UT’s commitment to energy is getting a major boost from the Gibson Family Foundation, courtesy of a $1.5 million endowment. The Gibson Endowed Chair in Engineering has been created with the specific goal of expanding research into environmentally friendly, sustainable energy, with Stephen Paddison, professor and Ferguson Fellow in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, named as the first chair.
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering News
Sticker shock at the gas pump could soon be a thing of the past thanks to research being conducted by UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
The College of Engineering and Eastman Chemical Company have announced plans to provide for three new professor of practice positions, improve and renovate lab space and construct a new student lounge. Taking all areas into account, Eastman’s support for the college will total $2 million over a five-year period.
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.
Arthur Ragauskas, an authority in bioenergy, has been named the fifteenth UT–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair. He will serve as Governor’s Chair for Biorefining, based in UT’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with a complementary appointment in the UT Institute of Agriculture’s Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries. He begins on June 1.
Honors and awards for the university’s faculty and graduate students.
How likely is a new teenage driver to trade in his or her keys for an electric bike? That’s a question some UT professors are trying to answer. Together, professors from four different departments within the College of Engineering have won a $15,000 grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency. The grant is phase one of the EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet annual student design competition, which offers students quality hands-on experience that brings their classroom learning to life.
The Office of Research is sponsoring a two-part workshop on how to seek funding from the Army Research Office. ARO serves as the Army’s premier extramural basic research agency and sponsors research primarily at academic institutions in following areas: electrical, environmental, materials, and mechanical engineering; computer and network sciences and mathematics; chemistry, physics, life sciences, and social/behavioral sciences. Part I of the workshop will be held Friday, September 2.