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Each semester, the Tickle College of Engineering’s Distinguished Lecture Series welcomes an array of leaders in the field of engineering.

This fall, the lineup includes lectures on everything from water sustainability to robots in the workforce, including the prestigious Kappe Lecture.

Held in conjunction with Vanderbilt University and Tennessee Tech University, the Kappe Lecture is coordinated with the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists and is one of the most prestigious offerings in the field.

Distinguished Lecture Series presentations are free and open to the public, and are held at 4 p.m. in Room 622 of the Min H. Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building.

Those who are unable to attend can view a live webcast and pose questions to the presenters at the end of their discussion. An archived video of each presentation will be available online for later viewing, with the exception of the October 9 event.

The series began Monday with Eric Shaqfeh, professor of chemical engineering at Stanford University, discussing three foundational problems concerning suspended particles in complex fluids.

The fall lineup continues with these lectures:

September 20—The Kappe Lecture, featuring Danny Reible, Donovan Maddox Distinguished Engineering Chair at Texas Tech University, who will discuss ways to sustain water availability in rural communities.

October 9—Laurel Reik, associate professor of computer science and engineering at the University of California, San Diego, who will describe several recent uses of robots in problem-solving scenarios. This lecture will not be recorded or live webcast.

November 6—Mas Subramanian, professor of materials science at Oregon State University, who will tell the story of discovering the first durable vivid blue pigment in two centuries.

C O N T A C T :

Chloe Latture (865-974-0683,