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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

@COE newsletter of the UT College of Engineering

For the week of January 25, 2013

@COE is published on a weekly basis. Please send submissions to Randall Brown in the Engineering Communications Office at rbrown73@utk.edu by noon on Thursdays.

Dr. Joseph Majdalani

Dr. Joseph Majdalani, at right, receives the Abe M. Zarem Educator Award from Paul D. Nielson

Dr. Joseph Majdalani earns Educator Award for work with grad students

University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) professor Joseph Majdalani was honored with the Abe M. Zarem Educator Award at the 51st Aerospace Sciences Meeting in Grapevine, Texas, on Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013. The award was presented by Paul D. Nielson, former President of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). The Zarem Educator Award is given by the AIAA Foundation to faculty members who showcase a visible degree of effectiveness in their mentorship and guidance efforts toward advising graduate students.

Majdalani, the Arnold Chair of Excellence in Advanced Propulsion at UTSI, has advised five graduate students in the past three years whose five papers won six best-paper awards. The papers focus on advanced propulsion concepts that pertain to chemical rockets in which the flow is driven by either wall-normal or wall-tangential injection. They are sponsored by the National Science Foundation and by the UT Space Institute.

Five of the awards came from the sixty-first, sixty-second, and sixty-third Southeastern Student Conferences in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Student Charles Haddad (see below) earned the sixth award at this month's Aerospace Sciences Meeting. Read more >>


Charles Haddad recognized for his astronautics research

University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) graduate Charles T. Haddad received the Abe M. Zarem Award for Distinguished Achievement in Astronautics at the 51st Aerospace Sciences Meeting in Grapevine, Texas, on Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013. The award was presented by Paul D. Nielson, former President of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

The Zarem Award in the field of astronautics is selected from the collection of graduate student papers originating from seven AIAA regions. The panel of judges complimented Haddad on the "outstanding quality" of his paper, titled "On the Sidewall Boundary Layer of Transverse Waves in Simulated Liquid Rocket Engines." The paper was coauthored by Dr. Joseph Majdalani. Haddad's work was partly funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and is part of his MS thesis in aerospace engineering. Read more >>

Charles Haddad

Charles Haddad, at right, receives the Abe M. Zarem Award for Distinguished Achievement in Astronautics from Paul D. Nielson


Joshua Sangoro to speak at MSE seminar

Joshua Sangoro, of Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL) Chemical Sciences Division, will speak on "Ionic Conductivity and Structural Dynamics in Ionic Liquids" 12:40-1:55 p.m. Tuesday, January 29, in Room 612 of the Dougherty Engineering Building. The talk is presented by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Ionic liquids are promising materials for the development of safe electrolytes in modern electrochemical energy devices such as batteries, super-capacitors, fuel cells, and dye-sensitized solar cells. Sangoro will discuss new insights obtained from studies into the dominant mechanisms of ionic conductivity and structural dynamics in these liquids.

Dr. Jagjit Nanda to speak at CBE seminar

Dr. Jagjit Nanda will speak during a graduate seminar of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 9:40-10:50 a.m. Tuesday, January 29, in Room 404 of the Min H. Kao Electrical Building. Nanda is a senior research and development staff member in the Materials Science & Technology Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). His topic for this talk will be "High Voltage Redox Chemistries and 3D Electrode Architectures for Advanced Lithium Batteries and Beyond. Read more >>

Dr. Robert Dodds will speak in CEE seminar

Dr. Robert Dodds will speak during a seminar of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at 3:40 p.m. Thursday, February 7, in Room 307 of the Science and Engineering Research Facility (SERF). The talk is part of the CEE departmental seminar series and a College of Engineering Distinguished Seminar. Dodds will speak on “Fractures in Steel Structures: From Microns to Meters.” The seminar focuses on understanding the behavior of ferritic steels over time and new developments in the study of these materials.

Electron Microscopy Center hosts open house to show off new microscopes

Two electron microscopes recently purchased by the University of Tennessee are among the most advanced in the world. The Electron Microscopy Center will host an open house at 2:30 p.m Wednesday, February 6, in Room 307 of the Science and Engineering Building (SERF), 1414 Circle Drive on the University of Tennessee campus. Dr. Steve Pennycook, ORNL Corporate Fellow and Joint Faculty Member, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, will speak.

