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Secretary of Commerce Visits UT Partner IACMI

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker visits IACMI

(L to R) Rep. Kent Calfee, UT Chancellor Jimmy Cheek, IACMI CEO Craig Blue, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, Gov. Bill Haslam, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, ORNL Director Thom Mason, US Rep. Chuck Fleischman, Mark Johnson (DOE), Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank, Oak Ridge Mayor Warren Gooch, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, and Johnny Moore, DOE Oak Ridge Site Operations.

The U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, visited the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation Thursday as part of a two-day tour of the institutes that make up the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation.

Gov. Bill Haslam, Mark Johnson from the Department of Energy, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischman, Rep. Kent Calfee, and mayors from Knoxville, Oak Ridge, Knox County and Anderson County were present for portions of the day’s activities.

Pritzker toured Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility during her visit with the institute, industry partners and government leaders.

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Funding Opportunities Roundup: August 28

Air Force Young Investigator Funding Opportunity

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) has published this BAA for its Young Investigator Program (YIP). The YIP seeks to “foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities to recognize the Air Force mission and challenges in science and engineering.” It is an excellent opportunity for PIs to engage with the Air Force research community and often facilitates future AFOSR funding.
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Secretary of Commerce to Tour UT Partner IACMI

On Thursday, Aug. 27, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Department of Energy Assistant Secretary David Danielson will visit the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation in Knoxville.

US Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker.

US Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker.
Photo by Dept. of Commerce.

The visit is part of a two-day tour of the institutes make up the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. Gov. Bill Haslam, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett will join Pritzker for portions of the day’s activities.

The group will tour the Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility and National Transportation Research Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is a key strategic partner of IACMI and led the proposal efforts with ORNL.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden announced the new institute in January during a visit to East Tennessee. The White House initiative aims to strengthen the global competitiveness of America’s manufacturing sector and the workforce. The NNMI now has six institutes, and three more are being formed.
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Funding Opportunities Roundup: August 21

Amelia Earhart Fellowship Open to Women Studying Aerospace and Engineering

The Zonta Club of Anchorage, a chartered club of Zonta International, invites women pursuing higher education in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering to apply for the Amelia Earhart Fellowship. The program helps talented women, pursuing advanced studies in the typically male-dominated fields of aerospace-related sciences and engineering, achieve their educational goals. Women of any nationality pursuing a Ph.D./doctoral degree in the above fields are eligible. The Fellowship enables these women to invest in state-of-the-art computers to conduct their research, purchase expensive books and resource materials, and participate in specialized studies around the globe.
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Quarterly Research Report: July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015

Quarterly report FY15, Q4

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June 30 was my anniversary date; I have now been at UT for one full year. In that time we have seen great progress in the research enterprise at UT, with appointments of several key personnel in the Office of Research & Engagement, funding of new research centers and grants for individual PIs, and marking several milestones in UT’s drive to the Top 25. I am even more excited than ever to help support our wonderful research community to secure external funding and to receive recognition for their terrific research and scholarship.
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