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Faculty and Student Recognitions

Recognitions, July 21

The end of July brings exciting honors and funding awards for UT Students: Robotics Team Wins World Championship; Electrical Engineering Assistant Professor Earns Dissertation Award; Geography Professors Publishes New Book on Mapping COVID-19; Nuclear Engineering Professor Published in Knox News Sentinel; CEHHS Receives $2.8M in Grant Funding for Educational Priorities; UT Theater Department Ranked 13th in World; UT Students Win IISE Scholarships; Engineering Students Earn Nuclear Technology Research and Development Awards

YNOT 2021 World Champion Team

YNOT Robotics Team Wins World Championship

YNOT, UT’s Vex University Robotics Team, earned the title of World Champions at the 2021 VEXU Robotics World Championship in Greenville, Texas. The team also earned the Excellence Award, the highest award presented in the VEX Robotics competition. This award is presented to the team that exemplifies overall excellence in building a high-quality robotics program including design innovation, build quality, autonomous programming, engineering design process, personal interview, and documentation through an engineering notebook.

Phase Transition Materials Research Leads to Dissertation Award for Electrical Engineering Assistant Professor

EECS Professor Ahmedullah AzizFor his research in incorporating phase transition materials into electronics applications, Electrical Engineering Assistant Professor Ahmedullah Aziz has received the Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award in Electronic Design Automation from the Association of Computing Machinery. His dissertation is entitled “Device-Circuit Co-Design Employing Phase Transition Materials for Low Power Electronics.”

Professor Shaw published a new book: Mapping COVID-19 in Space and Time

UT Geography Professor Shih-Lung ShawProfessor Shih-Lung Shaw just published a new book titled “Mapping COVID-19 in Space and Time: Understanding the Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of a Global Pandemic.” The book describes the spatial and temporal perspectives on COVID-19 and its impacts and deepens our understanding of human dynamics during and after the global pandemic.

NE Professor Ivan Maldonado Writes Op-Ed for Knoxnews

UT Engineering Professor Ivan MaldonadoNuclear engineering professor Ivan Maldonado recently published an opinion article for the Knox News Sentinel. His article is entitled, “US Can Fight Global Warming with New Strategy for Nuclear Power, Mining” and highlight the reliability of nuclear energy production without the environmental expense of greenhouse gas production.

CEHHS Receives over $2.8 Million in Grant Funding to Support Educational Priorities

UT’s College of Education, Health and Human Sciences (CEHHS) recently received over $2.8 million in grant funding to support areas of educational priority in Tennessee. Programs supported by these grants will provide funding to increase  the number of licensed teachers across the state, as well as provide professional development opportunities for current educators.

Theatre Department Ranked 13th in World By The Hollywood Reporter

If COVID-19 sounded the death knell for theater and production, it didn’t manage to snuff out acting schools, many of which were quick to adapt to the changing landscape. With the light now at the end of the proverbial tunnel, those schools are deftly mapping out the path back into the classroom. As training grounds brace for a sharp increase in applicants, The Hollywood Reporter consulted with insiders, alumni and casting pros for its annual ranking of the best places to earn an acting degree, and UT ranks 13 in the country.

IISE Scholarship Winners Announced

The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) announced their scholarship winners for 2021~2022 and we had several students that were awarded. Congratulations go to:

  • Kendall Miller
  • Rachel Fisher
  • Julia Boylan


Students Snag 2021 Innovations in Nuclear Technology Research and Development Awards

Devon Drey, Robby Kile, and Ed Duchnowski are among the latest winners of the 2021 Innovations in Nuclear Technology Research and Development Awards sponsored by the US Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy, Office of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Supply Chain.