DENSO awards Department of Mechanical Engineering grant
DENSO North America Foundation awarded Tennessee Tech University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering a $40,000 grant to build an automotive laboratory. This lab will complement a future vehicle-engineering program.
The lab will house machines that allow students to design and produce customized parts for engines like the one in the high-performance, student-designed SAE Formula car and the all-terrain Baja SAE car. The lab will be used in independent projects, such as those for senior capstone.
TTU student creative writing anthology to be released
For the second time, students and alumni from Tennessee Tech University’s Living Writers Project classes and open mics will release a collection of their creative writing.
The book, “Something Delighted,” contains 75 poems by more than 45 TTU students and alumni.
Painting exhibition comes to Derryberry Gallery
Painter William Ruller, of northern New York, draws inspiration from the abandoned mills and dilapidated areas of his youth to reinterpret abstract spaces.
A collection of Ruller’s work will be on display from Sept. 28 to Oct. 22 in Tennessee Tech University’s Joan Derryberry Art Gallery. He will be on campus for a reception and talk at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in the gallery.
Nursing, engineering students collaborate on health care problems
Engineers rarely put hospital gowns on patients and nurses rarely design prototypes. A course focused on innovation in health care at Tennessee Tech University is bucking both trends.
Chemical engineering and nursing students will work together to introduce each group to the basics of the other’s discipline. From there, they will together identify problems and design ways to solve them.
“The goal is through this shared immersion, the students in the course will say, ‘We could really change patient outcomes if we change this procedure or this device,’” said Melissa Geist, nursing professor and dean of the College of Interdisciplinary Studies. “Then they do it.”
New York Times bestselling author to speak at TTU
New York Times bestselling author Ayelet Waldman will speak at Tennessee Tech University at 7 p.m. Oct. 7.
Waldman’s novel, “Love and Other Impossible Pursuits,” was adapted into the film “The Other Woman,” starring Natalie Portman. She is also the author of “Love and Treasure,” “Red Hook Road,” and “Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities and Occasional Moments of Grace.”
Waldman’s writings have been published in a variety of newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, Vogue, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. Her opinions and thoughts have been aired on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and This American Life.
The event will be in TTU’s Derryberry Hall Auditorium, 1 Wm. L. Jones Drive in Cookeville.
Historic TTU building renamed for Oakleys
Millard Oakley and his wife, JJ, have been active and enthusiastic supporters of education and other efforts to improve life in the Upper Cumberland for decades. As a testament to their generosity, more than one area building bears their name.
This fall, another Upper Cumberland building bears the Oakley name. Formerly known as South Hall on Tennessee Tech University’s campus, the building is home to the College of Agriculture and Human Ecology and the Department of Foreign Languages.
“Millard and JJ Oakley have made a significant impact on TTU and the rest of the Upper Cumberland for many years; without their generosity and commitment, we would be a very different community,” said TTU President Phil Oldham. “We are, and remain, very appreciative of their commitment to helping our students thrive.”
U.S. News: TTU top regional public university in Tennessee
In U.S. News & World Report’s annual college rankings, Tennessee Tech University was recognized as Tennessee’s top public regional university. This is also the third time TTU has been recognized for its graduates’ low debt levels.
Approximately half of TTU’s graduates leave without debt and the average debt load, according to U.S. News & World Report, is less than $20,000. One year at TTU for an in-state student who lives on campus costs approximately $17,000.
“Once again, Tennessee Tech’s quality and affordability have placed us among the top of Southern universities,” said TTU President Phil Oldham. “We find ourselves in good company and are proud of the students, faculty and staff who help TTU consistently achieve such positive recognition.”
‘Beans are beans, but why?’ project at TTU
Beans are a staple in diets around the globe, but still people aren’t exactly sure what makes a bean a bean at the genetic level.
A project starting at Tennessee Tech University’s Oakley farm is designed to figure out what parts of a bean’s genetics are responsible for the bean’s traits.
