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For the week of April 21, 2017

News on the Tickle College of Engineering, Faculty, Speakers, Students, Opportunities and Events

The @TCE e-newsletter is published each Friday during the UT semester. Please send submissions to Randall Brown in the Engineering Communications Office at rbrown73@utk.edu by noon on the Thursdays before distribution.

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Featured News

Wayne Davis Presents Ed Burdette the 2017 Dougherty Award

Burdette Honored with Dougherty Award
Edwin “Ed” Burdette spent six decades at UT, watching the university and the world change around him. Through it all, his expertise in concrete engineering never wavered as he educated generation after generation of civil engineers. For that dedication and service, the Tickle College of Engineering has presented Burdette with its highest honor, the Nathan W. Dougherty Award for 2017. "I’m very grateful for the opportunities that UT gave me, both as a student and then later as a teacher," said Burdette. "The education I got from the college and the rewarding experience I got from working there changed my life in ways I can’t imagine."

Read about the Faculty and Staff Awards

Faculty, Staff, and Students Honored at Chancellor's Event

2017 TorchbearersAccomplished faculty, staff, and students were honored Wednesday evening at the annual Chancellor’s Honors Banquet, the university’s largest recognition event of the year. Among the Tickle College of Engineering recipients:

  • Ben Blalock—Alexander Prize
  • Aerospace engineering senior Joshua Dobbs—Torchbearer award.
  • Jenny Retherford—National Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award.
  • Jon Hathaway—Success in Multidisciplinary Research
  • Veerle Keppens—Angie Warren Perkins Award.
  • Rupy Sawhney—Excellence in Teaching Award.
  • Hairong Qi—Research and Creative Achievement
  • Wei Gao—Research and Creative Achievement
  • Caroline Black—Jimmy and Ileen Cheek Graduate Student Medal of Excellence
  • Guru Venkatesan—Extraordinary Campus Leadership and Service

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UT Launches Integrated Business and Engineering Program for Undergraduates

Mary BrowThe Haslam College of Business and the Tickle College of Engineering have partnered to create a new cross-disciplinary learning experience for undergraduate students. Through the Integrated Business and Engineering Program, a group of 20 to 30 students will spend three years studying how to apply engineering processes in a business setting. Mary Brow will serve as the new program’s director, joining the university from DeRoyal Industries in May. Brow has more than a decade of industry experience as a process engineer and is an alumna of UT’s Professional MBA program.

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Faculty & Staff News

Moore Named to Hall of Fame
Charles MooreControl Engineering Magazine named Charles Moore, professor emeritus and former head of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, to their Process Automation Hall of Fame. Two new members were inducted this year.

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Wetteland and Young Speak at Mic Nite
Chris Wetteland, materials science lecturer, and Matthew Young, Eastman Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering, spoke at this semester’s Mic/Nite. They gave a presentation about additive manufacturing and the Innovation and Collaboration Studio.

Watch their presentation

Speakers & Events

WomEngineers Day
WomEngineers DayThe second biennial WomEngineers Day Conference will be Saturday, April 22. This is a one-day conference in which professional engineers, business partners, and faculty provide expertise on both professional and personal topics related to career and life choices. All students are welcome to attend. Discussion will include topics of diversity and inclusion. In addition, the conference will offer a specialized track for high school students interested in engineering, including instructions and guidance from academic advisors and current engineering students here at the University of Tennessee.

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Vaddiraju to Speak in MABE Seminar
Sreeram Vaddiraju will discuss "Mass Production of Nanowire-based Energy Conversion Devices: Opportunities and Barriers" at 11 a.m. Friday, April 28, in Room 409 of the Dougherty Engineering Building. Vaddiraju is an associate professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

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Chancellor's Honors Program Seeks Faculty for Lectures and Film Series

The Chancellor's Honors and Scholars Program seeks faculty to present topics of interest in lecture, discussion, or workshop format for the Honors Faculty Lecture Series in 2017-2018. Each semester, the CHP also hosts a series of films led by UT faculty members to engage honors students in film as a mode of academic discourse.

Read more here if you are interested in presenting a lecture (which can be a lecture in its purest form, a moderated discussion, or an interactive workshop depending on what suits your topic best).

Read more here if you are interested in hosting a film.

Student News and Opportunity

Senior Design Project Helps the Smokies
Six graduating engineering seniors are building a big graduation present to benefit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They are building an improved outdoor donation box for the non-profit Friends of the Smokies. For the prototype, the design has involved collaboration across three different departments.

