College of Engineering News

Cloudy With a Chance of Slowdowns: Engineering Student Developing Traffic Forecasts


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.

College of Engineering’s David Icove speaks to Canadian TV

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.

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.