Congratulations!
The following UTC Faculty and Staff have attracted $644,622 in external grant and contract awards:

Chapel Cowden (Library) has requested and received $4,200 from the American Library Association for the project entitled, “Perspectives on Death and Dying.”

Drs. Vahid Disfani and Abdul Ofoli (Electrical Engineering) have received $5,000 from the Electric Power Research Institute for the project entitled, “Deep AI Based Energy Management System.”

Drs. Jennifer Ellis (School of Education), Joseph Kizza (Computer Science and Engineering), Shewanee Howard-Baptiste (Health & Human Performance), Christopher Cox, and Andrew Ledoan (Mathematics) have received $74,948 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “Chattanooga STEM Education Project Inspire: Noyce Track 2 Capacity Building Program.”

Dr. Eric Hungenberg (Health & Human Performance) has requested and received $25,000 from College Sports Evaluation for the project entitled, “College Sports Evaluation (CSE) Data Analytics.”

Dr. Abdelrahman Karrar (Electrical Engineering) has received $1,067 from the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association for the project entitled, “2020 Lab Demonstrations for Tennessee Valley Public Power Association, Inc.”

Bryan Lane (WUTC) has requested and received $101,177 from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for the project entitled, “2020-21 CPB Radio Community Service Grant WUTC.”

Dr. Daniel Loveless (Electrical Engineering) has received $92,958 from the Department of Defense via the Air Force Research Laboratory for the project entitled, “Fundamental Research into Radiation Effects in Cryogenic Electronics Technologies.”

Dr. Renee Murley (School of Education) has received $60,571 from the Tennessee Department of Education for the project entitled, “2019-20 Governor’s School for Prospective Teachers.”

Drs. Abdul Ofoli and Abdelrahman Karrar (Electrical Engineering) have requested and received $58,415 from the Florida Power & Light Company for the project entitled, “Simulation and Analysis of AVR Modules for Unit 1 and Unit 2 MG Sets.”

Dr. Brooke Persons (Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies) has received $1,991 from WTCI – TV (PBS) for the project entitled, “A Phase I Archaeological Survey of Approximately 2 Acres on Signal Mountain in Hamilton County, Tennessee.”

Drs. Khalid Tantawi (Engineering Management and Technology) and Christopher Silver (Learning and Leadership) have received $198,065 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “Collaborative Research: Preparing the Workforce for Industry 4.0’s Intelligent Industrial Robotics.”

Drs. Kristina Wick (School of Nursing), Jessica Freeman (Communication), Cathy Scott, and Professor April Wilson (Social Work) have received $21,230 from the Tennessee Department of Health for the project entitled, “Tennessee Dementia Friendly Community Funding Opportunity.”

Good Luck!
The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals for the potential to generate over $13,423,579 in external funding, if awarded:

Laurie Allen and Angela Dittmar (Southeast Center for Education) have requested $32,770 from Hamilton County Public Schools for the project entitled, “Arts360: North River.”

Dr. Jose Barbosa (Biology, Geology, and Environmental Science) has requested $29,322 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture via the National Institute of Food and Agriculture for the project entitled, “G.L.A.M.S. (Girls Learning Agriculture, Math, & Science).”

Dr. Angel Collier, Dr. Christine Smith, and Marcy Porter (School of Nursing) have requested $3,250,000 from the Health Resources and Services Administration for the project entitled, “Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students: Transforming the Nursing (BSN) Workforce via Diversity, Access, Scholarships, and MUC-focused Healthcare (TN-BSN Workforce DASH).”

Drs. Michael Danquah (Civil and Chemical Engineering) and Khalid Tantawi (Engineering Management and Technology) have requested $88,840 from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for the project entitled, “Low-concentration GD2 apta-binding for early neuroblastoma MRD diagnosis.”

Drs. Michael Danquah, Bradley Harris, Soubantika Palchoudhury, and Sungwoo Yang (Civil and Chemical Engineering) have requested $149,998 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture via the National Institute of Food and Agriculture for the project entitled, “Bridging engineering education and food innovation gaps via interdisciplinary research training and experiential learning.”

Drs. Michael Danquah (Civil and Chemical Engineering) and Dalei Wu (Computer Science and Engineering) have requested $433,605 from the National Institutes of Health for the project entitled, “Fingerprinting minimal residual disease (MRD) dynamics via deep learning and bioaffinity approaches.”

