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College 31st Among Public Universities; Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering Rise in the Rankings

Despite having most of its metrics staying the same and seeing a slight increase in peer score, the Tickle College of Engineering fell two spots in the latest U.S. News and World Report graduate school rankings, coming in at 31st among public universities.

“While our rankings have hovered around 30 for the past few years, the rise in our peer score shows that the news about the good things we continue to do has impressed our peers at other engineering colleges,” Interim Dean Mark Dean said. “The strength of our metrics is a sign that we are in a good position.”

While a number of the college’s disciplines stayed the same, Computer Engineering rose two spots to 30th and Electrical Engineering climbed three places to 32nd.  The materials science (MSE) program was a big mover, climbing 14 spots on the strength of its peer score to 24th among publics, which, along with nuclear engineering being 6th among publics and 7th overall, gives the college two top-25 disciplines.

“We are extremely pleased to see the recognition of the hard work our faculty, staff, and students have put in over the last few years,” said Veerle Keppens, MSE department head. “It’s an honor to be so well thought of by our peers.”

Biosystems engineering and soil science, which is run through the Herbert College of Agriculture, came in at 25th, while aerospace engineering ranks 28th. Civil engineering jumped six positions to 37th, rounding out the big movers.

Industrial engineering at 38, chemical engineering at 41, mechanical engineering at 44, and biomedical engineering at 55 rounded out the college’s disciplines.

 

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Malachi Samuel as Mark Dean

Mark Dean is the Star of First Grader’s Living History Show

Malachi Samuel of Houston, Texas, delivered his first-grade living history presentation as Interim Dean and Computing Pioneer Mark Dean. From the looks of things, he went above and beyond the call. His mother, Katherine Samuel, wrote to Dean to share the story.

“My son Malachi is a 6-year-old in first grade and was tasked with creating a presentation (in first-person) for Black History Month. He chose his presentation to be about you, Dr. Mark Dean,” wrote Samuel. 

Read more about Malachi’s Mark Dean project

EECS Professor Honored by HPCwire as One of its People to Watch

Picture of Dr. Michela Taufer

Dr. Michela Taufer

SAN DIEGO, Calif., February 21, 2019 – HPCwire, the leading publication for news and information for the high performance computing industry, today announced the honorees for its 2019 People to Watch feature, which highlights key community players poised to drive the industry forward in the coming year.

Dr. Michela Taufer, an ACM Distinguished Scientist who holds the Jack Dongarra Professorship in High Performance Computing in the Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), was honored by HPCwire as one of its People to Watch.

“HPCwire’s People to Watch selections are the visionaries and innovators building and deploying advanced technologies driving the most transformative scientific, national defense and business computing,” said Tiffany Trader, Tabor Communication’s director of editorial operations and managing editor of HPCwire. “As we digitize the business world, and digitally replicate the natural world, our People to Watch are developing the increasingly powerful technology stack that will transform the world of tomorrow. The HPCwire editorial board recognizes these 12 individuals poised to have a major impact on HPC.”

Read HPCwire’s interview with Dr. Taufer here.

See the full list of 2019 People to Watch honorees here.

HPCwire is the #1 news and information resource covering the fastest computers in the world and the people who run them. With a legacy dating back to 1986, HPCwire has enjoyed a history of world-class editorial and journalism, making it the news source of choice selected by science, technology and business professionals interested in high performance and data-intensive computing.

 

Parker Has Leading Role in National Artificial Intelligence Directive

EECS Professor Dr. Lynne Parker in the Oval Office of the White House

Signing ceremony of the Executive Order on “Maintaining American Leadership in AI” on Monday, February 11.

UT Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Lynne Parker played a key role in a White House initiative announced Monday to bolster research, governance, and education and workforce training around artificial intelligence.

The White House directive includes five areas of emphasis to strengthen US leadership in AI, noting that, while the US was an early leader in the development of AI and machine learning, other countries also are moving forward.

Since her appointment as assistant director for artificial intelligence at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in August, Parker has helped lead the initiative, which has been months in the making.

