UTSI News

UTSI Professor and Student Win Aerospace Awards

Joseph Majdalani, the Arnold Chair of Excellence in Advanced Propulsion at the UT Space Institute, was honored with the Abe M. Zarem Educator Award at the fifty-first Aerospace Sciences Meeting. UTSI graduate student Charles Haddad was also honored with the Abe M. Zarem Award for Distinguished Achievement in Astronautics.

Big Idea: Professor’s Invention Seeks to Destroy Cancer

Big Orange. Big Ideas.

Christian Parigger, associate professor of physics at the UT Space Institute in Tullahoma, wants to advance the fight against cancer. His big idea: develop a technology that goes on a “seek and destroy” mission for cancerous tumors. His invention uses a femtosecond laser to focus in on a specific region to find and acutely map a tumor.

Space Institute Researchers Make Clinical Trials a Virtual Reality

Ying-Ling Chen examines data for the digital Eye Bank.

Clinical trials can be time-consuming, expensive and intrusive, but they are also necessary. Researchers at the UT Space Institute in Tullahoma have developed an invention that makes clinical trials more efficient by moving them into the virtual world.

Space Institute Researchers Develop Laser Technology to Fight Cancer

Researchers at the Center for Laser Applications at the University of Tennessee Space Institute in Tullahoma have developed a technology that goes on a “seek and destroy” mission for cancerous tumors. They have harnessed the power of lasers to find, map, and non-invasively destruct cancerous tumors.

UT Researchers Develop Comprehensive, Accessible Vision Testing Device

Eighty-five percent of children’s learning is related to vision. Yet in the US, 80 percent of children have never had an eye exam or any vision screening before kindergarten, statistics say. Three researchers at the UT Space Institute are working to change that with an invention that makes children eye exams simple to inexpensive, comprehensive, and simple to administer.

UTSI Aviation Systems Program Flies ‘Back-to-Back’ Missions

The Aviation Systems Program at the University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) started its 2011 summer flight research season with the successful completion of two major airborne science missions—one for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and one for NASA.

UTSI Paper Wins First Place at Sixty-Second Annual AIAA Conference

The contents of Georges Henri Akiki’s award-winning paper introduces a framework that could help with modeling rocket engines, hurricanes, and twisters. Akiki, from the University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI), won first place in the Masters Division at the 2011 Southeastern Regional Student Conference of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

NASA Awards UTSI Aviation Systems Research Funding

The University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) Aviation Systems Program received a NASA award, totaling a maximum of $10 million over the next two years, to provide flight and engineering support for the conduct of airborne science missions. UTSI was one of seven of NASA’s new Aircraft Catalog Blanket Purchase Agreements awarded this month.