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one has left the university. The following gives a brief review of the students who have
been associated with the GATE Program at UTK.
UTK GATE Fellows
Thirteen students have enrolled with GATE Fellowships. Of these thirteen, eight
have graduated, three have completed their course work and are involved in their
research, one transferred to a research assistantship, and one has left the university.
Below is a listing of GATE Fellows.
Paul McCown has completed the GATE Program and has graduated with an MS degree
in mechanical engineering. His thesis dealt with testing and characterizing the
performance of an existing HEV (the UTK FutureCar hybrid electric Intrepid). He is
working for a private consulting firm.
Fred Mottley has completed his MS degree in mechanical engineering. His research
dealt with testing a new rotary engine design. Mr. Mottley has accepted employment
with the Volpe Transportation Center.
David Smith has completed the course work requirements for the Ph.D. degree in
mechanical engineering, but left the program early to accept employment with Ford
Motor Company to work on the Escape HEV program. Mr. Smith has since returned and
is working for Sentech, Inc. while pursuing his Ph.D. research. His research topic has
not yet been defined.
Tim Cunnyngham completed his MS degree program in electrical engineering and has
accepted a position with the Electric Transit Vehicle Institute in Chattanooga,
Claudell Harvey completed her MS degree in mechanical engineering and is working for
a company involved in emission control technology. Her thesis dealt with the design and
fabrication of a control system for a dynamometer suitable for testing hybrid electric
Alexander Pal has completed his course work for the Ph.D. degree.
Palak Patel has completed his MS degree in mechanical engineering and is now working
for Detroit Diesel. His research topic dealt with the performance of a microwave
regenerated soot filter for diesel engines.
Tim Norton has completed his MS degree in mechanical engineering. His thesis topic
dealt with the use of carbon foam technology for heat transfer applications associated
with hybrid electric vehicles.
Aaron Woods also started in the fall of 2001 in the Ph.D. program. He became a part-
time student due to the lack of funding to continue his GATE Fellowship and has since
left the university.
Weston Johnson has completed his MS degree in electrical engineering. His research
involved the design of a novel reluctance motor.
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Hodgson, Jeffrey & Irick, David. Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) Center, report, September 30, 2005; Tennessee. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc901730/m1/8/: accessed April 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.