Open House schedule:
2:30 p.m. — Remarks
3:00 p.m. — Tour
4:30 p.m. — Speaker: Dr. Steve Pennycook

The open house will be an opportunity to experience these powerful tools, learn how to access them, and to celebrate the new research and teaching options made possible by their acquisitions.
Read the Knoxville News Sentinel's recent article on these microscopes >>

Sixth Annual College of Engineering Dining Etiquette Dinner and
Workshop for Engineers

The Career Services Office at UT Knoxville invites senior and junior level engineering students to the Sixth Annual Dining Etiquette Dinner and Workshop for Engineers 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in the Hermitage Room, on the third floor of the University Center. Career Services' dining and business etiquette trainer Mary Mahoney will lead the discussion on appropriate mealtime etiquette for professional settings. Business casual dress is required for this event.

A $5 deposit is required to attend this event and must be brought to the Career Services Office at 100 Dunford Hall prior to February 26. The deposit will be returned to you at the event for attending. You will not be registered for the event until you have paid your deposit.

Corporate sponsors for the dinner are ConAgra Foods, DENSO Manufacturing, Eastman Chemical Company, and International Paper. Representatives will attend the dinner. The student organization co-sponsor is Tau Beta Pi.

To sign up, students should log into their HIRE-A-VOL accounts and select the 2013 College of Engineering Etiquette Dinner under the "Events" section. Deposits must then be dropped off to Career Services by February 26. Please note that you must do both to be considered registered for the event and to hold your seat. For more information, call the Career Services Office at 865-974-5435.

UT Science Forum announces spring 2013 speakers

The list of speakers for the spring 2013 UT Science Forum series will open with a talk by Dr. Samuel C. Weaver noon-1 p.m. Friday, February 1, in Room C-D of the Cafe at Thompson-Boling Arena. Weaver, president and CEO of Proton Power, Inc., will discuss "Back to the Future: Biomass to Cheap Hydrogen."
View the complete Science Forum schedule >>

MARCON 2013 will be February 25-28 at the Knoxville Marriott

MARCON 2013College of Engineering faculty and students receive free admission for MARCON 2013, the seventeenth annual Maintenance and Reliability Conference, February 25-28, in Knoxville, Tennessee, at the Knoxville Marriott Hotel.

This one-of-a-kind conference is a forum for practitioners, specialists, educators, students, and even the uninitiated to learn and exchange information in the area of reliability and maintenance engineering and management, from new and emerging technologies to proven methods and techniques. COE faculty and students receive free admission to more than thirty paper presentations and four keynote-speaker presentations, including Mary Bunzel from IBM and Mark Coorigan from Schlumberger. List of speakers >>

Faculty and students will also receive a 10% member discount on MARCON's eleven workshops on February 25-26. List of available classes >>

To register, e-mail Kim Kallstrom or call the RMC office at 865-974-9625. Discounted early-bird conference rates are available until January 30, 2013.
Read more about MARCON >>
Read more about RMC membership >>


Study Abroad group

2012 Engineering Study Abroad class in London

Information session coming up for faculty-led study-abroad classes

The College of Engineering is sponsoring three faculty-led programs in summer of 2013: the Engineering in London program; climate-change study in Innsbruck, Austria; and sustainable energy engineering in Dublin, Ireland.

The final study-abroad information session for engineering students interested in one of these faculty-led programs will be at 3:30 p.m. Monday, January 28, in 108 Estabrook Hall.

Application deadlines are February 1 for London; March 1 for Innsbruck; and February 4 for Dublin.

Deadline for COE Study Abroad Fellowships for summer 2013 programs is February 8, 2013. Deadline for fellowship applications for fall 2013 study-abroad programs is March 15, 2013. Read more >>

Scholarship applications are due February 1

Scholarship applications are due February 1, 2013. The 2013-2014 Continuing & Transfer Student Undergraduate Scholarship Application is now available on MYUTK (under UTK Financial Links, select Financial Aid Main Menu).

First-Year Studies seeks students to be peer mentors

First-Year Studies is looking for peer mentors to assist faculty and staff with FYS 101 next fall. As a peer mentor, students will have the opportunity to earn credit hours while gaining valuable leadership experience. Eligible students must complete twelve hours of coursework at UT by spring semester's end; have and maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA; and have a clear judicial record (Office of Judicial Affairs). Students selected for the Peer Mentor screening process will take a one hour course during second session THIS spring. For more information and to apply, visit http://torch.utk.edu/firstyear/peer.shtml. Application deadline is February 8, 2013.

Fulbright Scholar information sessions and guest speaker

Dr. Janet Haner, Faculty Fulbright Advisor at Pennsylvania State University, will lead two Fulbright Information Sessions on the UT campus. The sessions will be 3:00-4:30 p.m. Thursday, February 7, and 10:00-11:30 a.m. Friday, February 8, in Room 334 of the Haslam Building. These sessions will focus on the core Fulbright Scholar program, a prestigious fellowship that provides an entire academic year abroad to pursue research, teaching, or a combination of the two. Haner will also discuss other types of awards, how to make international contacts, best practices and advice on the application process, and tips on writing the proposal, and she will answer any questions.

