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UT Bolsters Relationship with Eastman by Joining its Innovation Network

Eastman Innovation Network Announcement

Left to right: Marc Gibson, Senior Director of Corporate and Foundation Engagement at UT; Gary Luce, Technology Liaison for Eastman Innovation Center; David Millhorn, Executive Vice President for UT and President of the UT Research Foundation; Theresa Lee, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Steve Crawford, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Eastman; Stewart Witzeman, Director of Eastman Innovation Center; Taylor Eighmy, Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement at UT; Jennifer Stewart, Vice President for Corporate Innovation at Eastman

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Eastman Chemical Company have signed a multiyear agreement to conduct collaborative research in multiple scientific disciplines, especially in the neutron science and additive manufacturing fields in which UT is recognized worldwide for its unique expertise.

Officials from UT and Eastman—which have worked together in other ways for years—gathered Monday at Eastman’s world headquarters in Kingsport to christen this new aspect of their relationship. UT is now the third academic partner in Eastman’s network of partner universities, joining North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

As part of the research agreement, Eastman will provide $750,000 in funding over three years to support research endeavors between Eastman scientists and UT faculty and students.
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UT App Gains National Attention, Opens Chance for Collaboration

A transportation app developed by a group of UT industrial engineering students has gained some national recognition.

The Community Transportation Association of America has chosen the team of industrial engineering students for its 2015 William and Budd Bell Award, given annually for contributions that help improve the lives and transportation options of seniors and the disabled.
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Rentsch Appointed CCI Associate Dean for Academic Programs

Joan Rentsch, professor of communication studies and director of the College of Communication and Information’s Integrative Organizational Research Laboratory, has been named the college’s new associate dean for academic programs. She will begin her new role on August 1.

Joan RentschRentsch will take over for Catherine Luther, who is returning to the journalism and electronic media faculty.

“Joan Rentsch is an outstanding scholar, teacher, and mentor, and I greatly appreciate her willingness to take on this critical administrative position,” said Mike Wirth, college dean. “Her ability to effectively lead and manage in a team setting will allow her to play a major role in helping us continue to innovate and improve our curriculum and academic programs as we journey to the Top 25.”

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UT-Led IACMI Formally Launches at Inaugural Meeting in Knoxville

Hundreds of composites experts from industry, government, and academia gathered at the Knoxville Convention Center for the launch of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, or IACMI. UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are among IACMI’s founding research partners.

IACMI logoA signing ceremony between the US Department of Energy and IACMI representatives marked the official start of business for the newly established institute, which was announced in January by President Barack Obama.

IACMI will work with industry to reduce technical risk and develop a robust supply chain for advanced composite materials in automotive components, wind turbines, and compressed gas storage applications. Funded with $70 million in federal funds and more than $180 million in nonfederal funds, IACMI will focus on making advanced fiber-reinforced polymer composites less expensive and less energy-intensive, helping give America’s resurging manufacturing sector a more competitive edge in the global economy.
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