Lynne Parker, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Parker

“This executive order to establish the American AI Initiative comes at a watershed moment in the AI community,” Parker said. “My priority since joining the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has been to help solidify our nation’s strength in AI research and application. AI impacts everything from health care to energy to safety and defense, so an investment in AI is an investment in securing our future.”

Parker’s appointment with the OSTP is the second national leadership role she has held; she previously served as a division director for the National Science Foundation.

“Dr. Parker’s role in helping craft a national initiative on artificial intelligence is a credit to her research expertise, her forward-thinking abilities, and her leadership in this field,” said Interim Chancellor Wayne T. Davis. “We are proud to have her both as a professor and an alumna.”

The order outlines several specific objectives related to AI:

  • Promoting sustained investment in AI research and development in collaboration with industry, academia, international partners and allies, and other nonfederal entities
  • Enhancing access to high-quality and fully traceable federal data, models, and computing resources while maintaining safety, security, privacy, and confidentiality protections
  • Reducing barriers to the use of AI technologies to promote their innovative application while protecting American technology, economic and national security, civil liberties, privacy, and values
  • Ensuring that technical standards minimize vulnerability to attacks from malicious actors and reflect federal priorities for innovation, public trust, and public confidence in systems that use AI technologies, and developing international standards to promote and protect those priorities
  • Training the next generation of American AI researchers and users through apprenticeships, skills programs, and education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
  • Developing and implementing an action plan to protect the advantage of the United States in AI and technology critical to US economic and national security interests against strategic competitors and foreign adversaries

While working with the White House, Parker maintains her professorship in the Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in UT’s Tickle College of Engineering through the Intergovernmental Personnel Act.

CONTACT:

David Goddard (865-974-0683, david.goddard@utk.edu)

Megan Boehnke (865-974-3242, mboehnke@utk.edu)

UTK Spring 2019 Engineering Expo and Interview Day

Advertising Poster for Engineering Expo and Interview Day

The Spring Engineering Expo will take place on the concourse level of Thompson-Boling Arena from 2:00-5:00pm on Wednesday, February 20. We anticipate over 90 companies and 800+ engineering students attending the expo this spring. There is an Interview Day that follows on Thursday, February 21.

The Engineering Expo is the premier on-campus recruiting event for engineering students seeking professional practice assignments in the form of co-op (multi-term) or internship (single term) with participating employers. Adding this type of professional experience to a student’s undergraduate education enhances students’ academic experience and provides the student a head start of their future plans beyond graduation.

Below are the companies that will be attending the Spring Expo that are recruiting EECS students:

