Please join me in commending UTC faculty and staff who have received awards or submitted proposals for sponsored programs in August 2016. These projects are also listed on the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs’ blog.
Funded Proposals (8/1/2016 – 8/30/2016)
The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $1,078,103 in external grant and contract awards:
Dr. Feng Bao, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, has been awarded $59,944 from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in order to determine scattering functions for experiments done at ORNL’s Spallation Neutron Source.
Mr. Andy Carroll, Manager of Geographic Information Systems, has received $15,000 from the Benwood Foundation to provide geographic information system services through UTC’s Interdisciplinary Geospatial Technology Lab.
Dr. Louie Elliott, Assistant Professor of Civil, Chemical and General Engineering, has secured $79,615 from Gestamp for the simulation and modeling of sheet metal forming for Gestamp Chattanooga’s automobile parts.
Dr. Zibin Guo, Professor of Anthropology, has received $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. Kidambi Sreenivas, Research Professor at the SimCenter, has been awarded $4,000 from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in order to produce viscous flow simulations for Pelton turbines.
Dr. Mina Sartipi, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, was awarded $119,829 from the National Science Foundation to conduct research and present an energy dispatch solution for the power grid during periods of extreme temperatures.
Dr. Mina Sartipi also attracted $298,324 from the National Science Foundation’s US Ignite program. Dr. Sartipi’s project will explore methods of coordinating fleets of massive autonomous vehicles over Chattanooga’s 10gb fiber optic network.
Drs. Dalei Wu, Li Yang and Yu Liang (Computer Science and Engineering) have been awarded $299,884 from the National Science Foundation via a US Ignite award. Dr. Wu’s and the project team is coordinating with the University of Vermont to use high speed networks to sense conditions and improve management of underground urban utility infrastructure (water, gas, steam, etc.)
Dr. Li Yang, Assistant Dean of Computer Science and Engineering, Dr. Farah Kandah, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, and Dr. Jennifer Ellis, Director of STEM Education, have been awarded $164,997 from the National Science Foundation’s Cybercorps project in order to build security education capacity through POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning).
The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $5,442,489 if awarded:
Dr. Jennifer Boyd, Associate Professor of Biology, Geology, and Environmental Science, has requested $356,009 from the National Science Foundation through their Research in Undergraduate Institutions program. Her collaborative research proposal is designed to address the reasons for rarity and relative commonality among species, with respect to ecological theory, rare species conservation, and overall biodiversity.
Dr. Jennifer Ellis, Director of STEM Education, and Dr. Billy Jackson, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, have requested $1,447,875 from the National Science Foundation through the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. Their program seeks to increase the number and diversity of math, science, and computer science students entering the teaching field, while also giving those students a path towards positions of educational leadership in their respective disciplines.
Dr. Billy Jackson, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, and Dr. Jennifer Ellis, Director of STEM Education, have requested $48,204 from the National Science Foundation through the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. Their project “Preparing University of Tennessee Chattanooga for STEM Teacher Leadership” looks to strengthen STEM department ties between UTC and local schools, while also developing Master’s and Educational Specialist degrees in STEM education here at the university.
Drs. Farah Kandah, Mina Sartipi (Computer Science) and Kidambi Sreenivas (Mechanical Engineering) in collaboration with Andrew Carroll (IGTLab) and Michael Ward (Information Technology Division) have requested $492,885 from the National Science Foundation in order to upgrade the campus networking infrastructure to 10Gbps, significantly improving the ability of the university to fulfill its mission of continuous learning, student success, academic research, and community outreach.
Drs. Kate Kemplin, Jenny Holcombe (Nursing), Jill Shelton, and Nicky Ozbek (Psychology), have requested $959,449 from the Department of Defense in order to create performance assessments for military medics in clinical simulations.
Drs. Andrew Ledoan and Jin Wang (Mathematics) have requested $274,727 from the National Science Foundation to establish a Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) site titled “Number Theory, Probability Theory, and Dynamical Systems.” This REU site will involve undergraduates in an intensive summer research and education program for applied mathematics, presenting them with tools, techniques, and authentic research problems..
Drs. Daniel Loveless, Donald Reising, Nur Sisworahardjo, Raga Ahmed, Abdul Ofoli (Electrical Engineering), and Aldo McLean (Engineering Management & Technology) requested $354,044 from the National Science Foundation to host an REU Site called “An Interdisciplinary CubeSat Research and STEM Education Platform at UTC.” The REU Site will enable undergraduate students to conduct research of important, emerging technological problems related to space sciences, while extending scholarship and practice in STEM-related fields.
Drs. Daniel Loveless and Donald Reising (Electrical Engineering) each submitted a preliminary proposal to the Department of Defense to create a stochastic-based reliability modeling tool for emerging integrated circuit technologies.
Drs. Charles Margraves, Trevor Elliott, Abdul Ofoli (Engineering) and Jennifer Ellis (Education) have requested $1,142,807 from the National Science Foundation in order to develop a pipeline program designed to increase the number and diversity of students and teachers entering STEM fields, with particular attention given to sustainable technologies. The program will use UTC’s Zero+ Energy Building as a living laboratory to conduct a summer youth program where students have the opportunity to produce both small scale and large scale (using the building itself) experiments related to sustainable energy conservation and production.
Drs. Hong Qin, Yu Liang, Li Yang, Farah Kandah (Computer Science), Cuilan Gao (Mathematics), and Karen Adsit (Education) have requested $321,489 from the National Science Foundation to create an REU site titled “IComputeB2 – Engaging Undergraduates in Interdisciplinary Computing for Biological and Biomedical Research.” The goal of the REU site is to stimulate and broaden undergraduate interest and participation in interdisciplinary computational science through computational research projects with social importance that can connect to undergraduates, especially those from underrepresented groups.
Dr. Brent Rollins, Director of the Civil Engineering Materials Laboratory, has requested $45,000 from the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute in order to develop a modular wall system in conjunction with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The new system will involve semi-lightweight, self-consolidating concrete designed for use in new construction and retrofitting.