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, 54 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|
|Takeshi Egami||4.242280269||Applied Physics|
|*Bimal Bose||4.135627941||Electrical and Electronic Engineering|
|Lynne Parker||3.898299644||Industrial Engineering and Automation|
|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|
|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|
|*William Steele||3.569713952||Chemical Engineering|
|Kurt Sickafus||3.560936495||Applied Physics|
|Jack Parker||3.518366925||Environmental Engineering|
|Asad Khattak||3.444287116||Logistics and Transportation|
|Philip Rack||3.405158385||Nanoscience and Nanotechnology|
|David Greene||3.297119725||Logistics and Transportation|
|*Lawrence Townsend||3.280453831||Aerospace and Aeronautics|
|Baoshan Huang||3.227440713||Logistics and Transportation|
|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|
|*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.