Computer Engineering
402 SMXG – Robins AFB Aerospace/Defense www.afciviliancareer.com
Amazon http://www.amazon.com/b/?node=369673011
AMS Corporation Energy www.ams-corp.com
Arconic Aerospace, Construction, Manufacturing, Power, Transportation https://www.arconic.com/global/en/home.asp
Cadre5, LLC High Tech/Information Tech. www.cadre5.com
Chemours Chemical, Manufacturing www.chemours.com
Cisco Systems High Tech/Information Tech. www.cisco.com
DENSO Automotive, Manufacturing https://densocareers.com
Discovery Inc. High Tech/Information Tech. careers.discovery.com
Fresenius Medical Care North America Biomedical/Medical, Electronics http://www.freseniusmedicalcare.us/en/home/
Garmin International careers.garmin.com
Huntington Ingalls Industries Aerospace/Defense https://www.huntingtoningalls.com/
Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) Consulting, Environmental www.kub.org
Mesa Associates, Inc. Consulting www.mesainc.com
OSIsoft High Tech/Information Tech. www.osisoft.com
High Tech/Information Tech. http://www.perceptics.com/
Pilot Flying J Supply Chain Management, Transportation pilotflyingj.com
Quality Manufacturing Systems, Inc. Manufacturing www.qmsionline.com
Radio Systems Corporation www.radiosystemscorporation.com
RFA Engineering Manufacturing http://www.rfamec.com/
Siemens Molecular Imaging Biomedical/Medical, Electronics, High Tech/Information Tech. https://usa.healthcare.siemens.com/molecular-imaging
SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic Electronics http://spawar.navy.mil
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Energy, Power www.tva.gov/employment
Trimble High Tech/Information Tech. http://mep.trimble.com/
U.S Army Redstone Test Center Aerospace/Defense https://www.rtc.army.mil
Volkswagen (VW) – Chattanooga Operations Automotive http://www.volkswagengroupamerica.com/index.html
Computer Science
402 SMXG – Robins AFB Aerospace/Defense www.afciviliancareer.com
AMS Corporation Energy www.ams-corp.com
Arconic Aerospace, Construction, Manufacturing, Power, Transportation https://www.arconic.com/global/en/home.asp
Cadre5, LLC High Tech/Information Tech. www.cadre5.com
Cisco Systems High Tech/Information Tech. www.cisco.com
DENSO Automotive, Manufacturing https://densocareers.com
Discovery Inc. High Tech/Information Tech. careers.discovery.com
Garmin International careers.garmin.com
Huntington Ingalls Industries Aerospace/Defense https://www.huntingtoningalls.com/
Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) Consulting, Environmental www.kub.org
OSIsoft High Tech/Information Tech. www.osisoft.com
Perceptics, LLC. High Tech/Information Tech. http://www.perceptics.com/
Pilot Flying J Supply Chain Management, Transportation pilotflyingj.com
Radio Systems Corporation www.radiosystemscorporation.com
RFA Engineering Manufacturing
SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic Electronics http://spawar.navy.mil
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Energy, Power www.tva.gov/employment
Trimble High Tech/Information Tech. http://mep.trimble.com/
Volkswagen (VW) – Chattanooga Operations Automotive http://www.volkswagengroupamerica.com/index.html
Electrical Engineering
402 SMXG – Robins AFB Aerospace/Defense www.afciviliancareer.com
AECOM Civil Engineering, Construction http://www.aecom.com/careers/
Amazon http://www.amazon.com/b/?node=369673011
AMS Corporation Energy www.ams-corp.com
Bayer Consumer Care Manufacturing http://www.bayer.com/
Bridgestone Americas Manufacturing https://www.bridgestoneamericas.com
BSH Home Appliances Manufacturing www.bsh-group.com/laender/us
Calstar – Carlisle Tire and Wheel Manufacturing http://www.carlisletire.com/
Cargill Manufacturing www.cargill.com
Chemours Chemical, Manufacturing www.chemours.com
Cisco Systems High Tech/Information Tech. www.cisco.com
Clean Air Engineering, Inc. Power www.cleanair.com
Dennis Group Chemical, Construction, Consulting, Power, Utilities www.dennisgroup.com
DENSO Automotive, Manufacturing https://densocareers.com
Emerson Manufacturing www.emerson.com/careers
Fresenius Medical Care North America Biomedical/Medical, Electronics http://www.freseniusmedicalcare.us/en/home/
Garmin International careers.garmin.com
Gresham Smith Civil Engineering, Construction, Consulting, Environmental, Transportation www.greshamsmith.com
Huntington Ingalls Industries Aerospace/Defense https://www.huntingtoningalls.com/
IC Thomasson Associates, Inc. Consulting www.icthomasson.com
Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) Consulting, Environmental www.kub.org
LANXESS Corporation Chemical http://lanxess.us/
McKee Foods High Tech/Information Tech., Manufacturing http://www.mckeefoods.com/
Mesa Associates, Inc. Consulting www.mesainc.com
Messer Construction Co. Construction www.messer.com
Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp. U.S.A. Automotive
Osh Kosh Corporation Manufacturing https://www.oshkoshcorp.com/
OSIsoft High Tech/Information Tech. www.osisoft.com
PepsiCo www.pepsico.com
Perceptics, LLC. High Tech/Information Tech. http://www.perceptics.com/
Plymouth Engineered Shapes Aerospace, Manufacturing www.plymouth.com
Project Associates Inc. Consulting www.projectassociatesinc.com
Quality Manufacturing Systems, Inc. Manufacturing www.qmsionline.com
Radio Systems Corporation www.radiosystemscorporation.com
Reliability & Maintainabililty Center (RMC) Consulting http://www.rmc.utk.edu/
RFA Engineering Manufacturing http://www.rfamec.com/
Siemens Molecular Imaging Biomedical/Medical, Electronics, High Tech/Information Tech. https://usa.healthcare.siemens.com/molecular-imaging
Signal Energy Civil Engineering, Construction, Energy www.signal-energy.com
Southern Company Energy www.southerncompany.com
SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic Electronics http://spawar.navy.mil
Steel Partners / Diversified Industrial Segment Manufacturing www.steelpartners.com
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Energy, Power www.tva.gov/employment
The Timken Company Manufacturing http://www.timken.com/en-us/Pages/Home.aspx
TTI Floor Care- North America Manufacturing https://ttifloorcare.com/
U.S Army Redstone Test Center Aerospace/Defense https://www.rtc.army.mil
Volkswagen (VW) – Chattanooga Operations Automotive http://www.volkswagengroupamerica.com/index.html
VPT, Inc. Electronics http://www.vptpower.com/
Whiting-Turner Contracting Company Construction www.whiting-turner.com

