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VOL. 46 | NO. 38 | Friday, September 23, 2022

Liu adds another R&D 100 Award

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Since 1963, the R&D 100 Awards have represented the “Oscars of engineering,” a high-profile recognition for innovative researchers generating impactful technology around the world.

Yilu Liu, UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair Professor for Power Grids, recently won her third one within the last four years – all acknowledging her research into stabilizing large-scale power grids.

The 2022 award recognizes Liu’s latest innovation, GridEye, which she developed with help from Eric Zhan and Tom King at ORNL. GridEye is the first monitoring network to cover the entire North American power grid.

Previously, power grids were only monitored at substations – places where high voltage gets turned into power household appliances can use – by instruments that require expensive, high voltage installations and report the state of a grid 60 times per second at most.

GridEye is composed of more than 300 innovative Frequency Disturbance Recorders (FDRs), devices that can each check the grid 1,440 times per second while running on a household outlet.

Cain, Wright named Hardwick Fellows

Third-year law students Sarah Beth Cain and Alexander Wright have been named 2022-23 Hardwick Fellows for the University of Tennessee College of Law’s Institute for Professional Leadership.

The students will play an important role supporting the institute’s curricular offerings and aiding in educational, research and outreach efforts.

Cain, who holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from Tennessee Technological University, has served in a variety of roles during her time as a student at the College of Law.

She’s been an editorial board member for the Tennessee Journal of Race, Gender, and Social Justice and served on the boards of the Student Council for Diversity and Inclusion and the Law Women student organization. She has also worked as a commercialization analyst with the University of Tennessee Research Foundation.

Wright, a political science graduate of Miami University, has served on the boards of the American Constitution Society and the Sport and Entertainment Law student organizations during his time as a law student.

He’s also been a teaching assistant for the institute’s lawyering and professionalism course, a legal intern for Pilot Corporate Legal Department and a summer associate with Brock Shipe Klenk PLC and Paine, Tarwater, & Bickers, LLP.

The College of Law’s Institute for Professional Leadership, established in 2014 and led by Interim Director Joan Heminway, offers a variety of courses and experiences for law students to enhance their leadership skills.

Jones added to UT architecture program

The University of Tennessee School of Architecture in the College of Architecture and Design announced Ryan Jones, partner with Lake|Flato Architects, has been named as the 2022-2023 BarberMcMurry Endowed Professor.

Jones is a leader in the planning and design of performing arts, science and technology and mixed-use cultural districts. During his 18 years with Lake|Flato, he has designed some of the firm’s most sophisticated and award-winning projects that bring harmony to projects through a focus on discovery and collaboration.

During the fall 2022 semester, Jones is leading graduate and fifth-year undergraduate students in the School of Architecture through an engaging studio that focuses on designing a mixed-use development on a riverside site in Knoxville.

Through an emphasis on stewarding natural resources and improving the health and quality of life for citizens, students will design a conceptual urban ecology center at McWherter Riverside Landing Park on the Tennessee River. Their work will apply ecological restoration and sustainable design principles to enrich the relationship between people and nature.

Hartsell named Power of We Scholar

Bryson Hartsell, a junior in therapeutic recreation in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport Studies at the University of Tennessee, has been named a 2022 Power of We Scholar by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.

Hartsell found the inspiration to help others and pursue a career in health care after multiple injuries as a basketball player.

“I’ve had multiple injuries, mostly knee problems and plantar fasciitis that sidelined me from sports and had me spending a lot of time with physical therapists,” Hartsell says. “While I didn’t like being injured, I learned a lot about injuries and how to treat them. I started having talks with my therapists about the profession, the opportunities in it and what was involved to be a part of it. They were very helpful and supportive of my entering the field. Pursuing a career in occupational therapy will also allow me to achieve the two goals my parents set out for me: continually strive to be a better person and to help others.”

Since 2013, the BCBST Power of We Scholars program has awarded $10,000 scholarships to minority students pursuing degrees in health care. Each recipient is chosen by the National Association of Health Services Executives Memphis Chapter. To date, We Scholars has awarded $345,000 to future health care providers.

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