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Friends of the Smokies donation box at Newfound Gap. (Photo: WBIR)

UT Students Build Better Donation Boxes

At UT, six graduating seniors are building a big graduation present. UT’s Tickle College of Engineering is using the students’ final senior design project to build an improved outdoor donation box for the non-profit Friends of the Smokies. The group collects donations to fund all sorts of projects in the Great Smoky Mountains, which benefits from the generosity of visitors as one of the only national parks in the country that does not charge a fee to enter.

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Keppens Named MSE Department Head

Veerle Keppens working with student in a lab

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will have a familiar face as its head for the foreseeable future.

Veerle Keppens, who had been serving as interim head since the June 2015 retirement of Kurt Sickafus, assumed the position on a permanent basis on October 1 following an internal search for candidates.

Keppens, a longtime member of the department, has also served as associate dean for faculty affairs and was recently appointed a 50 percent role as director of the Joint Institute for Advanced Materials, a key partner facility for materials scientists at UT.

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Former MSE Student Helps Design New Apparatus

Amal al-WahishUT physicists and ORNL engineers collaborations lead to a new apparatus design for high temperature (up to 950 °C) quasi-elastic neutron scattering in a controlled gaseous environment.

Amal al-Wahish is a former student in Dr. David Mandrus‘ research group in the department of Material Science and Engineering. Her doctoral dissertation studied Phosphate Proton Conductors at elevated temperature using Quasi-Elastic Neutron Scattering. The operation of these proton conductors needs a sample environment running at temperatures exceeding 300 °C. At that time, the available sample environment for experiments at Backscattering Spectrometer Spallation Neutron Scattering could only accommodate temperatures well below that.

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Yang Tong receives Acta Student Award

Yang TongYang Tong, a graduate student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has received the prestigious Acta Student Award for 2013. This award honors the best student contribution to Scripta Materialia in 2013. The competition is very tough for this award, and only best papers are chosen. Tong also contributed to Acta Materialia in 2013. Both Scripta and Acta are high impact journals. Tong’s contribution to Scripta has gained a lot of attention in the metallic glass community and has been very popular on the Elsevier website.

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Theory & Experiments Meet at SMRC Labs

Students from MSE 250Students from MSE 250 (Introduction to Materials Kinetics and Transport Phenomena) had the opportunity to connect the theory learned in class to the actual experiments at the Scintillation Materials Research Center (SMRC). Dr. Mariya Zhuravleva and Mrs. Merry Koschan kindly showed the MSE 250 undergraduates how Czochralski and Bridgman methods were used to grow single crystals, while Dr. Yanfei Gao, the instructor of MSE 250, had taught the underlying theories in class. The abstract concepts of forced and natural convection, thermocapillary convection, and motion of solid/liquid interface became better understood by the students, as shown by their smiling faces.

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