College of Engineering News

Underwriters Laboratories Supporting College of Engineering Course

David Icove

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.

Kessel Named Dougherty Award Winner by UT College of Engineering


Longtime Knoxville and Knox County political icon Dwight Kessel was the guest of honor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Engineering awards on Thursday night, where he received the 2014 Nathan W. Dougherty Award, the college’s most prestigious honor.

National Society of Black Engineers Chapter Wins National Acclaim


UT’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers was recognized as the National Medium Chapter of the Year and senior Tiffany Sithiphone became the first female from UT to be elected regional chairperson, capping a highly successful national convention for members from the College of Engineering last week in Nashville.

Colleges of Nursing, Engineering Team Up For Health Simulation Lab

The pediatric room at the HITS Lab is nearly indistinguishable from one in a real hospital, right down to working medical equipment. The goal of the project, jointly brought to life by UT's College of Nursing and College of Engineering, is to put students in as real of an environment as possible.

If “practice makes perfect” holds true, medical and assisted living facilities could see a marked improvement thanks to a new center opening on campus. The College of Nursing and College of Engineering teamed together to come up with the HITS—Health Information Technology and Simulation—Lab, creating spaces identical to a variety of care facilities, complete with actors and manikins serving as patients.

UT’s College of Engineering Helping Robotic “Football” Kick Off

This image shows what a game of FIRST Robotics’ Aerial Assist, a football-like game played by robots, might look like.

Football season is still months away, but those needing a quick fix before fall can get a chance to see a version of the game played by competitors functioning like well-oiled machines. The FIRST Robotics Competition Smoky Mountain Regional returns to the Knoxville Convention Center March 26–29, and is centered around a game featuring strong elements from football and soccer called Aerial Assist.

Diversity of Programs, UT on Display for Breakfast of Champions

Associate Professor Gerd Duscher, right, of the College of Engineering's Department of Materials Science and Engineering explains some of his work involving nanotechnology to students visiting during the college's recent Breakfast of Champions.

The College of Engineering held its annual Breakfast of Champions recently, giving underrepresented high school students—defined as African-American, Hispanic, Native American, Alaskan Native, and Pacific Islander—a chance to visit with UT professors, tour labs, and get to know some of their potential classmates.

Dongarra Calls for Renewed Focus on Research into High-end Math


The Department of Energy recently released a report co-chaired by UT Distinguished Professor Jack Dongarra in which he stresses the importance of prioritizing research into high-end mathematics to help keep the United States on the cutting edge of computing.

Graduate Programs in Engineering, Business Nationally Ranked by U.S. News and World Report

One of the fastest growing graduate programs at UT has again risen in the 2015 U.S. News and World Report graduate rankings released today. UT’s graduate program in nuclear engineering now ranks fifth among all universities in the nation. The supply chain management and logistics graduate program held steady at seventh place among public universities and eleventh place nationally, the same as last year.

UT, ORNL Part of Breakthrough Reducing Size of LEDs

University of Washington scientists have built the thinnest-known LED that can be used as a source of light energy in electronics, thanks in part to a breakthrough by University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers. The LED is based off of two-dimensional, flexible semiconductors, making it possible to stack or use in much smaller and more diverse applications than current technology allows.