Funded Proposals (04/1/2016 – 04/31/2016)


The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $361,445 in external grant and contract awards:

Mr. Andy Carroll, Director of UTC’s Interdisciplinary Geospatial Teaching Lab (IGTLab), secured an additional $100,000 from the Lyndhurst Foundation for year two of the IGTLab project. Funds will be used to support the development and staffing of the lab.

Ms. Sandy Cole, Executive Director of the Center for Community Career Education, received $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.

Dr. Helen Eigenberg, Criminal Justice Professor, attracted $38,000 from the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence to conduct the Victim Assistance Academy on UTC’s campus in June. The academy will provide victim advocates with basic level training on subjects including victim’s compensation, elder abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, and more.

Dr. Linda Hill, Associate Professor of Nursing, secured $20,025 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to continue the Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship program, which provides scholarships for full-time nurse anesthesia students.

Mr. Takeo Suzuki, Executive Director of International Education, Drs. Robert Dooley, Dean of the College of Business, Kathy Purnell, Assistant Professor of Social Work, and Beverly Brockman, Department Head of Finance, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship, attracted $193,820 from FHI 360 to implement the Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders from Europe (SUSI) program. A cohort of 22 European students will participate in a five-week program that will include active educational opportunities and classroom instruction.


Submitted Proposals (04/1/2016 – 04/31/2016)


The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $631,540 in external funding, if awarded:

Dr. Zibin Guo (Sociology) requested $78,271 from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs to promote a wheelchair Tai Chi Chuan (WTCC) program as a sport alternative for veterans with ambulatory limitations. During the period of this proposed project, the team will conduct WTCC instructor training workshops with VA recreational therapists and veterans with mobility limitations, as well as develop DVDs for instructors and practitioners’ reference.

Dr. Nicholas Honerkamp (Anthropology) requested $1,500 from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to conduct an archaeological survey and testing at Bush Camp Field and Behavior on Sapelo Island in Georgia. The site may contain the remains of 19th century slave cabins, and the information generated by the project will be used by the department to manage and protect the archaeological resources discovered at the sites.

Ms. Cindy Long (Center for Community and Career Education) requested $270,937 from the U.S. Department of Education to continue funding for the Southern Appalachian Educational Opportunity Center (SAEOC). The SAEOC works with residents in Hamilton, Marion, Sequatchie, Bledsoe, and Grundy counties to help residents overcome barriers to educational attainment and success.

Drs. Li Yang (Computer Science), Hope Klug (Biology), Thomas Loveless (Electrical Engineering), Jennifer Ellis (Education), and Mr. Perry Storey (Challenger Center) submitted a preliminary proposal to the National Science Foundation to redesign STEM instructional materials for the STEM Tennessee Academic Rising Stars (STAR) program, which includes summer and Saturday programs for diverse high school students in the Chattanooga area. Cognitive theory will be integrated into the program design process.

Drs. Li Yang, Yu Liang, Dalei Wu, and Joseph Kizza (Computer Science) requested $280,832 from the National Science Foundation to investigate the impact of Internet of Things (IoTs) and data analytics on curbing crimes in urban areas. The project will benefit other smart cities that seek solutions to improve public safety and optimize law enforcement resources.