Alumnus and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Noble Wilford will receive an honorary doctorate during this semester’s commencement ceremonies. Wilford, a 1955 journalism graduate, will receive an honorary doctorate of letters and science at the College of Communication and Information ceremony on May 7. He headlines the list of accomplished speakers at this spring’s college ceremonies, which begin May 7 and run through May 10. More than 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students will receive degrees at thirteen college ceremonies this spring.
College of Engineering News
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.
Last week, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek celebrated faculty, staff, and students for their accomplishments throughout the past academic year. Debora Baldwin, associate professor of psychology; Bruce MacLennan, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science; Anthony Nownes, professor of political science; and Marianne Wanamaker, associate professor of economics, each received the Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award.
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.
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.
UT’s Howard Hall, a Governor’s Chair in the Department of Nuclear Engineering in the College of Engineering, Natalie Manayeva, a research assistant at the Institute for Nuclear Security, and Dean Rice, adjunct faculty member and former congressional aide, have had an article they wrote on the situation in Ukraine featured by CNN and a Czech Republic newspaper, Neviditelný Pes.
Running into unexpected traffic congestion could largely become a thing of the past thanks to an idea presented by College of Engineering student Jianjiang Yang. Yang, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, recently took first place at the annual Tennessee Section meeting of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.
Students from the College of Engineering’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering took part in the Chem-E-Car Competition at the Southern Regional Conference in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, in March, taking home second place in the poster competition.
College of Engineering professor David Icove was in Alberta, Canada, recently to speak to a conference on fire prevention. During his visit, he took time to sit down with Canadian TV station Alberta Primetime to talk about the visit, what he does at the University of Tennessee, and about fire prevention in general.
UT students will soon be able to take part in a first-of-its-kind offering thanks to a new partnership between the College of Engineering and Underwriters Laboratories, known to many for their familiar “UL” mark on a variety of products. A “professor of practice” position, the first so named at UT, is being established with the goal of offering a course in fire engineering forensics that could change the way many things, from appliances to residences, are built.