Funded Proposals (05/1/2016 – 06/30/2016)

The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $2,014,286 in external grant and contract awards:

Ms. Belinda Brownlee, Program Director for Upward Bound, has been awarded $302,271 from the US Department of Education for the Upward Bound program through 2016-2017. This is the continuation of a five-year grant originally awarded in 2012, which helps Upward Bound to identify low-income and potential first generation students and aid them in successfully completing secondary and postsecondary education.

Dr. Vic Bumphus, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, has received $39,458 from the International Association of Chiefs of Police for Service, Support & Justice: A Strategy to Enhance Law Enforcement Response to Victims Technical Assistance. In association with the Chattanooga Police Department, this initiative looks to produce and to judge the efficacy of new measures that move the law enforcement community towards a philosophy and practice of enhanced victim response.

Mr. Andy Carroll, GIS Manager for UTC’s Center for Academic and Innovative Technologies, has been awarded $19,966 by The Land Trust for Tennessee for use in employing staff and students in the Interdisciplinary Geospatial Technology Lab (IGTLab) in order to work on a geospatial conservation planning model and tool to be used by conservation organizations. This tool is the first step in building a distributed open source environmental data platform for use in the local tri-state area.

Dr. Lucien Ellington, Director of the UTC Asia Program, and Mr. Jeffrey Melnik, Assistant Director of the UTC Asia Program, were awarded $17,996 by the Freeman Foundation to increase professional development opportunities for teachers at the local, state, and national levels to increase cultural awareness and understanding. This program is in its eighth year of funding.

Dr. Trevor Elliott, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, received $50,000 from the DENSO North America Foundation to aid the College of Engineering and Computer Science with equipment for off road testing and competition logistics pertaining to the Baja SAE® – a competition involving the design, fabrication, and testing of an off-road vehicle that can withstand harsh conditions and rugged terrain.

Mr. John Freeze, Director of Continuing Education recently acquired $11,500 from the UT Institute of Public Service for the Southeastern Command and Leadership Academy (SECLA). SECLA is in its 2nd year of operations and provides a seven-week leadership course for police managers that covers current issues and information police administrators rely upon to adequately respond to the diverse demands of an executive position.

Dr. Linda Hill, Associate Professor for the UTC School of Nursing, has procured $347,942 from the Health Resources and Services Administration in order to fund CRNAs in 3D: Increasing Diversity, Reducing Disparities, & Understanding the Social Determinants of Health. This program is in its third year, and is designed to provide a pathway for those from minority or disadvantaged backgrounds to earn the CRNA credential – one of the most sought-after achievements in nursing.

Dr. Nicholas Honerkamp, UC Foundation Professor of Anthropology, was awarded $1,500 by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to conduct an archaeological survey at Sapelo Island in Georgia. UTC archaeologists will survey and test sites at Bush Camp Field and Behavior in search of 19th century slave cabin remains.

Dr. Irina Khmelko, Associate Professor of Political Science & Public Service, has obtained $1,700 from Ohio State University to design a Political Science course that allows students to develop a greater understanding of Politics in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

Dr. James C. Newman III , Interim Head of Computational Engineering and Associate Director for the SimCenter, obtained $117,616 from the Office of Naval Research in order to research high-order accuracy for large eddy simulations.

Dr. Daniel Pack, Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, has secured $192,877 from the US Air Force Academy towards researching methods of extending GPS operation in GPS-denied areas via cross-correlation jamming cancellation.

Dr. Pack has also secured $136,709 in a partnership with the U.S. Air Force Academy to develop and demonstrate technologies that enable GPS signal reception in areas of intentional and unintentional signal interference. In addition, Dr. Pack has secured $65,625 from the Office of Naval Research in a cooperative technology development agreement with the University of Texas – San Antonio (UTSA). UTC will be working in cooperation with UTSA to develop cooperative system capabilities for autonomous mobile platforms.

