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The following UTC Faculty and Staff have attracted $4,523,143 in external grant and contract awards:

Laurie Allen and Angela Dittmar (Southeast Center for Education) have received $3,520 from the Alabama Department of Education for the project entitled, “Buckets and Brushes: A Whole-School Arts Integration Program for Increasing Access to Music and Visual Art.”

Twyler Boykin (Center for Community Career Education) has received $297,601 from the U.S. Department of Education for the project entitled, “Upward Bound Math & Science.”

Dr. Keith Bridges (Center for Community Career Education) has received $313,131 from the U.S. Department of Education for the project entitled, “Southern Appalachian Educational Opportunity Center.”

Dr. Belinda Lee (Center for Community Career Education) has received a $12,168 supplement from the U.S. Department of Education for the project entitled, “UTC Upward Bound Program.”

Drs. Michael Danquah and Soubantika Palchoudhury (Civil and Chemical Engineering) have received $15,453 from Integer for the project entitled, “FTIR-guided method development for polyimide curing efficiency analysis to phase out mercury dissipation test.”

Drs. Jennifer Ellis (School of Education) and Joseph Kizza (Computer Science and Engineering) have received $269,916 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “GigCity CS4All: Creating an Inclusive 21st Century Gig-Enabled Teaching and Learning Community.”

Drs. Zibin Guo (Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies), Liz Hathaway (Health & Human Performance), and Nagwan Zahry (Communication) have received $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.”

Chyanne Smith, under the direction of Drs. Loren Hayes and Ethan Carver (Biology, Geology, and Environmental Science), has received $46,000 from the National Science Foundation for a Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Award.

Dr. Hunter Huckabay, Elizabeth Eaves, Shamira Freeman, Keith Mayes, Michelle Oliver, and Sarah Sandefur (Center for Community Career Education) have received $751,637 from the U.S. Department of Education for the project entitled, “UTC GEAR UP Project.”

Melissa Laseter (Student Support Services) has received $338,961 from the U.S. Department of Education for the project entitled, “UTC Student Support Services Program.”

Charlie Mix and Nyssa Hunt (IGTLab) have requested and received $2,553 from the Limestone Valley Resource Conservation and Development Council for the project entitled, “GIS Conservation Priority Modeling for the Pine Log Watershed.”

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

Drs. Mina Sartipi (CUIP), Yu Liang, Dalei Wu (Computer Science and Engineering), and Osama Osman (Civil and Chemical Engineering) have received $1,593,168 from the Department of Energy for the project entitled, “Developing an Energy-Conscious Traffic Signal Control System for Optimized Fuel Consumption in Connected Vehicle Environments.”

Drs. Mark Schorr, Azad Hossain (Biology, Geology, and Environmental Science), Charlie Mix, and Nyssa Hunt (IGTLab) have received $36,000 from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency for the project entitled, “Urban Stream Restoration.”

Dr. Joey Shaw (Biology, Geology, and Environmental Science) has requested and received $10,050 from the Association of Southeastern Biologists for the project entitled, “Graduate Assistant to support the Chair of the Wildflower Pilgrimage Organizing Committee Academic year 20-21.”

Dr. Joey Shaw (Biology, Geology, and Environmental Science) has received $8,501 from the U.S. 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.”

Drs. Jill Shelton (Psychology) and Amy Doolittle (Social Work) have requested and received $6,500 from Western Kentucky University for the project entitled, “Bingocize: An evidence-based health promotion program to improve the quality of life of Tennessee certified nursing facility residents.”

Dr. Anthony Skjellum (SIMCenter) has requested and received $60,824 from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for the project entitled, “C++ API for Checkpoint/Restart for MPI Applications.”

Drs. Anthony Skjellum (SIMCenter), Farah Kandah (Computer Science and Engineering), and Bailey Kirby (SIMCenter) have received $66,379 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “CC* CRIA: Planning a Regional Research Network Infrastructure for Central Tennessee.”

Dr. Anthony Skjellum (SIMCenter) has received a $103,537 supplement from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “SHF: Medium: Collaborative Research: Next-Generation Message Passingfor Parallel Programming: Resiliency, Time-to-Solution, Performance-Portability, Scalability, and QoS.”

Karen Vann (Center for Community Career Education) has received $277,375 from the U.S. Department of Education for the project entitled, “Talent Search.”

Dr. Jin Wang (Mathematics) has received $200,000 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “Deterministic models for waterborne infections.”

Dr. Yingfeng Wang (Computer Science and Engineering) has received $284,098 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “III: Small: RUI: Investigating Fragmentation Rules and Improving Metabolite Identification Using Graph Grammar and Statistical Methods.”

William Watson and John Freeze (Center for Professional Education) have requested and received $54,382 from the Tennessee Office of Criminal Justice Programs for the project entitled, “Southeastern Leadership Academy 2020-2021.”

Drs. Mengjun Xie, Li Yang (National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense), and Hong Qin (Computer Science and Engineering) have received $149,993 from the National Security Agency Central Security Service for the project entitled, “Remote Live Forensics for Smart Mobile Devices at Scale.”

The following UTC faculty and staff have attracted emergency funds for COVID-19 relief:

Tyler Forrest (Business & Financial Affairs) has requested and received $688,525 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for the project entitled, “THEC Coronavirus Relief Funds.”

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The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals for the potential to generate over $11,172,182 in external funding, if awarded:

Laurie Allen (Southeast Center for Education), along with Drs. David Ferrier (Psychology), and Marcus Mauldin (Political Science & Public Service), have requested $3,820,583 from the Institute of Education Sciences for the project entitled, “Wolf Trap Study.”

