Five University of Tennessee at Chattanooga professors have been selected to receive Commercialization Acceleration grants from the Clarence E. Harris Chair of Excellence in Entrepreneurship. The money helps the faculty members further their research.
Professors and their specific projects:
- Dr. David Giles, associate professor in the Department of Biology, Geology and Environmental Science: A method to “trick” dangerous bacteria into absorbing antibiotics that kill them.
- Dr. Abdul Ofoli, UC Foundation associate professor of electrical engineering: Building SolarEagle, a drone-based AI system to detect and assess damaged solar panels.
- Dr. Hong Qin, professor in the College of Computer Science and Engineering: Using the Centers for Disease and Control’s FluSight program, which helps predict the possible extent of seasonal flu outbreaks, his research hopes to develop computer-based analysis based on genetic information from the virus to create a more accurate method to predict the spread of flu.
- Dr. Donald Reising, UC Foundation associate professor of electrical engineering, and Joshua Tyler, graduate research assistant in electrical engineering: A method to adjust digital audio to improve sound quality, especially with hearing aids.
- Dr. Sungwoo Yang, assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Chemical Engineering: Developing a cheaper and easier-to-use version of aerogel, a thermal insulating material.