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An aerial view of the east side of UT’s campus, showing the approximate location of a new $129 million, 228,000 square-foot facility.

An aerial view of the east side of UT’s campus, showing the approximate location of a new $129 million, 228,000 square-foot facility.

UT will soon begin construction on a $129 million, 228,000-square-foot building that will provide state-of-the-art research and classroom facilities for engineering students and faculty.

The new building will be located on the east side of campus near Neyland Stadium and will host a number of university programs.

An example of a public-private partnership that benefits the people of Tennessee, the project is funded with $90 million provided by the state, nearly $29 million from university sources, and $10 million from private donors as part of the university’s Join the Journey campaign.

The new building will significantly enhance the east side of UT’s campus and views of the campus from Neyland Drive.

Continue reading about the new facility at news.utk.edu.


Nuclear Engineering Richard Wood of the Tickle College of Engineering has been selected as a 2017 fellow of the American Nuclear Society, one of the highest honors a nuclear engineer can achieve.

Jamie Coble, assistant professor of nuclear engineering, is also being honored by the society with its early career award for her work with nuclear safety.

Richard Wood

Given in response for what the group called his “significant contributions to nuclear engineering,” Wood’s award will be presented during the ANS annual conference in San Francisco June 11–15.

“We are extremely happy for Richard and for this recognition of his years of innovative work,” said Wes Hines, head of the department. “His selection is validation of the contributions he has made to the field, to our department, and to our university.”

As part of his recognition, the ANS pointed out that Wood alone is responsible for having developed or revised one-third of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s codes and guides.

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Organized Research Units at different stages in their funding. Read about their experiences and what they felt led to their success.

ORU Year One Success: Initiative for PON/POC Nano-bio-sensing (IPN)

Jayne Wu and IPN colleagues After only six months as an Organized Research Unit, Jayne Wu, associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and her colleagues have already published eight papers, received $240,000 in external funding, and have big plans in the works for their patented technology.
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Science Alliance—a Tennessee Center of Excellence managed by the Office of Research and Engagement. The JDRD program was conceived to provide faculty members an opportunity to work collaboratively with researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

JDRD awards are given to faculty across a wide range of disciplines and departments with the directive to collaborate with an ORNL Laboratory Directed Research Development (LDRD) project, an ORNL Seed Project, or a project that meets one of several strategic objectives. Awarded projects focus on a variety of research areas including advanced manufacturing, big data management, and climate change and adaptation.
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