Congratulations!
The following UTC Faculty and Staff have attracted $2,563,914 in external grant and contract awards:

Dr. Lucien Ellington and Jeffrey Melnik (School of Education) have received $24,429 from the Freeman Foundation for the project entitled, “Freeman Foundation Teacher Professional Development Programs 2020-2021.”

Drs. Ignatius Fomunung, Jejal Bathi, Mbakisya Onyango (Civil and Chemical Engineering), Thomas Wilson (Biology, Geology, and Environmental Science), Yu Liang (Computer Science and Engineering), and Chandra Ward (Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies) have received $271,996 from the Tennessee Department of Transportation for the project entitled, “A Framework for Quantitative Assessment of the Environmental, Social, and Economic Benefits of TDOT Infrastructure Projects.”

Dr. Pamela Guess (School Psychology) has received $189,000 from the Tennessee Department of Education for the project entitled, “School Psychology Intern Program.”

Drs. Bradley Harris (Civil and Chemical Engineering) and Stephanie Philipp (School of Education) have received $591,489 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “RET Site: Providing Research Experiences and Practicum on Cyber-Physical Systems for Regional Community College Faculty (PREP-CPS).”

Dr. Linda Hill (School of Nursing) has received $23,602 from the Health Resources and Services Administration for the project entitled, “2020 HRSA Nurse Anesthetist Traineeships.”

Dr. Hamdy Ibrahim (Mechanical Engineering) has received $50,000 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “I-Corps: Treating Bone Trauma Using ResorbFix.”

Drs. Farah Kandah (Computer Science and Engineering), Hope Klug (Biology, Geology, and Environmental Science), Mina Sartipi (CUIP), and Anthony Skjellum (SIMCenter) have received an REU supplement of $16,000 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “CC* Networking Infrastructure: Advancing High-speed Networking at UTC for Research and Education.”

Drs. James Newman, Kidambi Sreenivas (Mechanical Engineering), and Craig Tanis (Computer Science and Engineering) have received $535,125 from the University of Dayton Research Institute for the project entitled, “Hypersonic Vehicle Structure Critical Technology Gaps.”

Drs. Amber Roache, Jenny Holcombe, and Priscilla Simms-Roberson (School of Nursing) have received $576,747 from the Health Resources and Services Administration for the project entitled, “ANEW – Clinical-Academic Network for Developing Leaders (CANDL).”

Drs. Anthony Skjellum (SIMCenter), Kidambi Sreenivas (Mechanical Engineering), Craig Tanis, Farah Kandah (Computer Science and Engineering), and Eleni Panagiotou (Mathematics) have received an REU supplement of $16,000 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “CC* Compute: A Cost-Effective, 2,048 Core InfiniBand Cluster at UTC for Campus Research and Education.”

Drs. Anthony Skjellum (SIMCenter) and Craig Tanis (Computer Science and Engineering) have received an REU supplement of $16,000 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “SPX: Collaborative Research: Intelligent Communication Fabrics to Facilitate Extreme Scale Computing.”

Drs. Anthony Skjellum (SIMCenter), Farah Kandah (Computer Science and Engineering), and Bailey Kirby (SIMCenter) have received $183,334 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “CC* CRIA: Planning a Regional Research Network Infrastructure for Central Tennessee.”

Drs. Mengjun Xie (National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense), Chang Phuong, and David Schwab (Computer Science and Engineering) have received $70,192 from the Department of Defense via the National Security Agency Central Security Service for the project entitled, “UTC GenCyber Student Camp.”

Good Luck!
The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals for the potential to generate over $4,120,356 in external funding, if awarded:

Drs. Michael Danquah, Soubantika Palchoudhury (Civil and Chemical Engineering), Khalid Tantawi (Engineering Management and Technology), and Dalei Wu (Computer Science and Engineering) have requested $522,487 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “Collaborative Research: RUI: Spike protein and ACE2 binding checkpoint for rapid screening of SARS-CoV-2 from saliva via nanostructured bijel-templated electrochemical biosensor.”

Dr. Katherine Elverd (Music Therapy) has requested $2,445 from the Tennessee Arts Commission for the project entitled, “Trembling Troubadours: Preserving the Voice and Bringing Awareness to Parkinson’s Disease One Note at a Time.”

Dr. Bradley Harris (Civil and Chemical Engineering) has requested $519,232 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “CAREER: Developing a mechanistic model for unsaturated fatty acid recognition in Gram-negative bacteria.”

Drs. Francesca Leasi (Biology, Geology, and Environmental Science), Louie Elliott (Mechanical Engineering), and Stephanie Philipp (School of Education) have requested $943,831 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “CAREER: Identifying evolutionary and ecological processes driving the diversity and distribution of rotifers across salinities.”

Drs. Aldo McLean (Engineering Management and Technology), Jennifer Ellis (School of Education), Rowan Johnson (English), and Chang Phuong (Computer Science and Engineering) have requested $61,737 from the U.S. Department of State for the project entitled, “A Pilot Program for Academic Exchange in Engineering and Cultural Integration Between Panama and Tennessee.”

Charlie Mix and Nyssa Hunt (IGTLab) have requested $23,896 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service for the project entitled, “Cherokee National Forest Road Digitizing using Lidar.”

Drs. Daniel Pack, Zachary Ruble (Electrical Engineering), Farah Kandah (Computer Science and Engineering), Stephanie Philipp (School of Education), Chandra Ward (Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies), and Sara Jackson (College of Engineering and Computer Science) have requested $949,160 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “NSF Convergence Accelerator Track C: Toward Establishing Software Defined, Southeast Quantum Network.”

Dr. Soubantika Palchoudhury (Civil and Chemical Engineering) has requested $537,927 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “CAREER: A New Class of Cadmium-Free Quinary Chalcogenide Nanocrystals for Quantum Dot Light Emitting Devices.”

Drs. Donald Reising, Daniel Loveless, and Abdelrahman Mohammed (Electrical Engineering) have requested $100,000 from the State of Tennessee RevV! Program for the project entitled, “Safer Power Network.”

Dr. Lakmali Weerasena (Mathematics) has requested $459,641 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “CAREER: Advancing Approximation Theory of Heterogeneous Multi-Objective Set Covering Problems and Related Combinatorial Optimization problems with Modeling and Applications.”