The College of Engineering and Eastman Chemical Company have announced plans to provide for three new professor of practice positions, improve and renovate lab space and construct a new student lounge. Taking all areas into account, Eastman’s support for the college will total $2 million over a five-year period.
College of Engineering professor Shashi Nambisan has been elected president of the Council of University Transportation Centers. Nambisan, of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Center for Transportation Research, is one of the leading researchers in the area of transportation. Nambisan’s expertise led the governor of Nevada to proclaim “Shashi Nambisan Day” in recognition of his efforts to improve transportation safety in that state.
UT’s student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management has been named the most outstanding chapter worldwide, according to its parent organization. This is the third consecutive year the chapter has been recognized with the honor. The chapter is based in the UT College of Business Administration. The Society for Human Resource Management recognized only twenty-one chapters out of 600 member schools around the world.
UT’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will offer a free family fun day to showcase portraits from the temporary exhibit The Collector’s Eye: American and European Art from the McClung Museum on Saturday, June 21. The 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. event will take place in the exhibit gallery and the museum’s lobby. The family fun day will include educational activities focused on the exhibit, and children can make an exhibit-inspired craft to take home.
Wayne Davis, dean of the College of Engineering, was one of the invited speakers at the 2014 International Conference on Engineering Science and Technology in Beijing. The conference, Engineering and the Future of Humankind, was sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization; the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences; and the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
The most recognizable number for alternative fuel proponents has long been E-85—which indicates a much higher ethanol content than most fuels—but thanks in part to efforts from a UT group, that could soon give way to a new number: I-75.
Six student-owned businesses won the seventh annual Undergraduate Business Plan Competition this spring. They were chosen from among thirty-one business plans that competed for $20,000 in donated prize money in a contest sponsored by the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, housed in the College of Business Administration.
UT faculty is joining community volunteers today and Saturday, June 7, to install a new natural playground at the North Head Start Center. The playground will give students a new recreation area and provide researchers with an opportunity to study the environment’s impact on children’s activity levels.
The Center for Transportation Research will give area high school students a behind-the-scenes look at public transit in Knoxville and Atlanta when it hosts its first Transit Camp July 29–31 at UT. Open to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, the camp is designed to spark interest in STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math—and to showcase focus areas, such as public transit, that might not readily come to mind when engineering and technology are discussed.
A new exhibit featuring works from the permanent collections of American and European art at McClung Museum opens Saturday, June 14. The Collector’s Eye: American and European Art from the McClung Museum explores a significant grouping of nineteenth to twentieth century American and European art that forms the backbone of the museum’s Western art collections.