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Order of the Engineer

Order of the Engineer

Forty-three May and August graduates of the Tickle College of Engineering were inducted into the Order of the Engineer during a ring ceremony on April 12. This national organization fosters the spirit of pride and responsibility in the engineering profession. Initiates pledge an obligation to practice ethically, to make the best use of the Earth's resources, to uphold the dignity of the profession, and to devote their skills to the benefit of humanity. Initiates receive a stainless steel ring that serves as an inward reminder of the obligation to which they have committed and an outward symbol of the engineering profession. The ceremony was presided over by Chris Cox, head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and John Kobza, head of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Membership in the order is open to any degreed engineer or senior students within four months of graduation.

Gandomi Receives Excellence in Graduate Research Award
Yasser Ashraf GandomiYasser Ashraf Gandomi, a PhD student in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering, received the Graduate Student Senate’s Excellence in Graduate Research Award last week at an awards breakfast with Chancellor Beverly Davenport. The Graduate Student Senate presents this award each year to a graduate student who has received national and/or international recognition in his/her field and shows professional promise in his/her area of research and creative achievement. Ashraf Gandomi works in the Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion Laboratory under the direction of his advisor Matthew Mench.

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MABE Senior Design Showcase
The Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering will hold its Senior Design Showcase at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 27, on the Thompson-Bowling Arena Concourse. More than 30 teams will present the results of their yearlong projects. Cash prizes will be award for best projects and posters, which will be on display.

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Tennessee Transfer Connect Seeks Mentors
Tennessee Transfer Connect is a newly formed program seeking to proved mentorship for transfer students. The program is looking for transfer students who are interested in networking with other transfer students. An information meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 27, in the Mary Greer Room of the Hodge Library. For info, contact Brandon Hayes at bthayes@vols.utk.edu.

Engineering Professional Practice

Stay up-to-date with Engineering Professional Practice information and events by clicking the “Like” button on the program’s Facebook page, visiting its website at www.coop.utk.edu, or calling 865-974-5323.

Spring Banquet

Engineering Professional Practice Spring BanquetEngineering Professional Practice recently held its sixth annual spring banquet at Calhoun's on the River. The banquet was attended by students currently participating in the cooperative education and internship education programs.

Also in attendance were distinguished guests Dorothy Bryson, Dean Wayne Davis and his wife Sylvia, and noted alumni J. Michael Stone (ChE ’63). Stone graciously provides the resources for the annual spring banquet, the J. Michael Stone Engineering Professional Practice Leadership Development Program and the John W. Prados Chemical Engineering Co-op Scholarship.

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Students, please note: If you receive a co-op or internship offer, please contact Engineering Professional Practice for help with paperwork and any preparations you may need – coop@utk.edu, 865-974-5323, or 110 Perkins Hall.

Students may read more about their peers' co-op experiences by logging into their Engineering Professional Practice profile via www.coop.utk.edu, clicking "Resource Library" (on the left margin) and selecting "Students at Work–In Their Own Words." For information on engineering co-op and internships, contact coop@utk.edu or 865-974-5323.

Engineering Advising
The Summer Timetable is live on MyUTK. Summer registration is open.

The Fall Timetable is live on MyUTK.

Fall 2017 Registration Dates

  • Freshmen (zero to 29 hours earned) April 24 and 25

Students who are taking EF 151/157- 152/158/Physics 135/137-136/138 and Math 141/147-142/148 and Computer Science 102-130 are advised in the Engineering Advising Office located in room 316 A Perkins Hall. Students please check your UT e-mail and schedule your advising appointment using the link inside the Grades First e-mail you receive.

Students who are in Good Academic Standing and have completed EF 151/157 – EF 152/158 or Physics 135/137- 136/138 and Math 141/147 – 142/148 are advised in their major department with faculty or professional advisors. MABE and CBE students will be receiving a Grades First e-mail to schedule advising appointments with your professional advisers. Other engineering majors, please contact your major department/faculty adviser to schedule an advising appointment.

NOTE: Engineering students will be taking Math courses together again in Fall 2017. Please look for sections with the following professors:

  • Math 141 - Kevin Sukanek
  • Math 142 - Karin Pringle
  • Math 241 - Mike Gilbert
  • Math 231 - Jennifer Fowler

Contact Us

Tickle College of Engineering
University of Tennessee
124 Perkins Hall
Knoxville, TN 37996
Communications Office:
Phone: 865-974-0533
Send submissions for @TCE to Randall Brown, rbrown73@utk.edu

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