UTRF Inventor Spotlight: Dr. Daniel Costinett

Picture of Dr. Daniel CostinettAssistant Professor Daniel Costinett wants you to lose the charger.

Whether you’re reading this on a laptop, desktop, or phone, odds are your device has recently been held captive by a wall outlet for charging. That may soon be a thing of the past, thanks to the work of the University of Tennessee’s Daniel Costinett, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Daniel’s primary research area is power electronics: the study and design of circuits for energy devices. “Power electronics is everywhere you look, in anything energy-powered, or anything smart or with a display,” explained Daniel. This ubiquity and its potential for innovation hooked him on the subject as a doctoral student at the University of Colorado Boulder. He joined UT in 2013 after earning his PhD in Electrical Engineering.

Now he’s at work on a technology to unlock wireless power transfers for consumer electronics. Just as WiFi replaced plugged-in dial-up internet, Daniel is developing ways to enable laptops, tablets, phones, and other consumer electronics to charge wirelessly, ditching the cord and wall outlet. The key is a new approach to the design of the coil that carries the current: the new structure allows the coil to be smaller, more efficient, and hold far less radiation. As current moves through the coil, it produces a magnetic field that can pass through space and materials to transfer energy.

Read more.

EECS Professor Receives Grant for Project Proposal

Picture of Dr. Garrett RoseEECS professor Dr. Garrett Rose has received a grant for a project proposal called Reconfigurable and Very Efficient Neuromorphic System (RAVENS).

The award is for $1.5 million over 3 years, as requested, with $382,900 obligated at the start.  The Air Force Research Laboratory is the sponsor.

In recent years, the semiconductor industry has begun to experience a significant slowdown in the performance improvements gained from technology scaling. While this is due in part to the impending end of Moore’s Law scaling, power consumption has also become a critical limiting factor for the level of performance achievable.

RAVENS aims to be an energy-efficient neuromorphic architecture specifically tailored for control and other spatio-temporal applications commonly implemented with resource constrained computer systems.  The ultimate objective of this work is to develop approaches that lead to low-power, reconfigurable, high-efficiency brain-inspired computing hardware for embedded control applications, and other applications dealing with dynamic and spatio-temporal data streams.

The research proposed here aims to enable future generations of computing systems by (1) leveraging an emerging, power-efficient device technology (i.e. the memristor) and (2) considering an alternative architectural model (i.e. neuromorphic) that promises to overcome many of the performance limitations of conventional von Neumann systems.

“The term ‘memristor,’ meaning memory resistor, refers to an emerging nanoscale electronic device,” said Dr. Rose.  “A memristor provides functionality that is similar to what we see in biological synapses, meaning we can essentially train memristors and, with the right peripheral circuitry, these devices can basically learn. Our collaborators at SUNY Polytechnic Institute (Albany, NY) are able to fabricate full integrated circuits that include conventional CMOS transistors and memristors.

