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Y Not, a team of UT students, compete in the Vex-U competition at Purdue.

Accolades: Notable Achievements from Faculty, Students, and Staff

YNOT Team Goes Global

A team of students from the college of engineering is headed for the 2018 Vex U World Championship, scheduled for April 25-28 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Team YNOT took home both the Robot Skills Champion and the Overall Excellence Awards at the Purdue Winter Vortex Qualifier on February 24.

“The Excellence Award qualifies our team to compete at the 2018 Vex U World Championship,” said team member Grant Kobes. “This is what we have been working toward all year. Only 26 spots are open for US teams at Worlds, so it is an honor to get one.”

Purdue judges complimented YNOT on the team’s engineering notebook and interview skills, and told them they were the unanimous Excellence winner.

Read about Vex U.

Mandrus Leads Field on Lab-grown Crystals

David Mandrus
David Mandrus

David Mandrus, UT professor and researcher in materials science and engineering, has had his research involving the synthesis and crystal growth of new materials through the use of innovative experimental tools cited more than 20,000 times.

This year, Mandrus was recognized as part of the one percent of most cited scientific researchers in the world. Mandrus said that he and his lab of 12 graduate students churn out an average of 25 papers per year and foster numerous collaborations.

Read the Daily Beacon article on Mandrus’ work.

Ossyra Brings Materials Science & Engineering to the Capitol

Jessica Ossyra
Jessica Ossyra

MSE student Jessica Ossyra was among seven students selected to represent UT at the 2018 Posters at the Capitol event on February 20, 2018, in Nashville.

Her project, with collaborator Aaron Crigger, was titled “Fabrication of Dense UO3 Pellets for Neutron Detection Applications.”

Read about UT students and Posters at the Capitol.

CTR Researchers Contribute to Coal Report

Two researchers at the Center for Transportation Research contributed to a study titled “Coal Rebound is Vital to Local Economies.”

Mark Burton, director of transportation economics at CTR, produced Task 3: “Transportation Implications of Coal” for this study. CTR Fellow Charles Sims (of the Baker Center), was part of the team that contributed Task 4: “Economic Impacts and Risks Associated with Electric Power Generation in Appalachia.”

Read about the report on coal and local economies.

Greene Cited on Fuel-Economy Research

David Greene
David Greene

Civil engineering Research Professor David Greene was cited in two recent articles about fuel-economy standards.

His study “A Trillion Gallons of Gasoline” was referenced by Forbes Magazine in December 2017, and subsequently by the site in February 2018.