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Historic 1920s Dodge from Estabrook Getting Restored

1920s Dodge Brothers automobileOver the course of its history, Estabrook Hall has played host to a number of programs, from mechanic arts to architecture, from civil engineering to computer laboratories.

One of the constants for most of that time was a chassis of a 1920s Dodge Brothers automobile, long since stripped down for use as a model of engineering.

In much the same way that elements of Estabrook will survive to be incorporated into the new building, the Dodge has also found an extended life.

The Gilmore Car Museum of Hickory Corners, Michigan, found out about the car and has taken it to be restored to its former glory.

“A lot of our engineering alumni, and alumni across UT are familiar with the car,” said Tickle College of Engineering Dean Wayne Davis, who took classes at Estabrook as a student in the early 1970s.

“Having it restored, and having them do it through a learning project is a fitting result.”

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Fulbright US Scholar Fellowship Presentation

Alexa Rowland, a Fulbright program officer, will be here on March 28-29 to provide valuable guidance about the prestigious core Fulbright US Scholar fellowship, which offers faculty members one or two-semester fellowships to pursue research or teaching in foreign countries.

She will give a general presentation on 12:00 p.m. Thursday, March 29 in A004 Blount Hall. Please encourage your colleagues to register here.

This award is for faculty only; graduate students and undergraduates must apply for the student Fulbright award.

In addition, please encourage your colleagues to arrange for an individual consultation with Ms. Rowland. She will be available in twenty-minute slots on Wednesday, March 28 starting from 1:30-3:10 pm and on Thursday, March 29 starting from 8-11:20 am and again from 1:20-3:00 pm. Interested faculty members should contact Alan Rutenberg to arrange for a consultation.

Learn more about the Fulbright program.

The new catalog of Fulbright awards is available here.

Doing by Thinking

Reza Habiri Demonstrates the Use of EEG to Fly a Drone

It’s a cold, frosty morning, and your thoughts turn to snuggling under the covers with a cup of coffee while the house warms up. Suddenly, your coffee machine kicks into gear just as the heat begins to rise in your home. No, it’s not your imagination. By merely thinking about it, your home is now cozier, your hot cup of java awaits in the kitchen, and you didn’t have to lift a finger.

The reality of controlling electronic devices using only your brain is closer than you think, thanks to the research of Associate Professor Xiaopeng Zhao.

A drone is the first device Zhao, graduate students Reza Abiri and Soheil Borhani, and undergraduate Justin Kilmarx, have demonstrated the ability to pilot using brainwaves, and they are amazing spectators who have the opportunity to see them make the drone fly without a normal hand-held controller.

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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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Quarterly Research Report: July 1–December 31, 2017

Quarterly Research Report cover for Q2FY18

Download the Quarterly Research Report for Q2FY18

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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