Drs. Michael Danquah, Mbakisya Onyango, Soubantika Palchoudhury (Civil and Chemical Engineering), Dalei Wu (Computer Science and Engineering), and Mohammad Mahtabi (Mechanical Engineering) have requested $455,018 from the Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration for the project entitled, “Experimental and computational characterization of nanoplastic-modified asphalt composites with self-repairing properties.”

Dr. Trevor Elliott (Mechanical Engineering) has requested $100,000 from the Denso North America Foundation for the project entitled, “Automotive Workforce Development Through Smart Implementation of Additive Manufacturing.”

Drs. Zibin Guo (Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies), Kara Hamilton, Elizabeth Hathaway, and Shewanee Howard-Baptiste (Health & Human Performance) have requested $10,000 from Little Miss Mag for the project entitled, “Little Miss Mag – United Way Innovation Fund.”

Drs. Zibin Guo (Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies), Nagwan Zahry (Communication), and Elizabeth Hathaway (Health & Human Performance) have requested $123,028 from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs for the project entitled, “Wheelchair/Adaptive Tai Chi Chuan (W/A TCC) as an Adaptive Sport for Veterans with Ambulatory Disability – Program Expansion.”

Dr. Farah Kandah (Computer Science and Engineering) has requested $16,000 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “REU Supplement Request – CC* Campus Cyberinfrastructure Networking.”

Dr. Daniel Loveless (Electrical Engineering) has requested $37,495 via a NASA SBIR proposal in collaboration with Scientic, Inc. for the project entitled, “Exploitation of COTS Electronics in Space Radiation Environments.”

Dr. Daniel Loveless (Electrical Engineering) has requested $65,000 from Vanderbilt University for the project entitled, “Fundamental Research into Radiation Resiliency of Emerging Circuit Technologies Appropriate to the CWMD Mission.”

Drs. Daniel Loveless, Donald Reising (Electrical Engineering), Farah Kandah (Computer Science and Engineering), and Anthony Skjellum (SIMCenter) have requested $229,905 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “EAGER: SARE: Anti-Tamper IC Forensics and RF-Level Discrimination for Improved Trust.”

Dr. Aldo McLean (Engineering Management and Technology) has requested $18,405 from the U.S. Department of State for the project entitled, “Opening Ties in Engineering Management and Industrial System Engineering Between Panama and Tennessee.”

Ilker Ozcelik (SIMCenter) has requested $133,296 from the Comcast Innovation Fund for the project entitled, “Floating Authentication System – FloAuth.”

Drs. Soubantik Palchoudhury and Michael Danquah (Civil and Chemical Engineering) have requested $499,999 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture via the National Institute of Food and Agriculture for the project entitled, “A New Family of Iron Oxide Nanoparticle Fertilizers Opens an Innovative Avenue Towards Precision Agriculture.”

Dr. Eleni Panagiotou (Mathematics) has requested $303,531 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “MODULUS: A topological model for protein folding.”

Dr. Han Park (Chemistry and Physics) has requested $9,720 from the Society for Analytic Chemists of Pittsburgh for the project entitled, “Photoacoustic Study of Nicotine in the gas phase.”

Dr. Jared Pienkos (Chemistry and Physics) has requested $55,000 from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund for the project entitled, “Exploiting Metallohinged Trans-bidentate ligands for Suzuki Coupling.”

Drs. Hong Qin and Haobo Guo (Computer Science and Engineering) has requested $50,000 from the American Federation for Aging Research for the project entitled, “Using network controllability to map dynamical landscapes of cell fates during cellular aging and identify critical genes for longevity intervention.”

Drs. Hong Qin, Mengjun Xie, and Li Yang (National Center for Academic Excellence) have requested $131,201 from the Department of Defense for the project entitled, “DoD Cyber Scholarship.”

Dr. Hong Qin (Computer Science and Engineering) has requested $299,999 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “Collaborative Research: MODULUS: tracking cellular aging in the Waddington landscape.”

Drs. Hong Qin, Joseph Kizza (Computer Science and Engineering), Nagwan Zahry (Communication), and Stephanie Philipp (School of Education) have requested $998,716 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “AI-Path: Active Inclusive Path for Artificial intelligence.”

Drs. Mina Sartipi (CUIP) and Osama Osman (Civil and Chemical Engineering) have requested $362,261 from Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration via the University of Pittsburgh for the project entitled, “Unified Traffic Control System based on Blockchain Technology and ‘Cost and Reward’ Priority Method.”

