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Quarterly Research Report: July 1–December 31, 2017

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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville recorded increases across several metrics in the second quarter of fiscal year 2018 (Q2 FY18). Proposal dollars requested remained on a steady rise, awarded dollars improved since the first quarter, and dollars spent on Research and Development (R&D) exceeded expectations.

While the total number of proposals submitted in the first two quarters of FY18 is slightly down (a 6 percent decrease), the total amount requested ($328 million) represents a bold increase of 21 percent when compared to the first two quarters of FY17 (table 1, fig. 1 and fig.2). This increase is contributed to the stable positive trend demonstrated by the Tickle College of Engineering (TCE) and to the significant increases in the proposal amounts requested by the College of Nursing, and Research Centers and Institutes in Q1-Q2 FY18 (fig.9). In addition, there were 45 proposals submitted requesting amounts of $1 million or larger in the first two quarters of FY18. The total amount requested by these 45 proposals was $174 million. Thirty-six of these proposals aim to perform basic research, while the rest would provide public service.
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Major DOD Official to Speak at Women in STEM Research Symposium

The Women in STEM Research Symposium highlights a range of scholarly contributions made by self-identifying women in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. The day-long event, now in its fourth year, will be held Thursday, March 1, and includes poster and oral presentations, featured talks, a panel discussion, and a special keynote speaker from the Department of Defense.

Thursday, March 1
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy

Mary J. Miller, who is currently performing the duties of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, is the keynote speaker this year. Miller, a UT alumna, provides leadership, establishes policy and guidance for the development and execution of the DOD Science and Technology enterprise, with an annual budget in excess of $12 billion.

Mallory Ladd, doctoral candidate and National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow in Energy Science and Engineering, said she is most excited about this year’s speakers.

“We were able to get a really impressive line-up of scientists and engineers from varied backgrounds in academia, industry, non-profits, and government. I think that their career experiences and advice will be interesting to a broad audience.” 

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Million-Dollar Idea Helps Fulfill Tennessee Promise

A new program designed to help Tennessee’s community college students better navigate the transition to UT has gained $1 million in support and recognition from the National Science Foundation.

Following the establishment of the Tennessee Promise program, which provides two years of free community college to the state’s students, faculty members in the Tickle College of Engineering met to come up with a plan to accommodate transfer students and position them for success in the college.

The team focused on the five-year graduation rate for engineering transfer students—71 percent, compared to 85 percent for traditional students who enter as freshmen.

“Transfer students face a unique set of challenges compared to traditional students,” said materials science and engineering Professor David Keffer, leader on the project. “We sought to develop a program, based on input from many directions, to create an experience for transfer students which addresses well-identified academic and social obstacles to successful completion of their degree.”

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Supply Chain Faculty Ranked No. 1 Globally for Research

The supply chain faculty in UT’s Haslam College of Business earned the top ranking for research productivity in the world from the Transportation Journal.

Dean Stephen Mangum says the ranking testifies to the college’s long-standing excellence in the field and to the passion, energy, and dedication of supply chain professors.

“Our supply chain faculty has been consistently creating quality research for decades,” Mangum said. “This recognition of the quantity and caliber of their research is truly exceptional, and we greatly appreciate the recognition of their research impact.”

The journal, a quarterly publication of APICS, tracks research authorship in six of supply chain management’s most prestigious academic publications and ranks schools on a rolling five-year basis. This edition examines productivity between 2014 and 2016. The journal began ranking the top 25 schools for supply chain research productivity in 1967.

UT has been included in all but one of the journal’s assessments since their inception. In the two most recent previous editions, UT’s supply chain faculty ranked fourth and first respectively. Journal co-editors Mary Holcomb and Yoshinori Suzuki said the ranking reflects UT’s capacity to grow with the field.

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