“We worked with SUNY Polytechnic to fabricate the first mrDANNA prototype and will work with them on RAVENS to again fabricate another nanoelectronic prototype for neuromorphic computing — this time a full system targeting IoT and embedded applications.

“So, RAVENS represents nanoelectronic circuit design for brain-inspired computing.”

The RAVENS project builds on another AFRL project that they are currently wrapping up, mrDANNA.  That project has led to a neuromorphic test chip, including circuits for nanoelectronic neurons and synapses. They are currently testing the mrDANNA test chip with that project ending at the end of February.

The RAVENS project continues the mrDANNA work as they work toward the construction of a full neuromorphic (brain-inspired) computing system.

Read the executive summary here.

EECS Professor Receives Patent

A new patent has been issued for EECS Professor Dr. Yilu Liu. Patent number 10,191,094 is for “Synchrophasor Measurement Method for Power Systems” (UTRF 17111)

Congratulations, Dr. Liu!

ABSTRACT
A synchrophasor measurement method for a device configured to take synchronized measurements in a power system is provided. The synchrophasor measurement method includes receiving global positioning system (GPS)-synchronized samples of a signal sensed by the device from the power system; determining a level of distortion of the signal; selecting, based on the level of distortion, a computation method, the computation method being one of an improved zero-crossing (IZC) method and an enhanced phase-lock­ loop (EPLL) method; performing the selected computation method to determine at least one parameter of the signal at a reporting frequency, which is at least twice a line frequency of the power system; and outputting , at the reporting frequency, the at least one parameter to an operator of the power system to allow the operator to perform at least one of a monitoring and a controlling of at least one element of the power system.

Picture of Dr. Michela Taufer at the SC19 Conference in Denver

EECS Professor Selected to Receive 2019 IBM Faculty Award

EECS Professor Michela Taufer, Jack Dongarra Professor in High Performance Computing, has been selected to receive a 2019 IBM Faculty Award for $20,000 USD. This award is highly competitive and recognizes her leadership in High Performance Computing and its importance to the computing industry.
 
EECS, under Dr. Taufer, Department Head Dr. Greg Peterson and EECS Distinguished Professor Dr. Jack Dongarra, is building a partnership with IBM.
 
Dr. Taufer will lead work with IBM to bring the IBM Onsite Deep Learning Workshop on campus. Deep learning and AI are the backbone of scientific discovery these days. Training EECS students in these disciplines will open tremendous opportunities for them in Tennessee and outside the state.
 
“Greg Peterson, Jack Dongarra, and I are working with IBM to launch a Summit-like IBM cluster to enable our efforts to move software to the next generation of supercomputers,” said Dr. Taufer, “while ensuring the continued leadership of UT within High Performance Computing and computational science. The Summit-like IBM cluster is an important, missing, tile of ongoing collaboration of my lab, GCLab, and Jack’s lab, the Innovative Computing Laboratory, with UT Chattanooga’s SimCenter: Computer Science and Engineering and the Bredesen Center. As part of this collaboration, we- GCLab, ICL, SimCenter, and Bredesen- presented our work in HPC and big data at the SC conference in Dallas last fall.”
 
Dr. Taufer is the General Chair of this year’s SC19 which, with its 13,000-plus attendees, is “the” HPC conference.
 
“IBM is thrilled to recognize your leadership on High Performance Computing and partnership with Oak Ridge National Lab,” Jamie M. Thomas, IBM Systems’ General Manager, Systems Strategy and Development, said of Dr. Taufer. “As the new Partnership Executive Program executive for University of Tennessee, Knoxville, I am looking forward to working with UT Knoxville to launch a Summit-like IBM cluster to enable your efforts to move software to the next generation of supercomputers while ensuring the continued leadership of UT within High Performance Computing and computational science.”
 
Congratulations, Dr. Taufer!

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