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Faculty Recognized for Cited Research

Having your work cited by peers as they conduct their own studies is a sign of quality, respect, and success for researchers around the world, regardless of discipline.

Stanford University recently undertook the task of ranking scientists based on the number of citations that they’ve received throughout the course of their careers, coming up with a list of more than 150,000 people representing the top 2 percent of cited researchers in the world.

Of those, 53 current or former faculty members of the Tickle College of Engineering made the list, with citations stretching 56 years from 1964 through 2020.

“We are very proud of the long, successful track record that our faculty have built in establishing themselves as thought leaders in their respective fields,” said Janis Terpenny, dean of the Tickle College of Engineering and Wayne T. Davis Dean’s Chair at UT. “This recognition is well earned, and I congratulate all who were so honored.”

Three research areas—electrical and electronic engineering, energy, and materials—are represented by seven faculty members on the list, highlighting the college’s particular strengths in those areas.

A total of 20 different research thrusts are represented by college faculty. Of those, Professor William Weber (MSE), UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Governor’s Chair for Nuclear Materials Steven Zinkle (NE), UT-ORNL Distinguished Scientist and Director of the Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences Takeshi Egami (MSE), Emeritus Professor Bimal Bose (EECS), and UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for Biorefining Arthur Ragauskas (CBE) have the five highest citation scores of college faculty on the list.

College faculty to make the list are:

Name Citation Score Subject Field
(According to the Study)
William Weber 4.347263403 Applied Physics
Steven Zinkle 4.25430464 Energy
Takeshi Egami 4.242280269 Applied Physics
*Bimal Bose 4.135627941 Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Arthur Ragauskas 4.116155545 Biotechnology
Peter Liaw 3.969945018 Materials
Lynne Parker 3.898299644 Industrial Engineering and Automation
Matthew Mench 3.875465867 Energy
Suresh Babu 3.848551838 Materials
Stephen Paddison 3.827805571 Chemical Physics
Zhanhu Guo 3.818935532 Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Fei Wang 3.775698798 Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Audris Mockus 3.762920991 Software Engineering
Tony Schmitz 3.694875324 Industrial Engineering and Automation
Fangxing Li 3.672033827 Energy
Brian Wirth 3.67015446 Energy
Terry Hazen 3.669806272 Microbiology
Charles Melcher 3.664219728 Nuclear and Particle Physics
Leon Tolbert 3.655955897 Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Husheng Li 3.61673215 Networking and Telecommunications
David Mandrus 3.605225121 Applied Physics
Thomas Zawodzinski 3.599202616 Energy
*William Steele 3.569713952 Chemical Engineering
Kurt Sickafus 3.560936495 Applied Physics
James Morris 3.548177851 Materials
Jack Parker 3.518366925 Environmental Engineering
Kevin Tomsovic 3.496244222 Energy
*Jack Weitsman 3.490938214 Materials
Easo George 3.452878314 Materials
Asad Khattak 3.444287116 Logistics and Transportation
Yanfei Gao 3.418754707 Materials
Philip Rack 3.405158385 Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Bamin Khomami 3.379815642 Polymers
David Greene 3.297119725 Logistics and Transportation
*Lawrence Townsend 3.280453831 Aerospace and Aeronautics
Baoshan Huang 3.227440713 Logistics and Transportation
Uday Vaidya 3.225393219 Materials
Kenneth Kihm 3.222164727 Mechanical Engineering and Transports
Kai Sun 3.208281744 Electrical and Electronic Engineering
*John Landes 3.158810413 Mechanical Engineering and Transports
Hairong Qi 3.151821661 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing
Yilu Liu 3.105780467 Energy
Abhijeet Borole 3.105021967 Biotechnology
*Jay Frankel 3.098944456 Mechanical Engineering and Transports
Aly Fathy 3.092129923 Networking and Telecommunications
Michael Vose 3.07750385 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing
Mohamed Mahfouz 3.063438756 Networking and Telecommunications
*Carl Lundin 3.054516951 Mechanical Engineering and Transports
Mongi Abidi 3.036729033 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing
*R. D. Krieg 2.986432176 Civil Engineering
Benjamin Blalock 2.920227773 Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Daniel Costinett 2.880611807 Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Hua Bai 2.785889712 Electrical and Electronic Engineering

*Denotes emeritus or retired status

“As scientists and researchers, we broaden our understanding of the world and of our disciplines by building on the work of our peers,” said UT Knoxville Vice Chancellor for Research Deborah Crawford. “To have your contributions cited by fellow scientists is incredibly rewarding, and it demonstrates the important discoveries we are making every day here at UT.”

UT has 156 faculty members on the list, with Gore Hunger Professor of Environmental Science Daniel Simberloff, who ranks number 706 in the world, as the university’s highest ranked professor.