NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Rover Curiosity would have a hard time completing its mission if it were not for a successful partnership between the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a professor-student team at UT. Ben Blalock, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, and two graduate students, designed a tiny microchip that weighs close to a paper clip and helps control the motors on the rover.
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Three UT professors have had a hand in NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity including Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Professor Ben Blalock. The Knoxville News Sentinel interviewed Blalock about his role developing microchips that help control dozens of motors inside the rover.
A gathering of friends will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 18, at the UT Gardens Shade Garden to honor Jesse Poore, professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, who died on April 25. Poore came to UT in 1986 as chair of the Department of Computer Science and served as director of the UT-ORNL Science Alliance from 2000 to 2011.
Jesse H. Poore, a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, former co-director of the UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Computational Sciences and director of the UT-ORNL Science Alliance, died on April 25 at his home. Poore came to UT in 1986. He served as co-director of JICS from 2000 to 2005; director of the Science Alliance from 2000 to 2011; and UT System vice president for information technology and chief information officer from 2008 to 2009.
When UT alum Min Kao, founder and chairman of Garmin, heard that the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science had outgrown its current home in Ferris Hall, he donated $12.5 million toward a new building to house the department. Kao visited the campus last month to dedicate the Min H. Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building.
Infectious diseases can spread very rapidly, so quickly identifying them can be crucial to stopping an epidemic. However, current testing for such diseases can take hours and days. But not for much longer. Associate professors Jayne Wu and Shigetoshi Eda have developed a portable device that can be used onsite to detect infectious diseases in people and animals.
Professor Jack Dongarra discusses the Japanese “K Computer” in this New York Times article. The machine recently earned the top stop on the list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. Dongarra, a distinguished professor of electrical engineering and computer science in the College of Engineering, keeps the official rankings of computer performance.
This story in The New York Times looks at Jack Dongarra’s comparison of the current iPad 2 tablet computer with its predecessor, the original iPad, as well as with the Cray 2 supercomputer, which was the world’s fastest supercomputer in 1985. Dongarra is a distinguished professor of electrical engineering and computer science in the College of Engineering, and the director of UT Knoxville’s Center of Information Technology Research.