The Athan J. Sterges
A visually-inviting learning environment for current and prospective undergraduate students:
- State-of-art technology to reinforce engineering principles applied to biological systems
- The teaching modules will employ sensors and wireless technology to bring into the laboratory real-time field data and observations to allow students to model response and design control systems.
- Physical displays demonstrating engineering principles provide both current and future students insight to the engineering process.
- Recent student and faculty designs and intellectual property will also be displayed
Hands-on educational learning units, including portable modules such as:
- Growth chambers and cells for bioprocess engineering (metabolism and bioenergetics, enzyme reaction kinetics, cell growth kinetics and product formation)
- Newtonian and Non-Newtonian fluid flow principles
- Thermal conductivity, convection, radiation prototype
- Material properties of biologically-sourced materials
- Mechanical/hydraulic devices for transmitting energy
- Instrumentation systems – wireless sensor networks, IP interfacing, signal conditioning
"The Learning and Innovation Hub not only functions as an active laboratory, but due to the prominent location, will become the signature focal point for our department at the entrance of the BESS Laboratory Building."
Current floor plan
Proposed floor plan with increased lab space
Current lab entrance, room 166
Proposed glass partition allows display of modules
A development campaign is underway to raise funds for the following:
Space renovation and infrastructure implementation are in the range of $300k. Technology upgrades will be requested from existing university programs.
Enrollment in the Biosystems Engineering program is steadily growing, and the tools need to teach the next generation of engineers is changing. We have outgrown our current teaching laboratory and a new large space has been granted.
Want to Help?
Eric C. Drumm
Professor and Head
Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science
Thomas K. Looney
110 Morgan Hall
2621 Morgan Circle
Knoxville, TN 37996-4502
(865) 974-8622 Cell: (865) 607-2590