With the recent emphasis on understanding the interconnections among energy, water and food, this new research focus area is still in its developmental phase.
- Awards and Recognition
- Parker Lusk, a senior in Chemical Engineering advised by Professor Holly Stretz, was named as an extraordinary student contributor among the Creative Inquiry Summer Experience awardees at the Tennessee Tech 13th Annual Research and Creative Inquiry Day. His work is on sensors as part of the water-energy-nexus collaboration between the Center for Energy Systems Research and the Water Center. Lusk was also one of the Posters at the Capitol award winners from that sensors project. The State of Tennessee hosts this event annually in which 61 students are invited to show their undergraduate research and meet the State legislators as well as the Governor. It was also announced that Lusk is the second place winner of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual National Student Conference Materials Engineering Science Division competition, to be held in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, November 2018.
- Chemical engineering Assistant Professor Laura Arias Chavez won the 2017 Young Membrane Scientist Award from the North American Membrane Society. Xi Zhe Ong, Arias Chavez's master's student, won the Best Poster Award at the Tennessee Tech Water Professionals Conference and second place in the Liquid Separations Category of the Student Poster Competition at the 27th Annual Meeting of the North American Membrane Society. Arias Chavez's other master's student Doug Huttes won a $500 travel award from the North American Membrane Society for the 2018 annual meeting. Kiana Sealy, an undergraduate research advisee who worked on Arias Chavez's EAGER grant, earned the College of Engineering's SPECTRUM Award for her initiatives and achievements in educational, research, and professional development activities. A poster titled "Utilizing Desalination Brine for Concentration of Orange Juice via Forward Osmosis," written by Arias Chavez and students H.D. White, L.M. Templeton, and S.L. Jones, won the graduate student poster competition in the category of Chemical Engineering at the Tennessee Tech Research and Creative Inquiry Day held April 2018.