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ISSE Annual Research Conference

Second Annual ISSE Research Conference set for September 18, 2023

ISSE’s First Annual Research Conference was held on September 15, 2022. It was an auspicious start to an annual event that is sure to grow in scope and influence.

Following opening remarks by Dr. Brad Day, UTK Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, ISSE Researchers presented their latest work in Water Research (Dr. John Schwartz), Clean Energy (Jonathan Overly), Regional Sustainability (Dr. Tim Ezzell), Climate Change (Dr. Yulong Zhang), and Sustainable Food (Dr. Mingzhou Jin).

Next, state and community leaders in sustainability gave updates on initiatives in each of their areas. Presenters included Brian Blackmon (Sustainability in Knoxville), Dr. Mingzhou Jin (UTK Global Energy Ecosystem Initiative), Dr. Erin Webb, Senior R&D Engineer and group leader, ORNL (ORNL Environmental Research and Future Directions), Matthew Taylor (TDEC Sustainability Programs), Dr. Rebecca Tolene, VP Environment-Chief Sustainability Officer, TVA (TVA Sustainability Efforts), and Dr. Tom Gill (International Collaboration on Sustainability Research and Engagement).

Presentations are linked below.

An important part of the program was the student poster competition. Student researchers submitted 30 poster for judging, and these are the winners:

  • First prize: Clifford SwansonMicrobiome of the Drinking Water Distribution System
  • Second prize: Kepler BarnhartMicromobility Vehicle Second-Life Battery Applications: Market Inventory and End Use Feasibility Analysis
  • Third prize: Rongyun TangInterannual Variability of Global Wildfires

Wrapping up the program, Dr. Bill Dunne presented Jonathan Overly with the 2022 Outstanding ISSE Staff Award. Jonathan is truly a leader in efforts toward national clean fuels use. Well deserved!

Drs. Bill Dunne (left) and Mingzhou Jin (right) present ISSE Outstanding Staff Award to Jonathan Overly