Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science News

II-VI Foundation’s Support of College of Engineering Nears $700,000

From left to right, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science students Lakshmi Gopi Reddy, Zhiqiang Wang, and Zheyu Zhang, talk to Richard Hopkins and John Spitznagel of the II-VI Foundation.

A multiyear series of projects in the College of Engineering has been extended again for the 2014­–2015 cycle through a grant provided by the II-VI Foundation, which recently signed its third annually reviewable three-year grant to UT. The foundation was started in 2007 with the mission of “encouraging and enabling students to pursue a career in engineering, science and/or mathematics while maintaining a standard of excellence in that pursuit.”

Eastman Committing $2 Million to College of Engineering

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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.

DOE Looks to Dongarra for Input on Computing Advances

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The US Department of Energy recently released a report through its Office of Science detailing the top ten research challenges in reaching the level of exascale computing, once again calling on Jack Dongarra for input. Dongarra, a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, director of the Innovative Computing Laboratory and one of five National Academy of Engineering members at UT, has long been at the forefront of exascale computing, or computing at roughly a thousand times the capability of recent supercomputers.

Systers Act: Koessler’s Impact Felt Well Beyond the Classroom

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When Denise Koessler receives her doctorate in computer science, it will mark the end of the long road—one that wasn’t always easily traveled. “There were times along the way where I didn’t have a peer in my classes,” said Koessler. “I was on the verge of leaving engineering. There just weren’t many other women.”

Faculty Recognized for Teaching at Annual Honors Banquet

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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.

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

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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.

UT Hosts 101st Engineers Day for High School Students

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.