Five graduate students have received National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. The recipients are Caroline Bryson, Mallory Ladd, Derek Mull, Alix Ann Pfennigwerth, and Su’ad Amatullah Yoon. The Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and provides financial support for outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions.
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.
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.
Hyeonsup Lim, a PhD candidate in the College of Engineering’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has become the first student from UT to win the Intelligent Transportation Society of Tennessee Scholarship Award and its $2,000 prize.
Faculty member Stephanie TerMaath has won an award from the US Navy for her work in repairing ship hulls. As part of her reward, she and a select group of students will spend the summer furthering her research in a Navy laboratory.
UT has been selected to compete in the EcoCAR 3 Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition, continuing a tradition of extended participation in all but one competition series in the twenty-six-year history of AVTCs.
Cutting-edge ideas in medical, mechanical, and biological technology were on display at the UT Conference Center this week for the annual two-day symposium sponsored by the Institute of Biomedical Engineering.
Pete Claussen, founder and CEO of Gulf and Ohio Railways Inc. and Knoxville Locomotive Works, will present “Green Locomotives” on Friday at this semester’s final Science Forum. The weekly brown-bag lunch series allows professors and area scientists to discuss their research with the general public in a conversational presentation. The Science Forum begins at noon in Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena. Attendees can bring lunch or purchase it at the arena. It is free and open to the public.
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.
The UT Humanities Center has announced its third class of fellows for fall 2014. The faculty and graduate student fellowship recipients will be afforded a full year in the Humanities Center to pursue their respective research projects. “The humanities are crucial to our development as thoughtful citizens capable of thinking critically in an ever increasingly complex world. Our knowledge of our historical traditions is an indispensable guide to an enlightened future,” said Thomas Heffernan, director of the Humanities Center.