Accomplished faculty, staff, and students were honored Wednesday evening at the annual Chancellor’s Honors Banquet, the university’s largest recognition event of the year. Seven seniors—Natalie Bennett, Savannah Clay, Joshua Dobbs, Carson Hollingsworth, Elisabeth Logan, Monil Mehta, and Louis Varriano— were recognized for their academic achievement, leadership, and outstanding service with the university’s highest student honor,
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A multiyear series of projects in the College of Engineering has been extended again for the 2014–2015 cycle through a grant provided by the II-VI Foundation, which recently signed its third annually reviewable three-year grant to UT. The foundation was started in 2007 with the mission of “encouraging and enabling students to pursue a career in engineering, science and/or mathematics while maintaining a standard of excellence in that pursuit.”
NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Rover Curiosity would have a hard time completing its mission if it were not for a successful partnership between the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a professor-student team at UT. Ben Blalock, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, and two graduate students, designed a tiny microchip that weighs close to a paper clip and helps control the motors on the rover.
Three UT professors have had a hand in NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity including Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Professor Ben Blalock. The Knoxville News Sentinel interviewed Blalock about his role developing microchips that help control dozens of motors inside the rover.
College kudos: Get to know Associate Professor Ben Blalock, Assistant Professor Claudia Rawn, and Professor Mingjun Zhang from the College of Engineering.