Congratulations!
The following UTC Faculty and Staff have attracted $2,894,295 in external grant and contract awards:

Dr. Tatiana Allen (Chemistry & Physics) has been granted the use of equipment at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the project entitled, “Pulsed Laser Deposition of Fe-Tb-Dy Amorphous Oxide Semiconductor Films.”

Dr. John Ellington and Jeffrey Melnik (School of Education) have received $27,817 from the Freeman Foundation for the project entitled, “Freeman Foundation Teacher Professional Development Programs.”

Dr. Ignatius Fomunung (Civil and Chemical Engineering) and Dr. Trevor Elliott (Mechanical Engineering) have received $19,964 from TPT Technologies, Inc. for the project entitled, “Demonstration, Testing, & Refinement of a Sustainable, Non-Stop, Autonomous, Affordable, Personalized (SNAAP) Transportation System.”

Dr. Lani Gao (Mathematics) has received $29,672 from TeleSpecialists for the project entitled, “Graduate Assistantship via Data Analysis.”

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

Dr. Zibin Guo (Social, Cultural and Justice Studies) has received $5,581 from the Tuscaloosa Department of Veteran’s Affairs for the project entitled, “Wheelchair / Adaptive Tai Chi Chuan Training for Tuscaloosa VAMC.”

Dr. Linda Hill (School of Nursing) has received $24,979 from the Health Resources and Services Administration for the project entitled, “2020 HRSA Nurse Anesthetist Traineeships.”

Dr. Krysta Murillo, Dr. Charlotte Ellington, and Dr. Renee Murley (School of Education) have received $42,400 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for the project entitled, “Each One Reach One.”

Dr. Mbakisya Onyango, Dr. Joseph Owino, Dr. Ignatius Fomunung, Dr. Jejal-Reddy Bathi (Civil and Chemical Engineering), and Dr. Yu Liang (Computer Science and Engineering) have received $220,025 from the Tennessee Department of Transportation for the project entitled, “The Effect of Extreme Climate Shifts to Pavement Infrastructure in Tennessee.”

Dr. Hong Qin (Computer Science and Engineering), Dr. Gregory Heath (Health and Human Performance), Dr. Azad Hossain (Biology, Geology, and Environmental Science), Dr. Nahwan Zahry (Communication), and Dr. Ziwei Ma (Mathematics) have received $1,000,000 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “PIPP Phase I: Develop and evaluate probabilistic frameworks to predict and prevent future coronavirus pandemics.”

Dr. Amber Roache, Dr. Priscilla Simms-Roberson, and Dr. Jenny Holcombe (School of Nursing) have received $536,223 from the Health Resources and Services Administration for the project entitled, “Clinical-Academic Network for Developing Leaders.”

Will Watson (Center for Professional Education) has received $54,382 from the Tennessee Office of Criminal Justice Programs for the project entitled, “Southeastern Leadership Academy.”

Dr. Kristi Wick (School of Nursing) and Dr. Jessica Freeman (Communication), in collaboration with the Tennessee Department of Health have received $744,252 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the project entitled, “National Initiative to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities Among Populations at High-Risk and Underserved, Including Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations and Rural Communities.”

Good Luck! The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals for the potential to generate over $6,607,422 in external funding, if awarded:

Laurie Allen, Angela Dittmar, and Tiffany Edwards (Arts-Based Collaborative) have requested $56,361 from the National Endowment for the Arts for the project entitled, “An Arts Integrated Professional Development Program in Early Learning and Special Education.”

Dr. Christopher Cunningham (Psychology) has requested $45,096 from Peak Performance, Inc. for the project entitled, “Developing an Industry 4.0 organization and talent management toolkit for the Smart Factory Institute.”

Dr. Michael Danquah, Dr. Olumide Ayodele (Civil and Chemical Engineering), Dr. Dalei Wu (Computer Science and Engineering), and Dr. Reetesh Ranjan (Mechanical Engineering), have requested $582,139 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “Bio electrochemical CO2 capture and utilization.”

Dr. Amy Doolittle and Dr. Lorri Merchant (Social Work), in collaboration with the University of South Alabama have requested $40,000 from the John Templeton Foundation for the project entitled, “Fostering the Integration of Spiritual Competency Training into Mental Health Graduate Education.”

Dr. Daniel Loveless, Dr. Donald Reising (Electrical Engineering), and Dr. Tony Skjellum (SimCenter) have requested $650,000 from the CFD Research Corporation for the project entitled, “Heterogeneous computing system with dynamic fault tolerance to radiation harden commercial microelectronics.”

Dr. Daniel Loveless (Electrical Engineering) has requested $258,000 from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency for the project entitled, “Fundamental Research in Radiation Effects under The IIRM Alliance.”

Charles Mix and Nyssa Hunt (IGTLab) have requested $2,825 from the Sudbury Valley Trustees for the project entitled, “Sudbury Valley Trustees Conservation Plan – Story Map Development.”

Dr. Betsy Myers (Physical Therapy) has requested $1,000 from the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association to support travel to the 5th World Congress Conference on “Physiotherapy, Physical Rehabilitation, and Sports Medicine” held in Dubai.

Dr. Reetesh Ranjan (Mechanical Engineering) has requested $586,330 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “CAREER: Towards Physics-Based Modeling of Transition to Turbulence in Wall-Bounded Flows with Predictive Capabilities.”

Dr. Donald Reising (Electrical Engineering), in collaboration with Riverside Research, has requested $494,835 from the National Reconnaissance Office for the project entitled, “Receiver Agnostic Approaches to Track and Identify Waveform and Spectrum Agile Emitters.”

Dr. Joey Shaw (Biology, Geology, and Environmental Science) has requested $26,500 from the Association of Southeastern Biologists for the project entitled, “Wildflower Pilgrimage Graduate Assistant Support from ASB.”

Dr. Morgan Smith (Social, Cultural and Justice Studies) has requested $991,990 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “CAREER: Using the Tennessee River Near Chattanooga to Revolutionize Methodology and Education in Underwater Cultural Heritage Management.”

Dr. Jin Wang, Dr. Ziwei Ma, Dr. Xiunan Wang (Mathematics), Dr. Gregory Heath (Health and Human Performance), and Dr. Deborah Mullen (Healthcare Management) have requested $366,139 from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for the project entitled, “Computational Modeling for Long COVID.”

Dr. Kristina Wick (School of Nursing), in collaboration with UT Knoxville, has requested $13,904 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “NSF Convergence Accelerator Track H: Communicative Artificial Intelligence and Robotics for Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias.”

Dr. Mengjun Xie, Dr. Joseph Kizza, and Dr. Hong Qin (Computer Science and Engineering) have requested $2,299,652 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “Strengthening the National Cybersecurity Workforce.”

Dr. Li Yang (Computer Science and Engineering) has requested an extension of $192,651 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, “One Year Assignment as Program Director in the NSF Division of Graduate Education, Directorate for Education and Human Resources.”