Anthony Cepak (Communications) has submitted a preliminary proposal to the National Endowment for the Humanities for the project entitled, “Visions and Voices from southern Appalachian coal fields (1956-present).”

Drs. Michael Danquah, Brad Harris, Soubantika Palchoudhury, and Sungwoo Yang (Civil and Chemical Engineering) have requested $30,000 from the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners for the project entitled, “Program Activities Grant for Chemical Engineering to Promote Experiential Learning.”

Drs. Michael Danquah and Brad Harris (Civil and Chemical Engineering) have requested $399,671 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “REU Site: Bio Engineering for SustainabiliTy (BEST).”

Drs. Michael Danquah (Civil and Chemical Engineering), Khalid Tantawi (Engineering Management and Technology), and Dalei Wu (Computer Science and Engineering) have requested $400,509 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “Collaborative Research: CDS&E: Multimodal Data-Enabled Diabetes Telemonitoring System.”

Dr. Trevor Elliott (Mechanical Engineering) has requested $542,220 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “CAREER: To Infinity and Beyond – Combustion Analysis and Control of Additively Manufactured Solid Rocket Fuel Grain Geometries Without Conventional Limitations.”

Drs. Farah Kandah (Computer Science and Engineering), Daniel Loveless, Donald Reising (Electrical Engineering), and Anthony Skjellum (SIMCenter) have requested $1,199,999 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “SaTC: CORE: Medium: RUI: Blockchain-based Security for IoT.”

Dr. Catherine Kendall (Interior Design) has requested $5,520 from the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners for the project entitled, “2020 TBAEE NCIDQ Student Scholarships and Freshmen Supply Packets.”

Drs. Francesca Leasi (Biology, Geology, and Environmental Science), Louie Elliot (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.”

Dr. Deborah McAllister (School of Education) has requested $15,000 from Vanderbilt University for the project entitled, “Augmentation for 2021-2024.”

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.”

Dr. Soubantika Palchoudhury (Civil and Chemical Engineering) has requested $15,000 from the University of Tennessee Research Foundation for the project entitled, “HemX nanofertilizers for enhanced agricultural production.”

Dr. Eleni Panagiotou (Mathematics) has requested $537,784 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “CAREER: Entanglement of active polymers.”

Dr. Jared Pienkos (Chemistry and Physics) has requested $493,964 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “CAREER: Exploiting Halogen-Bonding to Tune Properties of Transition Metal Complexes for Their Use in Organic Light Emitting Diodes.”

Drs. Hong Qin (Computer Science and Engineering) and Nagwan Zahry (Communication) have requested $36,393 from the Georgia Tech Research Institute for the project entitled, “Learning through Videos: Making student thought process visible in data science education.”

Dr. Vahid Disfani (Electrical Engineering) has requested $516,193 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “CAREER: Holistic Distributed Frequency Control Platforms for Smart Grids with High Penetrations of Distributed Energy Resources.”

Dr. Reetesh Ranjan (Mechanical Engineering) has submitted a preliminary proposal to the Department of Defense via the Air Force Office of Scientific Research for the project entitled, “Numerical investigation of effects of condensed and gas-phase finite-rate kinetics  on the flame structure and surface regression in solid propellant combustion.”

Drs. Donald Reising (Electrical Engineering), Mina Sartipi (CUIP), and Dalei Wu (Computer Science and Engineering) have requested $149,999 from the Sony USA Foundation Inc. for the project entitled, “Real-Time Jamming Detection, Avoidance, and Correction Through Deep Learning.”

Drs. Mina Sartipi (CUIP), Osama Osman (Computer Science and Engineering), and Chandra Ward (Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies) have requested $49,101 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “SCC-CIVIC-PG Track A: Chattanooga Integrated Housing and Mobility Pilot.”

Dr. Priscilla Simms-Roberson (School of Nursing) has requested $5,000 from CVS Health for the project entitled, “2020 CVS Health Foundation Advance Practice Nurse and Physician Assistant Scholarship Program.”

Dr. Morgan Smith (Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies) has requested $34,990 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “Exploring the Remote Detection of Lithic Artifacts Underwater Using Next-Generation Geophysics.”

Drs. Khalid Tantawi (Engineering Management and Technology) and Michael Danquah (Civil and Chemical Engineering) have requested $591,314 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “CAREER: Development of a Porous Silicon Platform for Transmembrane Protein Characterization and Development of Ultra-Sensitive biosensors.”

Dr. Jin Wang (Mathematics) has requested $126,731 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “Multiscale modeling of COVID-19: From within-host to between-host dynamics.”

Drs. Kimberly Wingate and Renee Murley (School of Education) have requested $60,571 from the Tennessee Department of Education for the project entitled, “2021 Governor’s School for Education.”

Drs. Mengjun Xie (National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense) and Hong Qin (Computer Science and Engineering) have requested $225,926 from Fordham University for the project entitled, “Cybersecurity Faculty Development for MSIs through Cloud-based Hands-on Cybersecurity Curriculum and Training.”

Dr. Sungwoo Yang (Civil and Chemical Engineering) has submitted a preliminary proposal to the U.S. Department of Energy for the project entitled, “Computational Modeling and Low-cost Aerogel Solar Thermal Evaporator (LAST-E) for Brine Water Management.”

Dr. Sungwoo Yang (Civil and Chemical Engineering) has requested $635,683 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “CAREER: Synergetic Approach of Simulations and Experimentation for Ambiently Dried Transparent Aerogel.”