Research Edition 2016

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KEJ 2016 Research Edition COVER

FRONT COVER: Advancing nanotechnology research at UK and in the Commonwealth

Message from the Dean


Johnson Becomes ECE Chair

Marquette professor brings ample research experience to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

UK Granted Permission to Conduct Drone-Based Research

The University of Kentucky has received permission from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct research with unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones, nationwide, following FAA regulations.

One of a Kind

Kentucky Transportation Center director Joe Crabtree shares KTC’s diverse research areas and activities.

Scaling Up

J. Todd Hastings has put the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the upper echelon of nanotechnology research and development.

Grant Activity

Center for Applied Energy Research is part of a $317 million venture to accelerate fabric and fiber innovation.

Mining Engineering Professors Combat the Dangers of Dust

A splashy innovation to the longwall shearer could improve mine safety.

New Faculty

See who joined the UK College of Engineering faculty in 2015-2016

Engineering Students and Alumni win NSF Research Fellowships


Message from the Dean

Dr. Larry Holloway


n July, John Walz, who served as dean of the University of Kentucky College of Engineering for four years, became president of the Milwaukee School of Engineering. During his time as dean, John helped advance several areas within the college, specifically the quality and quantity of our research output. We are deeply appreciative of his service to the college and wish him well in his new post.

The signs for continued progress are positive. In the last three years, we have had five NSF CAREER Award winners. Our number of Ph.D. graduates has increased each of the last three years. We continue to participate in multidisciplinary and multi-institutional grants sponsored by NSF, Department of Defense, Department of Energy and more. We believe we are well-positioned to sustain our success and provide fertile ground for the next dean of the college.

In this issue, we are pleased to feature Todd Hastings, who holds the Reese S. Terry Professorship in Electrical Engineering and is director of UK’s Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering. After earning his master’s degree at Purdue University and his Ph.D. at MIT, Todd has fostered a brilliant career in the area of nanotechnology. Having served as his department chair until recently becoming interim dean, I am thrilled you will have a chance to read further about one of the college’s top researchers.


Dr. Larry Holloway Interim Dean

Larry Holloway
Interim Dean