The Chronicle of Higher Education featured the College of Engineering’s success in diversity programs. According to the article, the college’s Office of Diversity Programs, which just celebrated the fortieth anniversary of such programs at the college, has seen the graduation of more than 900 minority students, including fifteen master’s and Ph.D. students.
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Two environmental advances—a new source of lumber for construction and efficient breakdown of plastic mulch—are closer to becoming reality, thanks to the work of two student-professor teams from UT. The projects are being funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency’s People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) Phase I grants.
The skills of some of the university’s top chemical engineering students will be put to the test in an international competition that challenges them to build a specific type of car in record time. Thirteen students compose one of thirty-one teams to compete in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’s 2013 International Student Chem-E-Car Competition at the institute’s Annual Student Conference next week.
For 101 years, UT undergraduate engineering students and faculty have dedicated a day to showing high school students the exciting opportunities available to future engineers. Called Engineers Day, the event dismisses undergraduate engineering classes for the day to allow undergraduates to interact with prospective engineering students. This year’s Engineers Day is Thursday, October 24.
The Federal Highway Administration has listed UT’s Traffic Signal Academy as one of its recommended training programs. The administration says the course, developed by UT’s Center for Transportation Research, offers a comprehensive discussion on a number of important transportation issues.
A gift from a UT alumnus to the College of Engineering has created an endowed chair to focus on tackling today’s energy challenges. The $1.5 million commitment from Jim Gibson, a 1971 graduate in industrial engineering, has established the Gibson Endowed Chair in Engineering.
The national Lean In women’s professional movement has landed on campus. New York Times best-seller Lean In, written by Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, has prompted a conversation change to focus on what women can do rather than not do, to advance their careers and influence. The on-campus group, “Women in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at UT” was asked to be the founding circle in a new partnership between LeanIn.Org and the Anita Borg Institute.
UT’s Engineering Research Center, CURENT, recently held two Family Engineering Nights at Lake City Elementary School and Green Magnet Academy. The events connected about 400 students and their families to engineering exhibits which included solar cars, paper helicopters and homemade circuits.
Jack Dongarra, distinguished professor of computer science in the College of Engineering, is being honored for his leadership in high performance computing. He will receive the Association for Computing Machinery-Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award on November 19 in Denver at SC13, the International Conference on High Performance Computing.
The College of Engineering’s celebration of its new John D. Tickle Engineering Building and plans for another new building received