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UT Continues to Advance Manufacturing’s Growth, Transformation

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, recently got another boost in its growing role in advanced manufacturing with the appointment of a faculty member to a team focused on strengthening curriculum and student preparedness in the field.

Chad Duty MABEChad Duty, an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering in UT’s Tickle College of Engineering, will join the newly created Expert Educator Team to help spread the growth of advanced manufacturing education through colleges.

“Our role will be to work with researchers and partners to identify areas of need in advanced manufacturing, particularly with lightweight materials,” said Duty. “We will then create a knowledge base and curricula surrounding those areas so that we can better prepare students for careers.”

The three groups working together to back the idea—Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences—selected Duty and five other leading experts for the task.
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UT, NOAA to Collaborate on Atmospheric Sciences Research


Taylor Eighmy, UT vice chancellor for research and engagement, (left) and Bruce Baker, director of NOAA’s Atmospheric Turbulence and Diffusion Division, (right) sign a memorandum of agreement Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

UT has signed a memorandum of agreement with the Atmospheric Turbulence and Diffusion Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Air Resources Laboratory to advance collaborative research in atmospheric sciences.

The agreement, signed February 15 at ATDD headquarters in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, will facilitate joint efforts to advance understanding of air pollution, atmospheric transport processes, and weather on a regional and national level. It will also open up educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to collect scientific data, develop models and simulations, and transition research to applications and commercial use.
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Apply for FY18 Organized Research Unit Funding

Applications are now open for the Office of Research and Engagement’s Organized Research Unit (ORU) Program for fiscal year 2018. The primary purpose of this award is to stimulate innovative, multidisciplinary, team research that will give rise to future external funding.

ORE is also offering an overview of the FY18 ORU and STIR funding Thursday, February 23, from 3:30–4:30 p.m., for those interested in learning more about this opportunity. Register for this workshop here.

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Reserve One-on-One Time with Fulbright Program Officer

Hilary Hartley, a program officer with the Core Fulbright US Scholar program, will visit campus on March 7–8.

Hartley will give a presentation on Tuesday, March 7 focused on advice on writing a successful Fulbright application. The skills developed by writing a successful Fulbright application will also apply to many other fellowship applications. The Core Fulbright Scholar program offers over 500 teaching, research, or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries. Register in advance to attend the presentation.
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