes.

Big Idea: UT Staff Member Works for Safer Toys

Cat Wilt wants to make toys healthier, safer, and more environmentally-friendly. The director of the Center for Clean Products, Wilt was instrumental in developing North America’s first and only third-party environmental toy standard, UL 172. Manufacturers can demonstrate environmental leadership and a commitment to safeguarding children’s health by pursuing the voluntary certification.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Mark Walker

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that are making a difference in their world and the world around them. Mark Walker, a senior studying nuclear engineering, has been working on the big idea of how to verify the dismantlement of nuclear weapons.

Big Idea: Senior Organizes Fashion Show to Help Haiti

Katie Riley’s big idea has translated into big help for a destitute community. In 2009, she organized “Fierce and Fancy,” an event where people donated old formal dresses for a fashion show and silent auction to raise money for a Haitian community. The Haiti Outreach Program and the UT Haiti Club will host its third annual fashion show and dress sale on Saturday, March 3.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Morgan Baltz

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni share big ideas that are making a difference in their world and the world around them. Morgan Baltz, a senior studying chemical and biomolecular engineering, has the big idea of engineering better medicine.

Big Orange. Big Ideas. Big Launch.

On Wednesday the campus launched its new “Big Orange. Big Ideas.” campaign, which aims to enhance the university’s reputation and help UT reach its Top 25 goal. Despite the gloomy weather on launch day, Volunteers from around campus came out to celebrate the effort.