Professor Hairong Qi has been named to the Gonzalez Family Endowed Professorship, making her the first woman to hold an endowed professorship in the College of Engineering.
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Educational trips have long been a part of schooling, but few journeys into the field go as far as a recent one by members of the College of Engineering. Professors Roger Parsons, of the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering, and Michael Berry, of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, led a group of budding UT engineers for a few weeks of study and work in the United Kingdom.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Get to know Jeff Reinbolt and Kevin Tomsovic, two College of Engineering faculty members who are training the next generation of engineers and doing research to improve health care and the nation’s power grid.
WBIR-TV’s Robin Wilhoit sat down with Mark Dean, a professor in electrical engineering and computer science, who helped invent the