College of Engineering News

Did Dust Bowl’s Ravages End in the 1940s? New Study Says No

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A recent study led by the UT Goodrich Chair of Excellence Thanos Papanicolaou could very well change the way we view the health of our nation’s soil, even potentially altering history books. The paper, soon-to-be published in the Journal of Geophysical Research—Biogeosciences, focuses on modeling carbon budgets in agricultural areas.

Breakthrough Involving Students Could Alter Tech, Mining Worlds

A trio of students from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering recently got the chance to work with scientists from around the country on a process that might make it easier and less expensive to obtain rare earth elements.

Sanders to Deliver Presentation on Modernized Smart Grid


The College of Engineering’s third Distinguished Lecture Series event of the fall takes place at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, October 26, as the college welcomes William Sanders for his presentation “Challenges and Approaches for a Trustworthy Power Grid Cyber Infrastructure.”

Science Forum to Discuss Research to Restore Urban Streams

John Schwartz

John Schwartz, professor of civil and environmental engineering, will look at the difficulties that have resulted from efforts to restore healthy ecosystems impacted by urban development at this week’s Science Forum.

Eastman Engineers Help Get Unit Ops Lab Running


The growing partnership between the College of Engineering and Eastman became a working arrangement last week—literally. A team of engineers from Eastman came from Kingsport to help install equipment and experiments in the Eastman Unit Ops Laboratory in the Nathan W. Dougherty Engineering Building.