Undergraduate interns wanted for RDAV

UT's Remote Data Analysis and Visualization Center (RDAV) is looking for undergraduate interns for summer 2013 at UT/ORNL and at the Lawrence Berkeley Lab in Berkeley, California. Application deadline is Monday, February 11, 2013.
For more information >>

Cybersecurity research experience offered for undergraduates in science and engineering

The Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland in College Park is seeking applications for scholars to become integral members of team-based research projects in cybersecurity coordinated by faculty in the Maryland Cybersecurity Center (MC2). Students majoring in engineering, computer science, math, and physical science are strongly encouraged to apply for this summer 2013 program. The application deadline is February 15, 2013.

Teams will conduct research from June 3 through August 2, 2013. The program offers multiple tiers of mentorship and training in team skills and project organization, as well as addressing issues of concern to women and minorities in science and engineering. Each scholar receives a $4,500 stipend, $300 food allowance, and housing. Funding is available for transportation. This program is funded by the National Science Foundation and the Clark School of Engineering.
For more information >>

Volkswagen and ORAU offer research internships

ORAUStudents from select Tennessee schools, including the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, are eligible to apply for the Volkswagen Distinguished Scholars Program, a summer research internship administered for Volkswagen Chattanooga by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) on behalf of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

The program offers students the opportunity to participate in research for ten full weeks during the summer at ORNL, where scientific mentors will select projects for individual students based on their interests and degree fields. The program is open to any eligible student studying a science, technology, engineering, or math discipline with an interest in the automotive industry.

Deadline for applications is February 15, 2013. For more information or to download an application, visit www.orau.org/volkswagen/.

College of Engineering seeks 2013-2014 Ambassadors

The College of Engineering is now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 class of College of Engineering Ambassadors. Founded in 2004, the Ambassadors are the undergraduate arm of recruitment for the college. The purpose of the Ambassadors is to recruit prospective students to the College of Engineering, involve the college's student body in its goals, and stimulate community interest in the field of engineering. The application is available online on the Ambassador website. Submissions are due by 4:00 p.m. Friday, February 15, in 202 Estabrook Hall. Applications are welcome from all engineering majors, including biosystems engineering.

UT Research Foundation has internship opportunities

The UT Research Foundation is now taking applications from graduate students for its internship program. Interns learn about the commercialization process and work alongside UTRF’s licensing professionals. The deadline to apply is February 15. Training for the year-long internship begins in May.
Read about the internship experience >>
For more information on the program >>


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    VolsTeach provides:
  • early and frequent field experiences
  • personal guidance by Master Teachers and program advisors
  • the opportunity to have paid exclusive internships during regular and summer terms
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VolsTeachThis is your opportunity to be a part of the program. VolsTeach is open to freshmen, sophomores and juniors who are ready to start a journey that will give them a chance to connect with the community. Become a part of this exciting venture by signing up for the Fall Step 1 course now.
Click on the flyer at left for registration information.
For more information contact VolsTeach Coach, Jada Johnson at volsteach@utk.edu or visit the program's Facebook page, VolsTeach, for current events, and the program's website, http://volsteach.utk.edu.


Engineering Professional Practice

Stay up-to-date with Engineering Professional Practice information and events by clicking the “Like” button on the program’s Facebook page, following the program on Twitter, visiting its website at www.coop.utk.edu or calling 865-974-5323.

Students, please note: If you receive a co-op or internship offer, please contact Engineering Professional Practice for help with paperwork and any preparations you may need – coop@utk.edu, 865-974-5323 or 310 Perkins Hall.

Upcoming Events

  • Prep for Success— "Interview Strategies":
    5:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 5, Min Kao Building, Room 405
  • Interview Deadline— Last day to be added to interview schedules:
    12:00 noon, Friday, February 15
  • Spring Engineering Expo:
    3:00–6:30 p.m. Thursday, February 28, University Center Ballroom
  • Interview Day:
    Friday, March 1, East Stadium Skyboxes

Featured co-op student: Michael-Neil Brown

Neil BrownOur student this week is, Michael-Neil Brown, pictured at right, a chemical engineering major, who accepted a co-op at ExxonMobil located in Baytown, Texas.

"During my rotation this fall, I worked in the Olefins and Infrastructure group," explained Brown." My specific title was CPLA contact engineer. CPLA, a small unit in Olefins, stands for cyclics purification Louisiana.