Dr. Christine Smith, Director of UTC’s School of Nursing, attracted $342,354 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for UTC’s Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship 2016 program (AENT). AENT helps to address the growing demand for a greater primary care workforce by providing traineeship support to students in the UTC Master of Science family nurse practitioner program.

In another award from the Health Resources and Services Administration, Dr. Christine Smith, Director of UTC’s School of Nursing, in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Performance attracted $367,312 for the COMPASS Project – a multi-year program for graduate-level health professions students that improves the knowledge, skills, and cultural competence of dealing with obesity and its multiple chronic conditions.

The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $3,825,511 if awarded:

Drs. Ethan Carver, Peggy Kovach (Biology, Geology, and Environmental Science) and Gretchen Potts (Chemistry) have requested $378,030 from the National Institute of Health in order to analyze e-cigarette filling solutions and determine their biological implications.

Dr. Lucien Ellington, Director of the UTC Asia Program, and Mr. Jeffrey Melnik, Assistant Director of the UTC Asia Program, have requested $25,000 from the Charles Koch Foundation for their Center for Reflective Citizenship Teaching Fellows Program. The goal of this program is to identify six teachers to work with well-known scholars to create digital history and civic modules for secondary school classrooms.

Drs. Ignatius Fomunung, Mbakisya Onyango, Joseph Owino, Weidong Wu (Civil, Chemical, and General Engineering), Mina Sartipi, Joseph Kizza (Computer Science), Daniel Loveless (Electrical Engineering), James C. Newman III (SimCenter), and Gregory Heath (Health & Human Performance) have requested $1,500,000 from the US Department of Transportation for the “University Transportation Center for MObility,Vehicles, and Environments” (UTCMOVE). If funded, UTC will partner with Kennesaw State University to create a Tier 1 Transportation Center that will pursue research pertaining to non-motorized transport, autonomous electric vehicles, intelligent transportation systems, and other methods of improving the mobility of people and goods.

Drs. Ignatius Fomunung, Bradley Harris (Civil, Chemical, & General Engineering), Aldo McLean, Neslihan Alp (Engineering Management & Technology), Raga Ahmed (Electrical Engineering), Trevor Elliott (Mechanical Engineering), and Jennifer Ellis (Education) requested $998,489 from the National Science Foundation for the UTC Academic Scholarship Program to Inspire and Recruit Engineers (UTC ASPIRE). This program looks to support 32 academically talented engineering students from enrollment through graduation.

Drs. Farah Kandah, Joseph Kizza, Yu Liang and Dalei Wu (Computer Science) have requested $596,553 from the National Science Foundation to develop an automated, self-constructed, and adaptable emergency alert system that can deliver information about an incident in real time to the necessary personnel. This proposal was submitted in response to the US IGNITE initiative, which seeks to promote development of applications and services for ultra-fast computing networks.

Drs. Kate Kemplin, Jenny Holcombe (Nursing), Jill Shelton, and Irene Ozbek (Psychology), submitted two preliminary proposals to the Department of Defense – one to perform an assessment of the training and performance of prolonged & extended care military medics, and another to evaluate the predictive performance of military medics via clinical simulations.

Dr. Mina Sartipi (Computer Science), in collaboration with Georgia Tech Research Institute, has requested $298,324 from the National Science Foundation for research in improving autonomous vehicle performance in difficult driving scenarios via the use of fleet interconnectivity and the 10Gbps fiber optic network available here in Chattanooga.

Drs. Henry Spratt (Biology, Geology, and Environmental Science) and David Levine (Physical Therapy) have requested $6,698 from Richmar, a local medical device and engineering company, towards the use of developing a protocol to disinfect Richmar’s “GelShot” Ultrasound Coupling Gel and Retaining Clips.

Drs. Spratt and Levine have also requested $22,417 from Aegle Gear, a local healthcare apparel company, to test the effectiveness of Aegle’s antimicrobial scrubs.

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