“People rely on beans in many parts of the world,” said TTU assistant agriculture professor Brian Leckie. “We’ll eventually be able to characterize each genetic line to understand what traits the beans have, then we can determine which differences in the genome are responsible for which traits.”
International aid worker and author to speak at TTU
Author, midwife and nurse Linda Orsi-Robinson will talk about her experiences providing healthcare abroad Oct. 8 at Tennessee Tech University.
Her book, “Sunday Morning, Shamwana: A Midwife's Letters from the Field,” details the time she spent representing Doctors Without Borders in a remote Democratic Republic of Congo village. Through the collection of letters home, Robinson’s book describes the difficulties of operating with nominal resources in a war-torn country.
Robinson also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, Africa, and started the first midwifery practice in American Samoa. She practices midwifery in Bar Harbor, Maine.
Percussion ensemble to perform at TTU
An internationally known ensemble, Third Coast Percussion, will perform at Tennessee Tech University Oct. 22.
Four percussionists formed the group in 2005. They are the ensemble in residence at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and have performed and held residencies around the country.
Together, they have become known for being “hard-grooving” musicians who collaborate with a wide variety of other disciplines including engineers, architects and astronomers. They use free Apple apps in concert to allow audience members to create their own performances and to learn more about the music the ensemble performs.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Wattenbarger Auditorium, in the Bryan Fine Arts Building, 1150 N. Dixie Ave. It is sponsored by the Center Stage series, which is made possible by the TTU general education fund. It is free and open to the public.
Composer Danner to show ‘Tech in a new way’ Oct. 7
Two pieces of music play a prominent role in Tennessee Tech University’s history: Joan Derryberry’s “Tech Hymn” and the TTU fight song, played at most athletic events.
Wednesday, TTU music composition and horn professor Greg Danner will add a third. The premiere of “With Wings like Eagles,” is the next event celebrating the university’s Centennial.
“‘With wings like eagles’ is something I’ve heard Dr. Oldham and others say when referring to students at commencement,” said Danner. “The idea of having what we have at Tech and soaring with it and moving on in life, it’s a nice vision of our university emblem, the golden eagle, and for our students.”
The name of the piece is a reference to the Bible’s Isaiah 40.
The piece will premiere as part of a performance by TTU’s wind ensemble, directed by TTU director of bands Joseph Hermann, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, in Wattenbarger Auditorium. The concert, and a reception after, is free and open to the public.
American poet to read at TTU
American poet Joseph Lease will read selections from his work at Tennessee Tech University Oct. 22.
Lease is a writing and literature professor at California College of the Arts and a member of the advisory board of the “Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics.” He has a master’s degree in literary arts from Brown University and a doctorate in English from Harvard University.
The event is a part of the TTU English department’s series, “Bird is the Word!” which brings writers and scholars from across the country to interact with students on campus.
With renovations underway at the Backdoor Playhouse in Jere Whitson Memorial Building, the reading is one of the first to take place in TTU’s Talon Theater. Located in Foundation Hall, 242 E. 10th Street, the theater will be a home for the English department’s cultural events in both creative writing and theater.
“The theater space has been reimagined in Foundation Hall, and I think people will be surprised at how cool and interesting it’s turned out,” said Pelton. “The space is done coffeehouse-style, with comfortable furniture and a great, artsy vibe. I'm hoping we can make it the new cool spot on campus for the arts.”
The reading is at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
Three Tennessee Tech students win best innovative design in international competition
An anthropomorphic robotic hand designed by a team of Tennessee Tech University students was named a finalist in the Innovative Additive Manufacturing 3D Challenge design competition sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
In the competition, teams of students from around the world presented inventions made from additive manufacturing, more commonly known as 3-D printing, to a panel of judges comprised of industry experts.
“Our design is what we call a compliant mechanism design, comprised entirely of flexible joints and members in a single, solid part,“ said mechanical engineering professor and team advisor Steven Canfield. “The dexterity of a human hand made the product stand out.”