Funded Proposals (4/1/2014 – 4/30/2014)


The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $500,779 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 $1,200 from the Hamilton County Department of Education for a bookmaking residency with third grade students at Battle Academy.

Mr. Andy Carroll, Geographic Information Systems Manager at the Center for Academic and Innovative Technologies (CAIT),  secured $2,996 from the Land Trust for Tennessee to support environmental research conducted by a student during summer 2014 and the fall 2014 semester. The student will analyze and model habitat connectivity for the South Cumberland region using the latest available land use/land cover data, landscape metrics, and a generalized index of naturalness.

Nine Computational Engineering faculty members have received joint faculty appointments at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), which will enable them to have access to the ORNL facilities and collaborate with researchers there. These joint appointments with ORNL will support collaboration related to computational applications, analysis, and design in a diverse array of research areas including electromagnetics, energy systems, fluid dynamics, biomedical applications, and aerodynamics.

Drs. Greg Heath, Assistant Provost for Research and Engagement, and Jerald Ainsworth, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, secured $79,982 for year one of a five-year, $403,186 award from the National Institutes of Health to enhance and expand biomedical and biobehavioral research on UTC’s campus. Over the next five years, Drs. Heath and Ainsworth plan to actively engage community, regional, state, and national partnerships to foster collaborative biomedical and biobehavioral research opportunities for UTC faculty and students.

Dr. Richard Jackson, Professor of English, attracted $1,200 from Chattanooga State in support of the 2013-14 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.

Dr. Jonathan Mies, Professor of Geology, attracted $1,608 from Chattem Chemicals, Inc. to continue chemical analyses using X-Ray diffraction.  This partnership brings UTC’s research capacity to bear on research and development activities for Chattem, one of Chattanooga’s flagship businesses.

Drs. Mina Sartipi, Li Yang, both Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, and Nancy Fell, UC Foundation Professor of Physical Therapy, attracted $384,747 from the National Institutes of Health to develop a wearable, smart system monitor for post-stroke patients. A mobile health stroke management system proactively provides patients, caregivers, and health professionals with real-time data where patient progress and rehabilitation can be monitored.

The SimCenter Research Team attracted an additional $29,046 from CHI Engineering to perform physics-based simulations of potential LNG spillage over dike walls.

Dr. Gary Wilkerson, Professor of Athletic Training, was selected to join the St. Vincent Sports Performance Science team, a prestigious research group engaged in projects that expand and enhance the international sports performance knowledge base. Research will focus on four main areas of athletic performance: training, medicine, nutrition, and psychology.


Submitted Proposals (4/1/2014 – 4/30/2014)


The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $1,806,245 in external funding, if awarded:
Dr. Bryan Ennis (Civil and Chemical Engineering) in collaboration with Grainflow Dynamics, Inc. requested $67,500 from the Department of Defense to improve the accuracy of computational models that simulate mixtures of different types of particles. Improved models could impact production of such disparate materials as pharmaceuticals, propellants, and concrete.

Dr. Abdul Ofoli (Electrical Engineering) requested $15,344 from the Southeast Center for Electrical Engineering Education to perform real-time simulations relating to grid-connected wind power energy systems. The proposed project will impact the renewable energy sector and generate knowledge about wind power systems.

Drs. Mina Sartipi and Li Yang (Computer Science and Engineering) requested $425,035 from the National Science Foundation for a collaborative research project focused on sustainability in the power grid. Drs. Sartipi and Yang will be working with colleagues from Old Dominion University, Florida International University, and the Colorado School of Mines.

The SimCenter Research Team submitted a letter of intent to Optimal LLC requesting $30,000 to assist with a Small Business Technology Transfer proposal to the Air Force. The SimCenter’s role will be to test Optimal LLC’s simulation software on UTC’s high performance computer cluster.

Dr. Chris Smith (School of Nursing) requested $253,790 from the American Cancer Society in collaboration with Boston Medical Center for Learning Together About Mammograms (LTM), a trial of a DVD-based educational intervention targeting women with intellectual disabilities and their direct support workers. Research results will help address important disparities in the early detection of breast cancer.

Drs. Kim Wingate (School of Education) and Robin McWilliam (School of Education and Siskin Children’s Institute) requested $1,044,576 from the U.S. Department of Education in support of a personnel development program that will increase the number of fully credentialed future teachers working in early intervention and early childhood special education. The program will produce teachers who are qualified to provide home-based early intervention services to children with disabilities and their families.

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