"As a contact engineer, CPLA was my unit. Each morning I went to the control center to monitor my unit to make sure it is on spec and that no problems are occurring or about to occur. Directly after monitoring, I attended the morning meeting with all the full time contacts as well as various other employees where we held a teleconference with a sister control center across the plant.

"During these meetings I would provide updates on my unit as necessary as well as get brought up to speed on all the other things taking place in the adjacent units that may affect me. Additionally, I had to prepare and present monthly monitoring packages. The purpose of these packages is to detect and discuss any long term problems as well as their perspective solutions."

Brown had other different sets of duties while in Texas.

"Apart from my baseline responsibilities, I worked on various side projects, one of which involved an extensive study of a particular hydrocarbon carrying pipe," said Brown. "This pipe was experiencing an abnormal hydraulic limit. My job was to gather pressure data at various points along its 1.7-mile route as well as create a rigorous Pegasys model to compare my findings to."

Brown found that the experience of working in the petrochemical industry was a valuable asset to take away from his co-op rotation.

"Before setting foot inside the ExxonMobil complex, I honestly had no clue as to all the complexity of the petrochemical business," he said. "My assignment was very comprehensive and gave me a great view of what a full-time hire does on a daily basis at ExxonMobil."

Students may read more about their peers' co-op experiences by logging into their Engineering Professional Practice profile via www.coop.utk.edu, clicking “Resource Library” (on the left margin) and selecting “Students at Work–In Their Own Words.”
For information on engineering co-op and internships, contact coop@utk.edu
or 865-974-5323.

Career Services

Career Services News

Spring Job & Internship Fair
2 p.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Thompson-Boling Arena

Sample Employers include:
Analysis & Measurement Services Corp. (AMS)
BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC
Bridgestone America Holdings, Inc.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF)
Clorox Company
ConAgra Foods
EchoStar Corporation
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Frito Lay/PepsiCo
Georgia Pacific, LLC
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Johnson & Johnson
Joint Institute of Computational Sciences
L-3 Mission Integration
MacLean Power Systems
Mahle, Inc.
Manhattan Associates, Inc.
Mueller Industries, Inc.
NACCO Materials Handling Group
Newell Rubbermaid
Norfolk Southern Company
Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)
Oak Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)
PhysAssist Scribes
PolyOne Corporation
Schneider Electric
Williams Sonoma, Inc.
Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.
Y-12 National Security Complex

This fair typically brings in over 170+ corporate employers, government agencies, and non-profit organizations who are seeking students/alumni for full-time entry-level positions, internships or summer jobs. To view the list of scheduled employers, please log into your HIRE-A-VOL account via MY UTK and click on the Spring Job & Internship Fair link. Dress professionally and bring extra copies of your resume!

Upcoming Career Services Events & Workshops

Networking at Neyland:
5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 5, 2013, Neyland Stadium West Skybox
Join the UT Knoxville Career Services Office, the UT Alumni Association, and the UT Athletics Department at our inaugural Networking at Neyland event. Juniors and seniors who are getting ready to enter the job market are invited to this exclusive event. You will get the opportunity to receive advice from professionals in various fields, learn how to make a good first impression, practice professional communication skills, and gain valuable networking experience.

Check-in will begin at 5:15 p.m.; enter at Gate 15, Neyland Stadium.
Attire is Business Casual. There is no cost to attend; heavy hors d'ouevres will be served.

Employer Information Sessions

ConAgra Foods Information Session: 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Monday, February 11, UC #225
Learn more about ConAgra's summer internship program and full-time positions.

Schneider Electric Information Session: 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, February 28, UC #235
Learn more about full-time and internship opportunities with this global company

Schlumberger Information Session: 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, February 28, UC #221
Learn about full-time and internship opportunities.

Pepsi Information Session: 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, UC Rooms #223-224
Learn more about full-time and internship opportunities in their operations management and sales programs.

For more information, contact April Gonzalez , Career Services Consultant, College of Engineering at agonza16@utk.edu or 865-974-5435.

Check out www.career.utk.edu for a list of all upcoming events.

Multicultural Student LifeThe Office of Multicultural Student Life offers these academic services.

Vols Success Seminars: During the Spring semester, in collaboration with the Student Success Center and other campus departments, Vols Success Seminars will be offered to all UT students. This series of workshops is designed to equip all students with the knowledge and resources to be successful, inside and outside of the classroom at the UT. Students can register in advance for each workshop at multicultural.utk.edu or studentsuccess.utk.edu. View the Vols Success Seminars Spring 2013 calendar >>

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