Drs. Mina Sartipi (CUIP) and Chandra Ward (Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies) have requested $399,155 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “FW-HTF-RL: Collaborative Research: Future AI and Robotics (FAIR) for First Responders: A Human-Technology Partnership for Inclusion Through Technological- Social-Educational-Legal.”

Dr. Joey Shaw (Biology, Geology, and Environmental Science) has requested $8,501 from the Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service for the project entitled, “Proposal to summarize data of known occurrences and annual monitoring of Mountain Skullcap (Scutellaria montana, Lamiaceae) to better evaluate population trends, habitat conditions, abundance, and the success of conservation efforts.”

Dr. Anthony Skjellum (SIMCenter) has requested supplemental funding of $16,000 from the National Science Foundation Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering for the project entitled, “SHF: Small: Collaborative Research: Coupling Computation and Communication in FPGA-Enhanced Clouds and Clusters.”

Dr. Anthony Skjellum (SIMCenter) has requested supplemental funding of $16,000 from the National Science Foundation Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering for the project entitled, “SHF: Medium: Collaborative Research: Next-Generation Message Passing for Parallel Programming: Resiliency, Time-to-Solution, Performance-Portability, Scalability, and QoS.”

Dr. Anthony Skjellum (SIMCenter) has requested supplemental funding of $16,000 from the National Science Foundation Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering for the project entitled, “SPX: Collaborative Research: Intelligent Communication Fabrics to Facilitate Extreme Scale Computing.”

Dr. Anthony Skjellum (SIMCenter) has requested supplemental funding of $16,000 from the National Science Foundation Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering for the project entitled, “CC* Compute: A Cost-Effective, 2,048 Core InfiniBand Cluster at UTC for Campus Research and Education.”

Dr. Anthony Skjellum (SIMCenter) has requested $141,106 from the Comcast Innovation Fund for the project entitled, “A Framework for Identity and Trust in IoT devices.”

Drs. Anthony Skjellum (SIMCenter) and Farah Kandah (Computer Science and Engineering) have requested $142,999 from the Comcast Innovation Fund for the project entitled, “Blockchain meets IoT.”

Drs. Anthony Skjellum (SIMCenter), Farah Kandah (Computer Science and Engineering), and Donald Reising (Electrical Engineering) have requested $250,000 from the State of Tennessee for the project entitled, “REVV: Development of a sensor to detect and monitor potential health risks in the home.”

Dr. Morgan Smith (Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies) has requested $34,899 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “Exploring the Remote Detection of Lithic Artifacts Underwater Using Next-Generation Geophysics.”

Dr. Christine Smith, Dr. Angel Collier, and Marcy Porter (School of Nursing) have requested $3,249,900 from the Health Resources and Services Administration for the project entitled, “Transforming the Nursing (MSN) Workforce via Diversity, Access, Scholarships, and MUC-focused Healthcare (TN-MSN Workforce DASH).”

Drs. Khalid Tantawi (Engineering Management and Technology) and Michael Danquah (Civil and Chemical Engineering) have requested $378,868 from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering for the project entitled, “Development of a Platform for Characterization of Transmembrane Proteins.”

Dr. Jin Wang (Mathematics) has requested $68,000 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for the project entitled, “Modeling and Simulating the Novel Coronavirus Epidemic.”

Dr. Kristina Wick (School of Nursing) has requested supplemental funding of $7,000 from the Tennessee Department of Health for the project entitled, “Tennessee Dementia Friendly Community Funding Opportunity – Additional Funds.”

Drs. Gary Wilkerson, Shellie Acocello, Lynette Carlson, Marisa Colston, Jennifer Hogg (Health & Human Performance), Misagh Mansouri Boroujeni, and Mina Sartipi (CUIP) have requested $396,064 from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases for the project entitled, “A New Paradigm for Sport Injury Prevention and Reduction of Risk for Disability.”

Drs. Mengjun Xie, Li Yang (National Center for Academic Excellence), Daniel Pack (College of Engineering and Computer Science), Hong Qin, and Professor David Schwab (Computer Science and Engineering) have requested $199,997 from the Department of Defense via the National Security Agency Central Security Service for the project entitled, “Accelerating Cybersecurity Faculty Development through an Integrated Approach.”

Drs. Li Yang, Mengjun Xie (National Center for Academic Excellence), Daniel Pack (College of Engineering and Computer Science), and Hong Qin (Computer Science and Engineering) have requested $199,981 from the Department of Defense via the National Security Agency Central Security Service for the project entitled, “Security and Trustworthiness of AI.”