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Faculty and Student Recognitions

Recognitions, May 26

The end of May brings exciting awards and funding opportunities for UT Students: UT Students Win Fulbright Awards; Six UT Student Start-up Businesses Awarded Cash Prizes in the Graves Business Plan Competition; UTRF Funds Four Tickle College of Engineering-Led Projects and Three Senior Design Projects; Nuclear Engineering Students Win Local ANS Chapter Awards; Civil and Environmental Engineering Students Win Big at ASCE Conference; Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering Student Lands Prestigious Department of Defense SMART Scholarship.


UT Students Awarded Fulbright Scholarships

Ashlyn Schwartz, a doctoral candidate in UT’s Department of Public Health has been awarded a Fulbright Doctoral Research Grant for the 2021-2022 academic year.  This 10-month fellowship in France will support Schwartz’s investigation of how adverse childhood experiences are related to binge drinking, brain structure alterations, and mental health challenges among French college students.

Jenna Watson, doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology, has received the Fulbright Open Study/Research Award to continue her research, “A Bioarcheological Investigation of Migration, Diet, and Health in Late Medieval-Early Modern Romania” in Bucharest, Romania beginning this October.


Six Student Start-Ups Awarded Funds

Six UT student start-up businesses were awarded cash prizes in the spring 2021 Graves Business Plan Competition. The Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in UT’s Haslam College of Business hosted the business plan and pitch contest, with final-round pitches taking place over Zoom. The awards were announced in a virtual ceremony last month.


UTRF Selects Four Tickle College of Engineering-Led Projects for Funding

The UT Research Foundation (UTRF) has chosen four Tickle College of Engineering projects for continued funding and support. Those four 2021 UTRF Technology Maturation Grant winners are:

  • External Leg Fixator Leg Rest,” by Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) Assistant Professor of Practice Floyd Ostrowski and students in the Heath Integrated Business and Engineering Program (IBEP);
  • A Compact and Non-Intrusive Anomaly Detection Device for Digital Industrial Assets,” by Nuclear Engineering (NE) Research Assistant Professor Fan Zhang;
  • Modular Soft Robot Grippers Using Concentric Precurved Bellows,” by Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering (MABE) Associate Professor Caleb Rucker and doctoral student Jake Childs;
  • Recycling of Wind Turbine Blades into Nonwoven Composites for Fuel Cells,” by MABE Research Assistant Professor Ryan Ginder.

UTRF Sponsors Three UT Senior Design Projects for 2020-2021 School Year

The University of Tennessee Research Foundation was a proud sponsor of three UT Senior Design projects from the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering for the 2020-2021 school year. UT Senior Design is a two-semester course that allows MABE students to apply their knowledge and skills to solve real-world problems brought forth by a researcher, organization, or company.


Students Win Local ANS Chapter Awards

The Oak Ridge and Knoxville Section of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) recently selected graduate student Madison Ratner and undergraduate student Madison Allen as the winners of its annual scholarship for two students studying nuclear-related coursework within area zip codes. These zip codes include UT, Vanderbilt University, and any other college or university that offers nuclear-related research or coursework, and the awards are for up to $1,000.


ASCE Conference Goes Virtual, Vols Win Big

Students from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering excelled at the annual American Society for Civil Engineering (ASCE) Conference, virtually hosted by Vanderbilt University and Lipscomb University. UT placed ninth overall out of twenty-one teams and scored one win and one third-place finish in competitions. The conference took place March 25th–27th, where the theme was “Engineering for a New Frontier.”


Bjorn Lands Prestigious Department of Defense SMART Scholarship

Dana Bjorn, senior engineering student in the Department of Mechanical, Aeronautics, and Biomedical Engineering, was recently awarded the prestigious US Department of Defense (DoD) Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship. The SMART award provides funding for students in exchange for a commitment for an equal number of years working as a civilian employee of the DoD. Bjorn’s research is sponsored by the DoD’s Missile Defense Agency (MDA).