SLC Newsletter

CURENT SLC Newsletter

For April 2017

News on the Center, Faculties, Students, Opportunities, and Events

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Feature Story

On Friday, April 7th the SLC hosted a group of 7 recently graduated grad students from UTK CURENT including Derek Kou (Dominion Virginia Power), Hesen Liu(Dominion Virginia Power), Lingwei Zhan (ORNL), Lakshmi Goppi Reddy (CNH Industrial), Cameron Riley (EPRI), Weimin Zhang (Tesla), and Jing Xue ( For smooth transition from academia to industry, different ways of networking, internship before graduation, and participate in discussion during conferences are emphasized. To keep updating resume is also suggested.  After the discussion, students at UTK and the recent graduates participated in an informal lab tour with light snacks and refreshments provided.



Dr. Blalock and Dr. Qi Receive Awards at Chancellor's Honors Banquet

Congratulations to Dr. Blalock and Dr. Qi. Dr. Hairong Qi and Dr. Benjamin Blalock revieved awards at the 2017 Chancellor's Honors Banquet on April 19th. Dr. Qi received the 2017 Research and Creative Achievement award and Dr. Blalock recieved the 2017 Alexander Prize.

CURENT Students Win Awards at Chancellor's Honors Banquet

Several CURENT students were awarded Honors at the Chancellors Honors Banquet on April 19th.  The 2017 Extraordinary Professional Promise was awarded to Linquan Bai, Hantao Cui, Liu Liu, Yiwei Ma, Alireza Rahimpour, Yang Song, Micah Joel Till, Bin Wang, Wenxuan Yao and Jiecheng “Jeff” Zhao. Extraordinary Professional Promise honors are awarded to undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate professional promise in teaching, research or other contributions. Robert Austin Mcever as awarded the 2017 Top Collegiate Scholar Award. The Top Collegiate Scholar Awards honor undergraduates who exhibit extraordinary scholarship.   Congratulations to all our extraordinary students!!

Summer Fabus (Church) Receives Bodonheimer Fellowship

Summer Fabus, formerly Summer Church, has been named as one of the new recipients of the Bodenheimer Fellowship named in honor of Prof. Robert Doenheimer who taught ECE for 40 years prior to his retirement. The fellowships are awarded to superior or deserving EECS graduates from UT to encourage them to stay on for graduate school at UT. Summer will work for Dr. Liu and will be doing a joint MS in EE and MBA program.

Free PES Student Membership

IEEE student members are encouraged to join the IEEE PES free. At the shopping cart, enter PES17STUAD in the promotion code box. If you are new IEEE member, enter PES17STUNW in the promotion code box. The offer expires on 15 August 2017.


CURENT Seminars

Past Seminars

On April 21, Daniel Douglas, PhD student of RPI, gave a presentation on A simpli?ed voltage stability analysis method is to use a static Thevenin equivalent to represent the electrical connection to a load center at CURENT SLC Seminar. Alyssa Loveday, Jacqueline Adams, and Dr. Chen-fei Chen  presneted presented on "Cultural and English-speaking norms" in the second session of the seminar.

If you like to present in the CURENT Seminar, please submit your name, email address, topic, and preferred date in the following link:



2017 CURENT site Visit

2017 CURENT Site Visit dates are confirmed. CURENT's 2017 industry day and NSF/DOE site visit will be held in Knoxville, Tennessee on November 14 - 16. 

Jobs & Internships


Full time position job opportunity at KUB for undergrad/graduate student (Vacancy # 17073) Link: Questions can be directed to Eden Leo, KUB Workforce Planning – (865) 558-2415

AMS Corporation

  AMS Corporation is seeking bachelor or master degree students, with knowledge about National Instruments Labview programing, at Knoxville, Tennessee. For more information this position, please contact Erin Wills,


Outreach Events

There are a lot of upcoming events in June and July. Volunteers are requested for the events including YSP (HS researchers), eVol9 (9th Graders), Adventures in STEM (girl-only camp), 4-H Electricity Camp, and about 4 lab tours. If you are available for help, please complete the survey below:

Social Event

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Bracket Challenge

On Monday, April 3rd the SLC hosted a watch party for the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Game in Room 124, Min H. Kao on the big projector along with snacks. There was a total of 39 participants for the online bracket challenge. Jeremy Herwig, Peter Pham, and Kamal Sabi are the winners of the online bracket challenge.

Post seminar meeting at Downtown Grill & Brewery

 SLC hosted a social event/mixer at Downtown Grill and Brewery for further interaction between students and alumni. Students got the opportunity to discuss specific questions or career suggestion from the alumni.


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