Funded Proposals (4/1/2013- 4/30/2013)


The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $294,075 in external grant and contract awards:


Mr. Joel Baxley, Director of Visual Art Education at UTC’s Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, secured support for two arts residencies at Battle Academy.  The first proposal requested $1,200 for a bookmaking residency with third graders, and the second requested $675 for a Sandcasting residency with fifth graders.

Southeast Center for Education in the Arts


Drs. John Graef, Lingju Kong, Min Wang, and Andrew Ledoan, faculty members in the Department of Mathematics, attracted $290,000 from the National Science Foundation to engage undergraduate students in research in the areas of differential and difference equations, mathematical modeling in biology, number theory, and probability. The collaborating mathematics faculty will work with students for three consecutive summers with the hope of encouraging them to pursue careers in the mathematical sciences.



Dr. Nick Honerkamp, Professor of Anthropology, secured $1,000 from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to conduct an Archaeological Survey on Ossabaw, Sapelo, and St. Simons Islands, Georgia.  This is a continuation of research begun in 2012 and will include total station mapping, GPS, and survey excavations.

Sociology, Anthropology, and Geography


Dr. Richard Jackson, Professor of English, attracted $1,200 from Chattanooga State in support of the 2012-13 Meacham Writers Workshops. Occurring each fall and spring, the workshops are free and open to the public and consist of readings, discussion sessions, and group conferences.



Submitted Proposals (4/1/2013 – 4/30/2013)


The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $1,783,166 in external funding, if awarded:


Ms. Sandy Cole (Center for Community Career Education CCCE) requested $201,448 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to continue and re-focus the successful Each One Reach One (EORO) program.   In addition to offering various avenues of support and resources, the CCCE will focus on clinical experiences to prepare pre-service teachers for the realities of education, recruit candidates for HCDE critical needs areas, and provide early intervention and preparation for the PRAXIS exam.

Center for Community Career Education


Ms. Cynthia Wallace Long (Educational Opportunity Center) requested $40,000 from the Tennessee College Access & Success Network to continue and expand the center’s outreach efforts to adults interested in attending college.  Funds will allow Outreach Specialists to make weekly trips to surrounding rural counties to conduct career counseling with potential students.

Educational Opportunity Center


Drs. Mbakisya Onyango, Benjamin Byard, and Joseph Owino (Civil Engineering), in collaboration with Tennessee State University, requested $246,003 from the Tennessee Department of Transportation to evaluate the performance of pavement markings in Tennessee.   The study will determine how long markings remain reflective and evaluate the correlation, if any, between pavement marking deterioration and crashes.

Civil Engineering


Dr. Nicky Ozbek (Psychology) submitted a preliminary proposal to the Dana Foundation to study the relationship between curcumin (a chemical compound in the spice turmeric) and b-amyloid plaques found in the retinas of people with Alzheimer’s disease.  In mice studies, curcumin has been found to block the formation of plaques and break apart plaques that have already formed.



Drs. Mina Sartipi, Joseph Kizza (Computer Science and Engineering), The SimCenter Research Team and Michael Ward(Center for Information Security Awareness) requested $397,729 from the National Science Foundation to upgrade UTC’s cyber infrastructure.  An increase in Gigabits will enable greater collaboration between researchers and faster transfer of large amounts of data between research facilities.

Computer Science and Engineering


The SimCenter Research Team submitted two proposals to the Office of Naval Research.  One proposal requested $296,727 to research three methods of simulating the approach to landing on an aircraft carrier.  Pilots face a treacherous environment when landing due to the complex flow of air over the ship’s superstructure and deck.   A second proposal requested $296,319 to develop an improved model of simultaneous physics processes relevant to ship and aircraft design.  Potentially, the model could improve flight simulators used for pilot training and aid in design of aircraft and guidance systems.



Dr. Steve Symes (Chemistry) requested $304,940 as part of a proposal submitted to NASA by the University of New Mexico.  The project will focus on understanding the early solar system. Team members involved will study timescales of events in the creation of the solar system and provide insights on the formation and evolution of terrestrial planets.


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