College of Engineering News

Camp Offers Students Chance to Study Space Shuttle Columbia Debris

CNS Y-12's Steve Dekanich holds up a piece of the remains of the space shuttle Columbia during a materials science camp session on Monday.

An ASM International Materials Camp supported by UT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering and scientists at CNS Y-12 National Security Complex is giving local students the chance to study debris from the space shuttle Columbia, with an eye on improving materials used in space flight.

Center for Transportation Research Event Has Multiple Benefits

The Center for Transportation Research is helping launch a Knox County–wide outreach program, the Knoxville Area Scavenger Hunt, to help encourage middle and high school students in the area to learn more about and better use public transportation.

Wirth Receives Top DOE Honor, Credits UT-ORNL Partnership

Brian Wirth

The US Department of Energy has named Brian Wirth, a joint UT College of Engineering and Oak Ridge National Laboratory appointee, an Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award winner for 2014. Given by the DOE in recognition of research supporting science, energy, or national security, it is considered the highest achievement that a midcareer researcher can receive.

Hydraulics and Sedimentation Lab Holds Promise of Water Security

A close-up look at a laser-based sedimentation measuring device.

Water-related issues are quickly shaping up to be a major concern around the world, and a new lab at UT hopes to tackle that concern. The Hydraulics and Sedimentation Laboratory officially opened this week, with the implications of its research already being felt.

Bacteria the Newest Tool in Detecting Environmental Damage

Terry Hazen

Terry Hazen, the Governor’s Chair for Environmental Biotechnology, a joint UT-ORNL appointment, is working with a team of researchers who have developed a method of using bacteria to help test for the presence of a wide array of pollutants.