Funded Proposals (10/1/2015-10/31/2015)


The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $65,734 in external grant and contract awards:

Dr. Beth Crawford, Assistant Professor of Education and Program Advisor for the Learning and Leadership program, received $60,571 from the Tennessee Department of Education to continue the Governor’s School for Prospective Teachers in 2016.

Dr. Ahmed Eltom, Department Head of the Electrical Engineering Department, attracted $1,018 from the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association (TVPPA) to conduct a lab demonstration. For this project, graduate students will use equipment in the electrical engineering laboratory space at UTC to conduct a maintenance lab demonstration for representatives at TVPPA.

Ms. Laurie Melnik, Director of the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, received $4,145 from the Baton Rouge Center for the Visual and Performing Arts to provide a drama consultant and visual art consultant to design and facilitate Teaching and Learning through the Arts, a professional development experience. Additionally, a music consultant will attend from UTC’s Department of Music to provide and facilitate the music content for the workshop.


Submitted Proposals (10/1/2015-10/31/2015)


The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $2,103,236 in external funding, if awarded:

Drs. Shellie Acocello (Health & Human Performance), Nancy Fell (Physical Therapy), Amanda Clark, Katherine Rogers (Psychology), and Barry Kamrath (Education) requested $357,450 from the National Collegiate Athletic Association to alter concussion education and attitude modification at the high school level of athletics. The project will actively engage high school football coaches in transformational leadership training to support coach-athlete relationships and actively engage athletes in an intervention to discuss concussion reporting norms and other sport safety behaviors.

Ms. Sandy Cole (Center for Community Career Education) requested $9,600 from the Hamilton County Department of Education to continue the Postsecondary Awareness With Success (PAWS) program for 4th and 5th grade students at Brown Academy. The students will learn the importance of academic success in elementary school and how that strong foundation will serve them through middle and high school.

Drs. Lucien Ellington and Jeffrey Melnik (Education) requested $4,949 from the UC Foundation to help 20 Tennessee Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Honors teachers integrate Japan and East Asian regional studies into the classroom. The program will provide teachers with content, curriculum resources, and pedagogical strategies.

Drs. David Giles (Biological & Environmental Sciences) and Steven Symes (Chemistry) requested $336,358 from the National Institute of Health to investigate how exogenous fatty acids impact membrane remodeling and virulence in pathogenic Vibrio species, which account for 80,000 illnesses and 100 deaths per year in the United States. This study will provide a better understanding that could lead to new and innovative approaches for therapeutic intervention.

The Graduate School of Computational Engineering Research Team requested $296,709 from the National Science Foundation to perform a study on complex air flows through diverging networks, which will be applied to the Human Pulmonary System. Additionally, the team requested $10,000 from Oak Ridge National Laboratory for additional grid consulation services for CASL, a pre-existing project.

Drs. Bradley Harris and Soubantika Palchoudhury (Civil, Chemical, & General Engineering) requested $29,919 from the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners to improve the chemical engineering laboratories at UTC. The new labs will enhance student learning in the junior and senior level chemical engineering courses and provide research opportunities for senior design projects and masters’ thesis work.

Dr. Loren Hayes (Biological & Environmental Sciences) submitted a preliminary proposal to the RGK Foundation to implement “Minority Women in Sciences Endeavor (WiSE),” a pilot program to recruit and retain minority women in the environmental sciences. The program will enhance the scientific skillsets and increase networking of minority female students, while providing professional training to ensure long-term success in the environmental science field.

Dr. Catherine Kendall (Interior Design) requested $3,000 from the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners to purchase two additional design workstations, monitors, pole monitor mounts, drafting stools, and cutting mats for the interior design program.

Dr. Donald Reising (Electrical Engineering) requested $322,083 from the National Science Foundation to complement and broaden UTC’s current inventive research and education program in the critical area of smart grid by partnering with EPB and focusing on electrical disturbance detection and identification.

Drs. Mina Sartipi (Computer Science & Engineering) and Nancy Fell (Physical Therapy) requested $566,658 from the National Science Foundation to study the application of precision medicine within stroke management. The study will use data from Siskin Hospital for Rehabilitation, which includes pre-admission screening, hospital admission examinations, resource utilization, discharge examinations and disposition, and up to one year post-discharge follow-up, to mobilize 10-year historic and 3-year contemporary stroke patient data.

Dr. Susan Thul (Nursing) requested $166,510 from Boston Medical Center to work on “Learning Together about Mammograms,” a project that works primarily with women with intellectual disabilities. Thul is working in collaboration with Dr. Joanne Wilkinson of Boston University School of Medicine on this project.